The New York Sightseeing Flex Pass is one of the most popular New York attraction passes and also my personal go-to when I have family or friends visiting. Let me give you some insights and explain how it works, what’s included, and whether it can be worth it for you, too.
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If you prefer to visit as many sights as possible within just a few days, you may want to check out the day-based New York Sightseeing Pass instead.
Both the Sightseeing Flex Pass and the Sightseeing Day Pass include free admission to the Edge and the Vessel.
What is the Sightseeing Flex Pass?
The NYC Sightseeing Flex Pass is a discount pass for over 100 attractions in New York. Once purchased, you’ll enjoy free entry to numerous attractions, museums, guided tours, cruises, and bus tours. With the pass in your pocket, you won’t need to buy individual tickets for each attraction and, most importantly, you can save a lot of money. With either Sightseeing Pass, you won’t have to pick your attractions beforehand. What you visit and when you do so is totally up to you! The New York Sightseeing Pass is available in two variations:
- The Day Pass allows you to choose the number of days you want to do sightseeing. During these days you can visit as many attractions as you can fit.
- The Flex Pass, on the other hand, lets you determine the number of attractions. You can visit your attractions whenever you like within 30 days.
In the following, we will exclusively focus on the Flex Pass. Should you be interested in the Day Pass version, continue to our article about the New York Sightseeing Pass.
The NY Sightseeing Flex Pass at one glance
- 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12 attraction choices
- 100+ attractions, museums, bus tours, walking tours, and cruises to choose from
- only pass to include Hudson Yard’s Edge and the Vessel
- 72h hop-on-hop-off bus tour included
- $40 voucher option gives you access to even more experiences
- valid for 30 consecutive days after activation
- free guidebook & app
- mobile or print ticket options
- promo code: LNYOFFER
- available online
How does the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass work?
Step 1: Purchase it
When buying the Sightseeing Flex Pass, you select the number of attractions you want to visit in New York. The pass already covers admissions fully and there won’t be any additional charges for you. When purchasing the pass, be sure to enter our promo code “LNYOFFER” to get up to 25% off. Once the purchase is completed, you will instantly receive an email with your pass that you can either print or save on your phone. The fact that the Sightseeing Flex Pass will immediately be delivered to you digitally, allows you to buy the pass anytime, from anywhere online. From the receipt of your pass, you’ll have one year to activate it.
Step 2: Activate it
You Sightseeing Flex Pass will automatically be activated upon using it for the first time. When you present your pass at your first attraction, the QR code will be scanned and you will have 30 consecutive days to visit all remaining attractions. That gives you more than enough time to discover New York City at a relaxed pace.
Step 3: Use it
Show your Flex Pass at the ticket counter of your selected attraction and you’ll receive a standard admission ticket in return. You don’t need to nail down the attractions you want to visit beforehand. Simply choose your next attraction as you go! It’s always possible to change your plans, because the pass doesn’t care which attractions you visit, only how many.
Reserving with the Sightseeing Flex Pass
Most attractions do not require reservations, however, if you want to take a guided tour, you may need to reserve your spot in advance. Jump to our FAQs to learn about reservations with the Sightseeing Flex Pass.
New York Sightseeing Flex Pass Prices & Discount
When buying the Sightseeing Pass Flex, you can choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12 attractions. In the following, you’ll see all Sightseeing Flex Pass prices with our discount code already applied.
Number of attractions
(13 years and up)
Prices after applying our promo code: LNYOFFER
*With every Sightseeing Flex Pass you purchase, one of your attraction choices can be a $40 voucher. It allows you to book experiences that are not typically not included in the pass, such as helicopter flights or musicals.
The more days or attractions you choose, the more you save!
The cost per attraction goes down the bigger your pass is. In order to find the best pass option for your New York trip, you should roughly know how many attractions you’d like to visit. Generally, we recommend choosing at least 6 attractions as a first-timer. With 10 attractions, however, your savings would be even greater and with 12 attractions, you’d have the full sightseeing program covered.
With our NY Sightseeing Pass promo code “LNYOFFER” you save up to 30% on your Sightseeing Pass!
New York Sightseeing Flex Pass Attractions
The Sightseeing Flex Pass includes over 100 attractions, museums, and tours to choose from. Among them are almost all New York highlights as well as some unique and fun experiences. The experiences in the Sightseeing Pass Flex go way beyond the city’s main attractions, making it a great pass for first-time and repeat visitors alike. Whether you are the owner of a Sightseeing Day or Flex Pass, the included attractions are identical.
