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Manhattan, New York City 


New York Water Taxi 

Since 2002, yellow shuttle boats known as the New York Water Taxi have been taking both commuters and tourists along the Hudson and East Rivers. Whether for business or pleasure, the New York Water Taxi is a great way to see many of New York City's major landmarks. The best seats are definitely on top of the decks, offering panoramic views of the city including the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Financial District, UN Headquarters, and the historic South Street Seaport
New York Water Taxi, New York City
New York Water Taxi by Maria Azzura Mugnai

The New York Water Taxi operates three commuter routes making stops along several piers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. All the commuter boats make stops at the Wall Street Ferry Pier in Lower Manhattan.

  • The East River Commuter Service route terminal is at Hunters Point Pier in Queens.
  • The Rockaway Commuter Service route terminal is at the Riis Landing in Queens.
  • The IKEA Express route is a free service taking passengers to the Swedish IKEA department store at the Red Hook Pier in Brooklyn.

From June to September, the New York Water Taxi operates "hop-on, hop-off" shuttle boats for tourists from Fridays to Sundays. The shuttle boats offer passengers unlimited travels and stops for a single fare. There are two routes i.e. the Brooklyn/Manhattan Express and Statue of Liberty Downtown Express. Both routes make stops at the Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. In Lower Manhattan, passengers can board the shuttle boats at the South Street Seaport Pavilion Pier near the Financial District.

New York Water Taxi and the Brooklyn Bridgeokl
New York Water Taxi and Brooklyn Bridge by Arnodius

The New York Water Taxi also offers a number of sightseeing tours along the Hudson and East Rivers departing from Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. One of the most popular boat tours is the daily Statue of Liberty Express passing through well-known landmarks in New York City including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State Building. From June to August, there is the Audubon EcoCruise passing through several small islands in New York Harbor where many birds including herons make their home.  

Location: Several locations for boarding including Wall Street Ferry Pier (commuter boats) and South Street Seaport Pavilion Pier ("hop-on, hop-off" boats).

Website: New York Water Taxi

Tel (general inquiries): 212-742-1969 


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