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Index

  • City Pass New York: what they are and how they work
    • The various types of passes available
    • Do you really save with the passes?
    • How to choose the pass without puzzling too much?
    • Do I skip the line at the attractions with the passes?
    • Pass, covid and refunds: how do they behave?
    • Attraction Pass & Reservation: How Does It Work?
  • New York passes divided by days
    • Sightseeing Day Pass (Unlimited)
    • New York Pass
  • New York passes divided by attractions
    • Sightseeing Flex Pass
    • Go City New York Explorer Pass
    • New York City Pass
    • New York C3
  • New York passes compared: which one to choose?
  • Thematic cards and passes
  • Our views on New York City Passes
  • Passes no longer available
Which Pass for New York? New York Pass, City Pass, Explorer, Sightseeing or other? Advice and opinions

As soon as you set foot in New York (perhaps for 4-5 days, which are perfect for understanding the spirit of this incredible city), you will feel a little disoriented in front of its immense size and the large amount of places and attractions to visit. . But above all, wallet in hand, you will begin to do the math in order not to risk being broke, perhaps having only visited a small part of the city, which is famous for being quite expensive.





As for the variety of attractions, New York is unmatched, so you can feel disoriented and risk wasting a lot of money if you don't pay attention to how to save. The pass in New York it's the right solution, but it's not as easy as it sounds! The first questions that arise are: New York Pass or City Pass? Sightseeing or Go City New York? Or more? Forming an opinion on the matter may seem complicated given the wide offer (the so-called New York Pass they are at least 6, not to mention the minor ones or those not currently available!). Well, don't worry: in this article we will provide a useful and nimble guide to the various city pass available, detailing the pros and cons.

Before starting a small premise: if you already have clear enough ideas about which attractions to include in your New York stay, then I suggest you try our comparison tool (ComparaPass): with a few clicks you will get an idea of ​​which attractions are included in the various passes. If you prefer to know the various pass per New York and understand what they offer, keep reading.

Choose your New York pass based on the attractions you want to visit

USE THE COMPARAPASS

City Pass New York: what they are and how they work

The tourist pass is a useful and convenient one commercial product which comes to the rescue of the traveler wishing to visit a large city full of attractions like New York. More concretely, these are physical or digital “cards” that include a large tourist package that includes admission to the main city attractions at a discounted price. The main feature of all the New York passes mentioned in this article is the possibility of save on admission to attractions, tours, activities and discounts on restaurants and shops



Thanks to their rich and up-to-date catalog, tourist passes can too helping those unfamiliar with the city to get a more than complete idea of ​​the wide tourist offer of New York and, in some cases, propose a synthesis of the best of the city for those who don't know how to choose.

The various types of passes available

In this regard, it is good to know that they exist in principle 3 tip in pass:

  1. pass with number of fixed attractions to be used over a set period of time
    • New York City Pass
    • New York C3
  2. pass with a variable number of attractions to choose from a list at the moment
    • Sightseeing Flex Pass
    • Go City New York Explorer Pass
  3. "all inclusive" pass with a variable number of days of validity in which to visit as many attractions as possible to choose from a list
    • Sightseeing Day Pass (also called Sightseeing Unlimited Pass)
    • New York Pass

The division by number of attractions or days is not the only criterion with which to choose: for example, who wants to take advantage of the convenience of bus scoperti hop-on hop-off (taking into account that no pass includes discounts on the metro and public buses) you will have to consider that only some passes have truly complete and advantageous offers, such as the Sightseeing Day Pass, which offers the possibility of using the hop-on hop-off bus service for the duration of the pass.


Or, again by way of example, if one does not want to miss the collection of the MoMA, will have to exclude the New York City Pass (which makes up for it with other interesting attractions and museums ..!). In other words, one of the first things to look at is the catalog of attractions included in the various passes. A further criterion is to consider the additional discounts on restaurants, activities, tours and sporting events that can be included with the purchase of a particular pass.


Do you really save with the passes?

Le saving possibilities they vary according to the pass chosen, but also according to the option selected within the chosen pass. I try to explain ...

