Whether you’re commuting to work, indulging on a romantic date, or taking the family out for a day of sightseeing, the Staten Island Ferry won’t disappoint! One of the last remaining NYC ferries, the Staten Island Ferry is a free service provided by New York City that offers a 5-mile, 25-minute-long ride between Staten Island’s St. George Ferry Terminal at 1 Bay Street and lower Manhattan’s Whitehall Ferry (a.k.a. “South Ferry”) Terminal at 4 South Street.
What to Expect
Both terminals were recently renovated to include contemporary aesthetics and access to modern amenities such as new restrooms and air-conditioning/heating systems. Each terminal boasts of the magnificent views to be seen while waiting to board one of the 96-117 daily trips.
Once aboard, keep an eye out for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as the timeless skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan. Beer and food is available on every vessel for the duration of the voyage; however, roundtrips are not permitted, so you will need to exit the vessel upon docking. Free wifi in terminals and aboard all vessels. Videotaping for personal use is allowed, but you will need a DOT-issued permit if you plan to use any footage commercially.
Terminals and Staten Island Ferry vessels are ADA accessible. Supporting documentation is required for the lower level, which is recommended to those seeking ease of access. Service animals are permitted, while all other pets must be caged and/or muzzled.
The Staten Island Ferry service recommends that if you are looking for a leisurely ride, it is best to avoid commuter hours. You can find a list of popular commuter hours on the Ferry’s website, where they’ve highlighted the busiest hours in yellow.
There is no public parking specific to the Staten Island Ferry, but there are two nearby municipal lots, privately-operated parking lots adjacent to Staten Island Yankees Ball Park, and both free and metered street-parking. All lots have admission rates particular to their facility.
Tourist information is available at both terminals and a Lost & Found Office can be found in the St. George Terminal’s waiting room.
“One of the best free things to do in the city. Beautiful views of lower Manhattan, The Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn waterfront. Great photo opportunities. Runs 24 hours a day. You can catch the ferry every 30 minutes”
Take Amtrak to the Staten Island Ferry
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