Los Angeles Pass: which is more convenient

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Have you included Los Angeles among the stages of your trip to the USA and you don't know where to start with the things to see and, above all, with the purchase of tickets?

Here is one for you guide to the best passes for Los Angeles: if you choose the right one for you, in addition to giving you the convenience of buying a single ticket instead of the entrance tickets for all the attractions you want to visit, the pass will also allow you to save money and in some cases skip the line.



You are ready? Then let's get started!

What passes are available for Los Angeles?

If you have decided to visit the paid attractions of the city using a pass, you should know that there are three types available. One is the famous CityPass, the other two are offered by Go Card:

  • Los Angeles All – Inclusive Pass
  • Los Angeles Build Your Own Pass
  • Southern California CityPass

Index

  • What passes are available for Los Angeles?
  • Is it convenient to buy a pass?
  • Is it possible to skip the lines with the passes?
  • Do they also include public transport?
  • Comparison of passes for Los Angeles
  • Explorer Pass
  • Los Angeles All Inclusive Pass
  • Los Angeles Build Your Own Pass
  • What does it include?
  • My opinion

Is it convenient to buy a pass?

For sure, when you are in a city like Los Angeles, they want you visit its most important attractions, such as museums and Luna Park, therefore a pass is the most logical solution to avoid buying many different tickets and to save on the cumulative cost of individual tickets.



Is it convenient to buy a pass? The answer is yes.

Is it possible to skip the lines with the passes?

Right! At least those to buy tickets.

However, the lines for security and entry are mandatory, unless some attractions have VIP access that is included in the pass.

Do they also include public transport?

Usually not, in any case, it depends on the pass.

Attractions may also include free 24-hour access to public transport. More frequently, inside the passes you will find the Hop – On, Hop – Off Tour, a valid alternative to public transport for those who want to discover all the most interesting points of the city.

Let's see how the different types of Los Angeles passes work.

Comparison of passes for Los Angeles

Explorer Pass All Inclusive Pass Build your own pass
how long does it last 1-2 months 1 7-days 30 days
how many attractions it includes by 3 to 7 34 by 1 to 42
includes public transport No. No. No.
savings max 60% 50% 20%
how much from $ 82 and $76 at $314 depends on the attractions

Explorer Pass

Il City Explorer Pass of Los Angeles is a type of pass that we find in almost every major American metropolis. It allows you to choose 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from a list of over 30 activities.



Your pass is completely digital: you can print it or keep it in your smartphone and show it to each chosen attraction. Upon purchase, you will also receive a digital guide to help you plan your itinerary.

What does it include?

Below is the list of attractions included in this Explorer Pass:

  • Warner Bros. studios tour
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Whale watching (Long Beach)
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • Self-guided tour of the homes of movie stars

How much?

The price of the Explorer Pass depends on the number of attractions chosen.

How many days is it worth?

THELos Angeles Explorer Pass is valid for 1 or 2 months, depending on the number of attractions chosen. To find out the expiration date, after which it is no longer possible to activate the pass, check the inside of your electronic ticket.

When is it convenient?

This pass is the most suitable solution for those wishing to visit the main amusement parks in the Los Angeles area.

Where to collect the pass?

Once the purchase is complete, you will receive the pass in the form of an electronic ticket: you can then print it or keep it in digital format on your smartphone.

How does it work?

How the Explorer Pass works is really very simple. Once you have chosen the attractions and made payment, you will receive the card in pdf format: present it at the entrance of the desired attraction, without going through the ticket office first. On first use, the pass will activate.


It is not mandatory to visit the attractions in a specific order, but you can choose which one to visit and when to do so.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

It is not necessary to book them in advance.


Purchase the Los Angeles CityPASS

Los Angeles All Inclusive Pass

Il Los Angeles All Inclusive Pass is the first of two passes for Los Angeles offered by Go Card.

Thanks to this pass, you can visit all the attractions it includes, without any limit other than 1, 2, 3 or more days, depending on the offer you choose.

What does it include?

Inside the All Inclusive Pass there there are 34 attractions. Among the most interesting I point out:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket, 3-, 5-, and 7-day passes only.
  • Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood;
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum;
  • Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour;
  • Pacific Park Santa Monica Pier;
  • Aquarium of The Pacific;
  • Legoland California;
  • Tour on the historic ship Queen Mary;
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain;
  • Rockin 'Hollywood Tours, a tour to discover the homes of celebrities;
  • TCL Chinese Theater's Guided (the theater where the Oscars are held);
  • Hollywood Museum;
  • Natural History Museum;
  • California Science center IMAX;
  • Hop – On, Hop – Off Los Angeles Bus Tour – Yellow Route;
  • Grammy Museum;
  • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium;
  • discover all the attractions that can be visited.

