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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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Opening hours
Today:  08:00 - 02:00
Tomorrow:  08:00 - 02:00
Sunday:  08:00 - 02:00
Monday:  08:00 - 02:00
Tuesday:  08:00 - 02:00
Wednesday:  08:00 - 02:00
Thursday:  08:00 - 02:00
Best time to visit
Before 09:00 or after 23:00
  • 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

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.


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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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)

Skip the box office ticketing line after the security check and go to the elevators.


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

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).

Regional Manager
Feb 20, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
Nice view from above especially on a sunny day and before 11 not so crowdy.
Feb 19, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
Unfortunately It was cloudy and I didn’t see the city, but I had to got it cause at this day I got to my country
Feb 17, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
Beautiful building, Wonderful views and staff very friendly...tigets very good on prices 👍🏽
Feb 9, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
Buying tickets through toasts was a fantastic experience. We were able to walk by all the people buying tickets which got us closer to the line faster. The weather was foggy so our views wereli.ited, but we still enjoyed thevisit.
Feb 6, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
Loved our visit to NYC:). We have visited before, but not since the beautiful renovations. Great view! Everyone needs to see this!
Feb 5, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
Muy buena recepción, una vista maravillosa. Excelente panorama para disfrutar NY
Feb 1, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
Fantastic view, friendly staff !!
Jan 19, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
We got there early and there were no queues.
All the staff were very welcoming and it was very organised.
Jan 19, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
The view is breath taking of course. We went at 1030pm on a Thursday, no lines no waiting!! The staff are all wonderfully polite and helpful. The tiqets tickets worked perfectly!
Jan 18, 2019
Empire State Building: General Admission
Very easy to purchase tickets from Tiquets, and being able to "jump the line" is awesome. This site is a MUST-SEE , the views from the observatory are breath taking, and we learned so much about the building itself.

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What do these tickets include?
This ticket includes a single entrance to the venue, in combination with other services. You can find this information under the section 'What's included' on this page.
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