Each pass provider declares the savings percentages of their product: undoubtedly these are enticing, but to understand the actual convenience it is necessary to contextualize what has been declared.

I bring an example that tends to apply to all passes: as we read on the official website, the Sightseeing Day Pass allows you to save up to 70% on admissions (it is the highest percentage on the market), but to fully benefit from the discounts it is advisable to choose from the list mostly the more expensive attractions (Pass sites always report the cost of the attraction at the ticket office!).

It is also worth buying the option with the as many days as possible (compatibly with the duration of the holiday) e do 3 attractions a day. This way you can fully benefit from the benefits of this popular pass.

How to choose the pass without puzzling too much?

The wide variety of passes could be a bit panicking and time consuming to do calculations and comparisons. To choose the right pass quickly and effectively, follow this simple procedure:

Before buying a pass, you'll need to figure out which one traveler category you belong; simplifying a bit, I created two:

  • You are a "slow tour" traveler who may not have much time and wants to enjoy a few targeted tourist attractions among the most famous in the city, with relative calm and keeping an eye on their wallet. In this case, our personal advice is to choose the Sightseeing Flex Pass which, between passes divided by attractions available on the market, it is the most complete for the offer available.
  • You are an "all you can do" traveler, a tireless grinder of kilometers and attractions who wants to experience the more or less numerous days available as intensely as possible, saving significant amounts on many attractions and city tours. Between various pass options divided by days, our advice is to buy the Sightseeing Day Pass, for the same reasons as above.

If, on the other hand, you want to get a little broader idea of ​​the pass offer, check which passes include the attractions of your interest with the Compara Pass and that's it!

For a quick overview of the main features of all the passes, see our summary table; if, on the other hand, before choosing, you want to know the passes in more detail, continue reading ...

Do I skip the line at the attractions with the passes?

Please note:: at the moment this option is no longer available in any pass due to anti-COVID measures

The skip the line before Covid (and hopefully after!)

Some passes (not all!) Include, for a quite limited number of attractions, theskip the line option (often called Fast Track). What are the advantages? With this option, pass holders can access the attraction (or restaurant or tour) via a restricted access, skipping the entrance queue.

But be careful: the skip-the-line option it does not allow you to skip the lines for security checks, which are planned for most of the main attractions. Also, it goes without saying that, arriving at the attraction during rush hour, you will find a bit of a queue with people like you who have skip the line.

If Fast Track is a fundamental option for you, bear in mind that the pass that includes it for the most important attractions is the New York Pass. With a bit of detachment, the Sightseeing products follow (i.e. i 2 pass Sightseeing, FreeStyle excluded), the Go City New York Explorer Pass and New York City Pass.

Pass, covid and refunds: how do they behave?

Given all the difficulties in traveling that there have been in recent times, most of the companies that sell New York passes are equipped to meet the changing needs of tourists. Let's see in detail what are the procedures adopted by each pass for encourage repayments for non-use.

  • Pass Sightseeing Day (Unlimited) e Flex: the two passes of this company offer the possibility of buy insurance which allows you to obtain a refund within one year of purchasing the passes. The price of this insurance is 4% of the value of the pass.
  • New York Pass: this pass gives you the opportunity to get a refund within 365 days of purchase of the same way totally free. In fact, there is no need to purchase any type of insurance.
  • Go City New York Explorer Pass: those who want to buy this pass will be faced with a policy halfway between the previous ones because if on the one hand we have the possibility to request a refund free, on the other we will have only 90 days from the purchase in order to request it.
  • New York CityPASS: this company also gives the possibility to ask for a refund for free within one year of its purchase.

If, on the other hand, you decide to buy passes on sites such as Viator o Getyourguide and not on the official website, don't forget that the refund policies of the respective sites will be applied, which may differ from those just indicated.

However, keep in mind that however, the passes have a duration of 24 months from the date of purchase (12 months in the case of the New York City Pass): this means that if you find yourself postponing your trip for a few months for any reason, you can rest assured for at least two years from the date of purchase, unless you want to ask for a refund according to the instructions we have given you above. There is no refund if you have already booked entry to an attraction with your pass. But let's see immediately in detail.

Attraction Pass & Reservation: How Does It Work?

