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Getting to the Empire State Building

  • Where is the Empire State Building?

    The Empire State Building is located at 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets.

  • Where is the entrance?

    Please enter on Fifth Avenue between 33rd & 34th Streets

    All visitors (with or without tickets) must go through the Observatory security-check line.

  • How do I get there by subway, train or bus?

    The closest subway stops are Penn Station / 34th St on the 1,2, or 3 lines, or the B, D, F, N, Q, R to 34th St / Avenue of the Americas.

    From Long Island or New Jersey, take the Long Island Railroad or NJ Transit to Penn Station, located just 2 blocks away.

    From Westchester and further points north, take the Metro North to Grand Central, and then the Shuttle to Times Square. From TImes Square, take the 1,2, or 3 to Penn Station and walk two blocks east to the Empire State Building.

    More detailed directions are available from Google Maps.

  • Is there a parking available?

    The Empire State Building does not have its own parking garage. The closest garage is located on 33rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, across the street from the building. Metered street parking is available, but very limited.

Your Visit

  • What is the best time to visit the Empire State Building?

    The least crowded visiting hours are at 8AM or around 3PM, but peak visiting times vary by season. We are open in from 8AM to 2AM regardless of weather conditions.

    You may call the Empire State Building to find out wait times, visibility, etc. at (212) 736-3100 or toll free (877) NYC-VIEW (877-692-8439).

  • Can I visit the Empire State Building at night?

    Yes. We are open until 2AM daily, with last elevators going up at 1:15 AM. Live music is available Thursdays through Saturdays, from 10PM to 1AM.

  • Can I run or climb the stairs at the Empire State Building?

    Only if you are participating in the annual run up. The stairs are closed to all guests at all other times.

  • How long does a typical visit take? Is there a time limit?

    There are no time limits or specified visiting windows. You should allow at least one hour for your visit, and slightly more if you will be visiting both the main deck and the top deck.

    During peak visiting hours, especially in the warmer months, there may be extended waits to buy tickets and enter the elevators. You may shorten these waits by buying an express ticket online, which allows you to skip the ticket office and jump to the front of all other lines.

  • What amenities are available at the top? Is there a restroom?

    Restrooms are available on the Main Deck only. We offer powerful binoculars to take in the unobstructed views in every direction. There is no restaurant or concession on the observations decks, but food is available on the main concourse at the lobby level.

  • Is the observation deck wheelchair accessible?

    Yes. The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant. We have handicapped restrooms on the 86th floor Observatory and also have lowered viewing walls and binoculars.

  • Can I bring a baby stroller?

    Yes. Elevators are available for visitors with baby strollers.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    No. Pets are not allowed.

  • Can I bring a tripod for my camera?

    No. Tripods are prohibited at the Observatory, and there are no storage facilities on site.

  • I have a licensed firearm. Can I bring it?

    Only members of the following law enforcement agencies may bring a firearm:

    • New York City Police Department
    • New York State Police
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • United States Secret Service
    • United States Department of State
  • What items are prohibited?

    The items listed are not permitted in the Empire State Building. Do not carry any of these items into the security screening area. Items that are confiscated may not be returned. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, so if you are unsure about an item, please do not bring it. Any questions and uncertainties should be referred to the Security Officers on duty.

    All weapons, including firearms, ammunition, knives, swords, scissors, mace, any dangerous items and any dual-use items that could be dangerous are strictly prohibited in the Empire State Building.

    Glass items, including bottles, glasses, marbles, etc.
    Alcoholic beverages
    Cans, bottles, flasks, etc.
    Professional cameras, equipment and camera stands: mono-pods, bi-pods and tri-pods
    Sports equipment such as skateboards, roller skates, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, baseballs, footballs, tennis balls, etc.
    Marking instruments, including spray paint and markers
    Musical instruments
    Large packages, suitcases, carry-on luggage and other such parcels.
    Costumes and masks

    There are no locker storage facilities at the Empire State Building for personal belongings.

  • What security precautions do you take?

    All visitors to the Empire State Building must pass through primary security screening, similar to airport security procedure, before going to the Observatory.

  • Where can I buy souvenirs?

    You can buy something to help you remember your visit on the 80th Floor Gift Shop, or online.

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Open every day, 365 days a year rain or shine
Special Holiday Hours
8AM to 2AM
Last elevator up at 1:15AM


350 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Between 33rd and 34th St.
Entrance on 5th Avenue
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