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
Goku U. Mar-29-2021
I didn't take the free ferry but came in the view the plaza. I'll have to take the ferry the next time I'm in town. It was very clean and maintained well.... Read More
Jim P. May-22-2021
I had originally posted the SI side review to this one...which is obviously the Manhattan side. I'm not really impressed with the retail options here on... Read More
Marianne W. Feb-23-2020
A Free adventure if you like a boat ride. In my case I usually need to go to Staten Island for some reason. That doesn't stop me from acting like a tourist... 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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