In order to get to Ellis Island it is necessary to purchase a ferry ticket at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The $11.50 ticket will cover your ferry ride to Ellis and Liberty Islands and there are no entrance fees at either place. I suggest getting there early because we ended up missing the first boat because of a long line. We went to Ellis Island first and then Liberty Island, but make sure you are getting on the right ferry from each place (there are signs at the docking stations) because we accidently got on the ferry to Battery park while trying to get to Liberty, but made it off in time.
You can access Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty National Monument either from Battery Park, New York or Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Status cruises has a excellent web site with all the information you need to get tickets to these marvelous treasures.
Tickets & Reservations
We look forward to welcoming you aboard Statue Cruises and want to help you plan your trip. A couple key things to keep in mind before you purchase your ticket: it takes 5-6 hours to fully experience both islands. If you are just planning to visit one island, allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
Ticket Prices Adults Seniors Children
Reserve or Flex $12.00
with Audio Tour $20.00
(children - 4-12; seniors 62+)
We walked across Battery Park to where the boats were, and I sat down on a bench while my sister went into Fort Clinton to get the tickets.
Then we had to go through security. We had to take off belts and watches (although not shoes or jewelry), and all the cameras and coats and pocketbooks had to go through the scanner. We took a seat beside a window on the second deck where we would have a breeze and also could take pictures through the open window.
We could have gotten off at the Statue of Liberty, but I looked at the hordes of people waiting and decided we could see OK from the ferry.
Round trip fare on the ferry, which includes admission to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $3 for children 3-17 years old, and free to children 3 and under. The ferries, which leave from Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey, operate 7 days a week, from approximately 9:30am to 5:00pm.
An exhilarating trip from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - you can disembark at either one.
Boats leave Battery Park and from Liberty State Park, New Jersey. They run about every 30 to 45 minutes starting at 9 a.m. (check ferry schedules as they're subject to change).
Hours: May vary - call the number below.
Closed: Christmas, December 25
Fees include both Liberty and Ellis Island: Adults $10 - seniors $8 - children (3 to 17) $4
From New Jersey, go to Exit 14A on the Turnpike to the ferry. Park for $5.00 for the day. The ferry is $10.00 and stops at both Ellis Island and Liberty Island. It's nice to go to the top of the boat to get the best pictures in New York harbor!