Providing a free 24 hour service between Staten Island and Manhattan for 21 million passengers annually, the Staten Island Ferry service operates between the Whitehall Terminal next to Battery Park in Manhattan and the St George Terminal in Staten Island. The trip takes about a half an hour each way.
The ferry ride is a favourite of tourists to New York as it provides excellent views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Remember, it can be very windy on the water and even when seated in the interior cabin, it can be quite breezy, so dress accordingly and don't forget your camera.
When you are sailing to Staten Island you'll want to be on the right-hand side of the ferry in order to see the Statue of Liberty.
If you are travelling for leisure, avoid peak hours on weekdays as the service can be crowded. Coast Guard regulations specify that all passengers must disembark at each terminal, so when you re-board be sure to sit on the other side of the vessel to take in both views. If you are fast your may be able to re-board the same ferry, otherwise you'll have a 30 minute wait. Of course you may want to take even longer and use this opportunity to do some exploring of the picturesque Staten Island.
When your ferry is pulling into Manhattan, be sure to walk up to the front of the boat for some pictures; it is a view not to be missed.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Staten Island FerryFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
- Tuesday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
- Wednesday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
- Thursday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
- Friday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
- Saturday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
- Sunday: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Category: Public Transportation
4 S St
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 839-3061
Shante A. Dec-09-2021
Can't beat a free view of the Statue of Liberty and lunch on Staten Island! Don't worry about the crowded gates at the ports. You will have a great view... Read More
Dale R. Dec-13-2021
It's free. But boy is it dirty. And despite having plenty of room, people cram themselves up to the loading doors like there's a winning lottery ticket... Read More
Tony B. Oct-07-2021
A FREE BOAT RIDE BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND STATIN ISLAND. The best things in life ARE free. As a boy my father would take my younger sister and I on the... Read More
Accommodations near Staten Island Ferry:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|1||South Ferry||1 Minute|
|R||Whitehall Street||3 minutes|
|4 or 5||Bowling Green||5 minutes|
How to get to Staten Island Ferry by Subway
From South Ferry or Whitehall Street just take the Whitehall Terminal / Staten Island Ferry Exit. From Bowling Green walk south on Slate Street to the Terminal.
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