Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry is a favourite with visitors to New York and is always free

The Staten Island Ferry passing the Statute of Liberty
The Staten Island Ferry passing the Statute of Liberty cc licensed photo by Shaun Merritt

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 Ferry

Fee: No

Category: Farmers Market

Address: 4 South St
Whitehall Terminal
NY, NY 10004

Reviews

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5 Star Rating Review #447 None Elite Squad You can call it a Free Airport Terminal all the way. As always its packed ...limited seating..the seats or benches are rock... Read More

Tred S. Dec-29-2018

5 Star Rating If you're visiting New York City, then I'd recommend riding the Staten Island Ferry to see Lady Liberty! What a sight! And don't be fooled by those people... Read More

Yoomee H. Sep-23-2018

3 Star Rating [502] The best part is that this ferry is free. The worst part is that waiting for the ferry gives me a headache. You pretty much stand in a large crowd... Read More

Cindy M. Oct-17-2017

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
1South Ferry1 Minute
RWhitehall Street3 minutes
4 or 5Bowling Green5 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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This video takes you through the entire Staten Island Ferry ride from the subway station to Staten Island and back

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