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Edge Tickets | How to Save on Admission

Updated: February 4, 2024

This post is about tips on visiting Edge, an observation deck suspended in mid-air above Hudson Yards in Manhattan.

We include information on tickets, as well as tips to save on costs, how to plan your visit, and the City Climb Experience.

We are local NYC tour guides who wrote this post based on first-hand experience because we regularly visit observation decks like Edge with our guests.

In the video below, Katie, a tour guide with Free Tours by Foot, gives you a preview of a visit to Edge.

We like all five decks as each has something to offer. Below we explain what makes Edge unique from all the other decks in the city.

You can also read our comparison of the five observation decks in New York City.

For even more first-hand thoughts on Edge, go to the bottom of this post and see what some of the roughly 255k members of our NYC Travel Tips Facebook Group have to say.

The group consists of locals, like our tour guides, regular visitors to NYC, as well as newbies.

You don't need to join the group to read comments. So why not check the group out when you are done with this post?


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Visiting Hours

Edge is open every day 365 days a year from 10 am - 10 pm.

Where is Edge?

At 30 Hudson Yards, one of NYC's newest neighborhoods, is on the west side of Midtown Manhattan at the southwest corner of 33rd Street and 10th Avenue, right on the bank of the Hudson River.

Use this Google link to map directions from your starting location.


EDGE AT HUDSON YARDS TICKETS

There are two types of tickets: General Admission and Edge Flex Pass.

Both types of tickets include:

  • 360-degree views of New York from the indoor deck on 100th floor
  • access to the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere
  • access to the thrilling Glass Floor, Angled Glass Walls, Skyline Steps, and Eastern Point
  • a free digital souvenir photo
  • unlimited time to visit

General Admission tickets give you a specific date/time slot that you can enter Edge.

The Edge Flex Pass allows you to enter at any time on your selected date.

There are add-ons available, like a glass of champagne for $16 and a personalized photo book for $22.


PRICES

The prices below are for online, in-advance tickets.

General Admission

  • Adult (13-61) $38
  • Child (6-12) $33
  • Children 5 and under are free
  • Senior (62+) $36

Edge Flex Pass Prices

  • Adult (13-61) $58
  • Child (6-12) $53
  • Children 5 and under are free
  • Senior (62+) $56

All General Admission tickets are subject to the NY Sales tax of approximately 9%. All sales are final.

TIP: General admission tickets are included for free with the purchase of the New York Sightseeing Pass and the New York Flex Pass. Read our money-saving section below.


HOW TO SAVE ON THE COST OF EDGE TICKETS

Below are some ways to save some money on tickets for Edge.

Some of these may not currently be available so you should contact Edge to check.

1. NYC City Passes

Entry to Edge is free with the purchase of the New York Pass, Sightseeing Pass, and the Go City New York Explorer Pass.

In addition to Edge, both passes also include admission to One World Observatory, the Empire State Building, and Top of the Rock.

Why pick which view you want to experience the most when you can enjoy them all for one flat price?

These passes work by bundling together dozens of attractions and tours into one money-saving price. They can save you up to 55% off of retail ticket prices.

These passes include the following attractions:

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Empire State Buildings, Top of the Rock, or One World Observatory
  • Madame Tussauds
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry  
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Read our post comparing the various tourist attraction passes to see which one, if any, is best for you.


2. New York Sightseeing Pass Deals

In addition to being offered by other tourist passes, both the New York Sightseeing Pass and the New York Flex Pass provide not only admission to Edge Observation Deck but also come with savings at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

Here are all the deals you can enjoy with these passes:

