New York CityPASS vs. New York Pass vs. Explorer Pass
Explore more. Save money. Stress less.
By Steffen, 13. January 2019
The New York Pass, New York CityPASS & Explorer Pass
On this page you will find a full comparison and review of the three major New York City passes to help you find the one you can save the most money with. The main differences between the passes are the number of attractions you can visit and the passes’ length of validity.
The New York CityPASS is the smallest and simplest pass you can buy. Using this New York City pass allows you to visit 6 attractions in 9 days. Saving you up to 42% on ticket prices, this is a great option if you are looking for a NYC pass on a budget. For more details on the CityPASS click here.
Three of the 6 tickets included in this New York CityPASS are pre selected for you: The Empire State Building, Natural History Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the other 3 tickets you will be asked to make a selection between two options. Please note that skipping one attraction does not allow you to visit both in another group. You do not need to make these choices when you purchase the New York CityPASS either, once you are in New York you can choose one from each of the following options:
9/11 Memorial & Museum – OR – Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island– OR – Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
The New York Pass is the pass that includes an unlimited amount of attractions for however many days you choose. For a length of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10 days you will have unlimited access to all of the 80+ attractions included. Financially this makes sense if you plan to visit 3 or more attractions per day. For more details including a full list of attractions you can click here.
The New York Pass also includes many of the popular bus, bike and boat tours, as well as queue jump for some of the attractions with the longest lines. With savings of up to 50% this pass is worth every penny.
The explorer pass is a great option if you already know how many attractions you want to visit after doing some research. Choosing between 3, 4, 5, 7 or 11 attractions from the list of over 60, the Explorer Pass gives you a 30 day window to go and redeem your included tickets. For more details on the Explorer Pass, including a full list of attractions you can choose from, click here.
This New York City pass gives you the freedom to explore New York at your own pace, choosing from an extensive list of attractions (only slightly fewer than the NY Pass) you may want to visit and tours to take part in.
Due to the fact that the New York Pass and the Explorer pass come in different sizes, we have also broken down the prices for you below. We recommend the New York Pass due to its excellent value for money. If you plan to visit 3 attractions per day (or more) this is the pass that will also give you the most savings on regular ticket prices. Another great feature of the New York Pass is that you are able to decide on what you want to see from a large list of attractions on a day to day basis. This means you can adjust your plans to the weather or how you are feeling.
The Explorer Pass is our second most popular option. Due to its flexibility and 30 day validity, you can pick the top attractions you wish to visit and go whenever you feel like it during your stay in NYC. This New York City pass allows you to explore outside of the list of spots also, as you are not paying for the time you can use the pass and can easily spend a day doing something else. The different options ensure that you will find the right New York City pass for you, from the cheapest to the all inclusive option. To help you make sure you purchase the New York City pass that gives you the most savings, we have broken down your choices with prices below.
Do you already know what attractions you want to visit during your stay in New York City? New York City passes will allow you to save up to 50% on regular ticket prices, meaning that checking which of your personal must-sees are included in the pass, is a vital step.
If you do not want to scroll through the tables below, we also have a handy savings calculator. With this tool you can select all the spots you want to visit from a list and the New York City pass that gives you the most savings will be recommend to you. Should there be attractions you selected that are not included in the recommended pass, these will be listed along with their respective ticket prices so you can purchase these separately.