East River Ferry Service

  • East River Ferry Service
Last Updated September 12, 2016

The East River Ferry Service offers commuters and visitors a bike-friendly transportation option that will help to revitalize New York City's waterfront.


The successful East River Ferry service connects formerly isolated neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens to one another and to Manhattan, unlocking large development potential by increasing access to opportunities, resources, and space. The pilot service, launched in 2011, met its three-year goal of 1.2 million riders in only 14 months and was extended into a permanent service through 2019. In 2014, total ridership on the East River Ferry was 1,289,896. NYCEDC commissioned an updated Citywide Ferry Study in 2013 and released a preliminary report in December of that year. The 2013 study explored new options for potential growth of our ferry network and analyzed the benefits of the East River Ferry. The final version of the Ferry Study was released in 2015.

Ferry Service Routes and Fares


To access the current seasonal map and schedule, use the following link:

The East River Ferry stops at the following locations:

  • Wall St./Pier 11
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park/DUMBO
  • Schaefer Landing/South Williamsburg
  • N. 6th St./North Williamsburg
  • India St./Greenpoint
  • Hunters Point South/Long Island City
  • E. 34th St./Midtown
  • Governor's Island (Seasonal Weekend Service only)


Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding from a ticket vending machine, a ticket agent, or from the NY Waterway app. Rates are as follows:

  • $4 for one-way, weekday
  • $6 for one-way, weekend
  • $12 for an all-day weekday pass
  • $18 for an all-day weekend pass
  • $160 for an unlimited monthly pass
  • $1 to bring a bicycle on board (surcharge on single-ride tickets)

Please visit the East River Ferry site for more information.

News & Updates

Project Highlights

Year-round service, winter and summer
3-year pilot program
Improves transportation between boroughs
Picturesque view of New York City