Ellis Island is open on a limited basis while repairs continue.
Ellis Island has reopened on a limited basis. Due to the nature of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy parts of the historic Main Building and museum, including most of the exhibits, remain closed at this time. More »
NPS photo by Kevin Daley.
Getting to the Ferry
FROM NEW YORK
Ferry Service from New York: Purchase round-trip ferry tickets from Statue Cruises at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park in lower Manhattan. Ferries from New York operate on a loop, stopping first at Liberty Island and then at Ellis Island before returning to Battery Park.
Battery Park by subway or bus: Numerous subways stop at the Bowling Green, Whitehall Street, and South Ferry stations. Buses stop along both Whitehall and South Streets and Broadway. All are near Battery Park in lower Manhattan. For complete subway or bus information call the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority at: 718-330-1234 or visit their website at http://www.mta.info/
Battery Park by car: We strongly encourage you to use public transportation, but if you plan to drive to lower Manhattan, here are driving directions.
FROM NEW JERSEY
Ferry Service from New Jersey: Purchase round-trip ferry tickets at the Central Railroad Terminal Building and Museum at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ . Ferries from Liberty State Park operate on a loop, stopping first at Ellis Island and then at Liberty Island before returning to Liberty State Park.
Liberty State Park by Light Rail: The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train provides service through the Jersey City, NJ area and has a station at Liberty State Park about 1 mile from the ferry location. There is NO taxi service between the Light Rail station and the ferry. For more information on schedules, fares, service etc. call: 1-800 772-2222 or (TTY) 1-800 772-2287or visit their website.
To reach the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail:
- Newark Penn Station: Take the PATH subway to Exchange Place in Jersey City. Then take the Light Rail to the Liberty State Park station, approximately 1 mile from the ferry. There is NO taxi service between the Light Rail station and the ferry.
- Hoboken Train / PATH subway / Bus station: Take the Light Rail to the Liberty State Park station, approximately 1 mile from the ferry. There is NO taxi service between the Light Rail station and the ferry
- Journal Square, Jersey City: Take the PATH subway to Exchange Place in Jersey City. Then take the Light Rail to the Liberty State Park station, approximately a 1 mile walk from the ferry. There is NO taxi service between the Light Rail station and the ferry.
- Liberty State Park by car: Here are driving directions.
Did You Know?
Although Ellis Island is federal property and has always been historically considered in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed a "Special Master" to mediate. The ruling in 1998 determined that the original island belongs to New York and the rest of the island, added after 1834, belongs to New Jersey.