The New York Sightseeing Pass is the most popular sightseeing pass for NYC. With it you can visit 90+ attractions, choosing these as you go meaning that you can forget about the stress of sightseeing, and explore NYC at your own leisure.
The NYC Sightseeing pass is a great alternative to the New York Pass (and in many ways even better) as well as a great alternative to the New York Explorer Pass. In this article I will answer all of your questions about the pass, including how it works, whether its worth it as well as how to secure your free included Empire State Building ticket.
The Sightseeing Pass for NYC is a great way to explore more of NYC for less. Two versions of the pass exist, one is the NYC Sightseeing Pass and the other is the NYC Sightseeing FLEX Pass.
The NYC Sightseeing Pass is like every other classic New York Sightseeing Pass. You pay for the number of days which you would like to use the pass for and can during this time visit an unlimited amount of attractions.
The Sightseeing FLEX Pass is sold by the number of attractions you want to visit (Choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, or 12 NYC attractions). You then have 30 days to visit the attractions you purchased.
Pros and Cons of the New York Sightseeing Pass
FREE: A free voucher for $40 is included with the purchase of every pass. With this, you can visit the Empire State Building, which is otherwise not included in the NYC Sightseeing Pass. **(For the Sightseeing FLEX Pass you can exchange one of your attractions for a $40 voucher. This in turn then allows you to visit the Empire State Building)**
Flexibility: You do not have to decide on the attractions you want to visit beforehand. This means that you can change your mind once you are in NYC without any issues.
Choice: You have the choice between 90+ attractions and tours. All of the most popular NYC attractions are included.
Popular: The popular Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours are included in the pass. (72-hour ticket for the NY Sightseeing FLEX Pass and for the Duration of the NY Sightseeing Day Pass)
Mobile Ticket: Save time by printing your ticket at home or saving it on your smartphone. This way you do not need to go collect it anywhere in NYC.
Price: The cost/benefit ratio is great. The Sightseeing Pass NYC saves you a lot of money while providing you with a lot of flexibility.
You need to decide beforehand whether you want to visit all of your attractions on consecutive days or whether you want to visit less over a longer period of time.
If you don’t visit all of the attractions you purchased for the Sightseeing FLEX Pass or skip a day with the New York Sightseeing Day Pass you will not reap all the money saving benefits of the Pass.
NYC TV & Movie Sites Bus Tour by On Location Tours
Woodbury Common Bus Tour
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Circle Line Cruises
CIRCLE LINE CRUISES
Lady Liberty Cruise (no stop at Liberty Island!)
Landmark Cruise (1,5h)
Best of NYC Cruise (2,5h)
Harbor Lights Cruise
RIBNewYork - High Speed Harbor Tour
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Lady Liberty & Ellis Island (with stop)
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Manhattan by Sail
Manhattan by Sail
Clipper City Tall Ship Cruises
Shearwater Tall Ship Cruises
Craft Beer Tasting Sail aboard Clipper City Tall Ship
Clipper City Jazz Cruise
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CitySightseeing New York
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New York Water Taxi
Zephyr Liberty Express Cruise
New York Sightseeing Pass vs New York Sightseeing FLEX Pass
Both of the passes include many of the popular NYC sightseeing cruises, the Gray Line Sightseeing New York Bus Tours, as well as many other Manhattan Sightseeing options. The only difference between them is what type of sightseeing schedule you prefer.
Your Sightseeing Preferences
Check below which type of schedule suits you more, do you prefer non-consecutive sightseeing days with fewer activities each day or do you prefer to see everything in a few days?
Once you have decided if you prefer type 1 or type 2, you know whether the New York Sightseeing Pass or the NY Sightseeing Flex Pass suits you most. As they are both otherwise identical this is the most important question picking between the two.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Another difference between the New York Sightseeing Day Pass and the NYC Sightseeing Flex Pass is the length you can use the included Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. With the Sightseeing Day Pass you can use the bus every day for which you have purchased the pass for, meaning that if you have a 4-day pass, you can use the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus for 4 days. If you purchased the NYC Sightseeing Flex Pass, however, you can use one of your attractions for a 72-hour ticket only.
In our experience, however, this is actually plenty. Many people believe they need a longer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour pass so that they can use it as their main way of getting from A-B but we recommend against this. The Sightseeing Bus is much slower than the subway. We recommend taking the Uptown & Downtown Bus tours towards the start of your trip to gain an impression of NYC and then use public transportation to get around much quicker and more efficiently.
How much does the New York Sightseeing Pass Cost?
Check the prices of the NYC Sightseeing Flex and Day Passes below. The NYC Sightseeing Flex Pass is currently the pass with the best value for money, due to its initial price point as well as the additional 20% off you get when you use our code. Apply ‘LNYOffer’ at checkout, for an additional 20% off your NYC Sightseeing Passes.
