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
Hours: Mon-Sun Sailings around the clock
Address: 4 South Street, New York, NY
Official Website: Staten Island Ferry
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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