Recent events have also influenced and modified the ways in which tourists can take advantage of the activities that are offered with the purchase of passes. The limitations on the number of people who can access the premises led to what is the most important news: or that to access almost all the attractions it will be necessary book your visit in advance.

The official pass sites offer a updated list of all the attractions that require this step indicating how to proceed with your booking.

The consequences of this choice are that you will have to plan more precisely your vacation in New York by deciding in advance which and how many attractions to visit, and in what order, during your day.

As anticipated, be very careful also because, once you have booked even one attraction, your entire pass will come considered to be activated and then you will no longer be able to request a refund if your plans fail for any reason.

New York passes divided by days

There are two passes that fall into this category: the Sightseeing Day Pass (once known as Sightseeing Unlimited) and the New York Pass. So let's go and see in detail what these two passes offer and how they differ.

Sightseeing Day Pass (Unlimited)

Sightseeing Day Pass New York

The main features of this pass - initially launched by the Gray Line company and famous for its offer of hop on-hop off tourist buses valid for the entire duration of the pass - they are:

  • over 150 attractions
  • available in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 day formulas

Promotion: at the moment the Sightseeing Day Pass is available on a special offer. The promotion is only available on the Official site. Furthermore, if purchased through the official website, the pass entitles you to an additional one $ 40 credit on selected attractions.

Consider that the hours are not calculated in the calculation, but the days, so you will want to make your first visit early in the morning to get back as many entries as possible. Another interesting aspect is that it works via QR-CODE, so you can access the attractions simply by showing your smartphone. The expected savings are up to 70% off regular prices, visiting 3 attractions per day. As anticipated, it is necessary to study the attractions of the pass carefully, choosing the most popular but also the most expensive ones: in this way the savings will be higher!

Attractions included

The list of attractions is practically endless (there are also many tours and discounts at shops and restaurants) and you can find it on this page. Plus this is the only pass that currently includes a big discount on the helicopter flight in New York. Below you can see the other main attractions:

  • Freedom tower
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • MoMA Museum
  • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Cruise
  • Museum and Memorial 9/11
  • Top of the Rock
  • $ 40 credit on select attractions

Prices (to be discounted)

Here are the prices of the various daily options of the Sightseeing Day Pass for adults. On the site you will find the updated rates (also for children) and any active promotions that can reach over $ 140 off those listed below.

  • 1 days: $ 139 (adults)
  • 2 days: $ 199 (adults)
  • 3 days: $ 279 (adults)
  • 4 days: $ 309 (adults)
  • 5 days: $ 349 (adults)
  • 6 days: $ 389 (adults)
  • 7 days: $ 419 (adults)
  • 10 days: $ 459 (adults)

How much you save

The percentage declared by the site is very interesting: it is possible to save money up to 70%, in the light of the advice we gave in the first part of the article.

Our opinion

  • Pro: exceptional flexibility; high choice; high savings rate; easy collection and use methods (e-ticket); hop on - hop off bus valid for the number of days of the pass purchased; very large number of discounts and additional bonuses.
  • Cons: the Day Pass is one of the best passes in NYC: difficult to find any disadvantages or defects, especially in comparison with the direct competitor. Not suitable for those who stay a few days and want to do few attractions. The vast catalog requires a minimum of study of the attractions and a little organization. The last aspect to consider is that, depending on the discounts put in place, in some cases it can be more expensive than its competitors.

If you want to know our detailed opinion on this pass, read the Sightseeing Day Pass review.

Where to buy it?

  • Official site (includes rate discount + $ 40 credit)
  • GetYourGuide
  • Viator

New York Pass

It will be very easy to use this pass produced by Go City, the direct competitor of the Sightseeing Day Pass, which looks like a credit card with its chip, and which will allow you to visit more than 100 attractions of New York, saving time and money. This pass is quite flexible: you can choose the booklet that best suits your needs, based on your days in the city.

Promotion: the New York Pass is currently available with a particularly advantageous offer. Find more details about the promotion on this page.

Attractions included

Below, a top ten of the best attractions included in the offer New York Pass.

