Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry service that runs between the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Manhattan. The service started in 1817 as the Richmond Turnpike Company. It leaves and arrives in Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal near Battery Park City. In Staten Island, it leaves and arrives from the Saint George Ferry Terminal near Richmond Terrace. The trip takes around 25 minutes both ways. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Bicycle transportation is provided. There is a ground entrance to the ferry provided only to bicycle riders. Automobile transportation was also provided for a cost of $3.00 per automobile, but ended after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Over 21 million people ride the Staten Island Ferry a year. Around 75,000 people ride five boats a day.