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I will be in New York City this summer and of course I want to go on top of the Empire State Building. But as I discovered, there are several ticket categories (VIP, VIP Express, Standard) with each being more pricy than the other. Which ticket will get me to the Top the fastest?

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Welcome to the site Chris. However, as per the faq we ask that you make one post per question - you've got many in here, and it's subjective as well, also against the faq. It's a good question, but I'd edit it to meet the FAQ before it gets some close votes. I was there (NYC) last month, and happy to answer once the question is clearer. – Mark Mayo May 29 '13 at 6:55
If you want a great view of NYC, you might consider not climbing the Empire State Building, but instead climbing Rockafeller Center, so you can see the Empire State Building. I have only climbed Rockafeller Center, though, so I cannot offer a comparison of the two. – Flimzy May 29 '13 at 7:04
How to climb the empire state building. In reasonable time. – Coxer May 29 '13 at 11:03
up vote 5 down vote accepted

I am not sure where you have found the types of tickets you have listed but the official site lists 4 different ones.

  • Main Deck - 86th Floor general admission (lines and all)
  • Main Deck Express - 86th Floor and you bypass the general admission line.
  • Main Deck + Top Deck - 86th Floor + 102nd Floor observation decks in general admission line
  • Main Deck + Top Deck Express - same as above with preferential treatment for the elevators.

You can also get NY City Pass which will get you Main Deck Ticket included in it.

But as @Flimzy pointed in the comment the Top of the Rock is a better observation deck to visit because it doesn't have fence around the deck like the Empire State building.

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I've just got back from a trip to NY, and I did Top of the Rock during daylight, and the Empire State at night. The combination worked really well as the city is impressive at both times. – Phil May 29 '13 at 17:06
@Phil Personally I'm waiting to see what Freedom Tower would show. I miss the roof deck of WTC 2. :( – Karlson May 29 '13 at 18:39
@Karlson I just looked up the Freedom Tower, I think it will set new standards :) – Coxer May 29 '13 at 20:07
@Karlson that does look impressive – Phil May 30 '13 at 9:26

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