  • Empire State Building
  • Freedom Tower – One World Observatory
  • MoMA
  • Cruise to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Top of the Rock
  • Concerto Gospel ad Harlem
  • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Discount for the helicopter tour in New York
  • Circle Line Cruise
  • Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

Among the many other attractions, we also point out the possibility of attending a Gospel Mass in Harlem, which other New York passes of this type do not include. For the complete list of what the New York Pass includes (attractions and activities) consult the official website.

Prices (to be discounted) 

Depending on your needs, you can buy 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10 day carnet. Prices, in dollars, vary over time, depending on the season and depending on the type of pass you intend to activate, with the possibility of accessing additional discounts if you buy the pass online, to this address. Here are the prices (to be discounted) updated to October 2021:

  • 1 days: $ 129 (adults) 99 $ (children 4-12 years)
  • 2 days: $ 174 (adults) 129 $ (children 4-12 years)
  • 3 days: $ 199 (adults) 154 $ (children 4-12 years)
  • 4 days: $ 229 (adults) 164 $ (children 4-12 years)
  • 5 days: $ 259 (adults) 179 $ (children 4-12 years)
  • 7 days: $ 299 (adults) 199 $ (children 4-12 years)
  • 10 days: $ 339 (adults) $ 224 (children 4-12 years)

The New York Pass also includes a 200-page guidebook with all the useful details for reaching the chosen attractions (address, how to get there, telephone number, opening hours, etc…). Since 2018 the New York Pass has launched amobile application free that will allow you to access your pass without having to print it or have it sent to your home as it was previously. You can then access all the attractions included by simply showing the pass from your smartphone.

How much do you save?

You may not be able to see everything, but if you know how to organize yourself well you can save money, depending on the carnet you have chosen. up to 60%: from around $ 40 (1 day) up to $ 300 (7 days). Everything is in your ability to choose the attractions based on interest and above all the price at the box office!

Our opinion

Here are the pros and cons of the pass:

  • Pro: total price of the pass lower than the Day Pass; interesting flexibility; satisfactory catalog of attractions; good choice; digital tour guide in Spanish included in the pass.
  • Against: fewer attractions than the competitor; lack of additional discounts on activities and restaurants; lack of discount on the helicopter tour.

If you want to know our detailed opinion on this pass, read the New York Pass review.

Where to buy it?

In addition to the aforementioned official site, I recommend that you also consult the prices on the sites indicated below, which often have advantageous offers, in particular for carnets with fewer days:

  • Pass prices on Expedia
  • Pass prices on Get Your Guide

New York passes divided by attractions

The passes of this type that have been operating for the longest time in New York are essentially 3: the Sightseeing Flex Pass, il Go City New York Explorer Pass and New York City Pass (with its reduced version C3). The main feature is that these passes have a fixed number of days of validity: it's up to you to choose how many and which attractions to visit.

Analyze one by one:

Sightseeing Flex Pass

Over time, the Flex has become one of the best passes in NYC for those who want to get to know the city really well. The attractions are the same as the Day Pass but the philosophy is different: instead of paying for a certain number of days, you pay for the number of attractions, which can be visited for 60 days in total, with savings up to 50%.

Attractions included

On this page you will always find the other available activities, but below I repeat the main ones, the ones that really cannot be missing:

  • Freedom tower
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • MoMA Museum
  • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Cruise
  • Museum and Memorial 9/11
  • Top of the Rock
  • $ 40 credit on select attractions

Prices (to be discounted)

Here is the formula in detail (prices, updated to October 2021, are subject to change over time). Always check the official website, even for the rates dedicated to children, often at a discount:

  • 2 attractions: $ 74 (adults)
  • 3 attractions: $ 99 (adults)
  • 4 attractions: $ 124 (adults)
  • 5 attractions: $ 144 (adults)
  • 6 attractions: $ 164 (adults)
  • 7 attractions: $ 184 (adults)
  • 10 attractions: $ 234 (adults)
  • 12 attractions: $ 264 (adults)

How much you save

According to the official website, it is possible to save up to 50%, visiting at least 2 attractions per day (with an eye on the higher priced attractions).

