Save time and skip the line at the Empire State Building in New York City

Purchase your tickets in advance online ( You can’t skip the security line, but you can skip to the front of both this line and the line for elevators by purchasing an Express Pass for an extra $45—if time is tight, it guarantees you’ll get to the observation deck in twenty minutes. If you don’t want to pony up for express service, do yourself a favor and skip that last elevator line at the 80th floor by taking the stairs. Empire State Building review.