Staten Island Ferry

November 1st, 2015 / / No Comments »

Staten Island Ferry

There are plenty of easy tricks to keep the costs down on a trip to New York whether you are looking for top tips for the Empire State Building or investing in a Sightseeing Pass.  However, one simple tip is to take the Staten Island Ferry that offers fantastic views of the New York skyline FREE of charge!

Check out our guide below on the Staten Island Ferry packed with information & money saving ideas to help you enjoy New York on a budget.


Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry


Staten Island Ferry; More Information

The Staten Island Ferry offers fantastic views of the New York skyline plus a chance to get up close & personal with both the Statute of Liberty & Ellis Island.  Always a firm fan of exploring a city from a new perspective, the Staten Island Ferry compliments other free attractions such as the High Line and Brooklyn Bridge that offer distinctive views of New York & all on a budget.

The Staten Island Ferry runs a regular service between lower Manhattan & Staten Island and astoundingly remains free of charge.  This 5 mile journey takes approximately 25 minutes each way & runs throughout the day & night, (some holiday restrictions).

The views are simply spectacular of the Manhattan skyline giving you a changing perspective as the Ferry moves back & forth between the two destinations.

Travel Deals To New York

Whilst it’s always a good to have in mind what you’d like to achieve during your stay, your first priority when planning a trip to New York will probably be on keeping the costs down on flights & accommodation.  Online travel agencies such as Expedia can offer competitive prices on hotels & flights that now also offer easy to use apps that can help you plan on the move.

Worth keeping an eye out for the Expedia Best Price Guarantee too that ensures best value.



Staten Island Ferry


Staten Island Ferry; How It Works

You can pick up the Staten Island Ferry from the east end of Battery Park, (Whitehall Ferry Terminal), with ferries running 24 hours a day. Ferry customers must disembark at each terminal, (Coast Guard regulations), although many simply re-enter through the Staten Island terminal building and catch the ferry straight back for a FREE round trip.

Whilst vehicles can no longer be transported on the Staten Island Ferry, bikes can be accommodated and still no charge.

Staten Island; What’s There?

Clearly, Staten Island attractions & businesses are keen for day trippers to explore the Island and there are plenty of things to do if you have time to spare. Those with a Sightseeing Pass can enjoy free entry to the Staten Island Botanical Garden or Children’s Museum.  Another money saving idea would be to visit the Staten Island Zoo that offers FREE entry every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm.

As we were time limited during our trip to New York, we simply returned on the next ferry, (as did quite a number of passengers).

Plans have been approved to build a New York Wheel, (similar to London Eye), on Staten Island with a target date for opening set for 2017. This new development has been billed as the world’s tallest Ferris wheel and it will be interesting to see if this has the desired effect of retaining day trippers for a longer visit.

More information available at Staten Island Ferry.


Staten Island view New York

New York Skyline from Staten Island


Budget New York

For those planning a trip to New York, it can be worth investing in a Sightseeing Pass that offers discounted entry to over 80 attractions including the Empire State Building & Central Park Bike Tours. The great advantage with the New York Pass is that it also offers fastrack entry to popular settings such The Metropolitan Museum of Art & Top of the Rock that will save you time & money.

More details available at New York Sightseeing Pass.


By Liz Walsh




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