All You Need to Know about NYC Ferries
By Pink Dorms RA Jannina Marie
If you are new to the city, chances are you don’t know we have ferries, or maybe you know of the Staten Island Ferry, but not the others. The truth is, NYC has a vast network of ferries that you can ride for pretty cheap and get some spectacular views of the city, as well as visit some of the lesser-known outer boroughs.
Staten Island Ferry:
The Staten Island Ferry operated by the DOT (Department of Transportation) provides free, around-the-clock service between the South Ferry Terminal (sometimes referred to as the Whitehall Terminal) in Manhattan and the St. George Terminal in Staten Island. The trip is approximately 25 minutes long. The Whitehall Terminal is located at 4 South Street, Manhattan and most easily accessed by the 1, 4, 5, J, R and Z trains as well as the M15, SBS15, M5, and M20 buses. Generally, the ferry runs every 15 minutes during rush hours and every half hour or hour during nights and weekends. During periods of reduced visibility or heavy weather, the schedule may be adjusted. For more information and for detailed schedules see here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/ferrybus/siferryschedule.shtml
Fun Facts about the Staten Island Ferry: The City has operated the Staten Island Ferry since 1905. The Ferry carries over 23 million passengers a year on a 5.2-mile journey between Staten Island and Manhattan. It remains our most reliable form of mass transit with an on-time performance of over 96%! On a typical weekday, 5 boats make 118 trips carrying approximately 70,000 passengers!
The NYC Ferry operated by HornBlower Cruises and Events, provides New Yorkers with a dependable way to communte and connect in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx along the East River. The State-of-the-art vessels are all equipped with charging stations, WiFi, concessions and best of all, they are the same price as a subway ride! To get on board, NYC ferry recommends downloading their app and purchasing your tickets through there. Your e-tickets will then be scanned on board for quicker boarding. Other forms of payments accepted are cash and all major credit cards. You can purchase tickets from the concessions stand onboard located on the back of each vessel. You can also purchase tickets online via their website at www.ferry.nyc or at the NYC Ferry Ticket vending machines located at most of the ferry landings. If you plan on using the ferries daily or for multiple use, consider getting their 30-day passes for unlimited rides. For more information go to: www.ferry.nyc
Fun Facts about the NYC Ferry: The six routes span over 60 nautical miles of waterways! Get beautiful East-side views of NYC with NYC Ferry! Download your route map here: https://www.ferry.nyc/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Map.pdf
Summer Governor’s Island Ferry:
During Summer months, the Governor’s Island runs free or 1$ ferries from Manhattan and Brooklyn to the island. The Manhattan ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn ferry runs from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Ferries typically run every hour starting at 10am with the last ferry out of Manhattan usually around 4pm. In Brooklyn, ferries typically start running at 11am with the last ferry out at around 5:30pm. The last ferry to depart from Governor’s Island departs typically at 6pm for Manhattan and 7pm for Brooklyn. Passengers ride free on Saturdays and Sundays until 11:30 am. Otherwise, fares are 1$ each way for adults, or 0.50 cents each way for senior citizens. IDNYC Holders and Children under 13 rude Free. To purchase tickets, visit the ticket boots at the loading piers. Note that tickets can sell out in advanced and so plan to arrive 10–15 minutes prior to your planned departure. You may also purchase tickets via the NY waterway website here: http://www.nywaterway.com/Commuters.aspx After creating an account, select the “buy tickets” tab, then select Hudson River Ferries and enter BMB (Battery Maritime Building) or Pier 6 (Brooklyn Bridge Park) as your starting point and Governors Island as your destination. Tickets are also available through the NY Waterways mobile app. After downloading the app to your device, create an account by creating a username and password. Select the “buy tickets” tab, then select Hudson River Ferries and enter BMB (Battery Maritime Building) or Pier 6 as your starting point and Governors Island as your destination. Download the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ny-waterway/id447641721?ls=1&mt=8 Apple https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.bytemark.nywaterway Android
Fun Facts about Governor’s Island and the Ferry: Governor’s Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. The Island hosts a variety of events each summer including their famous Food Truck Events, the NYC Holi Hai Festival, World Ocean Festival, Large picnics, art exhibits, sporting events, and more! Be sure to check out the amazing Hammock Grove when you visit the Island! The ferry runs typically between the months of May and October.
Liberty Landing Ferry:
The Liberty Landing Ferry operated between Liberty State Park and Warren Street in Jersey City, NJ to the World Financial Center in Manhattan. Weekday service runs every 30 minutes and ferry departures start at 6:00am from Liberty Landing Marina. The weekend service is currently in effect, with the last weekend ferry leaving NYC for NJ at 7:45pm. Be sure to check their website here for more information to get updated scheduling information: http://www.libertylandingferry.com/ Bikes, dogs, and strollers are all permitted to ride with no additional charge! Fares are $7.00 one way or $14.00 round trip for adults. You can purchase a booklet of 10 trips for $55.00 or buy a monthly pass for unlimited rides for $220. Tickets can be purchased on board via cash or credit cards. Liberty Landing Ferry takes you to Liberty State Park, a green oasis that offers spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline. You can even purchase tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island directly from the park! The park offers various natural or historical interpretive programs yearly!
