Washington Pass: which one is more convenient

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Washington DC, the capital of the United States, is one city ​​full of things to see: from monuments to museums, there are many points in the city that tell pieces of US history. Even if you are lucky enough to have all the museums accessible for free, there are still some attractions not to be missed.

A pass is the ideal solution for visit all the most important attractions of the city without having to buy many different tickets.



Let's see together what passes are available for the city of Wasington DC.

Index

  • What passes are available for Washington DC
  • Is it convenient to buy a pass?
  • Is it possible to skip the lines with the passes?
  • Do they also include public transport?
  • Washington pass comparison
  • Washington DC Explorer Pass
  • Sightseeing DC Flex Pass
  • Sightseeing DC Day Pass
  • Build Your Own Washington DC Attraction Pass

What passes are available for Washington DC

Those wishing to visit Washington DC attractions have three different pass types to choose from.

  • Washington Explorer Pass
  • Sightseeing Flex Pass
  • Sightseeing Day Pass
  • Build Your Own Pass

Is it convenient to buy a pass?

Usually, when visiting a city like Washington DC, especially if it's your first time, you want to see as many attractions as possible.

A pass, therefore, is a comfortable and convenient choice that, in addition to saving money on the purchase of tickets, also allows you to avoid endless queues at the ticket offices.


Is it possible to skip the lines with the passes?

Passes allow you to avoid the queues at the ticket offices, but not those for entry and security checks.


Do they also include public transport?

Public transportation is not included in Washington DC passes. However, some passes include hop-on hop-off buses, which can very well replace them.

Washington pass comparison

Explorer Pass Build Your OWn Pass Sightseeing Flex Sightseeing Day
how long does it last 30 days 30 days 30 days 1,2 or 3 days
how many attractions it includes 3, 4, 5 by 1 to 23 2, 3, 4 all those available in the pass
includes public transport No. No. No. No.
savings max 40% 20% 52% 60%
how much and $60 at $90 depends on the attractions and $33 at $59 and $104 at $139

Here are the main passes for Washington DC.



Washington DC Explorer Pass

Il Washington Dc Explorer Pass it is part of the offer proposed by Go Card. With this pass you can choose whether to visit 3, 4 or 5 attractions at a fixed price.

What does it include?

The pass offers a range of 17 attractions from which to choose which ones to visit. Among the most interesting are:

  • Hop–On, Hop–Off, Big Bus Washington DC: 1 – Day Classic Patriot Tour;
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon;
  • National Geographic Museum;
  • Washington Walks Walking Tour;
  • National Building Museum;
  • Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour;
  • International Spy Museum.
  • See all the attractions to choose from

How much? (discounted until 15/03)

The cost of the Washington DC Explorer Pass varies depending on whether you decide to visit 3, 4 or 5 attractions. Here are the costs in detail:

  • 5 attractions, Adults $ 89 - Children (7-12 years) $ 64;
  • 4 attractions, Adult $ 78 - Child $ 54;
  • 3 attractions, Adults $ 64 - Children $ 43.

How much do you save?

Thanks to the Explorer Pass it's possible save up to 40% compared to the cost of individual tickets.

How many days is it worth?

Once activated, the pass remains valid for 30 days. To activate it, however, you have one year from the date of purchase.


When is it convenient?

The pass is worth it if you decide to visit at least 3 attractions that cost more than $ 20.

Where to collect the passes?

Once the purchase is complete, to obtain the pass simply click on the link contained in the confirmation e-mail and print it directly, together with the attached guide.


Alternatively, you can download the dedicated App and use your phone directly as an entrance ticket for the attractions.

How does it work?

Using this pass is very simple. After visiting the first attraction, the pass will activate automatically. From now on you have 30 days to visit all the attractions you have chosen, in the order you prefer.

The pass entitles you to visit the attractions only once.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

The attractions contained in this type of pass usually do not require a reservation. If you need to book, you will find it indicated in the guide.

Purchase the Explorer Pass from the official website

Sightseeing DC Flex Pass

Il Sightseeing DC Flex Pass it works like the Explorer Pass we saw above.

In this pass, al Hop – On, Hop – Off bus tours can be combined with 2, 3 or 4 attractions among those proposed.

What does it include?

As we said, the One Day Express Hop - On, Hop - Off Bus Tour is a fixed component of the pass. The attractions to be combined with the bus tour can be chosen from a list of 16 different options. Among the most interesting are:

  • Madame Tussaud’s DC;
  • National Geographic Museum;
  • International Spy Museum;
  • Politics and Pints Walking Tour;
  • Newseum;
  • Mount Vernon.
  • See all attractions

How much?

The Sightseeing DC Flex Pass is available in three different price ranges:

  • Flexpass BUS + 1, Adults $ 54 - Children $ 33;
  • Flexpass BUS + 2, Adults $ 64 - Children $ 40,50;
  • Flexpass BUS + 4, Adults $ 89 - Children $ 59,25.

