Roosevelt Island Tram (Manhattan Station)

Cable Car
Upper East Side, New York
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  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HJune 12, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Riverwalk Bar & Grill is located 1 block north of the Roosevelt Island station at 425 Main Street. Pick up drinks & sandwiches here before exploring the island. Or sit outside for lunch or a cocktail
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MeehanJune 2, 2013
    For the cost of a subway ride (and you can use your MetroCard), you can take a cable car ride from Midtown Manhattan onto Roosevelt Island, which sits in the East River between Manhattan and Queens.
  • KBH
    KBHApril 18, 2013
    Neat way to see Manhattan from above. Cost = Metro Card swipe. On Roosevelt Island see: Light House, Four Freedoms Park, abandoned Small Pox Hospital, beautiful East River walk; great for picnics.
  • KBH
    KBHApril 18, 2013
    Neat way to see Manhattan from above. Costs = Metro Card swipe. On Roosevelt Island see: Light House, Four Freedoms Park, abandoned Small Pox Hospital, beautiful East River walk; great for picnics.
  • Aly O.
    Aly OradyDecember 28, 2014
    Awesome views of city and river, and ride for free with an unlimited metro card. Worth taking on a nice day just for fun.
  • CNN
    CNNFebruary 26, 2015
    This urban gondola connects Roosevelt Island with the Upper East Side of Manhattan. More than 26 million people have taken the three-minute journey since the tram opened in 1976. Read more
  • Jo L.
    Jo LinAugust 24, 2014
    Good view on a sunny day and a different way to cross the river than subway or taxi. There are restaurants and a drug store on Roosevelt Island to refuel
  • Timothy C.
    Timothy CrooksApril 19, 2013
    Second best bargain since the Staten Island Ferry. One swipe of the Metro Card; if you took the Subway here, it's a freebie transfer outbound and you next subway swipe is a transfer on the way home.
  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaSeptember 8, 2014
    Stuck in the streets? Glide through the streets! You can with the Roosevelt Iceland Tram - a bright red cable car in the middle of Manhattan. The view is worth a fortune but costs only a few dollars!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    Want an incredible date? Go to Serendipity, put in your name for a 2 hour wait, and then ride the tram to see an incredible view while waiting for your table.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Don’t call a private car like a lot of Manhattanites, take a hike down to the Roosevelt Island Tram station at 59th & Second Ave to hop on this sweet ride. It works with an unlimited MetroCard! Read more
  • Maria T.
    Maria TarazonaFebruary 19
    Awesome view from here. If you are a tourist in New York you should try this. 100%recommended. Also is cheap
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 27, 2012
    Not just for commuters…tourists should take a ride not only for the fantastic views, but to go take a stroll around Roosevelt Island. A ride costs $2.25 each way.
  • Sandra v.
    Great scenic rout to Roosevelt Island. Not too touristic ;) offers a nice view of the city
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.July 9, 2014
    You can use your metro card! A hidden gem and lovely views
  • * p A u L * C.
    * p A u L * CAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Take the tram to Roosevelt Island. Dont be the typical tourist and head straight back. Instead walk the waterfront down to Four Freedoms park and savor the amazing views of Manhattan.
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WAugust 15, 2014
    Great view of the city but the tram is not for those scared of heights. Just remember. Those bumps don't mean it's going to fall every time.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    You can catch the tram at the Manhattan station at 2nd Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets. And you can’t beat the view.
  • Adam
    AdamNovember 16, 2015
    One of the best views in the city and a lot of fun. Dirt cheap too. All you need is a MetroCard.
  • Jared W.
    Jared WickFebruary 20, 2015
    Board the tram with your regular metro card! - don't forget to explore the island. Incredible views all around.
  • Nita D.
    Nita DrakatosFebruary 14, 2013
    When you get off tram be careful when walking on paved pathway. Some pavers are lifted from frost heave- don't fall!
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tourists it's best to ride it late at night. This way you don't annoy the island residents and workers who depend on this for their commute to and from work.
  • Greg A.
    Greg AvolaFebruary 11, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    They recently redid the the station to include a roof to protect against the rain.
  • R .
    R 👳October 15, 2014
    Remember it costs one swipe each way and you don't have the option to just stay on and ride back. They will make you get off and swipe back in.
  • Alice N.
    Alice NamMarch 21, 2015
    Can ride with a metrocard. Nice scenic view over the buildings
  • Ann O.