Fun facts about the Liberty State Park and the Ferry: Liberty State Park consists of a two-mile promenade along the Hudson River. Picnic and barbecue areas, playgrounds, food concessions, fishing & crabbing, hiking, biking, nature and fitness trails, dog-friendly trails, two fabulous restaurants and the amazing Liberty Science Center!
New York Waterway:
The New York Waterway runs several routes between New Jersey and Manhattan. There are approximately 10 NJ terminals and 7 NYC terminals. Ticket prices vary depending on your pick up and drop off points. NY Waterway offers a “Key to the City” program that provides savings on parking, ferries, dining discounts, and free bus service in midtown and downtown Manhattan. For more information on schedules, routes, and fares please visit: http://www.nywaterway.com/Home.aspx
Fun Facts about NY Waterway: NY Waterway has the largest ferry and excursion fleet in the NY Harbor, but it is still a family business! You are treated like family from the moment you step into the terminal; many people say NY Waterway cruise is the friendliest experience they have had in NY!
NY Water Taxi:
The NY Water Taxi operates between 4 Manhattan & Brooklyn Neighborhoods and the Statue of Liberty. The All-Day Access Pass is $35 for adults and $21 for children. This pass includes the complete 70 minute loop of the city, or go at your own pace and hop on and off as many times as you’d like during the day! For just 5$ more you can upgrade to a 2-day pass. Taxi’s leave roughly every hour from most stops and you are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure times. The pass also includes a free midtown shuttle bus. The Statue of Liberty Express Taxi is $30 for adults and $25 for children. Enjoy a narrated cruise by NY Water Taxi’s wildly entertaining guides for 60 minutes as you sail by the skyline and landmarks of lower Manhattan and then pause up close to the statue herself! NY Water Taxi offers many other tour packages such as the VIP All-Access Tour, a 9/11 Memorial Museum tour, Ikea express, single ride services and more! Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 742–1969, purchasing at your point of departure, or online at https://www.nywatertaxi.com
Fun Facts about NY Water Taxi: NY Water Taxi offers an amazing NY Eve Cruise as well as an amazing VIP Statue by Night Package! For extra fun check out their SHARK speedboat rides!
Seastreak ferries operate bewteen the Rockaways and Manhattan, between Monmouth County and NYC, as well as baseball ferries and other seasonal services. Affectionally called by their hundreds of daily commuters as “the most civilized commute in New York”. Seastreak offers trips to and from NYC to the following places: Jersey City, Hoboken, Atlantic Highlands, Sandy Hook Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Catch connecting ferries from these destinations to even more places like New Bedford, Newport and Providence. Tickets vary based on pick up and drop off locations and are available one way, round trip or in 10 or 40-Trip Books. You can even bring your bike on-board for an additional $5. For more information visit: https://seastreak.com
Fun Facts about Seastreak: Seastreak hosts a variety of special events, sightseeing cruises, tours, and getaways year round!
Statue Cruises operates ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Statue cruises also sells cruise packages that include various other tourist attractions such as the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the CityPass, and more. Statue Cruises is the ONLY authorized official provider or tickets and tours to the Statue of Liberty Monument and Ellis Island. Please be aware that many street vendors do not sell genuine Statue of Liberty tickets and we encourage you to avoid street sellers. Tickets are sold depending on what parts of the monument you are visiting and or on your desired destination. For ticket prices and more information visit: https://www.statuecruises.com/statue-liberty-and-ellis-island-tickets#/
For more info on their other packages visit: https://www.statuecruises.com/#/
Circle Line Downtown & Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises:
Circle Line Cruises operate between many sightseeing locations around Manhattan and up the Hudson River with departures from W. 42nd St, South Street Seaport, and Harborside Financial Center, Jersey City, NJ. For info on Circle Line Downtown which offers Statue of Liberty cruises, packages with entrance to Madame Tussauds Famous Wax Museum, Helicopter Tours, The Intrepid Museum and more visit them at: https://www.circlelinedowntown.com For more info on the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises visit them at https://www.circleline.com Both Circle Line Downtown and Circle Line Sightseeing are partnered with NY Water Taxi.
Please note that ferries are subject to schedule changes, route changes and more so please be sure to check their website or call ahead before planning your next ferry trip! We hope this ferry guide gives you the inside-scoop to NYC’s waterways! We Welcome you Aboard all that NYC has to offer, get to the know the city in a unique and fun way by visiting one or more of the ferry stops above! Happy Sailing!