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Empire State Building Tours

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The world's tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that's floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. After admiring the mosaics in the Art Deco lobby, take an elevator ride to the 86th or 102nd floor and get ready to drink in astounding 360-degree views from this iconic skyscraper observatory.

The Basics
Set in Midtown Manhattan, the 102-story skyscraper is a must for any first-time visitor to New York City. While it’s easy to catch a glimpse of the tower around the city, this attraction is best enjoyed from one of its two observation decks, where the panoramic views over the Big Apple are legendary. Tickets to one or both of the observation decks can be purchased solo, although the Empire State Building is also visited on many city sightseeing tours, which often also include stops at Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. If you plan to visit on your own during peak times, it’s a good idea to buy an Express Pass to skip the line all the way to the 86th floor.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Choose a general admission ticket for standard entrance or a VIP Express Pass to skip the lines.
  • The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and stroller accessible. Handicapped restrooms are located on the 86th floor.
  • Glass bottles, cans, and tripods are prohibited.
  • Lines for the elevator can get long, particularly during peak hours. Be sure to use the restrooms on the second floor before getting in line.
  • STATE Grill and Bar is the building’s street-level, signature restaurant. You’ll also find five other dining options, plus Starbucks.

How to Get to the Empire State Building
The entrance to the Empire State Building is located on 20 West 34th Street. It’s easy to arrive on foot from many other popular Midtown attractions, or by taking the subway to Penn Station/34th Street or 34th Street/Herald Square. The building is also a stop on hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tours.

When to Get There
Since the Empire State Building is one of New York’s most popular attractions, it’s best visited in the morning just after opening or late at night (the decks are open until 2am) when the lines are shortest. Expect longer lines for tickets, security, and the elevators on weekends, holidays, and just before sunset.

Which Floor Should I Visit?
The 86th-floor observatory, known as the Main Deck, is the highest open-air observatory in New York. Its wraparound deck is outfitted with high-power binoculars, making it possible to see Central Park, the Hudson River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty from above. From the indoor Top Deck on the 102nd floor, visitors enjoy even more views (like Central Park in its entirety) and the chance to ride a manually operated Otis elevator. On the second floor, galleries house multiple hands-on exhibits. 
Address: 20 West 34th Street, New York City, New York 10118, USA
Hours: Daily 8am–2pm
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Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

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Marvel at the 360-degree, unobstructed views from the Empire State Building and explore its Interactive Museum and more with this combo ticket. See NYC's landmarks from the 86th-floor observatory, enjoy the exhibitions and augmented reality viewfinders on the 80th floor; and explore the 2nd-floor museum’s immersive displays on the building's history. Upgrade for skip-the-line access.
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  • 45 minutes
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Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket

Empire State Building Day and Night Admission Ticket

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As day turns to night, it's easy to see how New York City earned its City That Never Sleeps moniker. See the Big Apple in the light and dark with a day and night admission ticket to the 86th-floor observation deck at the Empire State Building—the highest observatory in New York City. Beat the lines by arriving with your daytime ticket, valid between 11am and 7:59pm, for 360-degree views of the iconic Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Then, return between 8pm and 10pm for spectacular views of New York by night.  
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  • 1 hour
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Skip the Line: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience Ticket

Skip the Line: Empire State Building Sunrise Experience Ticket

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Wake up with the City that Never Sleeps on a trip to the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building at sunrise, before the building is open to the public. Jumpstart your day with 360-degree panoramic views of the sunrise illuminating New York City below on an experience limited to 100 people.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$125.00
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Skip the Line: Empire State Building Premium VIP Tour Ticket

Skip the Line: Empire State Building Premium VIP Tour Ticket

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Avoid the long lines at the Empire State Building with a small-group tour that gets you priority, skip-the-line access to the iconic skyscraper. You’ll join an ‘Observatory Ambassador’, hear behind-the-scenes stories, and get spectacular views across the New York City skyline, all without spending a New York minute waiting in line.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$175.00
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The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building