How much? (discounted prices until 18/03)

The Los Angeles All Inclusive Pass is divided into 5 price ranges, depending on whether you buy the 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 day pass. Let's see the details of the costs:

  • 1 day, Adults $ 99 - Children (3 - 12 years) $ 76;
  • 2 days, Adults $ 149 - Children (3 - 12 years) $ 112;
  • 3 days, Adults $ 229 - Children $ 194;
  • 5 days, Adults $ 310 - Children $ 279;
  • 7 days, Adults $ 359 - Children $ 314.

How much do you save?

The Go Card site promises a savings that can reach 50% on the price of tickets purchased separately. In reality, the actual savings depend on the number of attractions you visit and their cost.

Take for example a three-day pass, which costs $ 219. Inside we could put:
Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood $62,00;
Pacific Park Santa Monica Pier $32,95;
Aquarium of the Pacific $29,95;
Hop – On, Hop – Off Los Angeles Bus Tour – Yellow Line $44,00;
Grammy Museum, $12,95;
Natural History Museum $12,00;
TCL Chinese Theatre Guided Tour $18,00;
Hollywood Museum $15,00;
Huntington Library and Gardens $29,00;
Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket $110,00.

Without the Universal Studios ticket, you save $ 50,85 compared to the purchase of individual tickets. With the Universal Studios ticket, the savings go up to a whopping $ 160,85.

How many days is it worth?

The pass can be valid from 1 to 7 days, depending on the chosen solution.

When is it convenient?

This type of pass, including the 1 day pass, is affordable if you visit at least 3 or 4 attractions worth more than $ 20.

In order not to lose out with the 1-day pass, you should at least choose the Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood, the Chinese Theater Guided Tour, the Grammy Museum and the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Where to collect the pass?

Once the purchase is complete, you will receive an e-mail with the link to print the pass and the accompanying guide. Alternatively, you can download the app, which contains both the pass and the guide.

How does it work?

After you buy it, it will be just show up at the entrance to the first attraction to activate the pass, which you can use for all 34 attractions until it expires.

With the pass, you can visit the attractions only once each.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

Usually no. In any case, the attractions that cannot be visited without a reservation are marked on the guide that you receive with the pass.

Buy the All Inclusive Pass

Los Angeles Build Your Own Pass

This pass is perfect if you visit a few, not expensive attractions

Il Los Angeles Build Your Own Pass is the second option proposed by Go Card to visit the city of Los Angeles while saving on attractions.

This pass has a different formula than the previous ones, because, as the name implies, it is totally customizable, as it is possible to put all the attractions you want inside it.

And the price? Pay only for the attractions you visit, with a 20% discount on the cumulative cost tickets.

Sounds interesting to you? Let's get to know him better.

What does it include?

The Los Angeles Build Your Own Pass offers those who buy it 41 attractions to choose from. Among the most interesting are:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket;
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood;
  • Pacific Park. Santa Monica Pier;
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park;
  • Dolby Theatre®Guided Tour;
  • TCL Chinese Theater Guided Tour;
  • Natural History Museum;
  • Hollywood Museum;
  • 1 Hour Hollywood Trolley Tour;
  • LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens;
  • Grammy Museum®;
  • Find out which are all the attractions included in the pass, among which you can choose.

How much?

The cost of the pass it depends on the number of attractions you choose.

How much do you save?

It saves the 20% on the full ticket price. Take into account that, to get the discount, you have to choose at least two attractions.

To give you an example, if you choose to visit:
Pacific Park. Santa Monica Pier $32,95
LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens $22,00
Grammy Museum® $12,95
instead of spending $ 67,90 you will spend $ 40,37, for a saving of $ 26,53.

How many days is it worth?

He passes remains valid for 30 days from the moment of activation. To activate it, however, you have one year.

When is it convenient?

This type of pass is worthwhile if you want to visit a few attractions, not the most expensive, and you don't want to have an excessively limited time to see them.

Where to collect the pass?

To collect your pass, it will be enough for you click on the link contained in the confirmation email that you will receive upon purchase and print it together with the attached guide, or you can download the dedicated app and use your phone as a pass and as a guide.

How does it work?

Build Your Own Pass is really easy to use! Once you have chosen the attractions you want to visit and have completed the payment, you can start using your pass, yes it will automatically activate at the first attraction you go to.

You can visit the attractions in the order you prefer (you have 30 days to see them all). The pass is valid for one entry only.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

There is usually no need to book attractions. If some require a reservation, you will find it marked on the guide that was given to you with your pass.

Acquista il Build your own Pass

My opinion

In my opinion the most convenient is undoubtedly the All Inclusive Pass of the Go Card. If you go to Los Angeles one of the attractions not to be missed is undoubtedly the Universal Studios which alone cost $ 110 and almost repay the price of the pass.

The CityPASS can be a good choice if your travel is between Los Angele and San Diego, as most of the attractions are closer to this city.

The Build Your own pass is good for those who may have already been to Los Angeles and want to visit specific attractions, few and not very expensive.


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