NYC: Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour

NYC: Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour

From $175 per person

See iconic views from the Empire State Building and discover this monument in style, on a VIP guided tour with skip-the-line observatory access.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private or small groups available


  • Get an insider’s look at the Empire State Building
  • Join an intimate group for a VIP guided tour
  • Smile for a commemorative souvenir photograph
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the observatory
  • Upgrade to the all-access option to receive star treatment
Full description
Explore this world-famous landmark on a guided experience and get an insider’s look at the Empire State Building. Choose between two tour options – a VIP small-group tour, or an all-access private tour. Enjoy priority access throughout the tour, including VIP entry to the building and skip-the-line access to the 86th-floor observatory. Visit the Art Deco Lobby, the Celebrity Walk, and see exhibits celebrating the building’s history. Learn facts and trivia from your guide, and commemorate your trip with a souvenir photograph. Upgrade to the private, all-access option to experience the Empire State Building in style. Enjoy VIP entry into the building. Relax in the Celebrity Green Room and browse the memorabilia case. Enjoy a champagne toast, soft drinks, snacks, coffee, and tea, before taking your guided tour.
  • 90-minute guided tour
  • Access to the 86th-floor Observatory
  • Souvenir photograph
  • Access to VIP entry
  • Access to Celebrity Green Room (with all-access option)
  • Food and drinks (with all-access option)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Booking fees
  • Sales tax
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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      Meeting point

      Head to Empire State Building's visitor’s entrance. Check in at the will call desk to meet with a brand ambassador who will take you on your tour.

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      Important information

      Not allowed

      • Luggage or large bags
      • Glass objects

      Know before you go

      • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, exhibit components that require close facial contact have been disabled.
      • All guests must pass through airport-style security to access the Observatory. Please avoid glass items, sports equipment, marking instruments such as paint or marker pens, and any packages or luggage.
      • The Empire State Building is fully ADA compliant and is wheelchair-accessible. Service dogs, and both motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted.
      Customer reviews

      Overall rating

      5 /5

      based on 9 reviews

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      Great Experience!!! You do feel like a VIP - our guide was at the front entrance waiting for the group with the tickets ready and the skip-the-line service works perfectly so we could make the most of our tour time. We learned not only about the building and its architecture but also about Manhattan history. The tour takes you to the 102 floor where you have a private rooftop experience and amazing view of the City. The tour ended at the main Observation Deck where we could enjoy a pleasant sunset. Definitely recommend this tour!

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      July 27, 2021

      It was the most amazing experience I had while visiting NYC! Our guide Gerard was waiting for me and my family at the entrance of the building with our tickets, and we started the tour in the sidewalk learning about the history and architecture of the building. The experience includes the access to the 102nd floor, where you get most breathtaking view of the city!

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      June 25, 2021

      This tour was the highlight of my vacation! The tour guide, Siobhan, was very knowledgeable and made the tour very exciting. We have enjoyed "skip the line" access and discovered the areas that are not included into the regular tour. The timeslot at 6 p.m. was perfect as we also had free time on the observation deck and enjoyed the sunset.

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      June 23, 2021

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