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Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck
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Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck

By Empire State Building
No visit to New York is complete without experiencing bird's-eye city views. Admire the panoramas from the Empire State Building and explore its Interactive Museum and other areas with this ticket. It unlocks two attractions for the price of one—the 82nd-floor observatory and 2nd-floor museum to chart the building's story from construction.
from
RM 224.54
per adult
from
RM 224.54
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Duration:
45–90 minutes
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile

Highlights
  • Marvel at 360-degree, unobstructed views from the Empire State Building
  • See landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty from the heart of NYC
  • Visit the 86th-floor main deck, 2nd-floor museum, and redesigned 80th floor
  • Choose the Express ticket upgrade and follow the red carpet to the top

  • Admission to the Empire State Building
  • Access to 86th Floor Observatory
  • Access to second floor immersive exhibits
  • Free Wi-Fi on-site
  • Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line Express Ticket and/or 102nd Deck
  • Entry/Admission - Empire State Building


Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2194EMPIRE

  • No refunds due to weather conditions, length of lines or wait times at the building
  • Infant tickets for children 0-5 years are free and can be picked up at the ticket office upon arrival
  • Most travellers can participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck
  • Masks are optional for all guests at the Empire State Building Observatory Experience. For guest comfort, Observatory staff is fully vaccinated and will continue to wear masks.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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How much is Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck?
Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck price starts from RM 215.70. Discover and book Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck on Tripadvisor
What is the Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck cancellation policy?
Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck on Tripadvisor
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Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck is hosted by Empire State Building. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Empire State Building on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Empire State Building Ticket Optional Upgrade to Skip-the-Line and 102nd Deck on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2194EMPIRE

About the operator

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geordie-married-man
geordie-married-man
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WOW
First night, top of the world to see king kong, defo do this on a night time, views of the lights on the streets ar
Mrs-gore94
Mrs-gore94
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Awesome views
We went later in the evening, 10 pm. We walked straight up to the 86th and 102nd floors. Not very busy. Melvin F wa
Mark B
Mark B
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impressed
very impressed with the ticket option even thought it was not that busy. the actual experience was very good well w
Debbie W
Debbie W
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Iconic building and a must do
Such an iconic building and probably on most folks ‘must see’ when in NYC. It does not disappoint! Lots of info
spacekittytravels
spacekittytravels
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Wonderful!
Wonderful visit! A bit crowded (as to be expected, even though we went when it opened). We were lucky, weather wa
Rachel548
Rachel548
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Didn't disappoint
We loved our visit to the ESB! It was the iconic building that we wanted to see and was actually fun and informativ
Stephanie76021
Stephanie76021
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Sunrise Experience
I had planned a trip to NYC and wanted to plan fun things to do. I hag never been to the Empire State Building and
defendersv
defendersv
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Amazing building let down by it's staff
We visited at the beginning of September, and were told by the staff you have to book on line which is clearly not
Manicrose
Manicrose
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Great views
We opted to do this at night (after the sunset slots which they charge extra for). Seems a lot of people decided to
J551KZjay
J551KZjay
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First time -sunset visit
Enjoyed the views. Sunset was spectacular. It was pretty crowded at sunset. The staff manning the elevators was ver
80SSM
80SSM
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Fun times
From the time we arrived everyone treated us well. All employees were polite and courteously. The building and disp
mikeleddra21
mikeleddra21
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Empire State
Myself and my son had a brilliant visit to the Empire State well worth paying to all the way up. It was the highlig
danij123123-
danij123123-
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Empire
Enjoyed my Empire State Building visit! Very nice exhibit. Only thing I would recommend is more signage on the entr
Karen1972s7
Karen1972s7
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Worth every penny!
The 86th and 102nd floor tour around 7pm was just stunning. Worth noting the attendants working there were helpful
385adrianed
385adrianed
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Great NYC Attraction
My friend had never been to the ESB so it was time for a trip. We went on a Saturday in September 2022 and it was
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Donise E
13 contributions
We paid extra to go up to the 102nd floor observatory and I highly recommend doing that. The 80th floor is great and open air, but it's crowded and there is wiring surrounding the edges so you have to take your photos in between wires. The 102nd floor is not open air, but glass enclosed and there were very few people up there. The views were spectacular. We purchased tickets online for an 11AM time and the lines outside were very long, but the staff was very much in control of the situation, directing tourists, ushering us along in the right direction, very friendly. A+ to the staff! We waited outside possibly 15 minutes, so it wasn't terrible. Once inside, we were able to whisk along thru the elevators without having to wait. It was very well organized and efficient. We were there an hour. Must see for NYC!
Written 13 April 2022
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RoomtoImrpove
Thank you so much for your review. We hope you enjoyed every second of your visit. We appreciate the positive feed regarding our staff.
Written 17 April 2022
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BigDaddyO_12
Kissimmee, FL90 contributions
The Empire State building was AMAZING! I highly recommend visiting this landmark. My 11 and 12 year old kids absolutely loved it. They have a little museum showcase on the 80th floor i believe before going to the 86th floor for the outside experience. Its very well layed out and entertaining. The views are amazing! I recommend you purchase the additional 102nd floor view. Don't be cheap, its a ounce in a lifetime experience. Also, i recommend you visit one of the other observation decks, so that you can see the empire state building from that point of view. Just a heads up- DON'T reserve the sunset view on the empire building, reserve it on one of the other buildings, like the Edge observation deck. WHY, because you will be able to see the Empire state building LIGHT UP from the other building! Enjoy your trip!
Written 9 September 2022
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Ben M
Lincoln, UK12 contributions
If you’re in New York be sure to include this on your to do list! We went up to the 86th floor at Sunset and the views do not disappoint. We were expecting a queue and whilst we did have to wait for about 15 mins we were promptly allowed in and got through security quickly before heading up to the viewing platform.