Our opinion

Here pros and cons of the pass:

  • Pro: excellent flexibility, easy collection and use methods (e-ticket), high number of attractions to choose from, many discounts for additional activities.
  • Against: just like the Day Pass, this is it one of the best passes on the market. Really difficult to find a disadvantage, even if, in some cases, it can be slightly more expensive than competitors depending on the discounts put in place.

If you want to know our detailed opinion on this pass, read the Sightseeing Flex Pass review.

Where to buy it?

  • Official site -> rate discount + $ 40 credit on select attractions
  • GetYourGuide
  • Viator

Go City New York Explorer Pass

Il Go City New York Explorer Pass, produced by Go City, is the direct competitor of the Sightseeing Flex Pass, and offers a variable number of admissions to a selection of 90 of the most important attractions in the city.

You choose how many and which attractions to visit, from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 10, and your pass will last 60 days! The pass includes a city guide. You can choose whether to print your ticket at home or use the digital one.

Attractions included:

Also in this case you will have guaranteed discounted admission to the major and most famous attractions of New York, which we have already listed above. You can consult the list of over 90 attractions at this link. Here are the main ones:

  • Empire State Building
  • Freedom Tower – One World Observatory
  • MoMA Museum
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Top of the Rock
  • Museum and Memorial 9/11
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Prices (to be discounted):

You can take advantage of further discounts by purchasing the pass online (the prices below are updated to October 2021):

  • to 2 attractions $ 73 (adults); $ 51 (children 3-12 years);
  • to 3 attractions $ 94 (adults); $ 70 (children 3-12 years)
  • to 4 attractions, $ 124 (adults); $ 89 (children 3-12 years);
  • to 5 attractions, $ 140 (adults); $ 107 (children 3-12 years);
  • to 6 attractions, $ 149 (adults); $ 124 (children 3-12 years);
  • to 7 attractions, $ 169 (adults); $ 132 (children 3-12 years);
  • to 10 attractions, $ 229 (adults); $ 175 (children aged 3-12).

How much you save:

The savings are high: around 50% in relation to the standard admission price.

Our opinion

Here are the pros and cons of the pass:

  • Pro: simple purchase and use methods, good selection of attractions, digital guide in Spanish included in the pass, lower total price than the competitor (but with a lower number of attractions)
  • Against: savings percentage equal to the competitor, but not the best on the market, there are no discounts and additional offers, worse flexibility than the Sightseeing Flex.

If you want to know our detailed opinion on this pass, read the recensione sul Go City New York Explorer Pass.

Where to buy it?

  • GetYourGuide site
  • Viator site
  • Official site

New York City Pass

The offer that the New York City Pass, known primarily as New York CityPASS, it is very different, and it certainly has some interesting advantages, but also some drawbacks. It is a booklet of 6 tickets for the 6 major attractions of the city.

The pass has a total duration of 9 days, and therefore is ideal for those who stay in New York longer and want to visit it at your leisure, but it is not always convenient for those who stay less. Also pay attention: some attractions are at your choice: one excludes the other.

Attractions included:

  • Empire State Building
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum
  • Liberty Statue ed Ellis Island or Circle Line Cruises
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum or Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

The 11/2015 Memorial Museum and the Aerospace Museum have been integrated into the offer since March XNUMX.

Prices

Usually the prices for a single adult are around on a basis of 130 $ (from 6 to 17 years you spend about 17 to 20 dollars less per person), however the New York City Pass in some periods is promoted at a discounted price; below are the prices of the official website updated to October 2021.

  • Adults (over 18): $ 136
  • Children and boys (6 to 17 years old): $ 112

The City Pass has a duration of one year from the date of purchase.

How much you save:

The savings are quite substantial: it is declared 42% of spending less than the combined full price of the ticket offices. Obviously, to reach the declared savings percentage, you must use the pass for all attractions included.

Our opinion

Here are the pros and cons of the pass:

  • Banco Pro: operation easily understandable; total price quite affordable for what is offered; adequate duration considering the average stay in New York; tour guide included; discounts and upgrades included.
  • Cons: reduced flexibility and limited choice of attractions; high price for those who stay in the city for a short time; validity 1 year.

If you want to know our detailed opinion on this pass, read the New York CityPASS review.

