Empire State Building Tickets

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  • Pre-book to guarantee entry - Anyone wishing to visit the Empire State Building Observatory must pre-book a time slot to ensure entry on your chosen visit date. 
  • AttractionTickets.com will send you a gate-ready Empire State Building Observatory Ticket instantly that guarantees entry on the selected date and time.
  • Empire State Building Observatory time slots are subject to availability.
  • Guests are required to wear a face mask - Keep up to date with the safety measures and requirements in place at the Empire State Building.

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Don't miss New York's most iconic attraction! No trip to the Big Apple would be complete without visiting the legendary Empire State Building, one of the world’s most recognised buildings. Soaring to nearly 1,500 feet above Manhattan, the Empire State Building has featured in numerous Hollywood productions including King Kong, An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle.

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The World’s Most Famous Building is a must-see for its rich history, distinct  Art-Deco style and world-famous Observatory offering spectacular 360-degree views from the heart of Manhattan.

New York’s most iconic attraction soars to nearly 1,500 feet above Manhattan and has featured in numerous Hollywood productions including King Kong, An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle. The Empire State Building's 86th Floor Observatory offers some of the best 360° panoramic views of Manhattan and Beyond – on a clear day you can see for almost 80 miles, with five states in view - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Observatory has a heated, glass-enclosed area, which is surrounded by an outdoor open-air terrace, equipped with high-power binoculars.

In addition to the amazing observatory, your Empire State Building Tickets also give you access to the newly-opened, reimagined Empire State Building Galleries. This walk-through, hands-on museum experience offers a glimpse into the building's unique history and mystique. Explore the following exhibits: The Site in the 1920s, Construction, Opening Day, Otis Elevators, World’s Most Famous Building, King Kong and Celebrity. 

If all the above is not enough for you then look out for the newly opened 80th Floor Observatory. Opened in late 2019, here you can enjoy the 360-degree views from the indoors via the building's historic viewfinders, experience films from the archives and create your own personalised and digitalised Big Apple itinerary with the all-new 'NYC: Above & Beyond' exhibit.

With a gate-ready Empire State Building Observatory Ticket in hand, move directly past the ticketing and voucher redemption queues at the entrance. However, you will still need to join the line for the elevator and mandatory security check. The elevator line can be long at peak times (normally 11.00am to 1.00pm, and one hour before and after sunset). If you wish to avoid the crowds, we recommend you visit outside these times.


Located at the heart of NYC, the Empire State Building is an easy walk from Times Square and just steps to Macy’s, Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. The entrance can be found at 20 West 34th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).

Opening Hours

The Empire State Building Observatory is open 365 days a year. Start Times: 11.00am to 10.00pm usually. Last elevator to the top goes at 45 minutes before closing. For the immediate future, due to COVID-19, opening hours are:

October 19 through November 25 : 11am - 10pm

November 26 through 29 : 11am - 11pm

November 30 through December 18 : 11am - 10pm

December 19 through January 3 : 11am - 11pm

January 4 through Feb 28th : 12pm - 9pm

Empire State Building Tickets

Choose between a General Admission ticket and the Express Ticket option. General Admission allows you to skip the ticket purchase line, whilst the Express Ticket option gives you an upgraded VIP experience. With an Express Ticket you'll be able to skip all lines, including the ticket purchase line, security line and the elevator lines that take you up and down.

  • Our regular Empire State Building  General Admission Ticket gives you fast track general admission, allowing you to move directly past the main ticketing and voucher redemption queues - you will still need to join the line for the elevator and mandatory security check. 
  • Skip all lines with the Empire State Building VIP Express Entry Ticket, taking you past the ticket, security and elevator lines. There is no faster way up to the 86th Floor Observatory or down again!


Did you know?! - A free multimedia tour APP is included with every admission to the Empire State Building. Download the APP for free from either the Apple Store, Google Play, or connect once on-site via the free Wi-Fi. The self-guided multimedia tour app is available in 9 languages.

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Peter Reynolds reviewed 10 Mar,2020

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Trusted Customer reviewed 13 Jan,2020

BEAUTIFUL! We went at night. I would recommend doing this at night and the top rock in the day. The Empire State is where I fell in love with the city.

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Trusted Customer reviewed 05 Jan,2020

Amazing iconic attraction to visit whilst in NYC! A must see place!

5 stars:

Joanne Clarke reviewed 02 Jan,2020

This is one of the main places to visit for the views

5 stars:

Robert Baker reviewed 28 Dec,2019

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