Saving money with passes in New York: attractions, costs and which ones to choose

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What are the best cards and passes a New York? What attractions are included? Are tourist cards really worth it? And if so, which ones to choose to save a lot of money? These are some of the questions that everyone asks themselves before a trip to New York.

Let's start by saying that the tickets of the various attractions in New York they cost quite a lot. If you want to visit many of the Big Apple attractions definitely It is convenient to buy a pass or card to save time and money. These tourist cards allow you to save up to 70%, compared to buying a single ticket for each attraction.



But which card or pass to choose among the many proposed? There is no single answer to this question. The choice depends on the tastes and characteristics of the trip of each person.

For this reason, in this article we will try to explain what they include, how much they cost and how choose the best one according to your needs and preferences.

What are the best cards and passes in New York?

The best are the most famous and used ones. there the main 7 tourist maps of New York.

  • New York Pass
  • Sightseeing Day Pass
  • New York C3
  • New York City Pass
  • Sightseeing Flex Pass
  • New York City Explorer Pass
  • New York Free Style Pass

What attractions are included?

Almost everyone understands at least the main attractions, those not to be missed, such as: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Empire State Building, MoMA, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), Top of the Rock Observatory, Museum Guggenheim, ...



Many passes include over 100 attractions and tours. Doing them all would be impossible due to lack of time. So when choosing, consider the time available.

For more information on which are included, we recommend visiting the sites where all the attractions included are listed and updated.

Are tourist cards really worth it?

The answer is certainly yes if you want to visit 2 or more attractions. Many allow you to save over 50% compared to normal ticket prices. In addition, the pass almost always saves time, avoiding queues to buy the ticket at the entrance.

New York Pass

Il New York Pass includes free admission to over 100 attractions tourist attractions of the city and allows you to save over 50%. You can choose between various durations, from 1 to 10 working days of validity.

Where to buy the pass:

  • Official website
  • Viator
New York Pass prices
Duration Adults (from 13 years old) Children (3 to 12 years old)
1 days $ 127.00 $ 94.00
2 days $ 189.00 $ 159.00
3 days $ 273.00 $ 199.00
4 days $ 299.00 $ 219.00
5 days $ 325.00 $ 240.00
7 days $ 375.00 $ 260.00
10 days $ 425.00 $ 285.00

 



New York CityPass

The New New York CityPass is an inexpensive tourist card among the best-selling, it includes some of the main attractions of the most important American city. Why choose this card? Good validity, 9 days, hardly a trip or vacation to New York lasts longer. The pass includes theadmission to 6 of 9 major attractions of the city.

Not very high price, $ 126 for adults (ages 18 and up) and $ 104 for children (ages 6 to 17).

What attractions does the New York CityPass include? 

Visit to the Empire State Building and its observatory
Admission to the American Museum of Natural History
Ingresso al Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Visit to the Top of the Rock Observatory or the Guggenheim Museum (of your choice)
Ride on Circle Line Cruises or visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (of your choice)
Visita al 9/11 Memorial & Museum o all’Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (a scelta)

Where to buy the pass:

Official website

New York Free Style Pass

The duration of the New York Free Style Pass is 72 hours from when you first get on the bus that does the New York tour or from the first access to the first attractions. In addition to the possibility for 3 days to use the tourist bus, the following tours are offered: Downtown, Uptown, Brooklyn and Night Tour; the pass includes from 3, 5 or 7 attractions. Also included is the ferry Hop-on Hop-off di New York Citysightseeing.


Where to buy the pass:

Official website


New York Free Style Pass prices
Attractions Adults (from 13 years old) Children (3 to 12 years old)
3 attractions $ 149 $ 129
5 attractions $ 179 $ 159
7 attractions $ 199 $ 179

 

Sightseeing Day Pass

The strengths of this card are that you can choose the duration: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 daysthe consecutive ones; and includes over 100 attractions and tours, tours that cost up to $ 100.

