Waiting time in queues for Empire State Building

  • How long do you have to queue for going up the Empire State Building in general? As I've seen, they offer a special ticket where you are allowed to skip the elevator queue, but you have to queue for the security check nevertheless. How much time could you save with this express ticket?

    Apparently The One World Trade Center is opening June 1 so you could check that out as well if the queues are too large. There's supposed to be a 3 floor observation deck on floors 100–102.

    @zuallauz I am sad it wont be open. "[...]The 120,000 square foot facility is scheduled to open in early 2015 and will occupy floors 100-102 at One WTC. [...]" http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/wtc-observation-deck.cfm

    If you're a gregarious kind of person, it might be possible to meet other travellers while you're waiting in line. Make eye contact, smile, say hello, and ask, "Are you from here?"

  • The wait time actually fluctuates throughout the year. We do see a large increase in the number of guests during the summer months and most major holidays, causing a wait time of about 45 minutes to an hour on average. During those times we recommend visitors purchase our Express Pass which allows you to skip the ticket and elevator lines. Everyone does need to go through security as we do our best to provide the safest experience for everyone. We recommend you purchase your tickets in advance at www.esbnyc.com to avoid having to queue at the building’s ticket office. Should you visit other times of the year we suggest coming either between 8-10 a.m. or after 10 p.m. as those are both times we tend to see shorter lines, as Geeo mentioned. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

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    I was quoted by the Empire State Building itself!

    I queued to go on NYE, the wait time in the "express" lane was over 3 hours. Needless to say I don't recommend going at that time

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