New York City
Empire State Building VIP Tour 86th and 102nd

Empire State Building VIP Guided Tour with 86th and 102nd Floor Access

New York City, USA
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Avoid the long lines at the Empire State Building with a small-group tour that gets you priority, skip-the-line access to the iconic skyscraper on both the 86th and 102nd Floor. You’ll join an ‘Observatory Ambassador’, hear behind-the-scenes stories, and get spectacular views across the New York City skyline, all without spending a New York minute waiting in line.
  • Priority access means even more time to explore
  • Group size limited to seven people for personal service
  • Bring home a commemorative photo
  • Frequent departure times to suit every schedule
  • Access to both the 86th and 102nd Floor

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Be one of only seven daily ticket-holders to tour the Empire State Building with an official ambassador and VIP access to the 86th and 102nd Floors.

What's Included

  • 90-minute, guided tour with an Empire State Building Observatory Ambassador
  • VIP priority access to 86th and 102nd Floor
  • A commemorative photo

    Meeting And Pickup

    Start time

    What To Expect

    Empire State Building

    Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • No refunds due to weather conditions, length of lines or wait times at the building
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    Traveler Tips


    We attended first thing in the morning and it was worth it for a smaller number of folks present.
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    Reviews

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    Great experience
    Kathleen_P, Nov 2023
    Hugo was a terrific guide and the vip tour was well worth it. Very informative and a great time saving getting to ski all lines for elevators, etc.
    Response from Host, Nov 2023
    Thank you for choosing the Vip Package. We will be sure to pass the message to Hugo that you enjoyed the tour.
    Renita is the best!
    Yeo_W, Oct 2023
    Go with the VIP guided tour and no regret! It’s a worth tour with Renita! She can take good pictures with your phone!
    Response from Host, Oct 2023
    Thank you for choosing the Vip Package. We will be sure to pass the message to Renita that you enjoyed the tour.
    Siobhan was so friendly...
    Lisa_S, Sep 2023
    Siobhan was so friendly and knowledgeable - she made our visit (First time visitors!) so much fun!!!! We celebrated my husbands 60th birthday at the top of the Empire State Building!!!! Thanks Siobhan for making it so memorable! 👍
    Response from Host, Sep 2023
    Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about Siobhan. We will be sure to pass your message along.
    Empire State Building Tour
    Gina_T, Jun 2022
    Our tour guide, Renita, was awesome! She's worked at the Empire State Building for over 20 years. You can tell she loves her job and loves the Empire State Building. It was a great visit!
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    Good Afternoon, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your VIP tour and that Renita played an important part in enjoying your experience here at the Empire State Building.
    Our day at ESB
    Dorothy_B, Jun 2022
    A guided tour is the only way to go esp. if u have kids. Yes you pay a little more but it’s worth it. Our VIP guide was Ms. Edmond. Awesome guide-knowledgeable and so friendly.
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    Thank you so much for the review. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your VIP tour and that Renita made it extra special. We will be sure to share these kind words with her.
    Stunning views ofNYC
    Tim_K, Jun 2022
    Stunning views of NYC skyline and wonderful art deco interior short ticket line and informative interactive displays
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    Thank you for visiting the Empire State Building. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.
    Fabulous
    Joan_W, May 2022
    The tour guide Hugo was fabulous so knowledgeable and attentive.. views were magnificent. Well worth private tour expense.
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Thank you for choosing the Empire State Building. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the VIP tour, and that Hugo made the experience more memorable. We will be sure to pass this message along to him.
    A great memorable experience
    Sue_N, Apr 2022
    Our guide was amazing and we learn’t so much more than we would have without the tour. Would highly recommend.
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Thank you for making the Empire State Building part of your stay in New York. We hope to see you next time you visit. Thank you for the review.
    Awesome day out
    Jim_W, Feb 2022
    Sioban is awesome and knows the building inside out, do the vip tour you definitely feel like a vio!!!
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about Siobhan. We will be sure to pass your message along.
    Sadly disappointed
    Donald_P, Jun 2021
    Not the tour. We paid for the VIP skip the line tour. We were supposed to have a 90 minute private tour, a free picture, and skip the lines. We received nothing and had to pay for our picture. A grossly waste of money.
    Response from Host, Jun 2021
    Hello there, I'm sorry to hear that this happened! We organize our tour guides to meet VIP tour purchasers at our Will Call desk. Did you check in with an employee to meet your guide? Please feel free to contact me at ktorres@esbonyc.com so we can discuss this in more detail
    Happy Ohioans
    Clarence_S, Feb 2020
    Had the greatest tour guide ever! Very nice experience. They even accommodated us when we bought our tickets for the wrong day,very nice staff and I would definitely revisit.
    Thanks Empire State Building Staff
    Kristina_M, Jun 2019
    A 12 hour flight delay due to severe weather caused us to MISS this very pricey Premium VIP Tour. No refunds. All was not a total loss because the Empire State Building staff helped us make lemonade out of the situation. We were allowed to exchange the tickets for the self guided tour that is available on weekends (our time in NYC was limited). The views are indeed spectacular and more exciting than from One World Observatory. We attended first thing in the morning and it was worth it for a smaller number of folks present. Wish we had known of the skyscraper museum (not on site) before our time in NYC ran out. All of the staff at the Empire State Building was very helpful and friendly! Thanks again!
    Une visite 5 étoiles pour un moment inoubliable
    Agathe_M, May 2022
    Nous avons adoré cette visite privée Le guide était parfait : accueilllant, souriant, attentionné (il a pris de nombreuses photos de nous :-) et surtout expert de son sujet ! C’était passionnant :-)
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Thank you for the wonderful review and nice words about our staff. We will be sure to pass your message along.