How much you save

This pass allows you to save up to 52% compared at the cost of individual tickets, as well as offering attractive discounts on the purchase of other attractions.

How many days is it worth?

The pass is valid for 30 days from the moment of activation.

To activate it you have one year from the date of purchase.

When is it convenient?

This pass is worth it when you have little time to visit the city: thanks to the Hop - On, Hop - Off Tour, in fact, it is possible to admire all the most interesting points.

Where to collect the pass?

The pass is obtained immediately after purchasing it: you can print it by following the link in the confirmation e-mail, or scan the QR Code and use the phone as a ticket.

How does it work?

The operation of this pass is very simple: once you visit the first attraction, which does not necessarily have to be the bus tour, the pass will be activated, and you will have 30 days to use it to visit the other attractions of your choice.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

Usually no. If a reservation is required, you will find it indicated in the guide attached to the pass.

Buy the Sightseeing Flex Pass from the official website

Sightseeing DC Day Pass

Il Sightseeing DC Day Pass it is part of the Sightseeing Pass family, and is the “brother” of the Flex version.

In this case it is a day pass, with unlimited access to the attractions on the days of validity of the pass.

What does it include?

The pass includes unlimited visits to attractions for a period of 2 or 3 days consecutive.
The attractions to choose from are the same (currently 15) available for the Sightseeing DC Flex Pass.

Among the most interesting, we point out:

  • Madame Tussaud’s DC;
  • National Geographic Museum;
  • International Spy Museum;
  • Politics and Pints Walking Tour;
  • Newseum;
  • Mount Vernon;
  • Here you will find the updated list of all attractions included

After purchasing the pass you can visit all the attractions you want among those available; the only limitation is that each attraction can only be visited once within the validity of the pass.

How much? (discounted until 17/03)

  • 2 days - Adults $ 104,30;
  • 3 days - Adults $ 139,30.

How much do you save?

Savings can be up to 60%!

The more attractions you visit, the greater the convenience.

In addition, the three-day pass is - proportionally - the cheapest, and the savings are greater by visiting the attractions that would be more expensive without the pass.

How many days is it worth?

One, two or three consecutive days, at your choice.

You have one year from the date of purchase to activate the pass.

When is it convenient?

This pass is especially worthwhile when you take full advantage of it by visiting many attractions on valid days. We therefore recommend it to very active travelers!

Where to collect the pass?

He passes you get it immediately after buying it online.

Once the procedure is complete, you will immediately receive a confirmation email containing a link to follow to obtain the pass, which you can print.

Alternatively, you can scan the QR Code and use your smartphone as a ticket.

How does it work?

Activation will take place on the day the pass is used at the first attraction, and will expire at midnight on the last day of validity.

On the first day, it is advisable to activate the pass in the morning (possibly early!): In this way you will have the whole day to use to visit more attractions.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

Usually it is not necessary. If a specific attraction reservation is required, this will be indicated in the guide attached to the pass.

Purchase the Sightseeing DC Day Pass from the official website

Build Your Own Washington DC Attraction Pass

Il Washington DC Build Your Own Pass è il most flexible among the available passes for the city of Washington DC, as it is fully customizable.

In fact, if you choose more than one attraction, you will get a 20% discount on the total cost of tickets.

What does it include?

The Build Your Own Pass for Washington DC allows you to choose the attractions to visit, among 23 different proposals. Some of the most interesting are listed below:

  • International Spy Museum;
  • National Geographic Museum;
  • Hop – On, Hop – Off, Big Bus Washington DC: 1 – Day Classic Patriot Tour;
  • Mount Vernon & Arlington Cemetery Tour;
  • Washington Walks Walking Tour;
  • National Building Museum;
  • Politics and Pints Capitol Hill Tour.
  • See all attractions

How much?

The Build Your Own Washington DC Attraction Pass, being fully customizable, it does not have a fixed price, because its cost varies according to the number and price of attractions that you decide to include in the offer.

How much do you save?

With the Build Your Own Pass it's possible save the 20% on the total cost of tickets for the chosen attractions.

How many days is it worth?

The pass is valid 30 days from the activation date. To activate it, you have one year from purchase.

When is it convenient?

This type of pass is convenient when you want to visit few attractions.

Where to collect the pass?

To obtain your pass, simply click on the link contained in the purchase confirmation email and print it, or download the App and use your phone as a ticket.

How does it work?

To use the pass is just present it at the entrance of the selected attractions. At the first attraction the pass is activated, after which you have 30 days to visit the others, in the order you prefer.

The pass entitles you to only one entry for each attraction.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

It is not usually necessary to book attractions. In case a reservation is necessary, it is
you will find indicated in the guide.

Purchase the Build your own Pass from the official website
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