Empire State Building

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The Best Views of the Empire State Building

Manhattan would not be Manhattan without its beloved Empire State Building standing tall above the city. We guarantee you'll fall in love with New York the moment you look up and first see it. Here are the very best vantage points.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get There / Hours

    The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Ave, between 33rd and 34th Street. It opens at 8am and the last elevator to the top leaves at 1:15 AM; the building closes at 2:00 AM. The nearest subway is the 6 train to 33rd Street; B/D/F, Q, or 1/2/3 to 34th Street.

  • The Best Time to Visit the Empire State Building

    The views will be astounding day or night. If you go at night, you get the romantic city lights all around you. But by day, you get to see the geography and outline of the city below. It's up to you!

  • Skipping the Line

    The Empire State Building is known for its lines. Ticket lines, security lines, and then the line for the elevator up to the 86th Floor observatory. The best way to skip the ticket line is to buy one online in advance. You can even buy an express pass and fast track your way up on the elevator. Keep in mind you will need to go through security. No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 8:00 AM-2:00 AM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Between $30-40.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No.
  • How to get there
    The nearest subway station is 33rd Street - keep walking until you get to 5th Avenue.
  • Additional information

    • No glass, bottles, or cans are allowed through security.

    • Don't forget your camera - you'll want to take some of the best photographs ever!

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What people are saying about Empire State Building

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,803 reviews

Live in CNY. Been to the city plenty of times but never have been here. Why did our family wait so long??? This was a great experience and rich in history. The views, AMAZING! Love the Big !

I didn’t have any problems with the pass. It was show/reserve and go experience, and it allowed us to do most of the attractions, including others we had planned. I had a good trip with it.

Amazing sights towards sunset . Thr shows rooms before the lift to the 86th sre beautiful. We eenjoyed very much.

Wonderful 2nd floor exhibit even before you go up to the 80th floor and then further to 86th floor.

You could go to almost every attraction with the pass