Fees & Reservations
Started May 2014, the Trust for Governors Island charges a fee for its ferry service from Manhattan and Brooklyn. A $2 round-trip ferry fee is charged for adults. Seniors 65 and over $1. Children 12 and under and bikes are free. Season long passes maybe available. Credit cards will be accepted. No fees (free ferry service) for weekend 10 AM, 11 AM and 11:30 AM Manhattan and Brooklyn ferry passengers.
With the start of the 2015 public access season on May 23rd, The Trust for Governors Island, the island operator and manager, will continue a ferry fare for Brooklyn and Manhattan ferries, charging $2 round trip for adults on all weekday ferries and on afternoon ferries on Saturdays and Sundays. Children will continue to ride free and senior citizens' fares will be half price. Morning ferries on Saturdays and Sundays will continue to be free for all. There will be no surcharge for bicycles. See the full press release on the ferry fare announcement from The Trust for Governors Island here.
However, once you are on the island, Governors Island National Monument is completely free to visit. There is no charge for access to the National Monument or for programs conducted by the National Park Service. Some events hosted by the Trust for Governors Island and other entities may be ticketed and require an entrance fee. Please see www.govisland.com for information on events not conducted by the National Park Service.
No reservations are required for any National Park Service program. Free tickets available one hour in advance are required for Castle Williams tours; more information is available here. A list of programs offered by the National Park Service is available here.