One of New York City's most affordable tourist experiences is a tram that takes you 250 feet above the city for the price of a subway fare

roosevelt island tram

  • Roosevelt Island is one of New York City’s hidden gems, and the best way to get there is the Roosevelt Island Tramway.
  • For $2.75 — the price of a subway ticket — the aerial tram takes passengers 250 feet above the city.
  • The incredible views make it a one-of-a-kind New York tourist experience.

New Yorkers recognize Roosevelt Island as one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

Sitting in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, the narrow strip of land beckons visitors with quiet streets, peaceful parks and gardens, and incredible views of Midtown skyscrapers.

The island is also home to a unique form of transportation — the Roosevelt Island Tramway. The aerial tram takes passengers back and forth between the island and Manhattan, rising 250 feet above the city in the process.

For $2.75 — the same price as New York subway or bus fare — passengers get a front-row seat to some of the best views of the city from a perspective most residents don’t typically get.

Opened in 1976, the Roosevelt Island tram is one of just two aerial commuter trams in the United States. It transports 2 million workers, students, residents, and curious tourists a year.

I took the tram last week and discovered why it’s one of the best, and most affordable, tourist experiences in New York.

Here’s what it’s like to ride the Roosevelt Island tram:

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Roosevelt Island is one of New York City’s hidden gems.

The narrow strip of land is nestled in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. It’s just two miles long and 800 feet wide.

Residents and visitors consider the island a peaceful escape from the bustle of city life.

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