You go to a small museum at the bottom of the building first and then take a lift to the 80th floor, then you go up to the 86th floor. You can upgrade your ticket to the 102nd floor if you wish once you are up there but we decided to stay put at the 86th floor. When you come back down you arrive at a gift shop where you can purchase ESB related souvenirs and there is lots to choose from! Fairly reasonable prices too.

Definitely book tickets online ahead of time as it is much more straightforward on the day.
Written 6 June 2022
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Simina31
Bucharest, Romania1,206 contributions
Best view ever! I truly believe that nothing will top the view and feeling I got while being on top of the Empire State Building. We used the Go City Explorer Pass to get in and I had also previously booked a sunset time for an additional fee which was totally worth it. Entrance worked perfectly according to our reserved timeslot. The staff was so friendly!
Written 15 June 2022
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RoomtoImrpove
Thank you so much for your kind review. We're glad to hear our staff members were friendly. We will be sure to pass this along.
Written 21 June 2022
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jerryskc
Kansas City, MO469 contributions
My third trip to the Big Apple and I didn't feel it could pass without finally visiting this iconic building. Once there, of course, one should ascent and my family of four bought the admission tickets for both the 86th and the 102nd floor observation decks, the former being outside, the latter a floor to ceiling glass window experience.

It's expensive - $77 a head which is frankly outrageous for a couple of elevator rides, a museum and viewing floors but what are you going to do if you want to have this experience? However it is a lot of coin to drop if you have a family let me tell you. You do get a good experience though, it is fair to say. The museum charts the building of the tower and it is fascinating and well done with pictures and moving graphics that tell the remarkable story of construction. Imagine wandering around, 90 floors up, no hard hats or safety harnesses, wanging red hot rivets around. It's an amazing story and well told here.

Of course, one comes here to see the views from the top and we were fortunate to be there on a crystal clear day that disconcertingly reminded me of 9/11/01 and it is sad that this date is permanently seared on our psyches to this day, especially when in New York City. It doesn't help that I am not good with heights. At all. So it is weird that I would want to do this to be honest!

