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Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Explore former immigration station exhibits like the American Immigrant Wall of Honor and more, and enjoy a view of NYC's most familiar landmark.

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Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Renowned destinations for visitors to New York City, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are must-see attractions for any history buff. Existing as two separate islands in the New York Harbor, they are served by the same ferry and make for a full day of sight-seeing.

Visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum during your trip and take a free Ranger Led Tour. Or, enjoy the audio tour for more than 120 hours, and 2,000 audio stop segments, chronicling Ellis Island in three parts: The Ellis Experience; Journeys: The Peopling of America; and Journeys: New Eras of Immigration. Don’t miss the World Migration Globe, a radiant sphere illustrating migration patterns around the world throughout human history.

Ferries provide transportation to both Ellis Island and the site of the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island. One ferry ticket provides access to both islands. Statue Cruises is the official ferry service provider. The National Park Service recommends purchasing tickets prior to the day of your trip.

“There are several exhibitions introducing the Island’s history, American history, and stories of immigrants. It was so interesting that I could have easily spent a whole day there.”

—Kristel M., Helsinki, Finland

Battery Park Ferry Departures

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are open to the public daily. Ferries operated by Statue Cruises depart every 25 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Take Amtrak to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

Experience the renowned Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty via Amtrak to Penn Station in New York City—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

From Penn Station, Battery Park ferry departures are accessible from the 34 Street – Penn Station subway terminal via the 1 subway train to South Ferry Station. From South Ferry Station, walk northwest toward Battery Bikeway (one-minute walk).

Where to Stay in NYC

Looking for a getaway opportunity? Spend the night and experience all New York City has to offer. Take a look at these great hotel options—some offering exclusive New York By Rail discounts!