The Roosevelt Island Tram

Hours of Operation

The tram provides direct service seven days a week (Sun.–Thurs., 6am–2am; Fri.–Sat., 6am–3:30am). The tram will run every 15 minutes.


MTA MetroCards and OMNY are accepted. Same fare structure as the MTA.

Getting Around

The tram route takes you above Midtown East along its path from East 60th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, located in the East River between Manhattan and Queens.

Roosevelt Island Tram: Skyline Views and Seamless Transit

Ascend to Urban Heights, Where the Roosevelt Island Tram Unveils Spectacular Cityscapes.


254, East 60th Street, New York, New York, 10022

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Getting There

Visitors can access the Roosevelt Island Tramway by subway to 59th Street station or via a scenic walk across the Queensboro Bridge. The tram offers breathtaking views of the city skyline during the short ride over the East River to Roosevelt Island.


254, East 60th Street, New York, New York, 10022

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About The Roosevelt Island Tram

The Roosevelt Island Tramway is a unique aerial tram system connecting Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, offering tourists a scenic and convenient mode of transportation. Here’s all you need to know to make the most of your experience:

Ticket Information
  • Fare: One ride is included with your MetroCard, or you can purchase a single-ride ticket at the tram station.
  • MetroCard: Swipe your MetroCard as you would for subway access.
  • Single-Ride Ticket: Available for purchase at the tram station.
  • The tramway is fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Wheelchair access is available at both the Manhattan and Roosevelt Island stations.
Scenic Experience
  • Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the East River, Manhattan skyline, and Queensboro Bridge during the approximately 4-5 minute ride.
  • Ideal for capturing memorable photos of the cityscape from a unique vantage point.
Connecting Transportation
  • Manhattan Station: Located at 59th Street and Second Avenue, easily accessible by subway (F train) and various bus routes.
  • Roosevelt Island Station: Provides access to the island’s attractions, parks, and amenities, including FDR Four Freedoms Park and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins.
Attractions on Roosevelt Island
  • FDR Four Freedoms Park: A scenic park honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt, featuring a granite plaza and stunning views of the East River and Manhattan skyline.
  • Renwick Ruin: Explore the remnants of the historic Smallpox Hospital designed by architect James Renwick Jr.
  • Cornell Tech Campus: Visit the innovative tech and engineering campus on the southern end of the island.

Roosevelt Island Tram Tavel Tips

  1. Consider riding the tram during off-peak hours to avoid crowds and enjoy a more relaxed experience.
  2. Take advantage of combined tickets or passes that offer discounts for multiple attractions.
  3. Check the weather forecast before your visit for optimal visibility and comfort during the tram ride.
Additional Information
  • For real-time updates on tram service, visit the official Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) website or follow their social media channels.
  • Tram service may be temporarily suspended or modified due to maintenance or unforeseen circumstances; check for any service advisories before your visit.

Experience the charm and convenience of the Roosevelt Island Tramway, offering tourists a memorable journey with unparalleled views of New York City’s iconic landmarks.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Board the tram at its station on Second Avenue, and enjoy a scenic ride to Roosevelt Island.

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.


  • Morning Rush Hours (Monday through Friday every 7.5 minutes): 7 AM – 10 AM
  • Evening Rush Hours (Monday through Friday every 7.5 minutes): 3 PM – 8 PM
  • Weekend Rush Hours (Saturday and Sunday every 7.5 minutes): 7 AM – 10 PM