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Statue of Liberty Tickets | 7 Options To Buy

Updated: April 9, 2024

This post provides seven ways to get tickets to the Statue of Liberty, including pedestal and crown tickets as well as where to get deals.


There are three types of tickets available for the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Each ticket provides a different level of access to the landmark.

  • General Admission – Includes cruise to Liberty Island & Ellis Island, does not include entry to the inside
  • Pedestal Ticket – Includes cruise and entry inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal
  • Crown Ticket – Includes cruise and entry inside both pedestal & crown
Statue of Liberty Ticket Options

If you want to go inside the Statue of Liberty, you must buy a Pedestal Access or Crown Access ticket. General Admission tickets do not get you access inside the statue.

If you are interested in tours of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, read more below.

General Admission

  • $31.50 – Adult | $25 – Senior 62+ | $19 – Child 4-12 | Free – Child under 4.

Pedestal Access Tickets

  • $31.80 – Adult | $25.30 – Senior 62+ | $19.30 – Child 4-12 | Free – Child under 4.

Crown Access Tickets

  • $31.80 – Adult | $25.30 – Senior 62+ | $19.30 – Child 5-13 | Children under 4 not allowed

Both pedestal tickets and crown tickets are limited and must be reserved ahead of time.

(Click on the links above for in-depth information on how to get these tickets).

General admission tickets are available either via reservation or flex ticket.

The flex-ticket option will allow you to visit whenever you have the time to do so, however, you might have to wait a while to use them during the summer and other busy seasons.

Flex tickets are only available as a part of tourist passes and bus company combo tickets.

For more information on the three ticket types available and how to plan your visit, please read our post about how to get to the Statue of Liberty.


While you can get flex tickets/general admission tickets in a variety of ways, the only way to get tickets for access to the pedestal or crown of the Statue of Liberty is to reserve them ahead of time.

If you want to reserve tickets beforehand, visit the Statue Cruises website and purchase admission directly from the source.

Although this is one of the easiest ways to get Statue of Liberty tickets, you won’t be able to take advantage of any promos.

You can get tickets from Manhattan as well as from NJ online.


If you’re interested in visiting the Statue of Liberty but haven’t purchased admission in advance, you may still be able to get walk-up tickets.

Castle Clinton Ellis Island Ferry

While they are in short supply during busier seasons, these same-day tickets can be obtained at the ticket booths inside Castle Clinton in Battery Park (Manhattan) or at Liberty State Park (New Jersey).

The main problem with this option is that you may arrive on a particularly busy day, so there might not be any tickets left when you get there.

It’s also likely that you’ll be limited to only general admission tickets, which can have long wait times in the high season.

This is more the case if you are coming from NY. Those going to the Statue of Liberty from NJ will usually have a larger selection to choose from.


Even if Statue Cruises sells out and there are no walk-up tickets available, there’s a possibility that third-party vendors will still have Statue of Liberty tickets available for purchase.

The best thing about this option is that some third-party sellers offer pedestal tickets, which will allow you to enter and see the pedestal of Lady Liberty.

Statue of Liberty Pedestal Access

These companies also usually include a concierge service to help visitors get their bearings upon arrival.

Third-party vendors charge a bit more than Statue Cruises. Tickets are between $6-$8 more expensive with this option, but it’s an excellent alternative if all else fails.

Purchase third-party Statue of Liberty tickets.


General admission/flex tickets are included with every major New York tourist pass.

These passes can save you 50% or more off full-price tickets by bundling together popular attractions and tours.

Additionally, they can also save you time through their skip-the-ticket-line benefits, which are available for most attractions and tours.

Here are just a handful of the most notable and popular attractions included with most tourist passes in New York City:

  • Statue of Liberty Tall Ship Cruise
  • Circle Line Statue of Liberty Cruise
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • One World Observatory
  • Empire State Building
  • Yankee Stadium Tour
  • Top of the Rock
  • And more!

Unfortunately, tourist passes do not provide either pedestal or crown tickets to the Statue of Liberty.

If you’re interested in seeing either of these areas, you’ll have to reserve tickets directly from Statue Cruises ahead of time or upgrade on-site (Upgrades on-site are not guaranteed).

For more details about this option, take a look at our post covering all of the most popular New York tourist attraction passes.


Some hop-on-hop-off bus tours and boat tour companies offer combination tickets that include admission to the Statue of Liberty.

As with the tourist passes, these combos only offer general admission/flex tickets to Lady Liberty, and this means you won't have a reserved time to enter the security line.

Thankfully, there is at least one combo package that includes pedestal access to the landmark.

Check our Bus/Boat Tour combo ticket page for more details.

NOTE: There are many boats that cruise around the Statue of Liberty but do not stop there. This is also an option for you.


All tickets to the Statue of Liberty include free audio tours of both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

However, there are also guided tours of the Statue of Liberty actually include admission in the price of the tour.

These tours usually include pedestal tickets and all tickets are timed entry. Most take place first thing in the morning but there are a few afternoon options.

There is also a Hard Hat Tour of Ellis Island.

If you want to learn something about these iconic landmarks, a guided tour could be the perfect way to get tickets.


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: April 9th, 2024
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