Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty stands, is only accessible via the Statue Cruises ferry. Want to visit the statue by ferry? Here’s all the info you need to plan for your trip, including the up-to-date ferry schedule, departure points, and security details.
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The ferry ride from Battery Park to Liberty Island takes just 15 minutes. The ferry docks for about 10 minutes at each island before departing.
There are only two places to catch the Statue of Liberty ferry: Battery Park in New York or Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
Anyone boarding the Statue of Liberty ferry has to undergo an airport-style security screening. Large bags, markers, sharp objects, and weapons aren’t allowed on board the ferry.
The ferry is accessible for wheelchairs, but seating can be limited during the busy season. There are also a few steps for passengers who want to go up to the deck.
During COVID-19, crowds are lighter due to fewer tourists in New York, and social distancing is enforced. During the global pandemic, the Statue Cruises ferry is prioritizing health and safety for all guests. Here’s how:
You can see a lot from the ferry even before arriving at Liberty and Ellis islands. Enjoy views of the NYC skyline with the One World Trade Center as you cruise to the Statue of Liberty. Get a sneak peek of your ride in the video below.