New York CityPASS

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16. October 2019
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The NY CityPASS is still one of New York’s most popular sightseeing passes. As a CityPASS holder, you can visit 6 major New York attractions for only $132. Once paid, all admissions will be fully covered by the pass. Here’s everything you need to know about the CityPASS.



What is a New York CityPASS?

New York CityPASSThe New York CityPASS is a discount booklet that you can use to save money on admissions to the main New York City attractions. With the New York CityPASS, adults save at least 42% on entry tickets. The CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days following the first day of use, meaning you can visit the 6 attractions at your own leisure. The CityPASS also includes a fast track at several attractions meaning you can bypass the long waiting lines.


Attractions included in the New York CityPASS

The New York CityPASS includes a total of 6 New York City attractions you can visit. Three of the six tickets are pre-selected for you. For the other three, you can always choose between two options. Please note that skipping one attraction in the NYC pass does not allow you to visit both in another group of the same pass. You do not need to make these choices when you purchase the New York CityPASS. The pass allows you to choose your attractions as you go.


1. Empire State Building

Empire State Building from Top of the Rock

The Empire State Building is one of the top attractions in New York City. Enjoy the fantastic views from the observation platform on the 86th floor, as well as an audio guide that is included for free in this New York CityPASS.

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)

Met exterior

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – also known as the Met – is the largest art museum in the United States. It is home to one of the most historically significant collections of art in the world. Luckily this NYC pass includes one ticket of entry.

3. American Museum of Natural History & Rose Center for Earth and Space

Whale inside American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is located in Central Park and is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The museum is giant, so expect to spend at least 2 hours here. It’s also a great museum to visit with kids.


4. Top of The Rock  – OR – Guggenheim Museum

Top of the Rock and Guggenheim Museum

This is a difficult choice. Visit the fantastic Guggenheim Museum or enjoy the sensational views from the Top of the Rock observation platform? While both are great options and it depends more on what your personal preference is, the views from the Top of the Rock are must-see though – with or without a NYC pass.

5. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise – OR – Harbor Cruise to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Sightseeing Cruise and Statue of Liberty

Both of these are great! Seeing New York from the water is a true highlight and something definitely worth doing! Keep in mind that the New York City Pass does not include admission to the statue’s pedestal or crown but only access to the island. To explore more you’ll need separate Statue of Liberty tickets.

6. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – OR – 9/11 Memorial Museum

Intrepid Museum and 9/11 Museum

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is located directly at Ground Zero next to the One World Trade Center. The museum mainly consists of personal items, making it a very special place. Alternatively, you can take a look at the aircraft carrier Intrepid – this is particularly interesting for children.


How much does the New York CityPASS cost?

The New York CityPASS costs $132 for adults and $108 for children from 6-17. Kids younger than 6 don’t need really need a New York CityPASS because most attractions will be free for them anyway. This is a truly great price point to visit 6 of the most popular New York City attractions. If you visit all the attractions with the CityPASS, you can save a total of up to $76 per adult!

How & where can I buy a New York CityPASS?

A New York CityPASS can conveniently be purchased online, or also once you have arrived in New York City. It is possible to purchase the CityPASS at each of the attractions listed above, meaning you won’t need to go anywhere purchase the CityPass apart from the first attraction that you would like to visit.

When purchasing your CityPASS online, you will have the choice of how you would like to receive it. You have the choice of either receiving it physically, through the post or by email. Once you receive the email all you have to do is print the PDF attached and you’re ready to go!

We recommend ordering your pass online and picking “print out voucher”. This way when you receive your PDF you can e-mail to yourself to have another copy just in case. Once you arrive in New York City, you will receive your ticket booklet at the first attraction you go to.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT rip out the tickets yourself. Tickets are invalid if they are not in the booklet!

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Pros and cons of the New York CityPASS

The chance to save 42% on regular ticket prices is a major advantage of the New York CityPASS. You will realize the full 42% if you visit all 6 attractions. Another advantage of the New York CityPASS is that both. The Empire State Building and one boat tour are included – we highly recommend both of these when visiting NYC. In addition to this, the ability to visit 3 of the most popular museums during your stay in New York City makes this pass very worthwhile.

On the other hand, this can also be a disadvantage depending on what you are looking for on your trip to NYC. Also, if you skip certain attractions and only cover 4 of the 6 included, the New York CityPASS will not have to generate you any savings. Time-wise however, this should be completely doable in 9 days and is comfortably possible even in 4!

Summary: The New York CityPASS…

  • is valid for 9 consecutive days following its first use
  • can be used for 6 major New York City attractions
  • is cheapest online
  • is a great deal for lovers of art and museums

New York CityPASS compared to other passes

The other New York Passes can also save you serious amounts of money. Should you wish to visit a specific number of attractions, or visit unlimited attractions for a specific amount of time, be sure to check out the New York Pass, New York Sightseeing Pass, and the Go New York Explorer Pass. Our comparison of all available passes will help you choose which one is best for you. Alternatively, you can also try our savings calculator, which will recommend the pass you can save the most money with after you select the attractions you wish to visit. It’s the easiest way to find the best sightseeing pass quickly.

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