Empire State Building – tickets, prices, discounts, timings, what to expect, FAQs


The greatest attraction of one of the greatest cities in the world, it has been a cultural juggernaut for generations.

Since the lovelorn, towering gorilla, King Kong, scaled its iconic height, etching itself into the annals of architectural marvels and forever intertwining with the essence of human ingenuity, the Empire State has commanded an almost mystical reverence in the world’s pulsating core.

Standing at the colossal height of 443 meters (1454 feet), the Building was the tallest building in the world for 40 years before it was displaced in 1970.

The article covers everything you must know before booking the tour.

# Tickets for Sunset Admission
# Tickets for General Admission: Main Deck
# Tickets: Day and Night Entry
# Tickets: Express Entry
# Tickets: Sunrise Experience
# Tickets for All-Access Tour

Where to book tickets

The Ticket is available online or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early also helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the ticket booking page, select the date, time slot and the number of tickets and book right away!

Once you complete the bookings, tickets will be mailed to you.

You do not need to carry printouts.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone and walk in.

If you are supposed to assemble at a starting point for your guided tour, the details will be sent to you.

Please carry a valid ID.

Empire State Building ticket cost

Sunset Admission tickets for adults aged 13 to 61 years cost US$60.

Seniors above the age of 62 can gain access at US$58.

Children between six and 12 are charged US$53.

Infants under six can enter free of cost.

For the

General Admission Main Deck ticket, adults aged between 13 and 61 years need to pay US$48.

Seniors above the age of 62 can gain access at US$46.

Children between six and 12 are charged US$41.

Infants under six can enter free of cost.

For the Day and Night Entry Tickets, adults above 13 years need to pay US$70.

Children between six and 12 are charged US$59.

Infants under six can enter free of cost.

For the Tickets for All-Access Tour, the price for all ages above six is US$543.

Empire State Building tickets

It offers a range of tours for you to pick from, according to your interests and your budget:

Empire State Building Sunset Admission tickets

Empire State Building Sunset
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With tickets to this tour, you get admission to the 86th-floor observation deck at sunset time!

You will also get access to the second-floor immersive exhibition and an audio guide that provides commentary in nine languages.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (13 to 61 years): US$59

Senior Ticket (62+ years): US$57

Child Ticket (6 to 12 years): US$53

Infant Ticket: Free

Empire State Building General Admission Main Deck tickets

This ticket is the cheapest option to visit the main observation deck on the 86th floor.

You will also get access to the second-floor immersive exhibit, an audio guide, and free WiFi.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (13 to 61 years): US$49

Senior Ticket (62+ years): US$47

Child Ticket (6 to 12 years): US$43

Infant Ticket: Free

Empire State Building Day and Night Entry tickets

Empire State Building Day and Night
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This ticket gets you a two-time entry privilege, once during the day and the other at night.

You will be provided entry to second-floor immersive exhibits, free WiFi, and an audio guide.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (13+ years): US$70

Child Ticket (6 to 12 years): US$59

Infant Ticket: Free

Empire State Building Sunrise Experience tickets

Empire State Building Sunrise Experience
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Tickets to this tour will let you be part of a privileged group that can watch the sunrise from the Empire State Tower, along with a Starbucks coffee.

You will be provided entry to second-floor immersive exhibits, free WiFi, and an audio guide.

Ticket Price: US$147

Empire State Building All-Access tickets

Feel like a star with tickets to this private tour led by a guide.

You will enter the building through a separate entrance and have access to all the exhibits and both the observation decks.

You get prioritized entrance and won’t have to stand in any queue anywhere.

Ticket Price: US$543

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Empire State Building restaurants

There are various dining options available in the Building in New York City, ranging from casual to upscale.

State Grill and Bar

Situated on the ground floor, this fine dining establishment specializes in American cuisine.

Its menu offers a wide selection of food and cocktails, and its atmosphere is classic and sophisticated.


Situated on the second level, Tacombi offers a more laid-back option that serves tacos and Mexican street cuisine

Skyline Café

Located on the 86th floor, the Skyline Café offers light snacks and refreshments, allowing visitors to enjoy expansive views of the city skyline while grabbing a quick bite.

Opening hours

The Building opens its gates to visitors at 10 am, but the closing time varies according to the time of year, and it’s best to look up the official website for confirmation before your visit.

The usual closing time is 1 am, and during other periods, the closing time might change to 10 pm, 11 pm, or 12 am.

The last ascent to the top of the tower is granted 45 minutes before closing time.

How long does the Empire State Building take

If you are visiting both the main deck (86th floor) and the top deck (102nd floor), your tour will take about 90 minutes.

If you wish to visit the building’s exhibitions as well, you must budget a total of 2 hours to visit the Empire State.

