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Empire State Building: 86th Floor Express Tickets

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Make your way to the Empire State Building Observatory and catch 360-degree views of New York City from the 86th floor of this iconic building.


  • Skip all lines with an Express ticket, rolling out the red carpet for you to the Empire State Building's 86th Floor. It's the fastest way to witness the NYC skyline.

  • Gaze out from the iconic observatory with high-power binoculars in hand, witness skyscrapers touch the sky and the streets hum below.

  • Dive deep into history with an audio guide in your ear, available in multiple languages, and get access to enjoy WiFi throughout your visit.

  • Learn about the Empire State Building's Art Deco design, construction marvels, and its storied past as you explore.

  • Choose to reach higher with an upgrade to the 102nd Floor, offering even more breathtaking views.


  • Express ticket to the 86th-floor observatory deck

  • Red carpet lane access

  • High-power binoculars

  • Art Deco lobby access

  • Audio guide in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin

  • Free wifi

  • Express ticket to 102nd-floor observatory deck (optional)

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.


129 reviews
Wesley K Waterman



May, 2024

No visibility up due to fog but I did get photo of floor # and height and photo of very nice and good looking elevator operator
Jeffrey Aaron Grandy



Apr, 2024

The building was clean ,the views incredible . The staff was hot and cold . The first person inside was rude and not helpful she could not get our ticket to work . Because the one barcode was for two people . No wheel chairs, My wife has some mobility issues . You should have wheel chairs people can use it is a lot of walking. .on the upper floors when I ask which way to go another rude employee told me the red carpet is there it was not obvious where to go as Itcwas just layed out in front of the elevator and could mean go in either direction.
Frank M Winkelman



Feb, 2024

I loved the tour of the Empire State Building. What I didn't like was the fact that the tickets kept disappearing from the Headout App. I had to keep going in (at least 4 times 0 to bring up the tickets based upon my invoice number. Good thing I brought that piece of paper with me or else I would have been shut out of this experience. Why didn't my tickets remain on the Headout app after I put them up there? I've never had this issue with other ticket apps in the past.
Cathleen Mulvey



May, 2024

Lika Dai



Apr, 2024

A red carpet entrance to New York's Skyline

The VIP treatment starts immediately with the Empire State Building's 86th Floor Express tickets. A dedicated priority lane ushers you in, marked by a welcoming red carpet that hints at the exclusive experience ahead. This express entry not only lets you skip the regular lines but also fast-tracks your ascent to the 86th floor. As the elevator climbs, the excitement builds, culminating when you step onto the observatory deck. There, the panoramic 360-degree views of New York City unfold before you. High-power binoculars are ready for you to zoom in on distant landmarks, and an interactive audio guide, available in several languages, offers a deeper understanding of the Empire State Building's historical and cultural significance.

Elevate Your Experience with Optional Upgrades

For those looking to enhance their visit further, upgrading to include access to the 102nd floor is worth considering. This additional feature allows you to experience the city from the Empire State Building's pinnacle, offering even more spectacular views. Every ticket grants entry to the Art Deco lobby and the 2nd-floor exhibits, which explore the legacy and construction of this iconic structure. Plus, with free WiFi available throughout your visit, you can share your experiences in real time or dive deeper into the building's fascinating stories, ensuring a modern exploration of a historic landmark.

Empire State Building

Monday9:00 AM - 11:59 PMlast entry 11:15 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 11:59 PMlast entry 11:15 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 11:59 PMlast entry 11:15 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 11:59 PMlast entry 11:15 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 11:59 PMlast entry 11:15 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 11:59 PMlast entry 11:15 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 11:59 PMlast entry 11:15 PM


  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

  • Your guide dogs are welcome at the venue.

  • Accessible toilets are available at the venue.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the redemption point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the redemption point.

Ticket redemption point

  • Show your ticket at Empire State Building.

  • Address: 20 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001, United States.

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