The Staten Island Ferry began service in 1905, and currently carries over 19 million passengers annually on a 5.2-mile run between the St. George Terminal in Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal in lower Manhattan.
A typical weekday schedule involves the use of five boats to transport approximately 65,000 passengers daily (104 daily trips). A four-boat (15 minute headway) rush hour schedule is maintained. On weekends, three boats are used (64 trips each weekend day). Over 33,000 trips are made annually. The ferry operates according to its published schedule. For updates, call 311.
The ferry operates 24 hours a day every day of the week. Through most of the day (the only exception being the hours of midnight to 6am), you will not have to wait more than half an hour for the next departure, and it will be more frequent and crowded during weekday rush hours. Weekdays and weekends, boats leave and arrive on the half hour. Among the sights to take in from either side of the vessel, are Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, lower Manhattan skyscrapers, Ellis Island, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn. Switch sides so you can take in all views. And as it pulls in to Manhattan, take a walk up to the front of the boat and bring your camera. It’s a great view you won’t want to miss. For Staten Island Ferry info, call 1 (718) 815-BOAT (2628).
Trip Time: Approximately 25 Minutes
- People with disabilities should use the upper level. Elevator available at the Whitehall Terminal.
- Arrival and departure times are subject to change.
- There are no vehicles allowed on the ferry until further notice.
- No pets are allowed on the ferry, with the exception of pets in cages and seeing-eye dogs.
- Midnight Cruise of New York Harbor passes Statue of Liberty.
- Sit on right side of ferry leaving Manhattan, left side returning to Manhattan.
- Good choice for a rainy day activity.
- Round-trip takes approximately 1 hour.
- Follow signs for Manhattan Ferry in St. George Terminal if you decide to return on the next ferry.
- Staten Island bus map lists bus and Staten Island Railway directions to places of interest and which ramp to use for departing buses.
Public Transportation Connections
The St. George Terminal is served by the Staten Island Railway and the S40, S42, S44, S46, S48, S51, S52, S61, S62, S66, S67, S74, S76, S78, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 bus routes.
Passengers arriving at the Whitehall Terminal are within a short walking distance from the subway lines as well as the M1, M6 and M15 bus lines.
Nearby Places of Interest:
1. Statue of Liberty
2. Battery Park
3. Ellis Island
4. Customs House (Museum of American Indian)
5. Museum of Jewish Heritage
6. Ground Zero
7. Trinity Church
8. Wall Street Financial District
9. Federal Hall with George Washington Statue on steps
10. South Street Seaport
11. Staten Island Places of Interest