One National Park, Two Islands in New York Harbor

Visitors arrive and depart Ellis and Liberty Islands, located in New York Harbor, via ferries operated by Statue City Cruises. These ferries leave from two locations: The Battery, at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City, and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Private vessels may not dock at either Ellis or Liberty Islands.

Warning: Statue City Cruises is the ONLY ferry service authorized by the National Park Service to sell tickets for, and provide transportation to Liberty and Ellis Islands. Numerous third-party vendors sell tickets at higher prices or for boats that do not land at the islands. We strongly recommend that tickets only be purchased at or by calling 1 877 LADYTIX (1.877.523.9849).

If you plan to purchase tickets the day of your visit they should only be purchased at the Statue City Cruises ticket windows at Castle Clinton in The Battery, NY or at the Statue City Cruises ticket windows in the historic railroad terminal in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.
A map of New York Harbor that shows how the ferries run from The Battery, NY and Liberty State Park, NJ to Liberty and Ellis Island.

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Ferries from The Battery, New York follow the black line. All ferries travel first to Liberty Island and then to Ellis Island before returning to The Battery, New York. Ferries from Liberty State Park, New Jersey follow the blue line. All ferries travel first to Ellis Island and then to Liberty Island before returning to Liberty State Park, New Jersey.


Getting to the Ferry

The Battery, Lower Manhattan, New York City: Visitors boarding ferries in Lower Manhattan should use public transportation whenever possible. For those who are driving, parking can be both expensive and difficult for those who are not familiar with traffic in New York City.

Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey: Driving and parking at Liberty State Park is easier, but even here, visitors have options for public transportation.


Driving to The Battery, New York City

GPS Address: 1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004

General Directions: Take the East Side Drive (FDR Drive) south to The Battery and State Street or the West Side Highway/West Street/Route 9A south to Battery Place.

Parking: Designated parking is not available. Privately operated parking lots are located along West Street and South Street (beneath the FDR Drive) and may be used for a fee.

Accessible Parking to get to the ferry: The closest metered parking spaces to The Battery are on Battery Place. Private parking lots are available as well. Accessible restrooms are available in Castle Clinton National Monument.


Driving to Liberty State Park, New Jersey

GPS Address: 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
General Driving Directions: Take the New Jersey Turnpike Extension to Exit 14B. Follow the signs to Liberty State Park/Ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Parking: Parking is available at Liberty State Park for a fee.
Accessible Parking to get to the ferry: Designated spots for those with official placards are available. There are level walkways to the ferry boarding area. Accessible restrooms are located within the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at Liberty State Park.

Last updated: January 18, 2024

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Jersey City, NJ 07305


212 363-3200

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