Empire State Building Skip the Line Tickets

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Empire State Building: 86th Floor Skip-the-Box-Office Tickets

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  • Skip the long ticket lines and head to the Empire State Building Observatory for unparalleled 360-degree views of New York City.
  • No building rises this high: enjoy unobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty from the 86th floor.
  • Fall more in love with the Empire State Building as you immerse in its history through interactive exhibits on the 2nd and 80th floors.
  • Love the high and want some more? Upgrade your tickets to the express ticket or include access to the 102nd-floor observatory deck with skip-the-line or express entry.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-box-office-line/Express ticket to the 86th-floor observatory deck (as per option selected)
  • High-power binoculars
  • Art Deco lobby access
  • Free wifi
  • Skip-the-line/Express ticket to 102nd-floor observatory deck (optional)

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  • Gratuities
  • Tip: Catch a movie-worthy sunset by checking the sunset time in advance and reaching the observation deck at least 30 minutes ahead.
  • Tip: Drop by the Empire State Building 2 hours after opening to beat the rush and enjoy a hassle-free visit!
  • The building is wheelchair-accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Empire State Building: 86th Floor Express Tickets

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  • Zip past the crowds with this Express Ticket, leading straight to stunning NYC views from the 86th floor. It's your fast pass to the city's skyline views.
  • With an audio guide in your choice of languages, uncover the Empire State Building's secrets, from its Art Deco elegance to historical tales that shaped it.
  • Besides the views, enjoy exclusive access to high-power binoculars and free WiFi, enhancing your visit with closer looks and instant shares.
  • Opt for the upgrade to include the 102nd Floor for even loftier views, making your experience at the Empire State Building truly unforgettable.

Inclusions

  • Express ticket to the 86th-floor observatory deck
  • Red carpet lane access
  • High-power binoculars
  • Art Deco lobby access
  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin
  • Free wifi
  • Express ticket to 102nd-floor observatory deck (optional)
  • Tip: Before you go, check the weather. Visibility can change, and being above the clouds is a magical experience not to be missed.
  • Tip: Visit the Empire State Building 2 hours after opening to avoid crowds and enjoy a hassle-free visit!
  • The building is wheelchair-accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Empire State Building: 86th & 102nd Floor Skip-the-Box-Office Tickets

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  • Zip past ticket queues with skip-the-line access, leading you straight to breathtaking city views. It's the fast track to NYC's essence.
  • Audio guides enrich your climb, offering insights in 9 languages. They turn your journey upwards into a narrative of NYC's past and present.
  • Head to the Art Deco lobby, where history and architecture merge. Here, every corner tells a story, setting the stage for your ascent.
  • Free WiFi means you can share the skyline in real time. Snap and post from high above, keeping everyone part of your exclusive experience.
  • Consider opting for the Express pass upgrade to skip all lines and walk the red carpet to the skies!

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-box-office-ticket line to the 86th and 102nd-floor observatory deck
  • High-power binoculars
  • Art Deco lobby access
  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin
  • Free wifi
  • Express ticket to 86th and 102nd-floor observatory deck (optional)
  • Tip: Try a New York-themed snack or drink at the observatory’s café, adding flavor to your experience.
  • The building is wheelchair-accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Empire State Building: 86th & 102nd Floor Express Tickets

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  • Red carpet awaits! Express Tickets whisk you to the 86th & 102nd floors, offering more time to marvel, and less time waiting.
  • See NYC's vastness through high-power binoculars, with an audio guide narrating each view in nine languages. A true immersive tale.
  • With free WiFi and Art Deco splendor, share and soak in the Empire State's elegance instantly.
  • From atop, the city's heartbeat aligns with yours. The 360-degree views stretch imagination and reality, blending past and present.

