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

Fee: No

Hours: Mon-Sun Sailings around the clock

Address: 4 South Street, New York, NY

Phone: 718-876-2657

Website: Staten Island Ferry


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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Rated 4.4 out of 5St. George Ferry Terminal Star Rating

4 Star Rating Ahhh. Not bad for a transportation hub. The ferry is often on time and very clean.

Michael C Baugh - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating A suitable companion to Whitehall it provided a comfortable place to wait for the ferry. The displays about various environmental and sustainable projects in the area also make the wait more enjoyable and interesting.

Ian MacDonald - 25 days ago

4 Star Rating It is a nice place. There are some stores and restaurants where you can eat, drink or buy snacks. Most of them are good and the prices are ok.The view there is wonderful especially when you are inside the ferry as you can see the statue of liberty and enjoy the good view. It is always a crowded place because you will go to Manhattan without paying any money as it is free and at the same time you will enjoy it.

N n - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating If you took the Ferry to see the sight of the Statue of Liberty, you’re going to end up spending a half hour here because you probably won’t be able to take the very next boat back to Manhattan. The good news is there are some shops in here for you to grab something to eat. The St. George Terminal is as new as the Whitehall Terminal and the style is very similar.

Edward Delfino - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Well maintained terminal. Wash room, seating arrangements available. Connecting Bus Stops are just outside, you can get the taxi as well. On top of the terminal there is a place to seat under sky and enjoy the river. Of you come to explore the island you cantake Bus and reach to the respective location easily.

Cutter Jme - 3 months ago


This video takes you through the entire Staten Island Ferry ride from the subway station to Staten Island and back

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