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The Roosevelt Island Tramway

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Worth the transit fare for the great views

If you happen to be in this area of town, its well worth the transit fare (same as any subway ride... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Portland, Oregon
Worth the Transit Fare.

For most of my life I wouldn't be caught dead on a Tramway.... all this changed when I moved to NYC... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York City, New York
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59th Street and Second Avenue, Mid town, New York City, NY 10022
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 June 2009

I ride the tram daily, to and from work. It is a spectacular view of Manhattan and the East River, a four-minute highlight of my day. The tram has capacity of more than 100 people. From the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and...More

25  Thank NYC_Family_13
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 September 2017

There is little to the tram. You ride across the East River and unless you live on Roosevelt Island, there is nothing to do but get back on the return trip. This is not an attraction but simply transportation. Save your money and enjoy watching...More

6  Thank Nicole R
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you happen to be in this area of town, its well worth the transit fare (same as any subway ride) for the great views of the area on this short trip. Oh and if you take the subway back within two hours using the...More

Thank skywaker9
Reviewed 1 week ago

For most of my life I wouldn't be caught dead on a Tramway.... all this changed when I moved to NYC 10 years ago, and I have no idea why. Fabulous view. When you get to Roosevelt Island don't miss architect Louis Kahn's Roosevelt memorial...More

Thank DesignNYC
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had seen a video of this and thought it looked a fun way to travel. It’s free If you have a seven day metro pass (totally worth getting if you use metro more than 11 times - we used it over twenty) and takes...More

Thank Jackie D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tramway is actually part of the MTA subway and bus system. The fare is very reasonable The ride is only about 5 minutes but it changes your perspective of Manhattan. When I was there, there were only a couple of shops open, a pharmacy...More

1  Thank Flipperroni
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tram is a super cool ride over the east river from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island alongside the Queensboro Bridge. It's around $2.50 one way and has a great view. The ride is a few minutes long and the tram is big enough to hold...More

Thank frenchy42985
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a fan of the Spider-Man movies I had to ride the Tramway despite my fear of heights. Although the tram car lifts you over the east river it was an incredibly safe and smooth ride. You do have to be quick to get a...More

Thank michaelpr2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

For the price of a metro-card ride you can get amazing views of the city. It was so fun! I had no idea the tramway existed. Very easy to get on and off. Fun if you want to explore and do something different.

Thank cburd2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Tram is another way to reach to Roosevelt island in middle of east river running between Manhattan and Queens/Brooklyn. The trip used to be free for sometime ago, but now it cost same as any subway ride (currently $2.75, each way). As to Roosevelt...More

Thank Mrpatel886
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the Roosevelt Island Tramway on the last day of my weeks vacation in New York. My hotel was on Central Park South and I didn’t want to stray too far away after checking out. The tramway is about a 5 minute walk from...More

Thank Mal1971
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So glad someone told me about this cable ride as it was adorable. For $3 each way you can ride, a metro card works here too. It was a beautiful day so we had such nice views of the city & river. We walked around...More

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17 May 2018|
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Response from Brianimated | Reviewed this property |
There is street parking near the Tramway station. I would imagine that there is a parking garage or parking lot in the vicinity considering its relative proximity to the United Nations.
19 March 2018|
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Response from Elaine P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can as it is part of the Metro system. Enjoy - lovely views
19 March 2018|
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