Inclusions

  • Express ticket to the 86th and 102nd-floor observatory deck
  • High-power binoculars
  • Art Deco lobby access
  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin
  • Free wifi
  • Tip: Pose with the King Kong display inside for a quirky memento of your visit.
  • The building is wheelchair-accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 7%): Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) + Skip-the-Line Empire State Building 86th & 102nd Floor Tickets

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  • Experience two iconic NYC attractions, MoMA and the Empire State Building, at a great combo deal, saving time and money.
  • Explore MoMA, the world's leading modern art museum, showcasing over 200,000 works from renowned artists like Picasso and Warhol.
  • Immerse yourself in various art movements with insightful audio guides in 9 languages and gain access to all special exhibitions at MoMA.
  • Skip the line and ascend to the 86th and 102nd floor observatories of the Empire State Building for unrivaled views of New York City.
  • Learn about the building's history through exhibits, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, and use high-power binoculars for a closer look at the city's landmarks.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Entry Tickets to MoMA
  • Entry to all special exhibitions
  • Audio guides in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish

Empire State Building

  • Skip the ticket line to the 86th and 102nd floor
  • High-power binoculars
  • Art Deco lobby access
  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin
  • Free wifi

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Tip: If you are a fan of Salvador Dali, challenge yourself to find all the hidden faces in "The Persistence of Memory."
  • Scooters, skateboards, rolling bags, and all items over 11×17×5 inches are not permitted inside the museum.

Empire State Building

  • Tip: Look for the tiny statue of King Kong on the building's exterior as you approach the entrance.
  • The building is wheelchair-accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 7%): Edge Observation Deck + Skip-the-Line Empire State Building 86th & 102nd Floor Tickets

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  • Enjoy the best of NYC's skyline from two iconic viewpoints with this cost-effective combo to Edge Observation Deck and Empire State Building.
  • Stand over 1,100 feet at the Edge, the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, with an exhilarating view of Manhattan's skyline.
  • Experience the thrill of leaning against angled glass walls over the city below, and gaze through glass panels beyond the deck's edge.
  • Beat the queues with skip-the-line access to the Empire State Building's 86th and 102nd floor observatory deck, providing breathtaking 360-degree views of NYC.
  • Soak in the 360-degree views of Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, and more, a spectacular panorama stretching up to 80 miles on a clear day.

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Edge Observation Deck

  • Access to the indoor observation deck on Level 100
  • Access to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere
  • Access to the glass floor, angled glass walls, skyline steps and the eastern point
  • Bonus digital souvenir photo

Empire State Building

  • Skip the ticket line to the 86th and 102nd floor
  • High-power binoculars
  • Art Deco lobby access
  • Audio guide available in 9 languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin
  • Free wifi

Edge Observation Deck

  • Tip: Don't forget to explore the Eastern Point for a unique experience of being surrounded by nothing but air, sky, and glass.
  • Prohibited items: Large bags are luggage
  • Mobility: Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals are also permitted at Edge.
  • Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • It's advised to dress according to the weather conditions.
  • The last elevator ride is 50 minutes before closing.

Empire State Building

  • Tip: Remember to take a moment to appreciate the Art Deco lobby before you head to the top.
  • The building is wheelchair-accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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VIP Sunrise Experience: 86th Floor with Starbucks Reserve

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  • Start your day on a high note: unique sunrise viewing from the Empire State's 86th floor. A serene, breathtaking start.
  • Enjoy a gourmet breakfast above the clouds with Starbucks Reserve® coffee and Princi® pastries, exclusive to this tour.
  • Before the doors open, explore the Empire State's museum. An intimate look at its iconic history, without the crowd.
  • Capture the city awakening with your camera. This tour's early access means you get the first, unobstructed view.
  • Discover the Empire State's secrets, from its Art Deco elegance to its role in pop culture, enhancing your NYC visit.

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  • Early-morning VIP access to the Empire State Building
  • Sunrise viewing from the 86th Floor Observatory
  • Starbucks Reserve Empire State Building Microblend Coffee
  • A selection of artisanal Princi® pastries by Starbucks Reserve®
  • Tip: Ask staff about less-known spots within the building for unique views or quiet moments.
  • The building is wheelchair-accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Why You Should Skip the Line at the Empire State Building?

Empire State Building Skip the Line Tickets
  • Avoid long queues: Skip-the-line tickets guarantee fast access to the Empire State Building allowing you to walk past huge crowds and straight into the attraction.
  • Reduce waiting time: Purchasing these tickets reduces your waiting time because you get quicker access to the building’s observatory and other attractions.
  • Don't rush through your visit: The tickets help you save a lot of time, which you can use to explore the attraction. You don’t have to rush through your visit. 
  • Visit other attractions: These tickets help you save a lot of time that you can use to explore other attractions in New York. You don’t have to spend the whole day or a major chunk of it exploring just one site.

