Operating Hours & Seasons

A picture of the entrance with ramp leading into the Ellis Island Main Building.
The entrance to the main building on Ellis Island National Immigration Museum.

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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 September 3, 2019- October 14, 2019

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.**

Boat Schedule October 15, 2019- November 22, 2019

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
9:00 A.M. 3:30 P.M.* 5:15 P.M.**

Boat Schedule November 23, 2019- December 1, 2019

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 December 2, 2019- December 13, 2019

FIRST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
LAST FERRY
Departs from Mainland
CLOSING FERRY
Departs from Ellis Island
9:00 A.M. 3:30 P.M.* 5:15 P.M.**

* The last departure from Battery Park will not stop at Ellis Island. Visitors on the last ferry 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.

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



PLANNING YOUR VISIT

  • Ellis Island is open every day except the fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving) and December 25.
  • Visit the Fees and Passes section for ticket prices.
  • When arriving, please allow for time to pass through security.
  • Ferry schedules are listed on the Statue Cruises website or at the Information Desk on Ellis Island.
  • Wait times to board any ferry can be over 60 minutes during peak months (April - September) and holidays. It is essential to factor in extra time for security clearance, ferry boarding, and ferry transportation when planning your trip.
  • For additional information, please contact the park.

Last updated: September 4, 2019

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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