4.5 star rating: Recommended 1793 Reviews

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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
Until you see New York City from the top of the Empire State Building, you haven't really seen it! You'll remember your first visit to the Empire State Building and the amazing 360-degree panoramic views of Manhattan forever. Your admission ticket takes you to the 86th-floor of the Empire State Building, at 1,050 feet (320 meters) and the glass-enclosed area is reached by high-speed automatic elevators. From the Empire State Building Observation Deck, you'll be treated to spectacular indoor and outdoor views of Manhattan including Central Park, Times Square, the Flatiron Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty and so much more.


  • Skip the lines with the VIP Express Experience upgrade
  • Amazing views of Manhattan from the 86th-floor observatory of the Empire State Building
  • 360-degree panoramic views on each side of the building from the outdoor promenade
  • High-powered binoculars
  • Visit the Art Deco-inspired Empire State Building lobby
  • Flexible voucher redemption policy - visit on any day within a year of date originally selected - plan your visit around the weather!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's convenient to have advance tickets for a can't-miss sight like the Empire State Building, especially since you can visit anytime within a year. And if you're planning to go during a peak period, the skip-the-line option will save you lots of time.

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What You Can Expect

Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

Empire State Building Observatory

The Empire State Building is waiting for you day or night. Come watch the sunset as New York is bathed in warm orange, red and yellow tones, then stick around as the lights come on all over town. Or come later and listen to the live music (weekends only) as the stars and lights twinkle romantically. Whenever you come, enjoy the magic without the wait.

There are 3 lines at the Empire State Building Observatory: the security line (required for all visitors), the ticket line and the elevator line. You will be required to join the ticket line to exchange vouchers on arrival.

VIP Express Experience Upgrade
Speed past the lines on your way to the tallest point in Manhattan! Your VIP Express Experience voucher will enable you to proceed directly to the front of every line, saving valuable time to do all the other things New York is famous for. Don't spend your valuable holiday time waiting in line -- there's no faster way to the top of the Empire State Building!

You'll be greeted on the second floor to redeem your pass pre-security, eliminating the need to redeem vouchers at the ticket office. You'll also receive a special wristband to identify you as a VIP Express Experience pass holder.

VIP Express Experience passes are especially valuable from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year's any time of day and all holiday weekends. Other times of year the pass is recommended for planned visits between 11am and 2pm, and one hour before and after sunset. Limited numbers of passes are sold, so typical wait time is under 5-minutes. Specific wait times cannot be guaranteed, only front of line privileges.

Please see below for all ticketing options and inclusions. Voucher can be redeemed within a year of date originally selected - plan your visit around the weather!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We visited late at night and the line up was not bad. There was the choice to have a free audio guide which we did use. This kept us entertained while we were waiting in line to go up and gave us more information about the view when we were up at the top. Definitely worth visiting!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The ability to skip question was such a time saver! We never had to wait for anything. Make sure to stop at the VIP experience kiosk before getting in line for security. You need a wrist band to identify that you are VIP.

Beautiful views from the observation deck. This is a must see if you are heading to NYC.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Self guided tour and glad we didn't have to wait in those long lines.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fast track tickets are a must if in New York for the first time and want to explore most of the city! It was easy and fast, no queuing. The view was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Only one word Fantastic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was great and when we were there we had the opportunity to go all the way to the top!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

One of the best things I have ever done. Recommended to purchase the VIP pass to skip the lines. Excellent organisation all round

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

excellent experience. a must if you are in NYC. the express line was worth the extra .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was our second trip to NYC but our first visit to the Empire State building. We took the audio tour which was very informative. We then took the lift to the observation deck and wow what a view. the weather was hot and sunny and we could see for miles. Even though it was busy we took lots of photos and would highly recommend this trip. We are planning another trip but this time considering doing a night time visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fast easy worth it.

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