The Sightseeing Pass is the only pass to Edge and the Vessel!
These are the most popular attractions included in the Sightseeing Pass:
The Sightseeing Flex Pass now includes all observation decks: Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, and the Edge – New York’s newest observation deck. It is the only pass to include it.
If you’re interested in New York’s most recognized museums, the Sightseeing Flex Pass does a great job for you. The list of attractions boasts around 30 museums, including must-sees like the MoMA, the Met, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
MoMA fans, in particular, can get excited: the Sightseeing Pass has a lot of value because it gives you access to all museum locations for three days (as opposed to only one day). That gives you plenty of time to discover the museums at your own pace.
At the American Museum of Natural History, you have the option to pay-what-you-wish at all times, meaning you do not need to consider the museum when choosing a pass. Read more about free museums in NYC and pay-what-you-wish admissions.
Boat tours and cruises
Have you ever seen New York from the water? It’s a wonderful experience that lets you take in the skyline views from a unique perspective!
While the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island is covered by the pass, access to the pedestal or crown is not. If you do want to explore the pedestal or crown, it’s better to buy your tickets separately. Have a look at our guide to visiting the Statue of Liberty.
Hop on Hop of buses & bus tours
With the New York Sightseeing Pass, you have free access to a great selection of bus tours, including hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours as well as themed tours. The hop-on-hop-off bus tours are operated by Gray Line. While you used to exchange your voucher for a ticket first, this is no longer the case. Now, you can simply present your pass upon boarding the bus. With the Flex Pass, you can ride the Uptown & Downtown hop-on-hop-off bus tours for 72 hours. Together, the two tours only count as one attraction. Each bus tour beyond Uptown & Downtown is considered an additional attraction. Sightseeing Pass offers the best hop-on hop-off deals. Other New York attraction passes only include a one-day ticket, if at all.
Don’t base your pass decision entirely on the bus tours!
You should not fixate on the hop-on-hop-off buses too much when choosing a pass. They are excellent to give you a first impression of the city, but for your daily transportation, you’re better off using public transport. You can easily to the Uptown- and Downtown tours in one day.
The Sightseeing Flex Pass includes many guided tours, including walking tours through various neighborhoods, themed tours, food tours, behind-the-scenes tours, and bike tours. They allow you to walk around with locals and learn more about New York’s neighborhoods and landmarks firsthand. In total, there are over 30 walking tours to choose from.
Besides many attractions and tours, the Sightseeing Flex Pass also offers you airport transfer, discounts at restaurants and a $40 voucher.
The New York Sightseeing Pass is currently the only pass that offers an airport transfer. To use the transfer, use one of your attraction choices for the one-way Go Airlink shuttle. At the day of your departure, you will get picked up at your hotel in Manhattan and taken to your airport of choice: JFK, Newark or LaGuardia.
Your arrival airport transfer is not included!
The airport transfer is only valid for your departure from Manhattan back to the airport – not for your arrival in New York! I don’t recommend using one of your attraction choices on your transfer. Instead, use the subway for your trip to the airport if you feel confident enough after your stay. Alternatively, you can find a more convenient transfer with our Transfer Hero tool.
If you still want to use the Go Airlink shuttle as part of your Sightseeing Flex Pass, be sure to reserve your seats at least 24 hours in advance. Upon pickup, the driver will scan your Sightseeing Flex Pass and you’ll be good to go.
Discounts at select restaurants
With the Sightseeing Flex Pass, you can even enjoy free food in selected restaurants. These restaurants include Buffalo Wild Wings, Plane Hollywood, Buca di Beppo, LOL Times Square, and several more.
Restaurants aren’t really worth it!
Since the number of attractions with your Flex Pass is limited, it is not worth it to use it towards restaurants. However, as the DAY Pass does not have a limit on attractions, you can certainly take advantage of the food and drink offers. Regardless of the type of pass, the Eat & Play Discount Card could be interesting for you if you want to save money while eating at restaurants or shopping.
Product Voucher Option
The Sightseeing Flex Pass gives you the option to trade in one of your attraction choices for a $40 voucher. That voucher can be used towards selected attractions, tours, and experiences that are otherwise not part of the Sightseeing Pass program. This way, you have access to even more attraction choices. These include helicopter rides, Broadway shows, and day trips. Have a look at the full list of additional products here. To use the voucher, simply enter your Sightseeing Flex Pass Code (can be found below or next to your QR code) into the “Promotional Code” box at checkout.
