Staten Island Ferry - Whitehall Terminal

4 South St (South Ferry), New York, NY 10004, United States

The City of New York has operated the Staten Island Ferry since 1905. It is one of the world’s busiest ferry routes, carrying over 20 million passengers a year; rivaled only by Star Ferry in Hong Kong.

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  • "... in NYC! Be able to see the Statue of Liberty, the Verrazano Bridge and get a ride to..." (9 tips)
  • "A free ferry ride that gives you panoramic views to lower..." (39 tips)
  • "... view of the city and Lady Liberty. When you are on Staten Island, explore a..." (8 tips)
  • Sony

    The ferry is a terrific vantage point for panoramic photographs of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. – Sony Cyber-shot®

    Sony · December 28, 2010
  • Katie M.

    Take the ferry and enjoy the views - including the Statue of Liberty!

    Katie Morse · May 18, 2009
  • Bryan M.

    Look at NJ and be glad you aren't going there.

    Bryan McGuckin · April 2, 2010
  • Anna D.

    Take the ferry- and then GET OFF! There's a wealth of restaurants, vintage shops, independent book stores, and museums within minutes of the terminal.

    Anna D · February 11, 2010
  • Hilda A.

    Sit downstairs to avoid the annoying tourist

    Hilda Adeniji · February 16, 2010
  • Rex S.

    Drink $2 beers.

    Rex Sorgatz · March 19, 2009
  • Trish R.

    Sit on the Statue of Liberty side and see the faces of people seeing her for the first time. It always makes me appreciate being a New Yorker.

    Trish Rollins 🍀 · January 7, 2011
  • Dora

    The best free boat ride in town! See if your kids can guess how many passengers ride every weekday. Answer: 65,000 people!Powered by

    Dora · July 23, 2010
  • HBO

    Girls happened here. Adam and Ray had a boys-bonding moment when Ray confessed to turning down a threesome and the guys boarded a Staten Island Ferry to return Adam's "break up dog, 'Dog.'"

    HBO · February 12, 2013
  • Jaunted

    Catch the SI Ferry about every half hour for the best free sightseeing experience in NYC. Buy a giant Fosters beer onboard, and check in here enough to earn the "I'm on a Boat" badge

    Jaunted · April 12, 2010
  • Rachael D.

    For commuters, head to the very bottom level for a quieter ride. The view may not be great, but it's much less crowded.

    Rachael Darmanin · January 18, 2010
  • Benji K.

    Most amazing view of the Statue of Liberty. The only bad part is that you end up in Staten Island when you're done.

    Benji K · July 13, 2009
  • NYC Katie ⚾️🗽

    Now you can get a beer while waiting for the ferry and a beer on the ferry! W00t

    NYC Katie ⚾️🗽 · July 7, 2011
  • transiTALK Transportation Media Group

    From Lower Manhattan to Governor's Island to the Statue of Liberty, the SI Ferry is the best way to see Lower Manhattan's water port for nothing!


    A must-do when in NYC. This will give you a great view of the New York skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the NY Harbour. Runs from Battery Park to Staten Island, and is absolutely free. · September 29, 2011
  • NYU

    There’s always something to do on Staten Island! Stop by and take a ferry ride to check out one of their exhibits or events!

    NYU · May 1, 2013
  • ToryBurch

    Native New Yorkers love the Staten Island Ferry for its views of downtown Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

    ToryBurch · April 22, 2011
  • Garance B.

    Take the ferry on a sunny day at dawn. You'll get to see the Statue of Liberty under the sunset and then the illuminated skyline on your way back.

    Garance Boulet · April 6, 2009

    A must-do when in NYC. This will give you a great view of the New York skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the NY Harbour. Runs from Battery Park to Staten Island, and is absolutely free. · September 26, 2011
  • US National Archives

    While taking in the sights on the Staten Island Ferry, have a look at this 1970s photo of a trash barge headed down the East River from our Documerica Collection. Don't forget to recycle! Read more

    US National Archives · April 18, 2011
  • Jason S.

    Ride it back and forth on a beautiful day sipping the Budwiser tall boys that are availble at the snack bar.

    Jason Schwartz · March 14, 2009
  • Leah H.

    Try not to cry when you realize you're going back to Staten Island

    Leah Hainline · April 28, 2013
  • New York Habitat

    This is a great alternative for those expensive water taxis and boat tours to enjoy the beautiful skyline of New York City! Check out the great view of the State of Liberty :-))

    New York Habitat · July 23, 2012
  • Staten Island Yankees

    The best kept secret in NYC! Be able to see the Statue of Liberty, the Verrazano Bridge and get a ride to watch affordable baseball in the summer all for free!

