Standard Ticket (86th Floor)This ticket provides access to the 86th floor observation deck with a fixed booked time slot. Admission to the various exhibitions is also included.
Express Pass (86th Floor)The Express Pass costs more and offers faster entry past the often long queues, as you only have to queue for the security checks (annoying, but necessary).
Upgrade for the 102th FloorBetween $20 and $30 extra is charged for what is currently the third highest observation deck in New York City at 1,224 feet (373 meters).
Day & Night TicketThis ticket provides access to the 86th floor twice on the same day: once during the day and once in the evening from 21:00.
Free admission with City PassesMost city tickets and city passes for NYC include standard entrance to the Empire State Building. However, two are particularly worth mentioning in relation to the ESB: the Go New York Explorer Pass comes up with express admission without queuing and the New York CityPASS includes the Day & Night ticket.