Comparison of New York Discount Passes 2021
Below you can find a comparison of New York discount passes. There are two types of discount pass: attraction passes for a limited number of attractions and day passes for a limited amount of days. Both types are offered by various companies, meaning that there is a wide range of choice. The New York discount passes in the table below are the most popular ones and they are also the ones that I recommend based on experience.
I try these passes out on a regular basis; I use a pass to visit attractions and take tours almost once a month. This means that my experiences are always recent and the information in the table up-to-date. Two well-known passes are the New York Pass and the New York CityPASS, but there are more options that may further suit your specific needs and wishes. The best discount passes for New York are presented in the following comparison:
|New York Pass||New York Sightseeing Day Pass||New York Sightseeing Flex Pass||New York Explorer Pass||New York CityPASS|
|Pass type||day pass||day pass||attraction pass||attraction pass||attraction pass|
|Valid for how many days||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10||60||30||9|
|Attractions to visit||unlimited||unlimited||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12||2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10||6|
|Hop-on Hop-off bus||1 day||all days||72 hours (one of the choices)||1 day (one of the choices)||✖|
|Empire State Building||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|One World Observatory||✔||✔||✔||✔||✖|
|Edge Observation Deck||✔||✔||✔||✔||✖|
|Circle Line Cruises||✔||✖||✖||✔||✔|
|Information guide||app and |
|Specifics||bike tours included||transfer Manhattan to airport included||transfer Manhattan to airport included||bike tours included||Empire State Building 2x|
|Buy the New York Pass here||Buy the Sightseeing Day Pass here||Buy the Sightseeing Flex Pass here||Buy the Explorer Pass here||Buy the CityPASS here|
|ERIC'S DISCOUNT||Up to 30% discount with ERICSAVE20||Up to 35% discount with ERICOFFER||Up to 28% discount with ERICOFFER|
|Average price per day||5 days: |
$50 per day
|5 days: |
$52 per day
|10 days: |
$36 per day
|10 days: |
$35 per day
|Average price per attraction||6 attractions: |
$25 per attraction
|5 attractions: |
$28 per attraction
|6 attractions: |
$22 per attraction
|10 attractions: |
$21 per attraction
|10 attractions: |
$23 per attraction
|Extra kids discount||up until 12 years||up until 12 years + 20% extra discount||up until 12 years + 20% extra discount||up until 12 years||up until 17 years|
|Read more about the New York Pass||Read more about the Sightseeing Day Pass||Read more about the Sightseeing Flex Pass||Read more about the Explorer Pass||Read more about the CityPASS|
Why buy a discount pass for New York?
I recommend everyone visiting New York to get a discount pass. You’ll save a lot of money compared to buying separate tickets. You’ll be able to enter various sights quicker and you’ll enjoy the ease of having just one pass, rather than numerous different tickets. A discount pass gives you access to almost all of the top sights and activities, such as the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, the 9/11 Museum and the Hop-on Hop-off bus.
Choosing a discount pass
There are many factors that may influence your choice of discount pass, such as the sights you would like to see, how long you’ll be in New York, how much you want to do and with whom you are going. The table above shows you the most important differences at a glance and will help you to choose the best pass for New York. Still can’t choose which pass to get after looking at the information? Try Eric’s Pass Picker or send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll give you my personal advice.
Discount pass and MetroCard
You cannot use your discount pass on public transport; you’ll need a separate card for this. The most convenient way of getting around in New York is the subway – it goes almost everywhere and there are always quick and regular services available. You can buy your MetroCard before coming to New York so that you can use it straight away upon arrival. If you plan on buying a Sightseeing Flex Pass and a MetroCard, go to my site to do this easily and all in one go.
Last updated 07-2021
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