Travel Guide

Manhattan, New York City 


Staten Island Ferry 


The Staten Island Ferry service sails between the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan and the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. The ferry service is part of the city’s public transport system operated by New York’s Department of Transportation and carries nearly 20 million passengers (making about 40,000 trips) each year. The one-way journey between the two terminals takes about 20-25 minutes.

Staten Island Ferry, New York City
Staten Island Ferry by Estormiz

The ferry service comprises of several orange-colored boats passing through some of the most scenic areas of New York City. The ride on the ferry attracts many visitors to the city and best of all its free! The service operates throughout the year with departures every 15 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hours. The frequency reduces to every 30 minutes by noon and evening and even less from midnight to the early morning.

Whitehall Ferry Terminal
Whitehall Ferry Terminal by Ibagli

Since the ferry ride is a free service, this is an opportunity not be missed for visitors to New York City. There are the open areas on the decks allowing passengers to enjoy the sea breeze though it can get very chilly during the colder months. The ferry ride offers passengers picturesque views of the southern tip of Downtown Manhattan, Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and the northern tip of Staten Island - definitely worth taking photographs.

Location: Whitehall Ferry Terminal, 4th South Street, New York, NY 1004

Website: NYC Department of Transportation 


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