Guided tour

NYC: Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour

NYC: Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour

From US$ 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
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof that they have received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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    Prepare for the activity

    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 19 reviews

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    The best part of the experience was our guide, Renita! She was a fountain of knowledge, enthusiasm, and joy. Her passion and care was clear in every interaction. Sure, you can just go up to the observation deck by yourself, but Renita brought the building, it's history, and it's people to life. I wish I could give more than 5 stars!

    September 5, 2021

    This is a fantastic tour to an iconic NYC landmark, which means I’ll recommend it to anyone wishing to visit the Empire State Building. From the minute we walked in, we were greeted by our designated tour guide who was diligently waiting for us. The tour started right away and we were being taken to all the places full of stories that weren’t visited by the regular tourists. The tour guide had a tremendous amount of knowledge and was incredibly friendly. All in all, definitely worth the money and the time!!!

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    August 31, 2021

    The guided tour was amazing, my husband and loved it. I learned so interesting things about the Empire State Building. Our guide Gerard was great, very kind and friendly. It was really nice to know more about the building history than just the beautiful view from the top (which by the way is stunning). I'm already recommending the tour to all my friends.

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    July 30, 2021

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