New York Pass Comparison – New York Pass, City Pass or Explorer Pass
So, you’re visiting NYC and would like to purchase a pass to see all the attractions you are interested in. But which pass out of the three popular admission passes – the New York Pass, the City Pass or the Explorer Pass will be best for you? Well, we’re here to help you figure it out.
New York Pass Highlights
– Includes Admission to over 80 attractions
– Prices vary by number of days
– 1 day pass costs $85* for adults
City Pass Highlights
– Includes admission to 6 attractions (Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), American Museum of Natural History, Top of the Rock OR Guggenheim Museum, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Cruise OR Circle Line Cruise)
– Valid for 9 consecutive days after initial use
– Adult City Pass costs $106*
Explorer Pass Highlights
– Pick 3, 5, 7 or 10 attractions to visit from a list of over 56 attractions
– Valid for 30 days from initial use
– List of attractions includes Hop-on Hop-off Bus tours.
– Prices start at $79.99* for 3 attractions for an adult
NewYork-Visit.com Suggestions and Tips to pick the Best New York Admission Pass for you:
– New York Pass may seem like a great deal for a day, but if you think you can see all 80 attractions in one day, think again!! The Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building alone will take up a whole day, with long lines everywhere, especially with the security being very tight nowadays. So consider buying a 2 or 3 day New York Pass, but at that point, the price goes up steeply – 2 day passes cost $130 and 3 day New York Pass costs $180 per person!!
– If you just want to see a few of the top attractions and love museums, then City Pass is the perfect choice for you. For just about $100, you can see the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and visit some of the best museums in not just NYC, but the world.
– If you are purchasing the City Pass, we suggest that you choose the Circle Line Cruise ($35) over the Statue of Liberty Ferry ($12) and then purchase the Statue of Liberty ferry tickets separately. That way, you get more value for your money.
– If you are really looking forward to taking a ride on those double decker sight-seeing buses in New York, then you may want to go with the Explorer Pass. The Hop-on Hop-off bus tours are included in the list of attractions you can choose from.
– If you plan on doing some serious shopping during your New York trip, you might like to know that one of the attractions in the Explorer Pass is a shopping trip to Woodbury Common Premier outlets which is about an hour bus ride from the city.
– Both the New York Pass and the Explorer Pass include walking tours in the city.
– The City Pass gives you a ticket booklet so when you get to an attraction you don’t need to get anything else. With the New York Pass and Explorer Pass, you need to go to the ticket counter and show your pass for a ticket usable at that attraction which we think can be time consuming.
– Purchasing any of these passes will allow you to skip the lines at many attractions which can be a major time saver.
We definitely recommend purchasing one of the admission passes listed above to get the most out of your visit to New York City. Ticket prices at attractions average at about $20 per adult, and much more at certain locations, so it can add up pretty fast.
We suggest you make an itinerary of the things you would like to do and places you would like to see within the amount of time you have, and then go through the passes to see which one works best for you.
Definitely purchase your pass online since online prices are always cheaper than buying in person plus they have frequent promotions online, especially around holidays. You can have the pass mailed to you or pick it up once you arrive in NYC.
So have fun and enjoy your trip to New York City !!
* Prices of admission passes change frequently, so double check the official websites for price accuracy.