Advice for Walking the Brooklyn Bridge on Your NYC Trip

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is an essential experience when exploring NYC. It offers fantastic views of the entire Manhattan skyline and provides an opportunity to explore the borough of Brooklyn.


To maximize your enjoyment at this iconic location, here are some tips to ensure your Brooklyn Bridge crossing is a truly unforgettable experience. If you need more tips or information, or are interested in inquiring about buses to and from NYC, reach out to us at BestBus!


About the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, an iconic suspension bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River, was completed in 1883 after 14 years of construction and is a 1.12-mile-long bridge. Designed by John Augustus Roebling, it aimed to unite the growing cities of NYC and Brooklyn. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a symbol of NYC and a tourist hotspot.


Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Length of Time


Plan for a minimum of 30 minutes if you walk fast. Keep in mind that daytime pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the bridge can lead to slower walking. So, even at a brisk pace, allow at least 30 minutes.


If you want to take your time and walk slowly, it will take you approximately one hour. If you choose an early morning or late-night crossing when the bridge is less crowded, you can anticipate a 30 to 45-minute walk.


Time of Day

A wonderful opportunity to appreciate the bridge, albeit amidst the increased evening crowd, is during sunset. You'll have the chance to marvel at the sun descending behind the Manhattan skyline, capturing photographs by creatively harnessing the sun's radiant beams.


As the sun ascends from the Brooklyn side at sunrise, it gradually bathes the Manhattan skyline in a breathtaking array of hues. What's even more remarkable is the solitude you'll enjoy, a rare luxury in bustling New York City!


If the opportunity arises, be sure to experience a nighttime walk across the bridge! Exploring it during both day and night is essential because the atmosphere and scenery offer entirely distinct experiences.



From Manhattan, you can access the pedestrian entrance near the Living Memorial Grove, right in front of City Hall Park.


From Brooklyn (Dumbo), there are two pedestrian entrances to choose from. One is a staircase situated within the underpass on Washington Street/Cadman Plaza East and Prospect Street. The other is a pedestrian walkway starting at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place. 


How to Get to NYC for Your Trip

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