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Public Transportation

The first ferry arriving for the reopening of Liberty Island on July 4, 2013. NPS photo by Kevin Daley.

The first ferry arrives at Liberty Island for the July 4, 2013 reopening after Hurricane Sandy.

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?

Great Hall circa 1900

In its time, Ellis Island was the busiest federal immigration station in America. In 1907, Ellis Island processed 1,004,756 immigrants, a record number for the Immigration stations. April 17, 1907 was the Island's busiest day, when 11,747 immigrants were processed. Today, the US Customs and Border Protection processes over 700,000 visitors daily through 326 official Ports of Entry. More...