Where to buy the pass:

Official website

Prezzi Sightseeing Day Pass
Duration Adults (from 13 years old) Children (3 to 12 years old)
1 days $ 129.00 $ 89.00
2 days $ 179.00 $ 149.00
3 days $ 199.20 $ 159.20
4 days $ 223.20 $ 175.20
5 days $ 243.20 $ 191.20
6 days $ 259.20 $ 199.20
7 days $ 275.20 $ 207.20
10 days $ 319.20 $ 223.20

 

New York C3

The New York C3 is the reduced and cheaper version of the New York CityPass, and includes 3 attractions. It costs $ 84 for adults (ages 18 and up) e $ 62 for the boys (from 6 to 17 years).

Validity is 9 days and includes 3 attractions including: 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, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Circle Line Cruises, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum , Guggenheim Museum and Hornblower Sightseeing Cruises.

Where to buy the pass:

Official website

New York City Explorer Pass

Includes over 80 attractions and tours of New York such as: Empire State Building, Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Tribute Museum, Madame Tussauds, Cruises, Museums, Tours and more! There is no need to decide before the trip, you can choose at the moment. The duration of the New York City Explorer Pass it is very wide, well 30 days and you can choose between 3, 4, 5, 7 or 11 attractions included.

New York City Explorer Pass prices
Attractions Adults (from 13 years old) Children (3 to 12 years old)
3 attractions $ 89 $ 67
4 attractions $ 119 $ 84
5 attractions $ 134 $ 99
7 attractions $ 169 $ 129
11 attractions $ 219 $ 169

 

Sightseeing Flex Pass

It has a duration of 30 days and the cost depends on the number of chosen attractions (2 to 12). Comprehends over 100 attractions and tours, among the main ones. Therefore, if you want to visit at least 2 attractions, it is better to buy one Sightseeing Flex Pass or another, as opposed to paying for individual admissions.

Where to buy the pass:

Official website

Viator

GetYourGuide

Prezzi Sightseeing Flex Pass
Attractions Adults (from 13 years old) Children (3 to 12 years old)
2 attractions $ 69.00 $ 49.00
3 attractions $ 89.00 $ 64.00
4 attractions $ 110.00 $ 89.00
5 attractions $ 135.00 $ 94.00
6 attractions $ 150,00 $ 105,00
7 attractions $ 165.00 $ 114.00
10 attractions $ 219.00 $ 169.00
12 attractions $ 249.00 $ 189.00

 

Comparison of the best passes in New York

The best passes in New York
Card o Pass Validity saving Attractions Price in $
New York City Pass 9 days up to 42% 9 included
6 to choose from
adults: 132
boys: 109
New York Pass from 1 to 10 working days up to 55% over 100 to choose from by 127
to 315
C3 9 days up to 50% 9 included
3 to choose from
adults: 86
boys: 65
Free Style Pass 3 days up to 40% nearly 50 included
from 3 to 7 to choose from
adults: from 109
boys: from 89
Sightseeing Flex Pass 30 days up to 50% over 100 included
from 2 to 12 to choose from
adults: from 69
boys: from 49
New York Explorer Pass 30 days up to 50% over 80 included
from 3 to 11 to choose from
adults: from 89
boys: from 67
Sightseeing Day Pass from 1 to 10 working days up to 70% over 100 included adults: from 129
boys: from 89

Which pass to choose?

If you have already established how many and which attractions to visit we recommend Sightseeing Flex Pass o New York City Explorer Pass. They have a duration of 30 days, so no problem even for long trips.

Il New York Free Style Pass it is to be chosen for short trips of 3 days, with the possibility to freely get on the tourist bus to visit the streets and attractions externally, and 3-7 attractions.

Il Sightseeing Day Pass it is the best choice for those who want to see many attractions and do as many things as possible. It is slightly cheaper than the New York Pass, much more famous.

The cheapest solutions are the New York C3 and New York CityPass.

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