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How Long Is the Brooklyn Bridge?

Updated: February 17, 2023

In this post, we answer the question, how long does it take to cross the Brooklyn Bridge?

We also have a post on tips on how to cross the Brooklyn Bridge as well as things to do in Brooklyn.


The Brooklyn Bridge is approximately 1.1 miles in length (or roughly 1.8 km).

However, entrances for the pedestrian walkway are approximately 1.6 miles apart (or roughly 2.6 km). 

How Long is the Brooklyn Bridge

Most visitors will not walk the complete promenade, as there are a couple of places where one can reach the promenade along the way.

For example, many visitors will start from the Manhattan side of the bridge and walk to the High Street subway station.

There they will catch the A or C train back into Manhattan, which is 1.4 miles in length (or roughly 2.3 km).

This is the length that you should consider when calculating the time needed to cross the bridge.


The short answer is 60 minutes. That's the time that most visitors to the bridge take to cross.

New York commuters hurrying to work spend 25 minutes crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

However, in this post, we are focused on visitors who want to experience the bridge. 

Quick Walk - 30 Minutes

In the video below, it takes the camera 25 minutes to reach the Manhattan entrance to the pedestrian walkway.

In reality, you will need an additional 5 minutes to reach the starting point in the video.

Casual Stroll 30-60 minutes 

For those who want to stroll casually while taking photos and admiring the view, give yourself an additional 30 minutes.

Using Our Audio Tour 60-75 minutes

We offer a GPS-enabled audio tour of the Brooklyn Bridge ($2.99/download). It has 13 stops.

If you listen to all of the audio and make time for some photos, you should spend about 1 hour and 15 minutes to cross the bridge.

Listen to an audio sample

Our tour of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO spends about 60 minutes to cross the bridge. Get the details here.


About The Author

Courtney Shapiro

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”. READ MORE...
Updated: February 17th, 2023
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