However, the views are indeed spectacular. One is whisked from the lobby to the 82nd floor and thence to the 86th where there is an open air observation deck from where the views are spectacular. However, once one has reached this level, it seems worth going up to the 102nd floor which is as high as one can go. This requires an extra ticket to access the solitary elevator up to said observation deck which is small and circular with floor to ceiling windows affording even more stunning vistas across NYC. For those of us scared of heights it is doable, but nonetheless terrifying!

Very expensive but it's definitely an iconic experience and the story of this wonderful building is definitely worth experiencing. It's such a shame that 9/11 haunts me every time I ascend this high in a skyscraper. Probably should not have visited the 9/11 memorial the day before from that point of view.
Written 25 April 2022
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RoomtoImrpove
Thank you so much for your review. We're glad to hear that our experience surpassed your expectations. Hope you and your family took some great pictures.
Written 2 May 2022
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AnnaLou1991
Cornwall, UK473 contributions
We were exploring on our first day and walked past the Empire State so I said "Shall we go up?" We had the GO City New York Explorer Pass so we had to use this to 'purchase' a ticket. The man was very helpful and showed us how to do this at the machine so we did not have to queue. Our tickets enabled us to go up straight away.

The lift was absolutely rammed full of people. Our tickets enabled us to go to the 96th floor. The lift takes you to the 90th floor which is the inside viewing platform and you need to take another lift to the 96th floor to the outside viewing platform. The queue for this lift was +30 mins so they were telling everyone to take the stairs. The views were amazing!! but the viewing platform is just too small for the amount of people they let up. We walked around but it was just too busy and you could not get to the 'front' as people were having full Instagram photoshoots everywhere. The queue for the lift down was very long so we walked down the stairs and then joined the queue for the main lift.

For something so iconic it was a bit of a let down. We had already done Top of the Rock in the morning and for me that was far superior.
Written 31 March 2022
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wanderer1603
England, UK231 contributions
Book tickets in advance - takes 10-15 minutes to get from security up to the 86th floor. Views from 86th floor are fantastic, not sure if it is worth purchasing the more expensive ticket to go up to the 102nd floor. Plenty of areas to take photos outside. Check weather forecast before going - if it's overcast/cloudy, visibility is not great and you won't be able to see views of Manhattan.
Written 6 January 2022
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Howard L
Park Ridge, IL836 contributions
If nothing else, you can come here pending weather, to get great views of the NYC metro area from their 86th floor observatory deck. I was struck by how touristy the whole setup is for visitors including all the multitude of Art Deco era dressed attendants and the directed gift shop walk through. But they've had decades of experience, and it's still popular, and it works. The museum also has a lot of historical info and videos. There's a $44 fee to get to the 86th observatory deck and a much heftier $77 fee to get to the indoor 102nd floor 360 degree observatory deck. We choose the 86th floor deck and it was plenty good viewing of this great city. In fact, no one I subsequently asked could tell me what was worth paying another $33 pp for lol. Anyway the Pro-Tip is that the 86th floor observation deck is plenty good and plenty worthwhile for a one time visit to "the world's most famous building".
Written 10 June 2022
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Kimberly Alfau
Cancun, Mexico381 contributions
Buy the NY to be able to enter and you must make a reservation, they will let you in 1 hour before your reservation time. Super friendly staff, the building is very nice, as you continue advancing you can see the history of the building. I am a person who does not like heights. But the view is great.
Written 13 August 2022
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Simply Sublime
Seattle, WA172 contributions
Lots of interesting history and exhibits so plan some extra time. You can buy skip the line tickets or get a tour, but I wanted the full experience at my own pace. The 86th floor is amazing with open air views and free binoculars mounted to the floor. The 80th floor has some great views as well, but it's through glass. I went at sunset and the pictures of the skyline at dusk are incredible. If you show up a little before sunset, you can get daytime pictures and then stay a little later to get nighttime pictures as well. Don't pay for the 102nd floor; it's a rip off and only through glass. Make sure you have your vaccination card because the museum counts as an indoor location.
Written 14 September 2021
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