    View from the tram is great!
  • Meg D.
    Meg DeedyAugust 20, 2014
    Need to fill your metrocard for the q60 or q32 bus on he corner? The tram has a metrocard machine - closer than the 6 train machine blocks away
  • Sherry J.
    Sherry JuMay 20, 2016
    Amazing view but it gets ugly in the morning rush hours. 😂
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    From the south side is where you get an up close look at the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge Read more
  • Lucie K.
    Lucie KleckovaJanuary 2, 2015
    One of the best city views for $2,50 (or MetroCard).
  • DigiMix Web Design & Development NYC
    Look South to get a glimpse of Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis Kahn. The park will be opening Fall 2012!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMay 24, 2016
    Dog friendly for service dogs or dogs in bags!
  • Francesca T.
    Francesca T.August 28, 2012
    Great way to see skyline of the city especially at night.
  • Rex H.
    Rex HarrisJune 20, 2013
    Fun trip if you're looking for something quiet to do in NYC.
  • Greg A.
    Greg AvolaFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best to take this during the day - amazing views on a clear day.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GarlandSeptember 3, 2012
    I enjoyed shooting Roosevelt Island today...
  • Chris M.
    Great way to view the city! But if you wanna get to Roosevelt Island quicker, take the F train!
  • Marc B.
    Marc BasillaMarch 31, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The cheapest "birds eye" view of NYC, included in your Metrocard
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinAugust 11, 2013
    FYI - unlimited metrocards are accepted
  • Rex H.
    Rex HarrisJune 12, 2013
    It's fun once, if you've never been there. to take the tram and walk around the island.,
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent McCoolNovember 11, 2013
    Works with Metro card
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceOctober 4, 2016
    Snuggle up to the glass and take in the view!
  • John H.
    John HJanuary 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The heat lamps on the waiting platform are a nice touch for the winter.
  • Alan-Arthur A.
    Alan-Arthur AureliaDecember 26, 2016
    Beautiful trip that only costs a Metrocard swipe!
  • Tunke L.
    Tunke LauriksJuly 22, 2015
    The cheapest way to discover NYC from up in the air!
  • Auri G.
    Auri GhatakOctober 16, 2011
    If you're a tourist, the ride is better at night
  • Lars T.
    Lars TrieloffNovember 4, 2014
    Great for taking photos at night.
  • Joseph T.
    Joseph TerranellaJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    When you hear the ringing sound- you just missed the tran
  • Justin L.
    Justin LawesApril 29, 2012
    Fun little trip. The island is oddly quiet.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsAugust 28
    Great views of the city!
  • Iris
    IrisMarch 27, 2015
    A fun ride to take!
  • Ar T.
    Ar TurJuly 23, 2012
    great to take by sunny day
  • Barney H.
    Barney HaywoodSeptember 9, 2013
    Win your scrimmage game in zogsports!
  • Jorg R.
    Jorg RoodbeenJanuary 30, 2016
    Cable car!
  • steve t.
    steve thomasMay 30, 2011
    Free wifi at Starbucks. Let's you catch up people you most want to catch up with
  • Nita D.
    Nita DrakatosFebruary 14, 2013
    RIOC bus only 25 cents!
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AvolaJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    No air conditioning! Be prepared!
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SulimanovApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    RIOC bus is free now.
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WardJanuary 28, 2015
    Hold On ;)
  • Fharhan R.
    Fharhan RahmanAugust 24, 2011
    A lovely place.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff McgregorApril 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ladies love the tram.
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BaeckerJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It is open again! Genius.
  • Patricia S.
    Patricia S.April 30, 2015
    Foi aqui que foi filmado uma das cenas do filme Homem Aranha, o passeio mesmo que curto vale muito a pena, aproveite para passear pela linda Roosevelt Island. A passagem custa apenas 1 passe de metrô
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroDecember 31, 2014
    Pegue o bonde pra conhecer Roosevelt Island e tenha uma linda vista de Manhattan! O preço é de uma viagem de metrô!
  • Матерь К.
    Канатка на остров Рузвельта
  • Veronika
    VeronikaDecember 25, 2014
    Действует билет на обычное метро.
  • chiara
    chiaraFebruary 19, 2015
    Carino ma...Pensavo meglio
  • Veronika
    VeronikaJanuary 3, 2015
    Ничего интересного. Действует обычный билет на метро
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