  • AG Adriano Goldschmied | 20% off
  • Atelier Cologne | Free gift w/ $135 purchase
  • Athleta | 20% off one full-price item
  • Bluestone Lane | 15% off
  • Camp | One free kid's activity
  • Cartier | Free glass of champagne
  • Dylan's Candy Bar | $5 off purchase of $25
  • Fendi | Freestyling session
  • H&M | 20% off one item
  • Jo Malone | 15% off purchase of $200
  • Kiehl's | Free consultation and deluxe sample w/ purchase
  • Li-Lac Chocolates | Free chocolate bar w/ purchase
  • Mack Weldon | Free gift w/ purchase of $100
  • Mercado Little Spain | $5 off purchase of $25
  • Molton Brown | Free consultation and gift bag
  • Origins | Free sample w/ purchase
  • Pandora | 10% off purchase of $125
  • Ray-Ban | 20% off your entire purchase
  • Scanlan Theodore | Free glass of champagne
  • Suitsupply | Freestyling appointment and basic alterations
  • Tumi | Free monogramming on some purchases
  • Vitra Eyewear | 50% off all Rx lenses

If you're planning to visit any of these stores while you're in the area, this pass could help you save a few extra bucks.


3. Military Discount

Active and retired members of the U.S. military are eligible for reduced tickets.

To book, please contact customer service at (332) 204-8500. You can also email them via their website.


4. New York City Residents

Get $2 off when you buy an adult ticket online.


5. Combo Packages

There are a few combo packages that allow you to save money by combining Hudson Yard Tickets with admission to other popular attractions in NYC:

Make sure to compare prices, because while some combo packages will provide decent savings, others aren't as good of a deal.


6. Money-Saving Websites

You can sometimes find deals on tickets to Edge from websites like Groupon and LivingSocial.

Occasionally they run additional promotions that will get you an extra 10% - 20% the already reduced ticket price.


7. Senior Discount

Visitors who are over the age of 62 will be eligible for $2 off on all tickets. All you have to do is provide proof of your age.


8. Children

Parents with children between the ages of 6 - 12 can save an extra $5 on all tickets. Children 5 and under will be granted free entry.


9. Student Discount

Unfortunately, there currently is no special deal for students for Edge.

This could change in the future, and you should call and ask them before purchasing a ticket to make sure.


10. Teachers

There is no deal on tickets for educators at the moment, but that could change in the future.

Call ahead and ask about educator ticket deals just to make sure.


11. Ticket Holder Savings in Hudson Yards

Present your same-day Edge ticket for exclusive offers at The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.


WHY CHOOSE EDGE OBSERVATION DECK?

Before we get into ticket prices and ways to save, let's go over why you might choose Edge at Hudson Yards over the other observation decks in NYC, and why you should trust us.

Glass Floor

One thing Edge has that is unique among all the observation decks in New York City is the glass floor area you can walk across.

Image © Free Tours By Foot

This might be a turn-off for some visitors, but luckily this feature only takes up a very small square built into the deck, so you don't have to walk over it or look down.

That said, if you're interested in the thrill, this is an excellent chance to see an incredible NYC view from over 1,000 feet above the street!


Panoramic Views of Other Notable Buildings

In addition to the elements that make Edge unique, you'll get unbelievable panoramic views of famous skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Chrysler Building.

Image © Free Tours By Foot

You can also see the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. If your eyes are good enough, you can even see parts of New Jersey!


Tickets Come with Savings at Hudson Yards

Each Edge ticket can be used for savings at the shops and restaurants of Hudson Yards.

Even if you're not planning to do much shopping, there are a few deals that include a free chocolate bar or brownie just for making one small purchase.

If you want a bite to eat or a cocktail before or after your visit to Edge, your ticket will save you some money.


See The Vessel

Also located at Hudson Yards, this fascinating attraction was designed by Thomas Heatherwick Studio.

When you go to Edge, be sure to stop by The Vessel. You will want to have your camera ready for this!

Find out more on our post about The Vessel.


CITY CLIMB TICKETS

If you're looking for an even more exhilarating experience from Edge, City Climb will take you higher up on the building than even the Edge observation deck!

In addition to having the opportunity to climb up the side of the skyscraper, you'll also have the chance to hang off the side of the building, suspended by a harness and kept safe by experienced staff members.

Although this activity is not for the faint of heart, it's one of the more exciting experiences in this city.

Learn how to get tickets from our post covering what to expect at City Climb NYC.


SKY SKATE AT EDGE

Glide across the ice at New York City's highest skating rink! This indoor 1,024-square-foot synthetic ice rink is open from November to January.

