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Opening hours

Open 365 days per year

8am to 2am

Last elevator up departs at 1.15am

How to get there

350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118, USA

The Empire State Building is in central Manhattan, just off 5th Avenue. Driving in this part of town is not recommended, and parking is limited. The nearest subway stations to the Empire State Building are Penn Station / 34th Street which is two blocks' walk away, and 34th Street / Herald Square which is even closer to the building. The M2, M3 and M5 buses all stop at the Empire State, as do all the open top sightseeing buses. For a true New York experience, hail one of the thousands of yellow cabs to arrive in style.


How tall is the Empire State Building?
The total height of the Empire State Building is 1,454 feet, including the antenna on the roof. It was the world's tallest building from its completion in 1931 until the World Trade Center was completed in the early 1970s. Visitors to the tower can visit the open air viewing platform on the 86th floor of the tower, or ascend even further to the 102nd floor where there is a glazed observation deck.
How long does it take to get to the observation deck?
There are 73 lifts in the Empire State Building, each with a capacity of 15 people. They each travel at 15 miles per hour, zooming you up to the 86th floor in around 30 seconds. There is also the option of taking the stairs, but with 1,576 steps from ground level to the 86th floor, it's not a walk for the faint-hearted. There is no time limit on your visit to the observation platforms and you are free to spend as long as you want enjoying the views.
What else is there to do inside the building?
The observation decks are the main attraction of the Empire State Building, but there's lots more to see inside too. The Art Deco lobby and public areas on the ground floor are impressive, and there are exhibition areas about building the tower and sustainability. Don't miss the official gift store on the 80th floor, and the other shops and restaurants in the lobby area.
How far can I see from the top?
On a clear day, visitors to the 86th floor can see up to 80 miles in all directions from the Empire State Building. Visitors can see five states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Even when the weather isn't as good, you can easily spot New York landmarks such as Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.


Long opening hours
The Empire State Building is open 365 days a year, from breakfast time to the early hours of the morning. Visitors can therefore visit in the evening after many other visitor attractions are closed, or round off an evening enjoying New York entertainment with a trip to the viewing decks. It's a popular place to watch the New Year's Eve and Independence Day fireworks across the city too.
Multimedia Tour


High Line
This is one of New York's most unusual open green spaces. Built on an old freight railway line running above the city streets down Manhattan's West side, the High Line is 1.45 miles of walkway, plants and seating areas. It's open year-round, but best visited in the summer and spring when the flowers are in bloom and the vegetation is lush and green. There are access points to the park all along the route from 34th Street and 12th Avenue to the southern point at Gansevoort Street.
High Line
High Line
Times Square
The bright lights of Times Square can be found in the centre of New York's theatre district, and is the world's second-most visited site after the Las Vegas Strip. This large open space is where New Yorkers come to celebrate New Year, and at other times of the year the pedestrian areas are a popular place to watch the world go by and see the neon advertising. Times Square is also where you'll find the ticket booths offering discounted shows for the theatres on nearby Broadway.
Times Square
Times Square. Luciano Mortula - LGM / Shutterstock.com
Greenwich Village
This district of New York is the city's bohemian district, with dozens of cafes, bars and restaurants. It's part of the city which is popular with students and visitors alike, and is the perfect place to have a meal or go shopping for some unusual New York souvenirs. Don't miss the apartment building which featured in Friends, at Bedford Street's corner with Grove Street.
Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village