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Tickets for Empire State Building: General Admission

Fast-track access to an iconic tower: the best way to discover NYC

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Overview
Opening hours
Today
08:00 - 02:00
Tomorrow
08:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 02:00
Thursday
08:00 - 02:00
Friday
08:00 - 02:00
Saturday
08:00 - 02:00
Sunday
08:00 - 02:00
Best time to visit
Before 09:00 or after 23:00
Highlights
  • Get fast-track entrance with these easy-to-use tickets
  • See the most iconic views of NYC from the 86th floor, or go even higher and survey the Empire State from 102 stories up
  • Admire the Art Deco style of one of America's true landmarks; it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986
Description

Looking up at New York's skyscrapers is quite an experience. But it's nothing compared to looking down on New York from atop its most famous skyscraper. Skip the box office line with these tickets and save time. With ongoing exhibitions and two observation decks, the Empire State Building is the best way to see the Empire State.

The Empire State Building was completed in 1931, and this Art Deco icon still maintains its charm. The smiling team of burgundy-uniformed personnel at the front door usher you into this classic, with inspiring murals on the walls and ceiling.

The most iconic spot on this skyscraper is the 86th floor, where many movies (like Independence Day and Sleepless in Seattle) have memorable scenes.

The view from here is breathtaking, figuratively (and sometimes literally too)! You'll see panoramic views of up to five states from the surrounding open-air promenade and climate-controlled viewing galleries.

Take your time to snap some shots of Central Park, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, the One World Trade Center, and at least one of you beating your chest like King Kong did when he climbed the building.

EMPIRE STATE EXTRAS

Want to visit the 102nd floor Observatory for 360° open-air views of NY? Opt to upgrade your experience ($20) at the Observatory ticket office (2nd floor) or at the 86th floor kiosk.

And for your own personal tour guide from the ground floor right up to the top, the Official Empire State Building Guide app is a must-have. Download it for free from the App Store and Google Play.

Hungry up high? The Empire State Building boasts eight different eateries. Choose a pre-fixed dinner package at the State Grill and Bar, which also serves local craft beers and cocktails. Starbucks, Chipotle, Sushi-teria, and the budget- minded Heartland Brewery are also close by.

For something different, the Empire Lights'Wich is an Instagram-worthy homemade ice cream sandwich that changes to match the lights each night!

The Empire State Building has live music to enjoy most Thursday to Saturday evenings, after 21:00.

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Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Skip The Line
What's included
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Access to the 86th floor Observation Deck
  • Access to the 102nd floor Observation Deck, but you can purchase that at the 86th floor for only $20 (credit card only)
Instructions

Skip the ticket line and go directly to the elevator line.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Empire State Building
20 West 34th Street, 10001, New York
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Insider tip

The aluminum tower atop the roof (where the antenna is now) was intended as a mooring mast for zeppelins. Unfortunately this plan was deemed too dangerous due to the strong winds around the skyscraper (also, zeppelins tend to burst into flames quite often).

Jon
Regional Manager
Reviews
Oct 20, 2018
Preferred to Rockerfellar as did both but both were good. It’s the most iconic building so great to go
Sep 22, 2018
We had a marvellous time. Arrived early 8.30 -9.00am to find no queues. Polite staff and helpful lady taking our pictures for us. The bag search for all our safety, was quick and thorough. The view from the top is not to be missed. Very highly recommended.
Sep 19, 2018
Outstanding view. I was there for 2 hours. Great spot for photographers to get a killer shot 🔥👍
Sep 18, 2018
It was easy to get to, very well organised by the lifts, all staff very friendly and knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble,
Sep 16, 2018
Nice visit and view of the city.
Sep 15, 2018
Amazing view
Sep 12, 2018
ESB is a must when you visit NYC and with Tiqets we saved money and skipped the queues to the ticket machine. I even paid in GBP so saved on the exchange rate too.
Sep 3, 2018
Good
Aug 27, 2018
Works super
Aug 23, 2018
Excellent product... easy to use and great experience
Reviews

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