Sightseeing Flex Pass Fast Track Entry
Though attraction passes focus on saving money rather than saving time, they do include a few fast lanes. The Sightseeing Flex Pass offers fast track entry to:
- Madame Tussauds
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
- The Met
- The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Is the Sightseeing Flex Pass worth it?
Generally speaking, the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass is one of the best New York attractions passes. For most people, it is worth it. That does not automatically mean that the Sightseeing Flex Pass is worth it for you, too. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the pass.
Pros of the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass
- you can save up to 50% off regular ticket prices
- the only pass that includes Edge & the Vessel
- it’s suited for first-time and repeat visitors
- allows you to stay flexible
Cons of the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass
- I cannot think of any!
My personal opinion
Generally speaking, I do recommend buying the Sightseeing Flex Pass. It’s my personal go-to pass whenever I have friends or family visiting. Why? It includes all important attractions and provides maximum flexibility at a very competitive price.
It is the best pass in my opinion and even more so now that it also includes tickets to the Edge and the Vessel!
I recommend the NY Sightseeing Flex Pass to:
- those who want to explore many top sights without sticking to a tight itinerary
- first-time visitors as well as for repeat visitors
Still not sure?
The easiest way for you to find the best New York City Pass is by using our Savings Calculator. Simply select the attractions and tours you are interested in and the tool will automatically calculate the pass with the largest savings for you. It can be as simple as that!
Compare the Sightseeing Flex Pass with other passes
If you are quite sure if the Sightseeing Flex Pass is the best pass for you, head to our Ultimate New York Pass Comparison to see how the New York City Pass performs against other popular attraction passes out there.
The Ultimate New York Pass Comparison
With so many different tourist passes out there, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. This New York Pass Comparison is here to help you easily spot the differences between all major New York attraction passes...
The most similar pass to the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass is the Go New York Explorer Pass. We have compared the two in more depth. Head to the attraction pass battle: Sightseeing Flex Pass vs. Explorer Pass.
Read our answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Sightseeing Flex Pass. If your question isn’t listed, please feel free to ask in the comment section below and we’re happy to help.
Does the Sightseeing Flex Pass offer discounts for children?
Yes. The Sightseeing Flex Pass is also available for children between 3 and 12 years at discounted rates. Depending on the type of pass, a child pass will be 15-30% cheaper.
Are there also discounts for seniors?
No. Unfortunately, the only further discount Sightseeing Pass offers applies to children.
Is the Sightseeing Flex Pass cheaper if I buy it in New York?
No. In fact, buying the Sightseeing Pass is New York will be more expensive. Online, you can take advantage of special deals and promotions. For the lowest price, apply our discount code “LNYOFFER” that will deduct up to 25% from the price.
When is the best time to buy the Flex Pass?
The Flex Pass is also very flexible when it comes to the date of purchase. Generally speaking, you can buy your pass up to one year before you use it. The 30-day period only begins when you visit the first attraction. If you decide to buy the pass last-minute, that’s no problem either. The Sightseeing Pass is ready for use immediately after purchase.
How do I redeem the $40 voucher?
With every Sightseeing Flex Pass you purchase, you can choose to use a $40 voucher as one of your attraction choices. The voucher allows you to book experiences that are not normally included in the Sightseeing Pass. Simply use your Sightseeing Pass Number located under the bar code to book.
Do I have to reserve the attractions in advance?
No. Making reservations is typically not necessary. Simply head to your attraction of choice, present your Sightseeing Flex Pass and receive a ticket. The only exceptions to this are tours that heavily depend on the number of participants. For those, you’ll need to secure your spot in advance. To check, see this list with all attractions that require prior reservations.
Important: By making reservations, the pass will not be activated. It only activates upon visiting your first attraction. Your pass does need to be valid when attending your reserved appointment.
Can I use public transport with the Flex Pass?
No. Public transportation is not included in any New York Pass. Though you can ride the hop-on-hop-off buses with the Sightseeing Pass, we don’t recommend this as your mode of transport. Buy a MetroCard instead. It’ll take you anywhere you need to go!
How do I activate the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass?
The Sightseeing Pass will automatically be activated as soon as you have it scanned at your first attraction. Once activated, the FLEX Pass is valid for 30 consecutive calendar days.
Can I visit attractions more than once with the Sightseeing Flex Pass?
No. You can only visit each attraction once with your Sightseeing Pass.
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