I am hoping to visit in June 2018 with the New York CityPass. I am confused whether this means you still have the standard queue or if you can skip some of the line. Please advise. Thanks.
Hi Mary B.
Thank you for your inquiry. The New York CityPass includes general admission entry to the 86th-floor Observatory, plus bonus same-night general admission after 10 p.m. Please note you will need to get in line for both security and the elevators, but you will be able to skip the ticketing line within the building. We look forward to your visit in June!
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Whilst you skip the ticket line there is still a lot of queuing, for security, elevator to 80th floor, second elevator to 86th floor and same on return so be prepared to wait some.
( we visited about 8:30pm by the way and still very busy)
You skip the line, it’s perfect
Hi Mary - you need to order VIP access passes online through the ESB website. They are not date or time bound. Just print them out and once you are at the ESB go to main entrance and ask the staff to guide you thorough as VIP visitor. They will take great care of you and it’s really worth paying 40 % more than standard fare to skip all the lines.
We chose the sunniest day and the views from levels 80, 86 and 102 were stunning.
We went around 9pm and there was no problem using our city pass. With your city pass you can go straight upstairs but there’s still a line for security and a place to buy tickets (which you don’t have to join) I think this is what you meant by skipping the line. You can buy VIP passes which gets you to the front of security. Cheers, Wayne.
We used City Pass. You can skip the main ticket line and go straight up the stairs to security. Then you just join the normal queues from there (lifts)
On the night visit part they were very strict on not letting you up until 10pm so there was more of a queue then.
City Pass great value though.
Hi Mary, no you can’t skip the line but as you already have a pass for the day and night as part of your city pass you can skip the pay queue. There’s airport type security but it goes quite quickly. Hope this helps.
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