Comparison of New York Discount Passes 2020


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
Go Explorer Pass
New York CityPASS Black
New York PassNew York Sightseeing Day PassNew York Sightseeing Flex PassNew York Explorer PassNew York CityPASS
New York PassGo Explorer PassNew York CityPASS Black
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Pass typeday passday passattraction passattraction passattraction pass
Valid for how many days1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 101, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 1060309
Attractions to visitunlimitedunlimited2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 122, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 106
Participating attractions100+100+100+909
Mobile pass
Physical pass
Hop-on Hop-off bus1 dayall days72 hours (one of the choices)1 day (one of the choices)
Empire State Building
One World Observatory
Edge Observation Deck
Circle Line Cruises
Lunch option
Information guideapp and
paper guide
appappdigital guide
Specificsbike tours includedtransfer Manhattan to airport includedtransfer Manhattan to airport includedbike tours includedEmpire State Building 2x
Buy the New York Pass hereBuy the Sightseeing Day Pass hereBuy the Sightseeing Flex Pass hereBuy the Explorer Pass hereBuy the CityPASS here
ERIC'S DISCOUNT27% discount with ERICSAVE20Up to 30% discount with ERICOFFERUp to 20% discount with ERICOFFER
Average price per day5 days:
$50 per day
5 days:
$52 per day
10 days:
$36 per day
10 days:
$35 per day
Average price per attraction6 attractions:
$24 per attraction
5 attractions:
$31 per attraction
6 attractions:
$22 per attraction
10 attractions:
$21 per attraction
10 attractions:
$28 per attraction
Extra kids discountup until 12 yearsup until 12 years + 20% extra discountup until 12 years + 20% extra discountup until 12 yearsup until 17 years
Read more about the New York PassRead more about the Sightseeing Day PassRead more about the Sightseeing Flex PassRead more about the Explorer PassRead 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.

Buy your Sightseeing Flex Pass and New York MetroCard here

Last updated 11-2020

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