Where to buy it?

Again, the product is available not only on the official website, but also on other channels. Compare the prices and buy it at the lowest price:

  • Prices on Viator
  • Prices on Expedia

New York C3

New York C3 Pass

This pass offers a reduced and lower priced version of the New York City Pass (operated by the same company). The idea is very simple: a booklet of just 3 attractions instead of 6 for the price of about seventy dollars: when compared with other passes, it's not very convenient, but I'll explain it better below *.

You can choose the 3 attractions among the 12 available. The savings are 33% (among the lowest on the market), the days in which the pass can be spent remain 9.

* Is it worth it? I don't think so. Under the same conditions, you might as well choose the Free Style Pass (3 attractions of your choice in a very rich catalog + 72 h of hop on - hop off bus) or the Build Your Own Pass, which has a similar philosophy but (often) better prices and above all much more choice.

Here is the complete list to choose from:

  • Visita all’Empire State Building
  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • 11/XNUMX Memorial and Museum
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Circle Line Cruises
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises
  • MoMA
Where to buy it:
  • Official site

New York passes compared: which one to choose?

After this long roundup of opinions on the various city passes for New York it is likely that too much choice will throw you off a bit: which one to choose among the available products? How to choose the right pass according to various needs?
We have created a comparison table to put i vari pass to confrontation.

The items we have taken into account are:

  • Savings on the cost of the attractions
  • Number of attractions available
  • Days of validity of the pass
  • Pass prices (discounts are often available, even considerable ones. To find out the actual fare, click on the links below)
Pass per New York a confronto
PASS saving Attractions Days Prices (to be discounted)
New York Pass up to 61% Beyond 100 1 10-days From $ 129 to $ 339
Sightseeing Day up to 70% Beyond 150 1 10-days From $ 139 to $ 459
SightSeeing Flex up to 50% 2-12 out of over 100 60 days From $ 74 to $ 264
Go City New York Explorer up to 50% 2-10 your 90 60 days From $ 73 to $ 229
CityPASS up to 42% 6 (3 fixed + 3 of your choice 6) 9 days $ 136
C3 up to 33% 3 out of 12 at your choice 9 days $ 87
Free Style Pass up to 40% 3, 5 or 6 out of over 40 14 days From $ 109 to $ 159
Build Your Own up to 20% 90 30 days It depends on the choice
FreeStyle Cruise Pass up to 40% 1 or 3 out of over 40 14 days From $ 44 to $ 84
Klook Special Combo up to 46% 4 or 5 1 year From $ 77 to $ 81
New York Top 6 Pass 33% 6 30 days $ 145
Super Saver New York up to 46% 3 or 6 out of 14 at your choice 30 days From $ 75 to $ 119

Please note:: The characteristics of New York passes may vary over time (e.g. number and type of attractions, as well as percentage savings). We therefore invite you to check for any changes on the official websites, indicated in this article for each pass.

Thematic cards and passes

Finally, it deserves a mention Eat and Play passport, a discount card to save on lunches and dinners. Then there are a series of thematic passes (which may not be available for some periods of time) that will offer you special discounts and offers: for those who are fascinated by Downtown and want to know it like their pockets, there is the Downtown Culture Pass, while for unbridled shopping there is the pass for Macy's, very particular proposals among the many things to do in New York.

If, on the other hand, you really can't give up good food (in addition to the aforementioned Eat and Play Pass) take a look at this series of gastronomic activities.

Our views on New York City Passes

Here are all our reviews dedicated to individual passes; for those who want to know all the details of every single New York pass before buying it!

  • Sightseeing Flex Pass New York: Our Opinion: Our detailed review of Sightseeint's “Flex” product. Analysis of the pros and cons of a very competitive pass on the market.
  • New York Pass: Our Opinion: Detailed New York Pass Review. Let's find out if the best-known pass in New York is also the cheapest ...
  • Sightseeing Day Pass New York: our opinion: our review of the “Day” version of Sightseeingt, the product created to rival the New York Pass on equal terms.
  • Go City New York Explorer Pass: Our Opinion: The Go City New York Pass Explorer is distributed by Go City, which has created sightseeing passes for all major American destinations. Let's find out together!
  • New York CityPASS: our opinion: one of the most historic and most popular tourist passes. Surely the simplest to understand and use, let's find out together when it is really convenient to choose it!

