Private VIP Tours, Skip the Line, Address, Facts

The Empire State Building is one of the most popular attractions in Midtown Manhattan, both for the tour and history of the building as well as the panoramic views of New York City it offers from the 86th and 102nd floor Observation Decks. 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 Entry Pass. 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 for shorter lines is before 11am, but for 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 Tour Facts

Empire State Building Night Lights

The ESB offers two Observatories, the 86th floor and the 102nd Floor.

86th Floor Observation Deck (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. (The 102nd floor observatory will be closed to the public for renovations January 6 through July 29, 2019

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Empire State Building Tickets

Tickets purchased directly from the Empire State Building website cost:

Regular – $38 Adult, $32 ages 6-12, under 5 free. Go early to avoid lines.
Express Pass – $65 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 1 year from date of purchase. No refunds due to weather conditions, length of lines, or wait times at the building.

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Empire State Building Tickets and Tours

Empire State Building: Express Entry (86th Fl)

NYC Insider Pick

Price starting at US$60

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Empire State Building: Silver Access (86 + 102 for Fee)

Likely to sell out

Price starting at US$34

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Empire State Building: Day and Night Entry

Price starting at US$48

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VIP: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience

Price starting at US$100

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

Price starting at US$129

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Empire State Building Premium VIP Tour

Price starting at US$175

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Empire State Building Discount Passes

Includes 86th Floor and Audio Tour
New York CityPASS

NY Explorer Pass
86th Floor Observatory is attraction choice
New-York-City-Go-Select-Card-Discount Pass

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

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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.

VIP: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience – Entry to the Empire State Building before the crowds arrive

New York City Passes all include the admission cost, but none offer the same “skip the line” privileges as an Express or VIP Ticket. 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.

East View from ESB at Night

Hotels Near the Empire State Building

Hotels Near Penn Station, NYC

Staying near Penn Station / Madison Square Garden is a great idea when staying late for the Rangers, Knicks or your favorite concert, arrive or leave early via Amtrak or LIRR or just want to stay in a very affordable area of Manhattan steps from the Empire State Building, Macy's and no more than a 15 minute subway ride anywhere in Manhattan. Some of our top picks near Penn Station include:

Hotels Near Penn Station NYC

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See Midtown West Hotels or Times Square Hotels for more details

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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 365 days a year. Last elevators go up at 1:15am.

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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New York CityPASS

Empire State Building Included in 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.

ESB is an attraction choice

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

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