The New York Pass: 100+ Attractions including Empire State Building

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Simplify your trip to the Big Apple, save time and money, and gain access to more than 100 New York attractions, experiences, and tours with this New York Pass. Choose from 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, and 10-day pass options, granting you access to top NYC attractions including the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, cruises, and more. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the number of consecutive days purchased.
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  • 1 to 10 days
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride over Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight over one of the world's most iconic cities.
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  • 15 minutes
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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue up the Hudson River to see even more of Manhattan. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 17 to 20 minutes
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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour

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New York's iconic landmarks, mighty rivers, and islands are even more impressive from the air. On this tour, soar over Manhattan’s most famous sights in a helicopter and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Big Apple. There's plenty of time time to see Liberty Island, the Empire State Building, and Governor’s Island.
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  • 20 minutes
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 6 hours
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New York CityPASS

New York CityPASS

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Get the New York CityPASS and enjoy great discounts at some of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Your CityPASS mobile tickets are valid for 30 days from the date of first use of first use for NYC favorites like the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty, Guggenheim Museum, 9/11 Memorial and Museum and much more.
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  • 30 days
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the highlights of New York City without the hassle of navigating traffic or public transportation by booking a Big Bus tour. The hop-on hop-off tour enables busy travelers to relax and enjoy the sights from the double-decker bus. Along the way, you can choose the attractions that interest you most rather than being caught up on a group tour.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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New York City Explorer Pass

New York City Explorer Pass

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Explore your favorite NYC attractions for one low price with this New York City Explorer Pass. Choose how many attractions you want to visit—up to 10—and enjoy visits to landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Top of the Rock Observatory, and activities such as a Madison Square Garden tour or Brooklyn bike tour. Sightsee the city with ease during a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or choose a sightseeing cruise. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building and Central Park, plus the Statue of Liberty. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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  • 12 to 15 minutes
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New York City at Night Bus Tour

New York City at Night Bus Tour

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Experience New York, the ‘city that never sleeps,’ magically lit up after dark during this guided evening tour of the city by bus. Begin with a short nighttime stroll along the city’s famous High Line Park, then hop on a bus for a ride past illuminated landmarks like Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the neighborhoods of SoHo and Chinatown, and take a short walk through Grand Central Terminal.
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  • 4 hours
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New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience

New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience

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See the sights of New York City from up in the air on this nighttime helicopter tour of the city. Take off, and soar over the NYC as you take in aerial views of some of the most famous sights. See the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Center, and Times Square all lit up, and then pass by the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges. This adventure is a shared experience with other travelers.
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Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

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Avoid the mobs of people sightseeing on land, and opt for this Manhattan architecture yacht cruise instead. From the teak deck of the boat, learn about New York City's architectural landmarks as you circumnavigate the island and listen to the 'Around Manhattan' narration provided by members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One beer or glass of wine is provided, as well as soda.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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NYC Tour with Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access

NYC Tour with Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access

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Maximize your sightseeing time in high-energy New York City on this tour offering skip-the-line access to the city’s most iconic landmarks. This guided excursion helps you avoid long lines at popular sights including the Statue of Liberty, meaning you have more time for an included bus tour as well as visits to Big Apple attractions like the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and lunch in Little Italy (at your own expense).
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New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

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Get an aerial view of New York City on this comprehensive helicopter ride. The sightseeing flight reveals all the top landmarks—from Central Park and Times Square to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This enables you to see more in minutes than you could in a day of exploring on foot, making the tour ideal for first-time visitors who want to get acquainted with the city.
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  • 30 minutes
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue to see Brooklyn, Staten Island and more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
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TCM Classic Film Tour of New York

TCM Classic Film Tour of New York

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See the real-life set of dozens of classic movies on this NYC film tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, movie buffs can visit more than 60 filming locations—many of which you would likely miss if traveling on your own. Your guide also shares movie trivia and insider details at stops along the way. Additionally, movie clips that corresponding with the passing sites are played onboard the comfortable coach.
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  • 3 hours
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Manhattan Adventure Boat Ride

