The Roosevelt Island Tramway provides the most modern aerial tramway in the world, running every 7-15 minutes from 59th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan to Tramway Plaza on Roosevelt Island.

Please note that the passengers must exit the tram at each stop (either Manhattan bound or Roosevelt Island bound) and pay again to return to the other side.

Tram sunset

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday through Thursday: 6 AM - 2 AM
  • Friday and Saturday: 6 AM - 3:30 AM
  • Morning Rush Hours (Monday through Friday): 7 AM - 10 AM
  • Evening Rush Hours (Monday through Friday): 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Holidays: Tram runs on a regular schedule, except for major holidays (New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day), during which the Tram runs on a rush hour schedule.

Fare Information

  • Only MTA MetroCards are accepted.
  • We follow to same fare structure as the MTA.
  • Up to three children 44-inches tall and under ride for free on the Tram when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
  • Children more than 44 inches tall require full fare.
  • While MetroCards are available for purchase at the Tram Station, there are no MTA booths at the station, vending machines are the only option available.

Strollers and Shopping Carts

  • Must be folded upon request of bus operator.

School Groups

Download the Roosevelt Island Tramway Field Trip Application (PDF) 

Please call the Tramway office two weeks in advance to give notification of a group trip at: 212-832-0383.