The main ferry connections connect Manhattan to Staten Island, with a public company, then there are boats to Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Governors Island, New Jersey, Queens and Brooklyn through private companies. Finally, there are cruise lines around Manhattan.
Staten Island Ferry is the public company of the Department of Transportation of the city that has been operating since 1905 and offers a free service between the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan and the St. George Terminal in Staten Island. The crossing takes about 25 minutes, is used mainly by commuters but also by tourists who can admire a beautiful view of lower Manhattan and the bay. On the 8.3 km route there are more than 22 million passengers a year and there is a 24 hour service coverage, 7 days a week.
- Circle Line
cruises around Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island;
- Trust for Governors Island
connects Manhattan and Brooklyn with Governors Island free of charge during the summer. Departure from Manhattan is from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn connection starts at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park;
- Liberty Landing Ferry
connects Liberty State Park and Warren Street in Jersey City with the World Financial Center;
- New York Waterway
connects Manhattan mainly with New Jersey, but also Brooklyn and Queens;
- NY Water Taxi
is the naval equivalent of the tourist buses that stop at the main points of the city;
- Seaport Liberty Cruises
perates cruises around Manhattan on an old sailboat;
operates connections between Monmouth County and New York City, as well as seasonal and other sports-related services;
- Statue Cruises
operates on the Lower Manhattan Triangle, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
The Staten Island Ferry
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island