The Staten Island Ferry in New York provides 20 million people a year (60,000 passengers a day not including weekend days) with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. The ferry is the only non-vehicular mode of transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan.
Aside from its main purpose of transporting the islanders back and forth the 5 mile, 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbour and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free. One guide book calls it “One of the world`s greatest (and shortest) water voyages.” From the deck of the ferry you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You`ll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and coming into focus again as you return. A typical weekday schedule involves the use of five boats to transport approximately 60,000 passengers daily (109 daily trips).
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