    Staten Island Yankees · June 28, 2012
  • eliz w.

    Cheap beers and great views

    eliz weinberg · March 30, 2009
  • NYC Percent for Art

    Ever sat on one of the windy rows of granite benches inside the terminal? Those are actually artworks by Ming Fay, called "Whitehall Crossing," inspired by Native American travel by canoe. Read more

    NYC Percent for Art · September 27, 2012
  • The Corcoran Group

    It might be the worst kept secret in NYC – but impress out-of-towners with a ride and enjoy the best views of the Statue of Liberty. The ride is free…the beer is cheap.

    The Corcoran Group · January 27, 2012
  • Dan D.

    There is a guy that barks here.

    Dan Derwin · October 27, 2010
  • Erin S.

    Sneak a tall-boy (Budweiser 16oz can) onto the Ferry and drink it whilst gazing at the Statue of Liberty

    Erin Sparling · March 12, 2009
  • amNewYork

    The 25-minute ride offers great views of New York Harbor, Ellis Island and Lady Liberty. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the boat.

    amNewYork · November 2, 2011
  • travel42

    The Staten Island Ferry takes about 30 minutes each way and offers excellent views of the city, all bridges and the Statue of Liberty. Best of all: it's free!

    travel42 · August 31, 2011
  • Mari S.

    take the boat at sunset (it's free!) and get a free view of the statue of liberty while you sip on a tall boy.

    Mari Sheibley · August 12, 2011
  • Jen L.

    Go downstairs. Much quieter, no tourists and you still get a good view.

    Jen Lee · May 8, 2010
  • City of New York

    NYC Greenmarket: Located at 4 South Street, inside ferry terminal building, Manhattan. Open Tuesdays and Fridays, year-round. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    City of New York · April 10, 2013
  • IWalked Audio Tours

    Services are offered 24 hrs/day & 365 days/yr. Some 70K passengers a day and 21MM annually take advantage of this mode of transportation with an on-time performance of 96%. Read more via our blog. Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · August 31, 2011
  • Danny A.

    Don't jump in the water

    Danny Alonso · April 30, 2011
  • Clarisel G.

    The Staten Island Ferry is one of the best deals in town. You can ride the ferry for free any day and get a beautiful view of the city and Lady Liberty. When you are on Staten Island, explore a little

    Clarisel Gonzalez · June 30, 2010
  • Michael H.

    Take the free ferry to Staten Island and back (1 hour total), especially if you have guests visiting from out-of-town.

    Michael Hussey · October 28, 2009

    It’s free, dependable, and offers great views–what’s not to love? If you really want the true NYC experience, take a ride during rush hour and bond with the commuters. Read more · May 2, 2012
  • Mack M.

    Stay away from the ferry trolls...

    Mack Milli · January 13, 2012
  • Justin L.

    I fucking hate Staten Island :-)

    Justin L · December 15, 2011
  • Best Delegate

    Excellent view of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty! 30 minutes Staten Island to Manhattan.

    Best Delegate · September 6, 2011
  • Sarah L.

    If they hired hotter deck hands I'd ride the boat more.

    Sarah L · May 12, 2011
  • Jen

    take the staten island ferry and enjoy the scenic view of downtown new york city, jersey city and a closer look of the statue of liberty.

    Jen · March 17, 2010
  • Brian J.

    I always go on last to avoid the "ferry shuffle". That slow zombie walk. And I usually sit towards the rear of the ferry.

    Brian Johnson · April 11, 2013
  • Anna D.

    Take this. Get off on other side. Visit me.

    Anna D · June 30, 2011

    Enjoy the ferry on a nice summer day. Enjoy the ferry even more when there are hordes of zombies that are stuck on land and can't reach you since, gasp, "YOU'RE ON A BOAT!" · May 24, 2011
  • Dave D.

    buy a beer across the street first and enjoy.

    Dave Derwin · May 11, 2011
  • AnyClip

    The beginning of The Basketball Diaries was filmed here, watch it now! Read more

    AnyClip · April 11, 2011
  • natalex

    Бесплатный паром везет всех желающих на Стейтен Айленд, по дороге видно остров Либерти и статую на нём — редкая возможность сфотографироваться на фоне :) Обратный паром тоже есть и тоже бесплатный.

    natalex · October 22, 2011

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