The Staten Island Ferry:


The Staten Island Ferry is a traveler ship course worked by the New York City Department of Transportation. The ship’s single course runs 5.2 miles (8.4 km) through New York Harbor between the New York City wards of Manhattan and Staten Island, with ship vessels making the outing in roughly 25 minutes. The ship works 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, with vessels leaving each 15 to 20 minutes during top hours and at regular intervals on different occasions. It is the main direct mass-travel association between the two districts. Historically, the Staten Island Ferry has charged a relatively low fare compared to other modes of transit in the area; and since 1997 the route has been fare-free. The Staten Island Ferry is one of a few ship frameworks in the New York City zone and is worked independently from frameworks, for example, NYC Ferry and NY Waterway.

The Staten Island Ferry course ends at Whitehall Terminal, on Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan, and at St. George Terminal, in St. George, Staten Island. At Whitehall, associations are accessible to the New York City Subway and a few nearby New York City Bus courses. At St. George, there are moves to the Staten Island Railway and the St. George Bus Terminal’s many transport courses. Using MetroCard fare cards, passengers from Manhattan can exit a subway or bus on Whitehall Street, take the ferry for free, and have a free second transfer to a train or bus at St. George. Alternately, travelers from Staten Island can uninhibitedly move to a metro or transport in Manhattan in the wake of riding the ship.

The Staten Island Ferry is a free help given by the City of New York. Until a parking structure is opened this spring, stopping at the terminal is restricted to one city parcel adjoining the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Open 24 hours, the lot accepts change, credit cards or parking cards at Muni Meters. The cost is 25 cents for 15 minutes or $8 a day. Permits are temporarily suspended due to construction.

How to get to the Staten Island Ferry:

  • You can take a cab or car to the Whitehall Station at 4 Southstreet.
  • If you favor open transportation like trams or transports, you will require a Metrocard (which you may buy at any metro station or one of the stands in the city). Look at MTA Trip Planner to locate the most ideal route for you arrive.

Most trams expect you to be in the initial five autos to get off at the Whitehall Station, so plan to be in the front of the metro before arriving.

What to do once you land at the Ferry Terminal:

  • Follow the crowds and the signs and you will soon be at the terminal.
  • Get in line and jump on the ship.
  • Discover a spot where you like the view and appreciate the ride.


Tips for taking the Staten Island Ferry:

  • Avoid riding during rush hours between 6-9 AM and 3:30-8 PM on weekdays to enjoy a less crowded trip
  • Bicycles are allowed on, but they must be walked onto the ferry and they must be loaded in the bicycle loading area
  • Rollerblades and skateboards may be brought onto the ferry, but not used while on-board or in the terminal.
  • Snacks, beverages, and lager are sold at a snack bar on each vessel.
  • Taking pictures or video is fine for individual use.
  • Smoking isn’t allowed in the ship and many zones of the terminal.
  • Make a reinforcement plan on where to rejoin with your gathering if you get isolated.
  • The decks can get slippery in wet or snowy weather, so please be cautious in those situations
  • Be sure to take all of your belongings with you when you get off the Ferry

Fun Facts about the Staten Island Ferry:

  • The distance traveled each way is 5.2 miles (8.4 km)
  • It is operated by the New York City Department of Transportation
  • It has been in service since 1905.
  • The Staten Island Ferry passes on 23 million explorers every year.
  • Vehicles have not been allowed on the ship since the September 11 attacks
  • The Whitehall Terminal was designed to hold more than 100,000 people
  • The eight vessels used to make the excursion are: Spirit of America, Senator John J. Marchi, Guy V. Molinari, Samuel I. Newhouse, Andrew J. Barberi, John F. Kennedy, John Nobel, Alice Austen, and Micheal Cosgrove

The Staten Island Ferry in Movies and TV:

Staten Island Ferry has been a staple in popular culture.  It has been featured in the following movies and TV shows, just to name a few:

Different scenes of Law and Order

Companions “The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy”

The Staten Island Ferry was a significant piece of 1988 Melanie Griffith, Harrison passage and Sigourney Weaver in Mike Nichols’s new exemplary Working Girl.

In the 2017 film Spider-man: Homecoming, Spider-man and Iron Man work together to save one of the Staten Island Ferry boats in a key action scene.

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