New York Turbopass

Is the Turbopass worth it?

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Maureen
5. February 2020
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The New York Turbopass is one of the lesser-known New York attraction passes. We’ve taken a closer look at the day-based pass and let you know how it works, what’s included and whether the pass could be worth it for you.

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What is the New York Turbopass?

New York TurbopassThe Turbopass is a day-based New York attraction pass, like the New York Pass and Sightseeing Pass. It lets you save a lot of money while exploring New York. All you have to do is select the number of days you want to do sightseeing. During this time, which is 1, 2, 3, or 7 days, you can visit as many attractions as you can fit. There are over 100 attractions and tours to choose from. Once purchased, all admissions are included and there won’t be any additional charges.

The New York Turbopass at one glance

  • valid for 1, 2, 3 or 7 consecutive days
  • choose from over 100 attractions, museums, and tours
  • hop-on-hop-off for the entire pass duration
  • option to add a MetroCard
  • free city map
  • mobile and print ticket options
  • available online

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How does the New York Turbopass work?

  • Step 1: Purchase it

Once you have chosen how many days you would like your pass to be valid for and buy it, you will instantly receive your pass via email delivery. You can then choose to save it on your mobile or print it out.

  • Step 2: Activate it

Using the pass for the first time automatically activates your Turbopass. From that moment on, you have 1, 2, 3 or 7 consecutive calendar days to complete your sightseeing. The Turbopass expires at midnight on the last day regardless of what time you activated your pass. If you visit your first attraction at 5 pm, your first day will only have a few hours left. The earlier you activate your pass, the more time you have to explore.

  • Step 3: Use it

Head to your destination of choice and present the QR code on your pass at the ticket counter. It will be scanned and you will receive your standard admission ticket in return. With the ticket, you’re ready to go! There is no limit as to how many attractions you visit. During your selected validity period, you can visit as many attractions as you can fit in your schedule. The Turbopass doesn’t keep track of the attractions you visit, it only keeps track of how many days your pass is still valid for. Each attraction can only be visited once.

Unless you want to book a guided tour, online reservations are not possible. Simply choose your attractions as you go.


New York Turbopass Prices

four different options when buying your New York Turbopass. The bigger the pass, the bigger the savings.

Number of days

(12 years and older)

(3-11 years)

1

$99

$89

2

$169

$149

3

$199

$149

7

$289

$169

*a tax will be added to your cart upon checkout, resulting in a slightly higher prices


New York Turbopass Attractions

The New York Turbopass includes over 100 attractions, giving you plenty of choices and making it a good pass for both first-time visitors and repeat visitors. Remember that, after buying your pass, there won’t be any additional charges. The Turbopass already covers standard admissions to each of these attractions, museums, and tours. You do, however, have the option to upgrade your standard ticket at some attractions.

Here are the most popular attractions that are included in the Turbopass:

Attractions

Museums

Cruises

Tours

  • Empire State Building
  • One World Observatory
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Intrepid Museum of Sea, Air & Space
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Landmarks Cruise
  • High Speed Harbor Tour
  • Shearwater Classic Sail
  • Clipper City Tall Ship
  • Hop-on hop-off bus tours
  • The RIDE
  • The TOUR
  • Radio City Music Hall Stage Tour
  • Madison Square Garen All Access Tour
  • Central Park Walking Tour
  • NYC TV & Movie Bus Tour
  • Food Tours
  • Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour

MetroCard

Do not add the MetroCard to your Turbopass!

The Turbopass allows you to add a MetroCard to your purchase. This is totally unnecessary. It’s super easy to buy your MetroCard in New York. There is no need for you to pay extra to obtain a MetroCard in advance. Adding the MetroCard to your pass also means that you will have all documents sent to you via postal service resulting in you no being able to use your pass right away. My advice would be just not to worry about a MetroCard when buying an attraction pass.

Turbopass Fast Track Entry

Though attraction passes focus primarily on saving money and not time, there are a few benefits. Being a Turbopass holder allows you to skip the line at a few attractions.

  • One World Observatory
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Is the New York Turbopass worth it?

Generally speaking, the New York Turbopass is very similar to the New York Sightseeing Day Pass. Both give you unlimited access to over 100 New York City attractions. Yet, Turbopass undercuts Sightseeing Pass’s prices by a few dollars.

Pros of the Turbopass

  • great hop-on-hop-on bus tour offer
  • lower prices compared to Sightseeing Day Pass

Cons of the Turbopass

  • lesser-known

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My personal opinion

I must admit that I was genuinely surprised by Turbopass’s great offer. I did not expect that from a pass that is barely known. The price-quality-ratio is good and rivals the offer of the Sightseeing Day Pass. Both offer hop-on-hop-off buses for the entire duration of the pass and let you choose from over 100 attractions. The Turbopass even comes a little cheaper, though.

Nevertheless, I would personally choose Sightseeing Pass over Turbopass. Why? The pass is barely known which might cause trouble at attractions. Staff members. Should it gain more recognition in the future, I may change my mind.

I recommend the New York Turbopass to:

  • everyone who wants to maximize their time in New York and save a lot of money doing so
  • those who enjoy the hop-on-hop-off buses
  • first-time visitors and repeat visitors

Still not sure?

If the Turbopass did not fully convince you, you should try ou our Savings Calculator. It helps you find the best pass in just a few seconds. Simply select the attractions and tours you want to see and do and the Savings Calculator will automatically calculate the pass with most savings for you. If you liked the idea of the Turbopass, you may want to keep an eye out for the Sightseeing Day Pass in the comparison.

CALCULATE YOUR SAVINGS


Turbopass compared to other passes

If you want to get a feel for other attraction passes before making a final decision, head to our New York Pass comparison. There, we point out all major differences in handy tables. This way, you can easily determine which New York attraction pass you’re most interested in.

Because the New York Turbopass is so similar to the New York Sightseeing Day Pass, be sure to take a closer look at that pass to see if it may be a good choice for you.


FAQ

How long can I use New York Turbopass?
Your Turbopass is valid for the time period you chose upon booking. That could be 1, 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days. The day that you are activating your pass is also your first day, regardless of the time. The pass expires at midnight on the last day.

Is there a NYC Turbopass discount code?
Currently, there are no Turbopass promotions available. It is already a heavily discounted pass that undercuts many other offers. Even without a Turbopass discount code, you save quite a bit of money!

Can I share a New York Turbopass with my partner?
No. You cannot share a pass with someone else. You can only visit each attraction once and only use your pass for one attraction every hour, making it impossible to share it.

About the author
Maureen

Oh, how lucky I am… always at the pulse of the greatest city in the world – what could be better? New York City is my passion and I’m happy to be able to share my experiences along with insider tips and helpful tricks with you. With me by your side, you’ll never miss a beat!

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