Comparison of New York Discount Passes 2022

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
New York Sightseeing Day Pass
New York Sightseeing Flex 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, 6, 7 or 105
Participating attractions100+100+100+90+8
Mobile pass
Physical pass
Hop-on Hop-off bus1 day1 day1 day (one of the choices)1 day (one of the choices)
Empire State Building
One World Observatory
Edge Observation Deck
Statue of Liberty
Airport transfer
Lunch option
Information guideapp and
paper guide
appappdigital guide
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 DISCOUNTUp to 33% discount with ERICNY5SUMUp to 40% 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.

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.

Last updated 09-2022

What is the best pass to get for New York?

There are several passes for New York to choose from. How they work and which attractions they give access to differ, so which attraction pass is best is very individual. Compare passes here.

Are New York City passes worth it?

Absolutely! Visiting New York attractions with a pass is the cheapest and most convenient option. Read about the advantages and see the options here.

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