This post will show you how to get free tickets for The View, including standby tickets, where and when you need to go on the day of the taping, and general rules for studio entry to help you plan your attendance. Be sure to check out our how-to guide about attending other NYC TV show tapings.
The View tapes at 57 West 66th Street, which is between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. To travel by subway, take the 1 train to 66th Street – Lincoln Center station. You can also take the A, C or D trains to 59 St – Columbus Circle Station or 72nd Street Station. Use this link for directions to the studio from your departure location.
Go to the show’s website, where you will find a calendar that tells you which dates are available or sold out. It will look like this:
Once you decide on a date, just click on it, and you will be asked for your name and contact information and that’s it! You will be notified via email when your tickets are approved. IMPORTANT: Like other TV show tapings, your ticket does not guarantee entry. Shows like The View overbook on purpose to ensure a full studio audience. Entry is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early.
If you do not receive tickets for your chosen date, you can always try the standby line on the day of the taping.
TIP:Tickets are free, so avoid anyone who tries to sell you one.
If you don’t get tickets or are feeling spontaneous, you can try for standby/same-day tickets. At 8:30 am, standby numbers are handed out at the audience entrance at 57 West 66th Street (see directions above). To increase your chances of getting standby tickets, be sure to get there and join the line before 8:30 am.
After you receive a standby number, you can leave. Return to the same location at 10:20 am to find out if there are empty seats in the audience. Standby number holders are admitted in order of the number they received until all seats are full. You are not guaranteed to get in, but it is worth a shot.
TIP: Since you have time to kill between 8:30 am and 10:20 am,there are some interesting nearby attractions such as the Dakota Apartments on 72nd Street where John Lennon lived and died, and Strawberry Fields, Lennon’s memorial. Check out our Central Park Guide which has tons of information about the many things to do and see in the park. You are also just one block away from world-famous Lincoln Center.
You must arrive by 9:30 am. Be prepared to wait, mostly outside, for at least an hour until you are seated and the show taping begins. Taping takes between 60-90 minutes.
Like other TV show tapings, your ticket does not guarantee entry. Shows like the View overbook on purpose to ensure a full studio audience. Entry is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early.
Have I.D. with you and remember, guests must be 16 years or older.
Be prepared to go through a security screening.
No food or drink is allowed.
There is no coat check so all of your belongings must fit in a small bag or purse. If you have big bags or luggage with you, consider short-term luggage storage which is both cheap and convenient. Read our post on where to store bags near the studio for more information.
The dress code must be adhered to. No tank tops, no large logos on hats or shirts, no t-shirts, no shorts, no solid white or solid black tops. Guests are encouraged to dress “upscale casual” and look trendy or fashionable. For a full list of the dress code, click here. We recommend you bring a sweater to keep warm as taping studios can sometimes be quite cold.
You can take photos with a camera, but only at designated times during the taping. Cell phones and other wireless devices cannot be used as a camera. Video recording is prohibited at all times.
If you need wheelchair access, email TheView@1iota.com to let them know.