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Difference between New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and New York Explorer Pass

Difference between New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and New York Explorer Pass

Difference between New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and New York Explorer Pass

What is the difference between the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and the New York Explorer Pass? The New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and the New York Explorer Pass are two discount passes for New York. The main differences are the price and the attractions that they include. Both passes work in the same way and are very user-friendly. You choose the number of attractions and there are no extra costs to be paid once you get to New York. If you would rather have a pass that allows you to visit an unlimited number of attractions, go for the New York Pass.

Tours and attractions

With the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass, you can choose from 100 tours and attractions. Whereas, the New York Explorer Pass has around 80 to choose from. Both passes allow you to visit the Top of the Rock, ride a bike through Central Park and take a boat tour past or to the Statue of Liberty. In addition museums, such as the 9/11 Museum, the Guggenheim and the American Museum of Natural History, are also included in both. A big difference is that the Empire State Building is not included with the Flex Pass. Plus, you can’t take a gospel tour. However, the Flex Pass does include entrance to the One World Observatory, and offers the option to take a transfer to the airport.

Hop-on Hop-off bus

You can take a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour with both passes. The Flex Pass includes a Gray Line-ticket for 72 hours, with which you can take the Uptown and Downtown tours. This counts as one attraction. The Brooklyn and evening tours both count as separate attractions. With the Explorer Pass, you can choose a one day Big Bus-ticket. This also includes the Uptown and Downtown tours. Alongside this, only the Evening Tour is available as a separate attraction.

Eric’s Tip: Would you like to take a gospel tour? Then the Explorer Pass is, almost always, the best option. Even if you only want to visit two other attractions, the Explorer Pass is still cheaper than buying the individual tickets for a gospel tour and the Flex Pass separately. Do you want to make a lot of use of the Hop-on Hop-off bus? Then go for the Flex Pass as you get tickets for 72 hours, rather than just one day.

Difference between New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and New York Explorer Pass - Empire State Building Difference between New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and New York Explorer Pass - One World Observatory View

Observation deck

The Empire State Building is not included with the Flex Pass, however, it is the only discount pass that includes the option to visit the One World Observatory. The Empire State Building is included as an option with the Explorer Pass, but the One World Observatory is not.

How do the passes work?

The New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and the New York Explorer Pass work in the same way. You buy the Flex Pass for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12 attractions or the Explorer Pass for 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 11 attractions. With both passes, you have 30 days to visit the attractions you choose. You can decide which attractions you want to visit on the spot. After purchase, you receive a voucher per email. On the voucher is a QR-code, which is your pass. You can show the pass on your phone, or print it out.

Which pass should I choose?

If all of the attractions that you want to visit are included in the Flex Pass, then this is the pass I recommend because of it’s low price. The passes for 6, 10 or 12 attractions are even better value, with my personal discount code. Do you have a more expensive tour on your to-do list, like a gospel tour? Or, do you want to go to the Empire State Building? Then the Explorer Pass is a better option. Specifically the Explorer Pass for 5, 7 or 11 attractions, which are best in terms of value. Below you can see the biggest differences:

New York Sightseeing Flex PassNew York Explorer Pass
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12 attractions2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 11 attractions
$69 – $219 up to 20% discount!$69 – $209
100+ attractions and tours80+ attractions and tours
72 hour Hop-on Hop-off bus1 day Hop-on Hop-off bus
One World ObservatoryEmpire State Building
Central Park Zoo & Transfer to the airportGospel Tour & Yankee Stadium Tour

Click here to buy the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass

Click here to buy the New York Explorer Pass

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