Staten Island Ferry with Manhattan skyscrapers in the background

Staten Island Ferry

Updated by Pat Dorri on February 22 2024

Iconic Journey Across New York Harbor.

Address: 4 South Street, New York, NY 10004, United States

Person sitting on the Staten Island Ferry with views of Manhattan in the distance
Sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the city as you travel.

💲 Free entry

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ Snack bars on the ferry (open during ferry operating hours)

🚽 Public Restrooms on the ferry

Where can I find Staten Island Ferry?

The Staten Island Ferry departs from the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan, near Battery Park, and arrives at St. George Terminal in Staten Island.

Why should I visit Staten Island Ferry?

The ferry is a New York City icon, providing stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline. It's a unique way to experience New York from the water, completely free of charge.

What are the opening hours at Staten Island Ferry?

General opening hours

Monday - Open 24 hours

Tuesday - Open 24 hours

Wednesday - Open 24 hours

Thursday - Open 24 hours

Friday - Open 24 hours

Saturday - Open 24 hours

Sunday - Open 24 hours

Closures and holidays

Staten Island Ferry operates every day of the year, but the schedule may vary on holidays.

Check the official website for the latest schedule and facilities.

View of the Statue of Liberty from the ocean
Get snap happy when cruising past the Statue of Liberty.
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Where should I park when visiting Staten Island Ferry?

Parking is available near both terminals at Staten Island Ferry, with both paid parking near the Whitehall Terminal and a large parking garage at the St. George Terminal.

Is Staten Island Ferry accessible by public transportation?

Staten Island Ferry is easily accessible by various subway lines (1, N, R, 4, 5) to the Whitehall Terminal and several bus lines at the St. George Terminal.

When is the best time to visit Staten Island Ferry?

Weekdays during non-rush hours are also less crowded, but if you can wait until the end of the day then sunset rides offer spectacular city views.

What are the best things to see near Staten Island Ferry?

Within a short distance of Staten Island Ferry there are other great New York City sites. Here are some favorites.

  • Battery Park - A historic park with views of the harbor.
  • Staten Island September 11 Memorial - A poignant tribute near the St. George Terminal.
  • Richmond County Bank Ballpark - Catch a minor league baseball game near the Staten Island terminal.
Staten Island September 11 memorial with American flags and flowers
Take some time to remember and reflect at the September 11 Memorial.
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Common questions about Staten Island Ferry

A Staten Island Ferry ride offers breath-taking views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, and the New York Harbor, while you travel for free from Staten Island and Manhattan. Here are some other things to think about.

Is Staten Island Ferry accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, both terminals at Staten Island Ferry are equipped for wheelchair and stroller access.

Is Staten Island Ferry free to enter?

✔️ Yes, Staten Island Ferry is free to use.

Is Staten Island Ferry pet-friendly?

❌ Pets are not allowed on Staten Island Ferry unless they are service animals or in a container.

Is Staten Island Ferry child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Staten Island Ferry is a popular choice for families for its scenic views and ease of use.

Is Staten Island Ferry a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Staten Island Ferry operates throughout the year, regardless of weather conditions.

❗ Enjoy the open-air decks for the best views, but dress warmly in cooler weather.

Are refreshments available at Staten Island Ferry?

✔️ Yes, Staten Island Ferry has snack bars that are open during operating hours.

Are there restrooms at Staten Island Ferry?

✔️ Yes, there are public restrooms available on Staten Island Ferry.

What else is useful to know before I visit Staten Island Ferry?

Arrive at least 15 minutes early for your desired departure time, with the travel time around 25 minutes each way.
Close up of Staten Island Ferry Entrance Sign under a starry night
Take a selfie at the iconic Staten Island Ferry sign before you head onboard.

Where to stay near Staten Island Ferry

There are plenty of great hotel options in Midtown Manhattan once you have enjoyed your Staten Island Ferry ride.