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Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

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The Empire State Building is waiting for you day or night. Come watch the sunset as New York is bathed in warm orange, red and yellow tones, then stick around as the lights come on all over town. Or come later and listen to the live music (weekends only) as the stars and lights twinkle romantically. Whenever you come, enjoy the magic without the wait.

There are 3 lines at the Empire State Building Observatory: the security line (required for all visitors), the ticket line and the elevator line. You may proceed directly to the turnstile with your voucher.

VIP Express Experience Upgrade
Speed past the lines on your way to the tallest point in Manhattan! Your VIP Express Experience voucher will enable you to proceed directly to the front of every line, saving valuable time to do all the other things New York is famous for. Don't spend your valuable holiday time waiting in line -- there's no faster way to the top of the Empire State Building!

You'll be greeted on the second floor to redeem your pass pre-security, eliminating the need to redeem vouchers at the ticket office. You'll also receive a special wristband to identify you as a VIP Express Experience pass holder.

VIP Express Experience passes are especially valuable from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from Thanksgiving until New Year's any time of day and all holiday weekends. Other times of year the pass is recommended for planned visits between 11am and 2pm, and one hour before and after sunset. Limited numbers of passes are sold, so typical wait time is under 5-minutes. Specific wait times cannot be guaranteed, only front of line privileges.

Voucher can be redeemed within a year of date originally selected - plan your visit around the weather!

  • Skip the line
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • All entrance fees included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Family friendly
Customer Reviews
  • Tassos A
    August 2017

    No need to buy the skip the queue expensive tickets. Those are really good. Try to be there around 9-9:30 and will no queue, we went there with my wife qnd was no queue in August the busiest period if holidays!!! At 10:30 a queue is starting to grow. Dont wait to buy your tickets there

  • Kathleen S
    August 2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • carri c
    August 2017

    VIP experiences was very good..we went at 10:45 pm and the lines weren't real long, but with the VIP ticket we went straight up and didn't wait at all. We were even treated like a VIP on the way down.

Product Details
  • Admission to Observation Deck
  • A free multimedia tour APP is included with every admission to the Empire State Building. Download the APP for free from either the Apple Store or Google Play, or connect once on-site via theĀ free Wi-Fi.
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Admission to the 102nd Observatory Deck
  • Food and drinks
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vouchers are valid up to a year from travel date selected
  • No refunds due to weather conditions, length of lines or wait times at the building
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant tickets for children 0-5 years are free and can be picked up at the ticket desk upon arrival
  • Skip-the-line privileges are only available with the VIP Express Experience Admission Ticket option
  • 102nd-floor Observatory : Admission tickets to the 102nd-floor observatory are sold at the observatory ticket office, on the 2nd floor of the building. Admission costs USD 20.00 in addition to regular admission tickets.
Schedule and Pricing
Departure Point

Empire State Building

Departure Time and Comments

8am to 2am Last elevators to the top are at 1:15am July 4: The observatory will close at 7:00pm for the annual fireworks event and reopenĀ at the conclusion of the fireworks display, approximately 10:00pm. /


2 hours

Return Details

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