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New York Pass Vs NYC Explorer Pass vs Citypass Reviews

What is the best pass to Buy for New York City?

A visit to New York is an amazing experience. There is so much to see and do – great fun but complicated to work out and often quite expensive. Making use of an attraction pass can be a great idea in New York, saving you money and time during your visit.

There are a few different Tourist passes like New York Pass, Citypass, NYC Explorer etc. for exploring the NYC city, each covering different attractions and offering a different duration. We have brought all the details together for you here so can choose the most appropriate pass. Getting the right pass for what you plan to see can offer big savings in New York!

New York Pass

New York CityPASS

Explorer Pass

Prices

1 day $109 Adult(13+)/ $89 Child (4-12)

2 days $189 Adult(13+)/ $169 Child (4-12)

3 days $199 Adult(13+)/ $149 Child (4-12)

5 days $249 Adult(13+)/ $159 Child (4-12)

7 days $279 Adult(13+)/ $159 Child (4-12)

10 days $329 Adult(13+)/ $169 Child (4-12)

9 days $116 Adult(18+)/ $92 Child (6-17)

3 attractions $77 Adult(13+)/ $60 Child (4-12)

4 attractions $105 Adult(13+)/ $75 Child (4-12)

5 attractions $120 Adult(13+)/ $85 Child (4-12)

7 attractions $150 Adult(13+)/ $105 Child (4-12)

10 attractions $180 Adult(13+)/ $125 Child (4-12)

Validity

1/2/3/5/7/10 consecutive days

9 consecutive days

30 consecutive days

Which is best for me?

A good combination of major attractions (including skip-the-line access to some) and extra tours.

It is a great value if you can visit 3-4 attractions every day.

This pass is perfect for those who are looking to cover a lot of places in a short time.

Discounts on restaurants and shopping as well.

Skip the line access to selected top attractions of New York City.

Suitable for those who have a lot of time and like travelling at a slow pace.

It is only worth if you plan to visit all 6 attractions included in this pass.

Skip the line access to selected top attractions of New York with additional discounts on shopping and restaurants.

You can choose only 3/4/5/7/10 activities from all the activities depending on your Pass.

This pass gives you the flexibility to experience the activities any time in 30 days. Enough for any trip, so you don’t need to rush.

Suitable for those who have a lot of time and like travelling at a slow pace.

This pass is worth only if the activities you are choosing are expensive ones and cost more than the value of the pass.

City Transportation

No

No

No

Attractions Included

80+

9 (choose 6)

50+

Top Attractions

Empire State Building

Standard free entry

Standard free entry

Standard free entry

Madame Tussauds

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Standard free entry

Top of the Rock

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

9/11 Memorial & Museum

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

No

Ground Zero Museum Workshop

No

No

Standard free entry

Madison Square Garden

Standard free entry

No

Standard free entry

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Standard free entry

No

No

Rockefeller Center

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

No

Yes

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

No

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

No

Yes

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

No

Yes

Fine Arts Museums

Metropolitan

Museum of Art

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Standard free entry

The Frick Collection

No

No

No

Bronx Museum of the Arts

Standard free entry

No

No

Contemporary Art Museums

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

The Whitney Museum of American Art

Standard free entry

No

No

Museum of Modern Art

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

No

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Historical Museums

American Museum of Natural History

Standard free entry

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Fast Track entry/ Skip Line

Museum of the City of New York

Standard free entry

No

No

Top Cruises

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry

Yes

Optional ( OR Circle Line Cruise)

Yes

Downtown Cruise

No

No

No

Circle Line Cruises

Yes (1-hour) (all)

Optional ( OR Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Cruise)

Yes (only 2)

Top Tours

Hop-on-Hop-off bus tours NYC

Yes

No

Yes

Audio tour of Grand - Central Station

Yes

No

No

Lincoln Centre Guided Tour

Yes

(Fast Track entry/ Skip Line)

No

Yes

Inside Broadway tours

Yes

No

No

Radio City Music

Hall – Tour

Yes

No

Yes

Top Bike Tours

The New York City Bike Tour

No

No

No

Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

Yes

No

Yes

Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tour

Yes

No

Yes

Restaurants Discounts

Planet Hollywood (15% off)

Ristoranti Settepani (Free glass of wine on purchase of a meal)

Heartland Brewery (15% off)

Buca di Beppo (15% off)

Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar (10% off)

Mangia (15% off)

No

Senor Frogs: 3-course dining menu + souvenir + express seating

Other discount offers available on the information booklet

Shopping Discounts

Bloomingdale's (15% off + free gift)

Macy’s Herald Square Visitors Centre (11% off)

B&H Photo Video Pro Audio (Free gift with a minimum shopping of $50)

Woodbury (Free VIP Coupon + $5 Bus discount ticket)

Sunglass Hut (Free Sunglass Hut Care Kit on minimum purchase of $75)

Trinity Place Department Store (20% off)

No

Available on the information booklet

Theatre & Leisure Discounts

Applause Tickets (Broadway Shows) (up to 10% off)

Bowlmor Lanes Times Square (1 free game of bowling)

Dave & Buster's ($20 free game play with a purchase of $20 of game play)

Best Comedy Tickets (25% off)

54 Below (15% off)

No

No

Full New York Guidebook

Yes

Full 200+ page city guidebook

(Languages: Spanish, French, English, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, German)

No

Yes

Full colour city guidebook

+ Information booklet

(Languages: Spanish, French, English, German)

How to Use?

After purchasing the pass, you will get a voucher in your mail which you have to exchange at collecting centre to get the New York Pass. Voucher can be shown in electronic form or printed form.

After purchasing the pass, you will get a booklet in your mail, which you have to print and use directly at the locations.

After purchasing the pass, you will get a voucher in your mail or by post which you have to exchange at collecting centre to get the pass. Voucher accepted in both electronic and print form.

Where to Collect Pass?

Big Bus Welcome centre

Big Bus Box Office at the Lyric

Big Bus Information Desk at BB Kings

At respective attraction sites.

Planet Hollywood

Central Park Sightseeing

Discovery Times Square

Brooklyn Bridge

Ripley’s Times Square

New York Pass

New York CityPASS

Explorer Pass


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