New York Ferries

New York ferries are unique, fun and interesting tourist attractions both for the daily commuting New Yorker, the sightseeing tourist as well as those wishing for a private, water gathering.

Staten Island Ferry

The address of the Staten Island Ferry is New York Department of Transportation, Staten Island Division, 1 Bay Street, Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York, 10301. Contact information is 718-815-BOAT or www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/masstran/ferries/statfery.html.
The Staten Island Ferry is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.
It is a free ferry for all passengers at any time.

The Staten Island Ferry is considered to be “the most reliable form of mass transit,” according to the government of New York’s website, with a 96 percent on-time rate. Tourists can view the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and some of lower Manhattan’s bridges and skyscrapers.

The Staten Island Ferry travels from Staten Island to lower Manhattan at the Whitehall Terminal and back. The trip is 25 minutes and five miles, both ways. The ferry makes 104 daily trips, transporting about 70,000 passengers.

Other New York Ferry Services

Besides the Staten Island Ferry, other New York ferry services include NY Waterway (1-800-53-FERRY or www.nywaterway.com), SeaStreak (1-800-BOATRIDE or www.seastreak.com), New York Water Taxi (212-742-1969 or www.nywatertaxi.com), and Liberty Park Water Taxi (201-985-8000 or www.libertylandingmarina.com).

Most New York ferry services open between 5 and 6 a.m.

Prices vary depending on the type of service as well as the particular trip, but fares generally range between $3 and $22 for a one-way ticket.

On July 20, 2005, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed legislation making ferries accessible to all New Yorkers, including people with disabilities.

Ferry trips range in length, depending on where you’re going and where you’re coming from. For example, a SeaStreak ferry will take you from Pier 11 in Manhattan to Corners Highlands in 35 minutes; a NY Waterway ferry will take you from Colgate in Jersey City, New Jersey to the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan in six minutes; and another NY Waterway ferry will take you from Haverstraw to Ossining, New York to connect with the Metro-North train to Grand Central Station in 22 minutes.

New York ferries are great for daily commutes, as necessary modes of transportation, and for amusement and pleasure. These tourist attractions are convenient and efficient as well as relaxing and enjoyable, offering a unique water transportation experience and sightseeing experience. Some ferry services, such as New York Water Taxi, offers tours of certain tourist attractions. Prices are generally reasonable-and the Staten Island Ferry is free-and whether you need to get from one place to another or just enjoy the ride and the atmosphere, New York ferries will not disappoint.

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