How to Skip the Line at the Empire State Building?

Empire State Building Skip the Line Tickets.

Book Skip the Line Tickets

Booking Empire State Building skip the line tickets allows you to access the attraction on priority without worrying about standing in long queues for hours. You can walk straight into the attraction saving a lot of time and energy, which you can use to explore the building at your own pace.

Empire State Building Skip the Line Tickets

Book Tickets Online

Booking Empire State Building skip the line tickets online is a much more convenient, efficient, and safe option because it guarantees a contactless transaction and hassle-free entry into the attraction. It gives you more time to explore the building and pass the the long waiting lines so that you enter the building much faster.

Empire State Building Skip the Line Tickets

Which Entrance Do Skip the Line Ticket Holders Use? 

The Empire State Building has four entrance gates. However, all visitors must enter the building only through the entrance located at 20 West 34th Street. The other entrance gates are reserved for tenants and their guests.

Skip the Line Tickets vs Regular Admission - Which to Choose?

Empire State Building Skip the Line Tickets.

Skip the Line

  • Skip-the-line tickets allow you to avoid huge crowds by guaranteeing priority access to the attraction.
  • You save a lot of time, which you can use to explore the site at your own pace and also see other attractions in the area.
  • These tickets reduce your wait time from a few hours to a few minutes by ensuring priority access to the attraction.
Empire State Building Skip the Line Tickets.

Regular Admission

  • The regular admission ticket grants you access to all the attractions inside the Empire State Building including the observatories and exhibits.
  • With your regular admission ticket, you might end up having to wait in line to get inside. However, regular tickets come with a timeslot, so you will only have to wait until it is your turn to enter.

Note: All Empire State Building tickets include the option of choosing a timeslot. The Express Pass is the only ticket that allows you to bypass all lines and head straight to the observatory.

Visitor Tips

  • Book your tickets online and well in advance.
  • There is no specific dress code but make sure you’re wearing warm clothes or carrying something warm because it might get windy and cold on the observatory floors.
  • The best time to visit the Empire State Building is during sunset. However, if you want to avoid crowds, visit in the early hours when the attraction opens or just before closing time.
  • There are no cloakrooms or locker facilities available so pack light.
  • Carrying tripods or heavy camera equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • The attraction is wheelchair accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Empire State Building Skip the Line Tickets

Can I skip the line at the Empire State Building?

Yes. You can skip the line at the Empire State Building by booking skip the line tickets.

Are skip the line tickets available for the Empire State Building?

Yes. Empire State Building skip the line tickets are available for booking. You can choose the Express Pass and skip all lines and head straight to the observatory on the 86th floor.

How much do the Empire State Building skip the line tickets cost?

Empire State Building tickets are priced at $44 and upwards. The Express Pass will cost you $80.

Where can I book the Empire State Building skip the line tickets?

You can book your tickets here.

Why should I book the Empire State Building skip the line tickets?

You should book skip the line tickets because you get priority access to the attraction, which means you won’t have to wait in long queues for your turn to enter the building.

Are the Empire State Building skip the line tickets worth it?

Yes, the tickets are definitely worth buying because they help you save a lot of time by allowing you to enter the Empire State Building on priority. You don’t have to spend hours waiting in long queues.

Do the Empire State Building skip the line tickets include a guided tour?

No, skip-the-line tickets do not include a guided tour.

Can I skip the line if I book my Empire State Building tickets online?

Booking tickets online only guarantees access to the attraction. To skip long queues at the Empire State Building, you will have to get the Express Pass.

What is the waiting time to get into the Empire State Building?

The waiting time to enter the Empire State Building can be anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour.

Are audio guides included with my Empire State Building skip the line tickets?

Yes, audio guides are included in the Empire State Building skip the line tickets. Learn about the history and significance of the building as you explore everything inside.

Which entrance is the best for Empire State Building skip the line ticket holders?

The building has four entrances but visitors can only use the one located at 20 West 34th Street. The other entrances are reserved for tenants and their guests. Skip-the-line ticket holders can enter through the regular visitors gate at 20 West 34th Street.