Picture yourself on the deck of a boat, a salty breeze blowing through your hair as you gaze towards a skyline of glinting steel on shore. No, this isn’t passage on a luxury cruise-line; it’s simply what you can expect from a ride on a New York City ferry, an increasingly popular and picturesque way to beat the usual commute. Getting around by ferry is possible within Manhattan and to and from points outside Manhattan as well.
New York Water Taxi
New York Water Taxi offers hop-on and hop-off service and a guided tour as it cruises the Hudson River, stopping at seaports from Times Square down to Greenwich Village, the South Street Seaport and Fulton Ferry on the East River in Brooklyn. New York Water Taxi offers an unlimited day pass for $26 and service is year-round 9am–6:15pm.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry, a long-running commuter line carries 60,000 passengers daily from Staten Island to lower Manhattan. It’s also worth a joy ride for stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the lower city skyline. The 25-minute ride is free, there is a snack bar on board (complete with beer) and ferries run around the clock.
NY Waterway East River Ferry
These double-decker catamarans have been expanding service and now make stops at destinations in Manhattan (E. 34th Street, Wall Street), Long Island City, Queens, several happening ports in Brooklyn (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO) and Governors Island. Begin and end at any terminal with a one-way ticket ($4.00) or buy a reasonable all day pass ($12.00; $15.00 with a bike). Boats run year round (6:45am-8:45pm), but operate on a seasonal schedule so check for updates.
NY Waterway Hudson River Ferries
On the west side of Manhattan, the Hudson River Ferries service connects points in New Jersey (such as Hoboken and Weehawken) with Midtown and the Financial District. Boats operate year round on a commuter-friendly time table, but schedules are seasonal and tickets prices vary based on the route, so follow up for details.