One National Park, Two Islands in New York Harbor
Visitors arrive and depart Liberty Island and Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor, via ferries operated by Statue City Cruises. These ferries leave from two locations: Battery Park, 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 www.statuecitycruises.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 City Cruises ticket windows at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, NY or at the Statue City Cruises ticket windows in the historic railroad terminal in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ.
Getting to the Ferry
Battery Park, 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 Battery Park, New York City
GPS Address: 1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004
General Directions: Take the East Side Drive (FDR Drive) south to Battery Park 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. Because parking is limited, it is best to arrive early or, better yet, to take public transportation.
Accessible Parking to get to the ferry: The closest metered parking spaces to Battery Park 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
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: June 27, 2021