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There are 5 ways to get from Manhattan to Empire State Building by bus, subway, taxi or foot

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from New York, NY - 5th Ave & 59th St to New York, NY - 34th St. & 5th Ave

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Subway

  1. Take the subway from 86 St to 34 St-Herald Sq

Bus via 5Th Ave @ 85Th St

  1. Take the bus from 5Th Ave @ 85Th St to 5Th Ave @ 35Th St

Taxi

  1. Take a taxi from Manhattan to Empire State Building

Walk

  1. Walk from Manhattan to Empire State Building

Manhattan to Empire State Building by subway and walk

The journey time between Manhattan and Empire State Building is around 11 min and covers a distance of around 3 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 10 min. Operated by MTA, the Manhattan to Empire State Building service departs from 86 St and arrives in Empire State Building. Typically 490 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Route information

Average journey time:
11 min
Fastest journey time:
10 min
Journey distance:
3 miles
Services per week:
490
Cheapest price:
$1
Carbon emissions:
0 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:54
Last service departs at:
21:26

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Manhattan to Empire State Building subway and walk schedules

Manhattan → Empire State Building
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Yes, travel within United States is currently allowed.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Empire State Building is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Empire State Building is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Empire State Building is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

Last updated: 19 Oct 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Manhattan to Empire State Building is to subway which costs $1 - $3 and takes 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Manhattan to Empire State Building is to bus which costs $17 - $21 and takes 2 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from New York, NY - 5th Ave & 59th St and arriving at New York, NY - 34th St. & 5th Ave. Services depart hourly, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from 86 St and arriving at 34 St-Herald Sq. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 11 min.

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The distance between Manhattan and Empire State Building is 3 miles.

The best way to get from Manhattan to Empire State Building without a car is to bus which takes 2 min and costs $17 - $21.

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The bus from New York, NY - 5th Ave & 59th St to New York, NY - 34th St. & 5th Ave takes 1 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Manhattan to Empire State Building bus services, operated by Academy Bus, depart from New York, NY - 5th Ave & 59th St station.

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Manhattan to Empire State Building train services, operated by MTA, depart from 86 St station.

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Manhattan to Empire State Building bus services, operated by Academy Bus, arrive at New York, NY - 34th St. & 5th Ave station.

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Map of how to get from Manhattan to Empire State Building.
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  • Distance: 2.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 min

What companies run services between Manhattan, NY, USA and Empire State Building, NY, USA?

Academy Bus operates a bus from New York, NY - 5th Ave & 59th St to New York, NY - 34th St. & 5th Ave hourly. Tickets cost $17 - $21 and the journey takes 1 min. Alternatively, MTA operates a vehicle from 86 St to 34 St-Herald Sq every 20 minutes. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 11 min.

Train operators
MTA

The New York City Subway consists of 27 underground lines that serve Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Lines are identified by a number or letter as well as a colour. Subway passes (called MetroCards) are available for purchase from ticket machines and desks in subway stations (choose from Pay-Per-Ride or 7/30-Day Unlimited), and a new contactless payment system called OMNY is currently being rolled out. The subway runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Contact Details
Website
mta.info
Subway from 86 St to 34 St-Herald Sq
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
mta.info
Seniors 65+ and Disabled
$2
Standard Fare
$3
Bus operators
Academy Bus
Phone
+1 201-420-7000
Website
academybus.com
Bus from New York, NY - 5th Ave & 59th St to New York, NY - 34th St. & 5th Ave
Ave. Duration
1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $21
Schedules at
academybus.com
Westchester County Bee-Line System
Phone
+1 914 995-2000
Website
transportation.westchestergov.com
Bus from 5Th Ave @ 85Th St to 5Th Ave @ 35Th St
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
transportation.westchestergov.com
All other routes
$3
BxM4C/Rte28 Westchester-Manhattan Express
$8
Other operators
Taxi from Manhattan to Empire State Building
Ave. Duration
5 min
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 877-917-1111
Website
yellowcabnyctaxi.com

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Manhattan to Empire State Building train services, operated by MTA, arrive at 34 St-Herald Sq station.

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