Governors Island is located in New York Harbor, 1/2 mile from the southern tip of Lower Manhattan and 400 yards west of the end of Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue and Red Hook waterfront. It is accessible only via ferry.
Starting May 2014, the Trust for Governors Island charges a fee for its ferry service from Manhattan and Brooklyn. A $2 round-trip ferry fee is charged for adults. Seniors 65 and over $1. Children 12 and under and bikes are free.Season long passes maybe available. Credit cards will be accepted. No fees (free ferry service) for weekend 10 AM, 11 AM and 11:30 AM Manhattan and Brooklyn ferry passengers.
Ferry from Manhattan - Ferry service is provided from Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets in Lower Manhattan and next door to the Staten Island ferry terminal. Hourly ferry service is provided starting at 10 AM. On weekends, ferry service is provided every :30 minutes starting at 11 AM. Last ferry to the island leaves 2 hours before closing time which is 6 PM on weekdays, 7 PM on weekends.
Ferry returning to Manhattan: Is provided hourly at the bottom (:30) of the hour starting at 10:30 AM on weekdays until the closing time at 6 PM. On weekends, starting at 11:30 AM, ferries depart for Manhattan every 30 minutes at the top (:00) and bottom (:30) of the hour until the weekend closing time at 7 PM.
This ferry also operates year round, providing service to those having official business with organizations on the island, the island's staff, contractors, students of the New York Harbor High School.
Weekend Only Ferry Service from Brooklyn - Ferry service is provided from Brooklyn Bridge Park's East River Pier 6 at the end of Atlantic Avenue. This service starts May 24th and only operates weekends, Memorial Day and Labor Day during the summer. It is best characterized as "load and leave" and generally runs every 25 minutes. Ferry service to the island runs from 11 AM to 5:30 PM.
Weekend Only Ferry Service Returning to Brooklyn - Starting about 11:15 AM, there is load and leave service every 25 minutes until the island closes at 7 PM
East River ferry service - This commercial ferry service is provided by the East River Ferry from points in Manhattan, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fulton Ferry and Wall Street. This service starts May 24th by extending its East River route to Governors Island (weekends only) through until Labor Day. For more information on schedules, routes and costs, visit: https://www.eastriverferry.com
Getting to a Ferry to Governors Island:
Public transportation is the best way to get to the ferry to Governors Island. Check www.MTA.info for the status of weekend bus and subway service.
Subway - The R train in 2014 provides weekday service only from Queens and ends at Whitehall. Taking the Brooklyn-bound or Staten Island ferry exit off the platform brings you to Whitehall Street. Continuing the same direction will bring you to the corner of Whitehall and South Streets, in view of the big, green Battery Maritime Building across the street. There is NO WEEKEND SERVICE ON THE R TRAIN TO WHITEHALL until October 2014.
Subway - The 1 train from the Bronx and the west side of Manhattan, ending at South Ferry. Exits will bring you out in front of or inside the Staten Island ferry terminal. The Battery Maritime Building next door, to the left, about 100 yards away. Since April 2013, service has been to the old 1900s-era subway station with its very short platform. Riders need to be in the first five cars of the train or any car in front of the conductor by either the Chambers or Rector Street stops. This line maybe subject to weekend closures, check the MTA website listed above.
Subway - The 4/5 train from the Bronx, the east side of Manhattan and from Brooklyn stops at Bowling Green. Brooklyn-bound passengers from uptown exit on to State Street. Follow it to the Staten Island ferry terminal, the Battery Maritime Building is next door to the left. Uptown passengers from Brooklyn exit on Whitehall Street. Turn right and follow it to its end at the Staten Island ferry terminal.
Taxi - Most taxi drivers will not know where Governors Island is located or how to get there. To avoid misunderstandings and side trips to an a far away island they do know how to get to (Rikers Island, Staten Island, City Island - it can happen), direct them to drop you off at the Staten Island ferry terminal at South and Whitehall Streets. The Governors Island Ferry de[arts from the Battery Maritime Building next door.
The Governors Island Ferry from Brooklyn Bridge Park - Bus/Subway - Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 for the ferry from Brooklyn is located at the foot of Atlantic Avenue. The closest subway stop is Borough Hall, which is approximately a 15-minute walk away. The closest bus stop is Atlantic Avenue and Court Street on the B63 or B61 bus.
Driving to Lower Manhattan:
If you need to drive your vehicle to Lower Manhattan, directions are provided below. Cars are not permitted on Governors Island. If you would like to drive to Lower Manhattan in the vicinity of the Battery Maritime Building, you will need to park your car in either a parking garage or on the street.
Driving Directions to Lower Manhattan:
Did You Know?
Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), from Maine, graduated from West Point in 1856. During the Civil War, he fought at Manassas; Fair Oaks – where he lost his right arm; Antietam; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Chattanooga; Atlanta; and participated in the march across Georgia. In 1865 he headed the Freedmans’ Bureau, which resettled and enforced the rights of newly freed African-American slaves in the South. His interest in their education led him to establish Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. From 1886 to the end of his Army career, he commanded the U.S. Army in the Eastern United States from Governors Island.