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East River Ferry

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  • Daniel T.
    Now only $2.50!!!
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaFebruary 16
    Been here 5+ times
    Best way to commute to the city, rain or shine! Not packed, pretty quick and amazing views! They have a little bus to take you around midtown! Not needed if you go downtown.
  • Sapana K.
    Sapana KulkarniAugust 5, 2015
    Get the app to avoid lines for the ticket. Wait until you see the boat to activate the ticket.
  • Erica S.
    Erica SklarJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best way to travel!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJune 29, 2015
    The best way to get to Gov Ball.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJune 14, 2015
    Lovely views on/of the East River & its surroundings 😍
  • Chloe B.
    Chloe BecquetJune 11, 2015
    The best way to get over the east river to Greenpoint, Brooklyn and even Dumbo. You even get amazing skyline views of Manhattan
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PajorMay 5, 2015
    What better way to enjoy the views of Midtown and Lower Manhattan on a sunny day than from a boat on the East River?
  • Jason
    JasonMarch 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Definite recommendation for any tourists/visitors. Especially if you live in Murray Hill or Midtown East and want to go to Williamsburg or DUMBO
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always nice to be on a boat in the east river. The views…
  • Maxwell F.
    Maxwell FoxmanOctober 7, 2014
    Cheap way to tour the east river!
  • Steff H.
    Steff HindSeptember 15, 2014
    $4 weekday $6 weekend, much better than taking the subway and has a great view
  • Barkley H.
    Barkley Han-NunezAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Relaxing and convenient. But rarely on time.
  • Gail A.
    Gail AmuraoAugust 12, 2013
    make sure you hold on tight, this ferry goes pretty fast!
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer Gilbert AdjaliJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Download the NY Waterway app and get your tickets on your phone.
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen ThorpeyJune 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Download the NY Waterway app for digital tickets & schedules.
  • AJ K.
    AJ KennedyJune 8, 2013
    You can buy tickets on the ferry :)
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FilthMay 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The ONLY way to commute.
  • Lara
    LaraApril 18, 2013
    Best way to travel + see the city!
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FilthMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    River breeze > subway armpit smell.
  • Donna Mc
    Donna McMarch 3, 2013
    Tourist tip: a cheap & fast way into Brooklyn - with a lovely view of Manhattan!
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkFebruary 11, 2013
    Follow the East River Ferry on Twitter @eastriverferry to get the latest updates and schedules.
  • Sarah
    SarahJanuary 8, 2013
    You can buy tickets through the app really easily. Great when I don't have cash & running late.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkDecember 26, 2012
    In July 2012, East River Ferry ridership reached one million passengers, more than doubling expectations in just over its first year of service.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkDecember 26, 2012
    By creating a reliable, affordable ferry service on the East River, residents have a sustainable transportation alternative to travel around the city.
  • andrew i.
    andrew iadelucaOctober 7, 2012
    Don't ever be late! The time says 12:30 be there 5-10mins ahead of time they don't wait, just be prepared stays on strict schedule. About a 5min shuttle very convenient
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WeitlaufAugust 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Use the app to buy your ticket with a card--for some reason they want to charge you an extra $1 to get a ticket on board with a card. They will let you board and use your phone to buy it, too.
  • Janelle J.
    Janelle J.June 16, 2012
    If you don't know where you are going, pay attention rather than yelling at the poor ferry workers when you miss your stop ;)
  • Sara K.
    Sara KMay 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Be on time because the ferry leaves the dock exactly according to schedule
  • Mylene M.
    Cool and stress-free way to see NYC. Never crossed two bridges these fast - Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. Been in the Big Apple since the eighties but this is my first ferry tour!
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayApril 26, 2012
    One of our great services on the East River! We have several locations! You can even do a transfer at Pier 11, and make your way up the Hudson!
  • Alicia L.
    Alicia LuqueMarch 16, 2012
    The best $4 you can spend to commute from Greepoint/Williamsburg to Downtown Manhattan. Absolutely breathtaking views. Have a nice trip! :)
  • Randy H.
    Randy HuntMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    A great place to grab some peaceful time in the city.
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    East River FerryMarch 13, 2012
    East River Ferry - Upper Decks to Re-Open tomorrow 3/15
  • East River Ferry
    East River FerryFebruary 23, 2012
    Who Has Brooklyn’s Best Wings? You Decide on February 25! the East River Ferry to decide who has the BEST WINGS IN BROOKLYN!
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    East River FerryFebruary 12, 2012
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  • East River Ferry
    East River FerryJanuary 9, 2012
    Check out the NY Waterway APP! Digital ticketing, online schedules and MORE!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 24, 2011
    Introduced in June, 2011, the ferry costs $4 each way and sets sail every 20 minutes. Take a quick, scenic ride to Long Island City (only five minutes away) or to Brooklyn and back.
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MouttetOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ride past Williamsburg during live concerts. It's like being in a Miami Vice episode
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PeryerOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can look past the black smoke over the water, it's the best way to go to and from L.I.C., Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, South Street Seaport, and Governor's Island.
  • Graham S.
    Graham SteeleSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    There is no free coffee
  • Chris F.
    Chris FerryAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Be on time. These ferries are running like clockwork. In fact, be a few mins early.
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan McCluskeyAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The iced coffee served on board in the morning is surprisingly good!
  • Dana P.
    Dana PadillaAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Worth $8 round trip to governors island, not packed to the gills like free ferries
  • Meghan C.
    Meghan CAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Doesn't run on-schedule.
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GoldfarbAugust 1, 2011
    Brooklyn Roasting Co coffee on board! AMAZING.
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WilsonJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Service is actually quite reliable. Check the schedule online before you go.
  • East River Ferry
    East River FerryJuly 15, 2011
    Check out our website at for all ERF info!
  • Stacy R.
    Stacy RosenthalJuly 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    This is the best way to commute! Life-changing!
  • Elena V.
    Elena V.July 9, 2011
    Service is VERY unreliable so don't count on the ferry when you're rushed. But when it works the ride is smooth & efficient.
  • Janiejaner G.
    Janiejaner GrenierJuly 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Turn your back on Manhattan and relish the grit of BK's working waterfront.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RabinowitzJune 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    No trouble getting on board and no delays now that you've got to pay $4.
  • Joel S.
    Joel SavitzkyJune 25, 2011
    Pretty inefficient when boats are running an hour behind posted schedule. :/
  • Pelle B.
    Pelle BournonvilleJune 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The free coffee from Bkl Roasting Co. is great!
  • Cesar R.
    Cesar RazuriJune 19, 2011
    Be patient if you're going North bound. 1hr wait
  • Rasmus T.
    Rasmus ThaarupJune 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your bicycle for a dollar.
  • Mikael V.
    Mikael VindingJune 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The captain may leave without passengers if you're slow...
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