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This post provides seven ways to get tickets to the Statue of Liberty, including pedestal and crown tickets as well as where to get discounts.
There are three types of tickets available for the Statue of Liberty. Each ticket provides a different level of access to the landmark.
General Admission and Pedestal Tickets
Crown Access Tickets
Podcast Episode: Listen to tour guides Lori and Katherine discuss visiting the statue and Ellis Island on an episode of our NYC Travel Tips podcast.
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 Lady 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 discounts.
You can get tickets from Manhattan as well as from NJ online.
If you’re interested in visiting the Statue of Liberty, but you haven’t purchased admission in advance, you may still be able to get walk-up tickets.
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 on Liberty Island 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 New York. 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.
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.
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 is 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:
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 discount passes.
Some hop-on-hop-off bus tour and boat tour companies that offer combination tickets which include admission to the Statue of Liberty.
Like 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 which 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 Station of Liberty include free audio tours of both Liberty and Ellis Islands.
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.
If you want to learn something about this historic monument, a guided tour could be the perfect way to get tickets.