The Roosevelt Island Tramway

59th Street and Second Avenue, New York City


The Roosevelt Island aerial Tramway is a tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Over 26 million passengers have used the tram since it began operation in 1976. Each cabin has a capacity of up to 110 people and makes approximately 115 trips per day. The tram moves at about 28.8 km/h and travels 940 m in 3 minutes. At its peak it climbs to 76 m above the East River, providing views of the East Side of Midtown Manhattan. Two cabins make the run at fifteen-minute intervals from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The tram is wheelchair accessible. Bicycles are permitted on the tram. In Manhattan, the entrance to the system is at Tram Plaza at 60th Street and Second Avenue. It costs a mere $2.25 each way ($4 for a round trip) and students with tram permits ride free.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 17:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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  • Avalyn Jackson

    - 26 November 2014 -

    Who would have known that a simple tram ride would have been such an enjoyable experience. I felt like a tourist. I snapped tons of pics. The view was so gorgeous. Going towards the Island I rode in the front. Going toward city the view from the back is best. The fair is the $2.50. Same as NYC subway & train. The turnstiles take metrocards only. You can also use your unlimited metrocards, therefore price is included. The tram itself was bigger than what I expected. Its very spacious and you dont feel claustophobic unless you go on it during rush hour. The ride was smooth as well so no worries about it shaking. Not a bad idea as date pit stop!

  • Desmond Chow

    - 31 July 2013 -

    Not just for residents or asylums, Roosevelt Island is a great place for recreation. There are lots of fields where people play soccer and other contact sports. Take the tram, walk around, check out the new Roosevelt memorial, and catch the sunset. They even have movies during the Summertime. Perfect for bike rides too.

  • xabier martinez

    - 28 March 2013 -

    Riding the tram to cross from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan over the East river is a nice experience. The thing that I like is that it has a nice view. When you are in the middle there is some thing that it looks like you are going to hit it. sometimes it shakes when it is really cold.

  • Wen-Ya Hsu

    - 26 March 2013 -

    The MTA metro card can be used on the tram to Roosevelt Island. While taking the tram across East river, the eastside skyline of Manhattan is in your eyes. On the Island you can take a walk to south point park or walk north to the beacon. During the spring time, the cherry blossom on the river bank make the whole road pink which is really gorgeous!!

  • Derek Walker

    - 19 March 2013 -

    I have lived on RI for over a year and always take advantage of any opportunity to ride the tram. The views of the east river, midtown, and roosevelt island are stunning. I would personally ride the tram over the empire state building, especially when the price is $2.50 vs. $50 or whatever. Highly recommended

  • ej shortell

    - 01 December 2012 -

    If the tram is working, this is a great picturesque ride to Roosevelt Island. It is a short ride. There are activities on Roosevelt Island, once you get there. You could also return by subway.

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