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FAQ’s & Trip Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

The Staten Island Ferry is a free service provided by the City of New York. Be aware of scammers trying to sell tickets. You do not need a ticket to ride the Staten Island Ferry.

The Ferry runs 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. More frequent service, (every 15 or 20 minutes,) is provided on the weekdays during the rush hours of 6:00AM- 9:30AM and 3:30PM-8:00PM, with 30-minute service to follow. On weekends, service is provided every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. Check the Schedules for more information.

The Staten Island Ferry travels between the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island and the Whitehall Ferry Terminal (also known as South Ferry) in Manhattan.

St. George Ferry Terminal is located at 1 Bay Street and is accessible by MTA Busses and the Staten Island Railway (SIR). The Whitehall Ferry Terminal is located at 4 South Street, and is accessible by MTA busses and the Subway. See Getting There for more information.

In St. George, you can purchase a Metro-card from the vending machines on the lower level at the SIR station. In Whitehall, you can purchase a Metro-card from the vending machines in the lower lobby entranceway (right of escalators).
There are two municipal parking lots at the St. George Ferry Terminal (accessible off Richmond Terrace). There are also privately operated parking lots next to the Staten Island Yankees Ball Park. There is no public parking at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. For costs and more information see Getting There

No. All passengers must debark from the Ferry after every trip and can re-board the boat through the waiting room.

No. Vehicles are not allowed on the Ferries.

Yes, there is a food concession aboard every boat. Beer is sold, but not hard liquor. The food concessions are open when ever a boat is running (24/7).

Yes, the terminals and boats are all in compliance with the people with disabilities accessibility requirements, as promulgated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Yes, bicycles are permitted but must be stored in the designated bicycle storage areas. All bicyclists must walk their bicycles to the bicycle loading area and board from the lower level. All passengers, including bicyclists, are subject to screening. See the Bicyclist Rules of Conduct for more information. 

No. For the safety of our passengers, all roller-blades, skate boards and non-motorized scooters must be walked through the terminals and boats. See the Passenger Rules of Conduct for more information. 

Yes. Videotaping for personal use is allowed aboard the ferry. Commercial use of video, photography or audio recording equipment must be done with a DOT-issued permit. See the Passenger Rules of Conduct for more information.

Distribution of any materials aboard the Ferry is prohibited. You may distribute information in the terminals with a DOT-issued permit. See the Passenger Rules of Conduct for more information. 

Apply online at Permit Application and include the purpose of the permit; days/dates/times you are interested in; the name of your business; and specific contact information. Permits are required to distribute literature or perform in the terminals or for film or photo shoots in the terminals or on the ferry. The applications for these permits are online. Application processing takes 3 to 5 business days. 

No. Smoking is prohibited entirely from the ferry and from most areas in the terminals, except those open areas were designated as smoking areas. See the Passenger Rules of Conduct for more information. 

In St. George, please visit the Staten Island Ferries Passenger Service Office located in the waiting room next to the NYPD office. In Whitehall, please stop at the VISIT Center in the waiting room.


During rush hour trips the boats are packed with commuters going to or returning home from work. This is not the best time to take a leisurely ride on the ferry. These trips are clearly marked on the schedule with yellow highlighting. Bringing large tourist groups on board during these trips will make it difficult for visitors to enjoy our great city and enjoy the ride. Please plan accordingly.

At the Kiss and Ride drop off for the Staten Island Ferry please pull over to the right when dropping off or picking up passengers. Do not block the lane for other vehicles. Also be aware of all posted speed limits and stop signs. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks.

Do not stand at the top of the stairways while the ferry is docking. The sea is unforgiving, and a gust of wind can easily push the ferry into the racks. Be proactive about your safety.

Do not hold your children in your arms while the ferry is docking to avoid the possibility of falling if the ferry makes a hard landing.

When traveling with small children it is advisable to point out the ferry workers to them and tell them to see one of these people if they get separated from you. Also plan to meet at a terminal if you get separated. There are police rooms at each terminal, and this would be a great place to tell your children to wait for you if they do get separated.

If you do get separated from your children speak to a crew member so that we may page them and get you reunited before leaving the ferry.

Be sure to use your wrist strap when taking photos on the outside decks. If you drop your camera, it will most likely be going for a swim along with all the pictures on your memory card.

The outside upper decks on the New Jersey side of the ferries are always the most packed. Instead of pushing to get a good view try going to a different deck. The main deck has a lot of space and is a good area for taking nice pictures.

When it is raining or snowing the decks of the ferries can get very slippery. Even on sunny days water can splash up on to the deck. Please be cautious during these conditions.

Watch your step when passing through the doorways and when boarding or leaving the ferry. There are ramps at the doorways to allow wheelchair access which are painted yellow. These ramps can be very slippery when wet.

The ferry will not be re-loaded at either terminal until all passengers are off and the ferry has been cleared. Waiting until you are told to get off the ferry will only delay the next trip. Please disembark the ferry after it has arrived and reboard from the terminal waiting area for your return trip.

Please be sure to take all your belongings with you as you leave the ferry. At no time are you allowed to leave any belongings unattended while on the ferry.

Weather and sea conditions effect vessel movement. Always use caution when boarding and departing.

Be careful when accessing weather decks as wind conditions and vessel headway may make it difficult to open and close the doors. These doors are heavy and can really hurt your fingers if they get caught between them.

Please stay off stairs, ramps and landing when a ferry is underway.

Keep an eye on your children to ensure they are not playing near doors, windows, gates, railings, mooring areas, or any vessel equipment.

Always hold children’s hands on escalators and do not permit your child to sit or play on the steps.

Never bring children onto escalators in a stroller.

Do not fool around while in the elevators. Jumping up and down will cause the elevator to stop and you will have to wait until the boats gets to the dock before an attempt to get you out is performed. There are security cameras in all elevators and a phone for communication if the elevator does get stuck.

Be aware of elevator doors – watch clothing, bags and other personal items.

Keep children away from the elevator doors. Hold children’s hands or, if you are using a stroller, keep children’s hands inside and never use a stroller to obstruct the doors when they are closing.

Pedestrian should use designated crosswalks and sidewalks outside of the terminals. Look both ways when crossing streets and parking lots.

Drivers should look out for pedestrians and must comply with posted speed limits and all NYS Traffic Regulations.

Security cameras are on all ferries and in each terminal for your safety.

Free WiFi is available on all ferries and in each terminal.

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