Skyskate offers the same views of the city as the Edge deck. Your ticket includes Edge admission and free skate rental.

The 2023-2024 season ran from November 15 to January 14, daily from 10 am to 8 pm.

Check back with us later in 2024 for dates.

How to Purchase Tickets

  • Adult (13-61) $48
  • Child (6-12) $43
  • Senior (62+) $36
  • Visiting during peak days is an additional $6 per ticket.
  • Visiting during sunset is an additional $10 per ticket.

All tickets are subject to the NY Sales tax of approximately 9%. All sales are final.


RESTAURANTS BY EDGE OBSERVATION DECK

The Hudson Yards complex has plenty of retail, eateries, a champagne bar, and other amenities.

The many restaurants are a diverse mix of cuisines like Spanish tapas, Greek seafood, and Sushi.

There are also grab-and-go food shops like Pret a Manger, Sweetgreen, Shake Shack, and the kiosks of Mercado Little Spain.


FACTS ABOUT EDGE

What is the best time to go to Edge NYC?

The answer depends on one's preference. Some people visit Edge at sunrise or sunset to witness panoramic views and the hues of the sky.

Others prefer daytime for clear visibility and nighttime to get mesmerized by sparkling night and starry views.

It's also worth noting that this and other observation decks are usually much better during the summer months than in winter, as clouds and bad weather can impact whether or not you get the best view.

Is Edge better at day or night?

The daytime is better if you want to watch more city details with fewer crowds and sometimes cheaper tickets.

At night, you will enjoy an incredible view of the city with its glittering lights from the buildings, but with more crowds and higher ticket prices.

How long is the elevator ride to Edge NYC?

The elevator ride to Edge NYC is quick and takes about 60 seconds. The elevator has a digital screen that displays a virtual journey of NYC.

How long do people spend at Edge?

The average length of stay is 45 minutes to one hour at Edge, but there is no standard time limit.

You can stay as long as you want and enjoy the panoramic views from different angles and perspectives, take photos and videos, sit at the top of the Skyline Stairs and sip champagne, and shop for souvenirs,

Can you be late to Edge NYC?

You can be late to Edge NYC but might be delayed until the next available slot. You should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled time to avoid any delay.

If you arrive late, contact the available staff.

How many floors up is Edge?

Edge is on the 100th floor, located at 30 Hudson Yards, a skyscraper in Lower Manhattan. Edge is one of the highest sky decks worldwide.

How do I book Edge with a city pass?

A city pass is a ticket that offers you saves you money when you bundle multiple attractions into one pass.

To book a visit to Edge with a city pass, confirm your online reservation for Edge and bring both your city pass as well as reservation confirmation at the time of entrance.

For more information about this service, please read our post covering New York City passes.

Is Edge worth it?

Yes, many visitors feel that Edge is worth spending your time and money on.

It offers a view of NYC from the 101st floor of a skyscraper, a thrilling glass floor experience, panoramic views, and much more.

Read our complete post, Is Edge NYC Worth It? to see the reasons why one of our local guides gave Edge the thumbs up!


TIPS FROM LOCALS AND TRAVELERS

If you want to get a sense of whether Edge is the right observation deck for you, the opinions from members of our popular New York Travel Tips Facebook group can help.

By far the most frequent question that comes up in our Facebook group is “Which observation deck should I go to?”

The choices include Edge, One World Observatory, the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and Summit.

Here, one group member ran a poll in which 127 members voted and here's the result.

Edge is almost up there with the Empire State Building and Top of The Rock. But don't rely only on this poll.

Our Facebook group has hundreds of comments about Edge versus the other observation decks.

Here are just a handful of comments from group members who have been to Edge as well as other decks.

This is a great suggestion for those who want to capture great photographs. Go early!

Those who are traveling with kids may want to know which is better: Edge or Summit.

For those considering City Climb but who have a mild fear of heights or a slight physical concern, these two group members went for it and are glad they did!

To read hundreds more comments about Edge, or for that matter, anything about NYC, check out our New York Travel Tips group.


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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, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: February 4th, 2024
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