Pass reviews currently unavailable:

  • New York Freestyle Pass: our opinion: here is a decidedly unique pass as a concept compared to the competitors but at the same time surprising for the quality of the attractions included
  • New York Build Your Own Pass: Our Opinion: Unlike many others, this pass allows you to choose attractions in advance. Let's get to know its salient features in detail.

Passes no longer available

Here are some passes that, at the present time (October 2021) are no longer available.

Build Your Own Pass

It used to be called "Go Select”And is managed by the same company as the Explorer Pass. The potential savings are lower than the latter, however it allows a unique level of customization, with the possibility of choosing the desired attractions upstream and purchasing them at a discounted price.

In fact it allows you to build your own pass modeled on individual needs and the savings that can be obtained settle down between 10% and 20% (the latter percentage if you add 4 attractions or more to the pass). A disadvantage? If you include the Statue of Liberty in your pass, the discount is still 10%, regardless of the number of attractions you add.

Consiglio: It is a pass suitable for those who already know what they want to see in New York and are therefore familiar with the tourist offer. It can be an interesting option if there aren't many attractions you want to see.

Where to buy it:

  • Official site
Free Style Pass

This is instead a one-of-a-kind pass due to the formula it offers. It is a combination of hop on off tours (in all boroughs of Manhattan) and a variable number of attractions, here is the range of possibilities:

  • 72-hour tour and visit to 3 attractions
  • 72-hour tour and visit to 5 attractions
  • 72-hour tour and visit to 7 attractions

Attractions included

The attractions can be chosen from a very rich list, with the possibility of participating in some guided tours and events. All passes also include a shared shuttle transfer from the airport (counts as an attraction). But there is more! The workhorse that distinguishes this pass is the 3-day up and down bus, which does not affect the attraction bill. Here is a short list of some of the attractions included in the pass:

  • Freedom tower
  • Bus Hop-on Hop-off 72 h
  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • MoMA Museum
  • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Top of the Rock
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Transportation to the airport
  • Crociera hop-on hop-off

Prices

At the moment, the prices of the pass are as follows:

  • 3 attractions: $ 109 (adults) $ 89 (children 3-11)
  • 5 attractions: $ 139 (adults) $ 119 (children 3-11)
  • 7 attractions: $ 159 (adults) $ 139 (children 3-11)

How much you save

Up to 40%. It is not difficult to reach this threshold if you choose the most famous attractions with some interesting tours at slightly higher prices.

Our opinion

Here are the pros and cons of the pass:

  • Banco Pro: hop-on hop-off bus included in the price for 72 h, good flexibility, quite high number of attractions to choose from, easy collection and use (e-ticket), very advantageous total price, excellent savings possibilities, possibility to choose among the attractions the transport to the airport
  • Against: lack of fast-track, limit of attractions (max 7).

If you want to know our detailed opinion on this pass, read the FreeStyle Pass review.

Where to buy it?

    • Official website
    • Viator (in Spanish)
Free Style Cruise Pass

Already the FreeStyle Pass could be considered a reduced version of the Sightseeing Flex (albeit quite different). Well, not everyone knows that there is also one reduced version of FreeStyle, call FreeStyle Cruise Pass.

The list of attractions to choose from remains the same and so does the operation, but one important attraction changes and the options available. As the name suggests, the cruise pass replaces the FreeStyle highlight - the Hop-on Hop-off bus for 72 hours - with a ticket valid for 24 hours (2 stops) to the Hop-on, Hop-off Ferry, or the tourist cruise that sails around Manhattan stopping in 2 strategic locations and, at the same time, offering a beautiful perspective on the Skyline.

There are two options for this pass:

  • 1 attraction + hop-on hop off cruise: $ 44 (adults) - $ 34 (children 3-11 years)
  • 3 attractions + hop-on hop off cruise: $ 84 (adults) - $ 74 (children 3-11 years)

Is it convenient?

