Operating Hours & Seasons

The main building on Ellis Island from the south side of the island. Snow covers the ground.
The entrance to the main building on Ellis Island National Immigration Museum.

NPS Photo

Ellis Island is open every day except the fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving) and December 25. Weather can influence the ability of the ferries to run. Please check out Twitter, or look for alerts on our website in the event of inclement weather.

To enjoy both Ellis and Liberty Islands with ample time, plan to be on a Statue Cruises Ferry that departs from Battery Park or Liberty State Park before 1:00 P.M.

Warning: Statue 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 www.statuecruises.com 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 Cruises ticket windows at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, NY or at the Statue Cruises ticket windows in the historic railroad terminal in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.

 
Boat Schedule January 2, 2020 - March 6, 2020
FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
9:30 A.M. 3:30 P.M. * 5:15 P.M. **

Boat Schedule March 7, 2020 - May 22, 2020

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
8:30 A.M. 3:30 P.M. * 5:15 P.M. **

Boat Schedule May 23, 2020 - September 7, 2020

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
8:30 A.M. 5:00 P.M. * 7:00 P.M. **

Boat Schedule September 8, 2020 - October 12, 2020

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
8:30 A.M. 4:00 P.M.* 6:00 P.M.**

* The last departure from Battery Park will not stop at Ellis Island. Visitors on the last departure from Battery Park will only be able to visit Liberty Island. Visitors on the last departure from Liberty State Park will have the choice of visiting either Liberty Island or Ellis Island, but not both.

** Liberty Island begins closing 30 minutes prior to the final departure.

Last updated: January 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Ellis Island Receiving Center
Statue of Liberty National Monument

Jersey City, NJ 07305

Phone:

(212) 363-3200

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