Frequently Asked Questions to the NYC Sightseeing Pass
How can I use my Sightseeing Pass for the Empire State Building?
If you purchased a NYC Sightseeing Day Pass, you will receive a $40 voucher by email. You can, in turn, use this for a variety of attractions and tours that are not included in the pass. One of these is the Empire State Building. This means that, although the ESB is not included in the pass, you can still visit the popular NYC attraction at no extra cost!
If you purchased a NYC Sightseeing Flex Pass, you can swap one of your purchased attractions for a $40 voucher. With this, you can then purchase a ticket to the Empire State Building.
You will receive all of the instructions on how to redeem your $40 voucher by email once you have purchased the pass.
IS THE NEW YORK SIGHTSEEING PASS WORTH IT?
Purchasing a NYC Sightseeing Pass is a great idea if you are looking to stay flexible during your trip to New York, as well as save money along the way. The New York Sightseeing Pass is one of the best sightseeing pass options due to its price and the many popular attractions and tours included. If you visit all of the attractions you have purchased with your pass or visit an attraction each day you purchased the pass for, the NYC Sightseeing Pass is worth it alone for the amount of money you can save.
HOW TO USE THE NYC SIGHTSEEING PASS?
The NYC Sightseeing Passes are very easy to use. Once you have purchased the pass you will receive an email with a QR code (that you can either print or save to your phone), which you can then scan at attractions to gain free entry. It’s that easy! For the Sightseeing Flex Pass you can then continue to visit attractions untill all of your purchased options are up, in the case of the Sightseeing Day Pass you can keep going and visit as many attractions as you like untill your time is up.
NYC Sightseeing Pass List of Attractions
Check out the list of attractions included in the NYC Sightseeing Pass below. Alternatively, you can check their website here, for a full explanation of each attraction as well as address and opening times.
Empire State Building (Voucher for $40 to purchase entry ticket separately)
One World Observatory
Top of the Rock – Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center
9/11 Memorial Museum
Gray Line CitySightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour (Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn & Night Tour)
Madame Tussauds New York
9/11 Tribute Musem
American Museum of Natural History
Brooklyn Historical Society
El Museo del Barrio
Fraunces Tavern Museum
International Center of Photography
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Museum at Eldridge Street
Museum of American Finance
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Museum of the City of New York
National Geographic Encounter – Ocean Odyssey
National Lighthouse Museum
New York Historical Society Museum and Library
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Staten Island Museum
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
The Chocolate Museum & Experience with Jaques Torres
The Met Breuer
The Met Cloisters
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
Bike Tours & Rental
Bike and Roll – Inside Central Park Tour
Bike Rent NYC – Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental
Bike Rent NYC – Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour
Bike Rent NYC – Central Park Bike Rental
Bike Rent NYC – Central Park Bike Tour
Walking & Bus Tours
Brooklyn Unplugged – Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour
Brooklyn Unplugged – Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn
Food on Foot Tours – East Village Variety Food Tour
Food on Foot Tours – Go West Food Tour
Food on Foot Tours – Midtown Mix Food Tour
Food on Foot Tours – Midtown Winter Food Tour
Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
Gray Line CitySightseeing Best of Manhattan Experience
Inside Out Tours – Bronx’s Little Italy & Arthur Avenue Tour
Inside Out Tours – NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
Macy’s Historical Tour
Madison Square Garden All Access Tour
NewYorkTour1 – Greenwich Village Walking Tour
NewYorkTour1 – Inside Broadway Walking Tour
NewYorkTour1 – Lower Manhattan Walking Tour
NewYorkTour1 – High Line and Chelsea Walking Tour
NewYorkTour1 – SoHo and Little Italy Walking Tour
On Location Tours – Central Park TV and Movie Sites Tour
On Location Tours – When Harry met Seinfeld Bus Tour
Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
Tour Central Park – Central Park Walking Tour
Urban Oyster Tours – Hamilton Happy Hour Tour
Wall Street Walks – Secrets of Downtown Walking Tour
Wall Street Walks – Wall Street Walking Tour
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Unplugged – Street Art Workshop
Central Park Zoo (only with Sightseeing Pass NYC)
Go Airline airport shuttle – LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
LOL Times Square Comedy Club
LOL Times Square Magic
Luna Park 24 ride wristband
New York Botanical Garden
Riddle Me Out – Escape Rooms
Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Snug Harbour Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
The Downtown Experience
TimeLooper – Virtual Reality Experience
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (no reservation needed)
Circle Line Landmarks Cruise
Circle Line Liberty Cruise
CitySightseeing New York Hop-On Hop-Off Ferry Tour
Manhattan By Sail – Clipper City Daytime Statue Sail
Manhattan By Sail – Clipper City Jazz Cruise
Manhattan by Sail – Craft Beer Tasting Sail aboard Clipper City
Manhattan By Sail – Shearwater Daytime Statue Sail