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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
Thursday:  08:00 - 02:00
Friday:  08:00 - 02:00
Saturday:  08:00 - 02:00
Sunday:  08:00 - 02:00
Monday:  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
Dec 9, 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting The Empire State Building. The view at night is spectacular!!
Dec 9, 2018
excellent!!!!!!!
Dec 7, 2018
Second visit and this one was not so rushed. We were able to stay up top on the 102 floor and look as long as we wanted.
Dec 6, 2018
Milan
Dec 4, 2018
It was very simple and inexpensive
Dec 3, 2018
Great staff at the entrance
Nov 26, 2018
Thank you
Nov 25, 2018
Quick and easy to purchase, skips one of the queues. Empire state is a must see
Nov 25, 2018
Very convenient to purchase and easy to use. Would definitely recommend this app!
Nov 21, 2018
Easy and quick
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