Private VIP Tours, Skip the Line, Address, Facts

The Empire State Building is one of the most popular attractions in New York City, both for the tour and history of the building as well as the spectacular views of New York City it offers from the Observation Deck. Our Empire State Building facts include NYC Insider tips and the best ways to tour this world famous icon, whether you are short on time or budget.


NYC Insider Tip – The Lines are LONG

If saving time is your priority, purchase the Express Pass directly from the ESB website or check out this cool VIP PRIVATE Empire State Building Tour. If budget is your priority, and are prepared to spend 2 or more hours in line, then choose a New York City Pass.

Best time to go to save time is before 11am, but to get the best views, get there two hours before sunset to see both day and night views. Just want a great view without a long line and want to SEE the ESB? Try Top of the Rock.


Empire State Building Hours

empire-state-building-at-night The main entrance to the Empire State Building is on Fifth Avenue between 33rd & 34th Streets. All Visitors must use this entrance and there is often a wait just to get in the building.

The Empire State Building Observatory is open from 8:00am to 2:00am 7 days a week. Last elevators go up at 1:15am.


Empire State Building Tour Facts

Empire-State-Building_NightThe ESB offers two Observatories, the 86th floor and the 102nd Floor.

86th Floor Observatory (indoor and outdoor)
1,050 feet (320 meters), reached by high speed, automatic elevators, has both a glass-enclosed area, which is heated in winter and cooled in summer, and spacious outdoor promenades on all four sides of the Building. High powered binoculars are available on the promenades for the convenience of visitors at a minimal cost. The 86th floor observatory is handicap accessible.

102nd Floor Observatory (indoor only)
Tickets are only sold upon arrival at the Empire State Building at a cost of $15.00 in addition to regular admission tickets.

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Empire State Building Discount Passes

CityPASS
Includes 86th Floor and Audio Tour
New York CityPASS

NY Explorer Pass
Offers 86th Floor as choice
New-York-City-Go-Select-Card-Discount Pass

New York Pass
ESB Observatory and SkyRide Combo
The New York Pass

Empire State Building Tour Tickets

Tickets purchased directly from the Empire State Building website cost:

Regular – $27 Adult, $21 ages 6-12, under 5 free. Go early to avoid lines.
Express Pass – $50 all visitors ages 6+.

You may purchase and print tickets in advance at the ESB website. While admission prices at the building do not change, there can be VERY long purchase ticket lines, so do your best to buy them in advance. Tickets purchased in advance do not need a specific reservation date or time, are non-refundable and are valid for 2 years from the date of purchase. No refunds due to weather conditions, length of lines, or wait times at the building.

Admission Prices

ESB Express Pass (ages 6+)
Adults (13-61)
Child (6-12)
Senior (62+)
Toddlers (5 or younger)
ESB Audio Tour
Military in Uniform

$50
$27
$21
$24
FREE
$8
FREE

ESB Observatory and SkyRide Combo Package
Adult: $47 | Child: $22 | Senior: $39

**Ticket prices above do not include tax and a $2.00 per ticket surcharge

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VIP Tour: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

VIP Tour: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

Experience New York City like an insider on this VIP tour, which includes private access to the Empire State Building! Before the doors open to the public, you and your group only will enter the Empire State Building with your local guide and be whisked to the 86th floor to enjoy incredible New York views without the usual crowds.

This exclusive tour also includes skip-the-line entry to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, timed entry to the 9/11 Memorial, an open-top bus tour of Midtown, including Times Square and Rockefeller Plaza, and you can take a hop-on-hop-off cruise at your leisure to view the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.

From $99 pp, this private, exclusive tour includes all entry fees. More Info: VIP Tour Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial

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What is an Empire State Building Express Pass?

There are 3 lines to get in to the Empire State Building:

  1. Security line, mandatory for all
  2. Ticket line, unless you have pre-purchased tickets from the ESB site, either regular or Express
  3. Elevators to the observatory.

Express Pass holders get priority at all three lines.

New York City Passes all include the $20 admission cost, but none offer the same “skip the line” privileges as an Express Ticket purchased directly from the ESB. You still may have to wait on the ticket line to get your “voucher,” and they do not get you priority at the elevator line. Read the details on each New York City pass to understand what options and upgrades are available to you for additional costs.

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East View from ESB at Night 


Hotels Near the Empire State Building

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Empire State Building Address and Information

350 5th Ave, 33rd/34th Streets (West Side of 5th Avenue)
New York, NY 10118-3304
(212) 630-0339
On the West Side of 5th Avenue.

The ESB is open 365 days a year.
8:00am to 2:00am 7 days a week.
Last elevators go up at 1:15am.
ESB Customer Service Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm EST Monday – Friday (Closed holidays & weekends)
During busy times there may be a wait so please be patient.

  • Handicap Entrance – 34th St., the entrance between Bank of America and Starbucks.
    Note: The 34th Street Handicap Entrance is only open Monday – Friday until 6pm. Please use the Main Entrance for all other times.
  • Everyone will be directed to use the Main or Handicap Entrances if you try to enter the building from any other entrance.

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Empire State Building Tour and Info

There are several ways to get access to an Empire State Building tour. There are 3 lines to get in: 1) security line, mandatory for all, 2) ticket line, unless you have pre-purchased tickets from the ESB site, either regular or Express, and 3) elevators to the observatory. Express Pass holders get priority at all three lines.

Ticket Method

Cost

Included

Online at ESB Site
-or-
In person at the ESB

Regular – $20 Adult, $14 ages 6-12, under 12 free. Go early to avoid the lines, Express Pass ($45 all ages). Tickets can be purchased and printed at the ESB website.

- See website for Skyride Combo Package
– 102nd Floor Observatory for additional $15 per person.

New York Pass

Included $47 value ($27 for SkyRide)

- 86th Floor
– Skyride
– Pick up tickets at ticket window on second floor after security

New York CityPASS

Empire State Building Included in $79 ticket price

- 86th Floor
– Audio Tour
– 102nd Floor Observatory for additional $15 per person.
– Upgrade to Express Pass for an additional $25 at the ESB.

NY Explorer Pass

Choose the ESB

- 86th Floor
– Present Explorer Pass at Ticket window after security line

City Sights Super New York Bus Tour

Included with $86 cost for 3 days Hop On Hop Off

- 86th Floor
– Choose Top of the Rock or Empire State Building Building

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