Manhattan Adventure Boat Ride

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This custom sightseeing tour on the Hudson River is designed for photographers and tourists alike. Travel on the same media boat that news photographers use to cover breaking stories, and view more than 40 iconic sights—including the New York City skyline—from unique vantage points. The captain’s narration provides a comprehensive overview of New York Harbor, with close-up views of landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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New York City Sightseeing Tour by Coach

New York City Sightseeing Tour by Coach

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See as much as you can in fast-moving New York on this comprehensive 5-hour coach sightseeing tour of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Listen to live commentary as you tackle NYC from top to bottom, starting with Uptown highlights like Harlem and the Dakota (once home to John Lennon) before heading towards downtown. After admiring the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings, catch a glimpse of Greenwich Village and Soho and beholding the Brooklyn Bridge. Make sure to watch for the new World Trade Center as you head back to Herald Square.
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New York City Tour with Driver-Guide and Separate Guide Option

New York City Tour with Driver-Guide and Separate Guide Option

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Explore New York City at your own pace on a private tour that lets you customize your itinerary. Your personal guide helps you to craft your dream journey around NYC, making this trip a rewarding adventure for everyone from first-time visitors to NYC regulars. Plus, while many tours have one driver/guide, on this trip you can choose a separate guide and driver so you can ensure your guide’s full attention.
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  • 6 hours
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New York Secret Food Tour of Historic Greenwich Village w/ Private Tour Option

New York Secret Food Tour of Historic Greenwich Village w/ Private Tour Option

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New York City has been known for its yummy food for centuries, but if you don’t know Greenwich Village well, you might pass up some of the city’s most delicious dishes. This New York secret food tour lets you sample a mix of doughnuts, New York-style pizza, cupcakes, bagels, and more, so you can get a taste for the rich history of this historic NYC area.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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New York Christmas Holiday Small-Group Walking Tour

New York Christmas Holiday Small-Group Walking Tour

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There are few places that feel more festive than New York during Christmastime. Soak up its holiday spirit on this New York sightseeing tour, including stops at the Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Snap photos in front of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, admire the festive window displays of Fifth Avenue stores, and browse stalls in the magical Bryant Park holiday market.
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  • 2 hours
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New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise and One World Observatory Admission

New York City Luxury Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise and One World Observatory Admission

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Experience the best of New York City in one day by following a professional guide through Manhattan's top attractions on this 6-hour NYC 360 tour. Make stops at Central Park, Rockefeller Center, 9/11 Memorial and Flat Iron and Financial districts, among others. Travel in a luxury vehicle to all locations, and learn about the the history and stories of this incredible city from your guide as you walk around each sight. Cap off a day of sightseeing with skip-the-line entrance to One World Observatory (admission included), where you'll travel more than 100 stories in less than 60 seconds .
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  • 6 hours
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Private NYC Highlights Walking Tour w/optional Empire State Building Tickets

Private NYC Highlights Walking Tour w/optional Empire State Building Tickets

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This private NYC walking tour takes the stress out of navigating New York's neighborhoods, covering all of the city's top attractions on foot. Start in Downtown Manhattan; visit Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, and One World Trade Center; then ride the subway uptown to see the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, and the lights of Times Square.
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  • 6 hours
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Sushi Rolling Classes at The Empire State Building

Sushi Rolling Classes at The Empire State Building

There are many cooking classes offered in New York City, but none quite like this sushi rolling class at the Empire State Building. Both locals and visitors will enjoy this special experience that takes you inside one of NYC’s most popular attractions for your class session. Learn how to choose sushi ingredients, how to make traditional sushi rolls, and about sushi history from your two chef instructors.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Empire State Building hours of operation?
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Empire State Building hours of operation: Daily 8am–2pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Empire State Building tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Empire State Building can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 104 Empire State Building tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Empire State Building 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Empire State Building costs USD 45.73. Guided Empire State Building tours start around USD 45.73 per person. See all 104 Empire State Building tickets and tours on Viator.
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