Plan Your Visit

The Statue of Liberty stands against the Manhattan skyline and a blue sky.
The Statue of Liberty against the Manhattan skyline. NPS photo.

Planning Ahead For Your Visit

Visiting Liberty Island is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to New York City. However, visitors who wish to enter the museum, pedestal, or crown must secure reservations. For over a decade, the National Park Service has implemented a reservation system. This is very different from the way past generations once accessed the Statue of Liberty. The National Park Service strongly recommends making advanced ticket reservations. Reservations secured far enough in advance allow visitors to select their desired level of access, and also eliminates the need to wait in line to purchase tickets. Crown tickets are available by advanced reservation only.

What Are My Ticket Options?

Visitors arrive by ferry service. All ferry tickets include access to Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. To visit both islands in one day, the National Park Service recommends an early ferry departure.

  • Grounds Only: This ticket is our most widely available ticket. It gives general public access to the island, and it is the only ticket that is distributed when reservations are full. Grounds only tickets do not get you access inside the monument or to any level of the pedestal.
  • Pedestal Ticket: Tickets are limited. Advance reservations are recommended. Pedestal tickets allow visitors to access up to the top of the pedestal, which includes lower pedestal levels and the museum. A limited number of pedestal tickets are available each morning at the ticket office locations, but these are often distributed before the first ferry departure.
  • Crown Ticket: Tickets are limited and advance reservations are required. Crown tickets allow visitors to access the crown, pedestal, and the museum. During summer and holiday seasons, crown tickets are often reserved up to six (6) months in advance.

How To Purchase Tickets

Tickets are purchased through Statue Cruises, the official ferry service provider, either online, by calling (1-877-LADY-TIX) or in-person at the ferry departure points. Ferries provide transportation to both Liberty Island and Ellis Island. One ferry ticket provides access to both islands. Purchasing tickets through vendors other than Statue Cruises may result in unnecessary additional charges. All private vessels are prohibited from docking on either island. For more information, go to our Fees and Passes page.



All visitors must pass through airport-style security before boarding ferries at Liberty State Park or Battery Park. Visitors with Crown or Pedestal tickets must pass through a secondary security screening on Liberty Island prior to entering the monument. For more information, see our Safety and Security page.

Ferry boat in the water in front of the Ellis Island Museum

Purchasing Tickets

Statue Cruises is our official source for tickets to the island. Click this link for more information.

Photograph of the front of the Great hall in the main immigration building

National Museum of Immigration

Learn more about Ellis Island and its history. Click for more information.

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Download the App Before You Arrive

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Explore the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration! With the app you can:

  • Uncover historic facts and images, and explore the available exhibits and highlights found on each island.
  • Utilize the tour section, including retracing the footsteps of immigrants on Ellis Island.
  • Email a virtual post card to your friends, and much more!

Last updated: January 5, 2018

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