The New York Pass: These Cheats Make It Worthwhile!

Petr Novák

The New York Pass is a universal ticket granting access to over 100 attractions, inclusive of four sightseeing venues. You pay once and there’s no need to purchase any additional tickets at the attractions, plus you can skip the lengthy queues. The more places you visit, the greater your savings compared to the regular price.

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  1. The New York Pass: Over 100 Attractions at Up to 50% Off

    🏙️ How the New York Pass Works

    You can purchase The New York Pass and then upload it to the mobile app, where it becomes a simple QR code. This serves as your ticket to all 100+ attractions that partner with The New York Pass. Among the included attractions are the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World, and the Edge, with the majority of the 100 being lesser-known attractions. Compared to the standard ticket price, you could save up to 50%.

    There’s no limit to the number of attractions you can visit in one day, but each attraction can only be visited once.

    ⌛ Validity Period

    The New York Pass is sold in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, or 10 consecutive days. The longer the validity period, the lower the price per day. If you purchase a three-day pass and activate it for the first time on a Monday, it will expire on Wednesday at 23:59.

  2. Attractions Included in the New York Pass

    For a complete list of attractions, please visit The New York Pass website. Each location details what’s included, when it can be visited, and whether pass holders are eligible for any extras.

    🔝 Top 15 Attractions Included in The New York Pass

    Attraction Regular Price of Ticket Note
    Empire State Building Observatory $51 Ticket to the observation deck on the rooftop of the skyscraper.
    One World Observatory $48 Ticket to the observation deck on the 102nd floor.
    Top of the Rock Observation Deck $44 Entry to the observation deck on the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center skyscraper.
    Edge Observation Deck $50 Admission to the observation deck on the 100th floor of the skyscraper at Hudson Yards.
    Ticket to a New York Yankees game $58 Ticket to a selected New York Yankees baseball game.
    Yankee Stadium Tours $36 A behind-the-scenes tour of Yankee Stadium.
    9/11 Memorial & Museum $33 Admission to the museum and the 9/11 Memorial.
    Best of NYC Cruise by Circle Line $49 A 2.5-hour cruise overlooking Manhattan.
    Big Bus 1-Day Tour $80 One-day Big Bus tour bus ticket for Downtown and Uptown.
    Madame Tussauds Admission $48 Admission to the wax museum and the Marvel Universe 4D attraction.
    Luna Park at Coney Island $74 Unlimited admission to most theme park attractions for 4 hours.
    Museum of Modern Art $25 Admission for one person to the museum, reservations required.
    Food On Foot Tours $49 Choice of two tour options, visiting four or five NYC restaurants to sample local dishes. These are not included in the price.
    Madison Square Garden All Access Tour $37 One-hour guided tour of the Madison Square Garden lobby, including backstage access.
    American Museum of Natural History $28 Admission for one person to the museum, reservations required.
  3. The New York Pass Experience

    💰 Is the New York Pass Worth It?

    The value of The New York Pass depends largely on how many attractions you visit. The more you see, the greater your savings will be compared to purchasing individual tickets. Plus, The New York Pass provides the added convenience of skipping ticket lines and booking specific visit times.

    The New York Pass operator’s business model relies on contracts with individual attractions. By directing additional visitors to these attractions, they are able to secure lower-than-normal admission prices. They make money from tourists who purchase The New York Pass but only visit a few attractions.

    Purchasing The New York Pass in advance, especially when it is on sale, can be a smart decision. If you decide not to use it, you can return the inactivated Pass within 365 days of purchase for a full refund.

    💡 How to Maximize Your Savings With The New York Pass

    From our experience, The New York Pass with a 3-day validity provides the best value for a week’s stay in the city.

    Within three days, you can visit the most interesting (and most expensive) attractions on the pass without feeling rushed. You can also plan a different sightseeing tour for each day, explore various neighborhoods in New York, and visit attractions that you might otherwise have skipped due to the ticket cost.

    To make the most of your New York Pass, we recommend marking the attractions as if you were at a traffic light. Green represents the attractions you definitely want to see. Orange represents attractions you might visit if you have extra time. Red represents attractions you’re not interested in. Based on this, you can build your daily itinerary and select the best duration for your New York Pass.

    If your stay in New York is less than 4 days, we recommend opting for the competing New York CityPass instead.

  4. Price and Where to Buy the New York Pass

    💳 Where to Buy the New York Pass for the Lowest Price

    I recommend purchasing The New York Pass online, where it is frequently on sale.

    You can purchase it up to 24 months in advance. After completing the payment with your card, you have the option to either download it to a free mobile app or print it out. The New York Pass includes a guide for each location featuring a map, operating hours, and various tips and attractions.

    🏷️ The New York Pass Price 2024

    These prices are final, last updated on April 27, 2023. For additional savings, I suggest using a Revolut or Wise card for payment.

    Validity 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 7 days 10 days
    Adult $144 $189 $239 $269 $299 $339 $384
    Child 3-12 years old $109 $144 $179 $199 $219 $259 $294
  5. Alternative Ways to Save Money in New York

    The New York Pass isn’t the only program offering tickets to multiple attractions for one price. For more tips, refer to How to Save in New York.

    🎫 New York CityPass

    The New York CityPass offers up to 40% off admission to three to ten attractions over 9 consecutive days. It’s particularly beneficial if you plan to spend up to four days in New York. If you visit the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock, you’ve already made savings. Plus, you have the choice of any third attraction.

    🎫 Go City New York Explorer Pass

    The Explorer Pass from Go City is worth considering if you have a few attractions you wish to visit in New York. It is available in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10 attraction options that can be used within 60 days. The attractions on offer are not significantly different from the Sightseeing Pass, featuring sightseeing opportunities, museums, and cruises.

    🎫 The Sightseeing Pass New York

    The competing Sightseeing Pass New York operates on a very similar principle to The New York Pass. There are two versions of the pass on sale, with the DAY Pass providing better value for tourists, potentially saving up to 70% on regular ticket prices. The Sightseeing Pass is sold in validity periods of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10 days. An unlimited number of attractions can be visited during the validity of the pass.

    Attractions include the One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, and the Edge.

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