New York City is a huge city and it is also one of the most visited places in the world. Millions of people visit NYC each year at different times of the year. That is not a surprise because it is home to a lot of world-famous art galleries, museums, and other attractions. On the other hand, it is also one of the most expensive places not just to live but also to visit. So how can you save some money if you want to visit a lot of sights during your trip to New York City? One of the ways is definitely with New York Pass. I bought one as well when I went to New York.
Many famous cities around the world such as London and Paris have tourist passes. New York is not an exception and New York Pass is definitely the best one. It offers free entrance to 100+ top attractions in all of the city. Below is the list of attractions and tours that I visited for free thanks to the pass.
- American Museum of Natural History
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
- Empire State Building Observatory
- Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour in NYC
- Harlem Gospel Tour
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Madison Square Garden All Access Tour
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Museum of Modern Art
- Soho-Little Italy-Chinatown Walking Tour
- Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck
(Update 2021: The pass is now in digital form so it is even easier to use. I still had the card and had to pick it up first. Now you can have it on your phone and just go to the first attraction and activate it there)
◈ What about the price? ◈
They have 7 different types of passes available based on the duration of the pass itself
- 1-day pass ($134/$99*), 2-day pass ($200/$160), 3-day pass ($276/$201), 4-day pass ($304/$227), 5-day pass ($344/$247), 7-day pass ($384/$262), and 10-day pass ($490/$299)
* the first price listed is for adults and the second one for a child pass
The prices mentioned here are regular. Make sure to check their website for any discount because they often have some discount periods. In my case, I only paid $296 for the 7-day pass so it means I saved $88 just because of the discount.
◈ My savings ◈
As I mentioned above I only paid $296 for my pass. How much did I save in the end? I visited 12 attractions (among those are also 3 tours). If I did not have the pass and I paid regular prices I would have paid $387 which means that I saved $91! Just a word of reminder though. The pass is only really worth it if you are planning on seeing or doing more things. In my opinion, only the passes that are valid for 5, 7, or 10 days are worth the money. Perhaps the 4-day pass as well, while 3, 2, and especially the 1-day pass are not worth the money. It is also worth considering visiting attractions or attending the tours that cost more than regular admission. Do not forget that you can only visit each attraction just once.