Best time to visit Empire State Building

The best time to visit is before the sunset, so you can watch the breathtaking Manhattan skyline bathed in light turn to a soothing wine-colored hue and gradually watch the Big Apple’s dazzling lights come out.

The experience is a treat for the senses.

If you wish to beat the crowds and explore the landmark without the popular rush, the best time to visit is in the afternoon, between 1 pm to 3 pm.

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Here are a few frequently asked questions:

What if I don’t arrive at the time slot on my ticket to visit the Empire State Building?

Please show up as close as you can to your scheduled time, and the building staff will do their best to accommodate you when you arrive.
You may need to change your reservation time at our 2nd-floor kiosks to the next available time slot after you arrive.

Can I climb the stairs at the Empire State Building?

Only participants in the annual Run-Up can use the stairs. The stairs are closed to guests at all other times.

Is the Empire State Building disability friendly?

This is fully ADA-compliant.
It has wheelchair access and also has handicapped restrooms on the 86th Floor of the Observatory.
Viewing walls and binoculars have also been lowered.

Where can I buy tickets for a visit to the Empire State Building?

Tourists can buy tickets online or at the venue, on the day of their visit. For the best experience we suggest you book your tickets online, in advance.

When should I arrive at the Empire State with respect to my time slot?

Arrive to the 34th Street entrance at 20 West 34th Street at the exact time you have scheduled.
There is no need to arrive early and may be asked to come back until your scheduled time if you show up early.

Does the Empire State Building have parking facilities?

No, the Empire State Building itself does not have any parking facilities.
The closest Parking garage is located on 33rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, just across the street from the building.

Can I bring a tripod to the Empire State Building?

No, tripods are prohibited at the building.

Does the Empire State provide a storage facility?

No, it does not provide storage facilities.

What to expect at Empire State Building

Stand next to the modern wonder and admire the fascinating, century-defining Art Deco style incorporated by the visionary architect William F. Lamb in the construction of the building.

Immerse yourself in the elegant Art Deco murals in the lobby, created by artist Allen Saalburg, depicting various scenes and elements of New York City during the 1930s.

Hop aboard the high-speed elevator and zoom to the pop-culture sanctuary that is the Empire State observation decks, experiencing breathtaking speeds along the way.

Step out on the 86th-floor observation deck and watch breathtaking 360-degree views of iconic landmarks such as Central Park, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty.

Book a special tour and be part of a privileged few who get to watch the sunrise from the 86th-floor observation deck with a Starbucks coffee.

Watch the iconic city transition from day to a wine-coloured sky, and witness the dazzling Manhattan city lights come out by taking the sunset tour.

Soar to the heavens by ascending to the mind-boggling 102nd-story observation deck, where you can behold the New York skyline with a view fit for the gods.

Use the many viewfinders on the observation decks to spot your favorite city landmark.

Descend to the 80th floor and witness the “Dare To Dream” exhibition, which features vintage photographs, architectural sketches, and multimedia narratives detailing the challenges and triumphs the builders and workers faced during the Great Depression.

Learn about the sustainability and eco-friendly measures taken by the Empire State to reduce its environmental footprint by participating in the Sustainability Exhibit.

Explore the interactive museum exhibit on the 2nd floor through immersive exhibits, high-tech displays, and engaging multimedia presentations, and explore the building’s architectural marvels and the stories of the people who built it.

Beware of the spot where King Kong’s fingers pierced through the building!

Explore the “Celebrity Hall of Fame,” which features the signatures of famous visitors, dignitaries, movie stars, and more.

Feel like a true celebrity by taking a private guided tour of the Empire State through a separate entrance, skipping all the lines, and accessing all the exhibits!

How to reach Empire State Building

Located in the central commercial and business district of Midtown Manhattan, New York.

Address: 20 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001, USA. Get Directions.

The building is well connected with public transportation.

By Bus

The bus stops E 34 St/5 Av, W 34 St/5 Av, and 5th Ave & W 34th St are all a 1-minute walk away from the Empire State.

The bus stops 5 Av/W 33 St, 5 Av/W 35 St, and 5 Av/W 36 St are 2-minute walk away.

The bus stops 5 Av / 32 St, E 32 St/5 Av, and E 34 St /5 Av are a 3-minute walk from the attraction.

By Train

The 34 St-Penn Station train station is just a 2-minute walk away from the Empire State Building.

The 33rd Street is just a 5-minute walk away.

The 34 St-Herald Sq subway station is a 5-minute walk from the attraction.

The 33 St subway station is a 6-minute walk.

By Car

Put your starting point here to navigate.

Cars for rent and taxis for hire are easily available in the city.

There are a number of parking spots in the vicinity.

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