If you are not interested in the hop-on hop-off bus but on the contrary you would not mind using the cruise with the same operation, I would say yes! The price of the 3 Attraction Pass + Cruise is lower than the regular FreeStyle, yet the list of attractions and the duration (14 days) are the same! The savings declared by the site are 40% and above, depending on the price of the attraction you decide to visit.

Where to buy it?

  • Official website
Klook Special Combo Ticket

Klook's great site has this exclusive combo of attractions in New York that, in the time limit of 1 year, allows you to visit some very popular attractions at a very affordable price. In particular, this pass is suitable for those who want to visit the city ​​museums without missing at least one skyscraper and a cruise. Being a pass to fixed attractions, the operation is similar to that of the New York City Pass, but there are 2 different options:

  • Option 4 attractions
    • Empire State Building
    • MoMA
    • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
    • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Option 5 attractions
    • Empire State Building
    • MoMA
    • Museo Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
    • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    • City Sightseeing Liberty Cruise (the cruise is panoramic only, does not include a stopover on the island)

Prices

Here are the prices updated to May 2019 (always check them on the official website):

  • 4 attractions: About 69 euros
  • 5 attractions: About 73 euros

The difference in price is minimal: if you are interested in the cruise I recommend you to take the one from 5 attractions.

Is it convenient?

While it has little choice, this pass is actually very affordable! Depending on the option it allows you to save by 38% (4 attractions) to 46% (5 attractions) on the total price of the attractions proposed! These are invariable savings percentages, being a fixed attraction pass. The only drawback is that you cannot go directly with the digital or printed pass to the attraction but you must change a voucher: to do this you have to go and exchange it for entrance tickets in a tourist office in New York (fairly central and well marked on the site) .

Where to buy it?

Being a Klook exclusive, it can only be purchased on the site in question.

  • Klook Special Combo Ticket
New York Top 6 Pass

This Gray Line company pass is sort of a distant cousin of the FreeStyle, but it goes on the same philosophy as the Klook Special: it is a package with 6 fixed attractions which offers an attractive saving on the total price of admissions. Do not underestimate the possibility of using the hop-on hop-off bus for 2 days. The validity of the pass is 30 days, the attractions included in the package are the following:

  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Uptown/Downtown 2 Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History

Price

Net of changes over time (verifiable on the official website), the price of the New York Top 6 it is $ 145 for adults and $ 125 for children 3 to 11 years old.

Is it convenient?

With fixed attraction passes, you can't go wrong: even if there is very little choice, the savings declared are real. In this case it is del 33%, which is not cheap! If the attractions included are exactly what you are interested in, do not hesitate and take advantage of the fact that you do not have to exchange the voucher for tickets in a physical location (as in the case of Klook): you can use the pass as an e-ticket. If you are looking for a pass that gives you more flexibility, look elsewhere.

Where to buy it?

  • Official website 
Super Saver Card

Another less known product offered by Gray Line, worthy of being mentioned for those looking for the pass tailored to their needs. From a price point of view it can represent a decent alternative to the FreeStyle, though it has less choice:

  • One World Observatory
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Downtown Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour
  • Uptown Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Night tour
  • CitySightseeing New York Hop-On, Hop-Off Ferry
  • The Radio City Stage Door Tour
  • Madison Square Garden All Access tour
  • Lincoln Center Tour
  • 9/11 Tribute Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Cloisters Museum

There are two types of Super Saver Cards: one from 3 attractions and one from 6 attractions of your choice from the list which, as you see, includes some notable attractions such as Freedom Tower (One World Observatory), the Hop-on Hop-off bus and some very popular museums. The pass must be used by 30 days from activation.

Prices

Here are the prices updated in May 2019 (check on the official website, I tell you at the cost of sounding repetitive!):

  • 3 attractions: $ 75 (adults), $ 55 (children 3-11 years)
  • 6 attractions: $ 119 (adults), $ 99 (children 3-11 years)

Is it convenient?

The declared savings are up to 46% depending on the attractions you choose. While it is a good savings percentage, the choice of attractions seems a bit limited to me. In any case, the price is affordable and, if among those indicated there are those that interest you, I would take it into consideration.

Where to buy it?

  • Official website
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