The hidden gem of NYC: East River Ferry

Most of the attractions and sights available in New York City are pretty expensive. This one’s free and many people like to do it: walking across Brooklyn Bridge. And if you start your walk in Brooklyn, you will get a gorgeous view of the New York skyline.

While it can be a rather long journey to get from the city center to Brooklyn, there’s an easy, cheap and beautiful way to get there: the East River Ferry. Now called simply NYC ferry, this ferry is only 2.75 $ per ride. Its route starts at East 34thStreet and ends at Wall Street/Pier 11. The whole route takes around 43 minutes. If you want to get to Brooklyn bridge, you should get off at the second to last stop, called the “DUMBO”. 

The ferries have an upper floor with open deck  – perfect to take in the views of the New York City skyline. It passes under Williamsburg bridge, Manhattan bridge and if you decide to stay on board until the last stop: Brooklyn bridge. 

If you get off at DUMBO you’ll also encounter the famous “Ample Hills Creamery” Ice Cream shop that’s open year round. From there it’s only a short walk to Brooklyn bridge. 

Tickets for the ferry are available at ticket machines at the port or through the NYC ferry app. According to the website, tickets can also be bought on board through a ticket agent.

Check out our pictures of the ferry ride!

If you’d like more information on the NYC ferry such as routes and times, visit

Fun Fact: Did you know that DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass?

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