Is the New York pass worth it? – Price comparison and review

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If you are planning a trip to New York, it is very likely that you are wondering: is the New York pass worth it? You have probably heard about this card that allows you to access many of the city’s attractions and save money but it is worth the money? Should you buy other tourist pass instead? Read my honest New York Pass review to learn if this sightseeing card is a good fit for your NY travel plans.


What’s included in the New York Pass?

New York Pass is a sightseeing card that gives you access to more than 100 city attractions, tours and museums in NYC. You can see the complete list of attractions included here.

Along with the pass, you will receive a guidebook with information about all the attractions included. Once you have the card, you simply go to the attractions and enter showing the card. You don’t need to book tickets for each attraction.

A great thing about buying the New York Pass is that you can skip the lines at most attractions as there are is fast track entry at selected attractions. This willl allow you to save a lot of time, especially during busy periods like summer season.

In addition to the attractions, the NY Pass includes access to Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour for the duration of the New York Pass which you can use to get around the city and save money instead of paying for a regular bus or subway.

How to get the New York Pass

You can purchase the New York Pass at one of their locations in New York. However I strongly recommend you buy the pass online at, as it is free and you can get great online discounts.

Online payment can be made with debit, credit cards and via PayPal. Once you buy the pass, you will receive a confirmation email. There are different ways to get your New York Pass, which are:

  • Pick up the pass in New York for free once you get there. Their office is located at 234 West 42nd Street, next to Madame Tussauds Museum and opens everyday from 8am to 5pm.
  • Download your mobile pass on the New York Pass app for free.
  • Get the pass delivered to your house. The delivery of the pass costs around USD$30.

Which New York Pass should you get?

You can buy the New York Pass with durations of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10 days. The pass is valid for consecutive days. The pass is automatically activated when you visit the first attraction and stops working automatically at the end of the chosen duration.

You can visit each attraction just once with the New York Pass and you can visit as many attractions as you want, there is no day limit.

On average you will visit 3 or 4 attractions per day, so choose the duration of the pass considering this and plan in advance your itinerary. In one day you can combine your visit to 2 museums + an observation deck. Other days you might visit fewer places, for example the day you choose to go to the Statue of Liberty, which takes quite a few hours.

For the pass to be worth it, it is important to plan your days and visit the attractions that are located in the same area on the same day.


New York Pass prices (updated on January 2024):

Pass durationRegular adult priceSALE adult price
1 dayUSD$159USD$149
2 daysUSD$249USD$204
3 daysUSD$329USD$249
4 daysUSD$379USD$289
5 daysUSD$419USD$319
7 daysUSD$484USD$359
10 daysUSD$544USD$399

As you see, there are two prices: the regular price for adults and the discounted price for the pass. I’ve included this second price because the New York Pass often goes on SALE, so I recommend you regularly check out the New York Pass website for great prices.

Because of COVID-19, The New York Pass is now valid for 24 months. So if you’re planning a trip to New York but you don’t know when you will be able to travel, you can buy the pass and use it within 2 years.

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Free museums in New York

When thinking about buying any sightseeing pass, you need to consider that some of the museums in New York city have free or pay as you wish access once a week without the need to buy any pass.

However, keep in mind that during these days, the museums usually get super crowded and you have to queue for a long time.

Some museums, like the American Museum of Natural History, have a Pay as you wish entrance. This means that each visitor can choose the price. You can choose to pay only USD$1 if you want.

If you’re a student, you can also get a discount in some museums.

Is the New York pass worth it? - Price comparison

Guggenheim museum has a free entry on Saturdays

New York Pass price comparison

Below you will see the price comparison between the New York Pass and without the NY Pass. You will see three prices which are: Full price (without NY Pass) and the price if you visit the museums on free admission days.

I have included only the main and most popular attractions, but keep in mind that I will be leaving out many places that are also worth visiting.

Click here to see the complete list of attractions included in the New York Pass.

ATTRACTIONNew York PassFull PricePrice visiting museums with free admission
Empire StateUSD$51.17
Top of the RockUSD$43.55
One World ObservatoryUSD$47.91
9/11 Memorial&MuseumUSD$33✓ mondays 5:30 to 7 pm
American Museum of Natural HistoryUSD$28
Liberty Statue & Ellis IslandUSD$24.5
Guggenheim MuseumUSD$30Pay as you wish $5 saturdays 5-8pm
Big BusUSD$80

Let’s suppose you decide to visit only the attractions on this list. In order to visit these 10 attractions you will need at least 3 or 4 days. The 3-day pass price is USD$249 (on sale) or USD$329 (regular price) and the 4-day pass price is USD$289 (on sale) and USD$379 (regular price).

In conclusion: if you buy the New York Pass when it’s on sale it is definitely worth buying it. If you can’t buy it with a discount, then it is still worth it compared to buying all the individual tickets for these attractions at a full price.

Other attractions included in the New York Pass:

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: $33
  • Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour: $37
  • Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour: $33
  • Whitney Museum of American Art: $25
  • Lincoln Center Tour: $25
  • Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours & Rentals $56
  • Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises $49


As you can see buying the New York Pass is totally worth it as it is the cheapest and most comfortable option and allows you to visit many attractions in the city.

New York CityPASS – The alternative to New York Pass

For those who are not planning on visiting many attractions, a great alternative is the New York CityPASS. This pass includes admission to 6 attractions and is valid for 9 consecutive days.

Attractions included on the New York CityPASS:

  • Empire State Building
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • 3 more attractions to choose from the following:
    • Top of the Rock
    • Guggenheim observatory
    • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
    • Circle Line Cruise
    • Memorial and Museum of the 9/11
    • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

CityPASS Price: $133.28

If you are planning on visiting only these attractions, the New York CityPASS is the best choice. Click here for more information about this pass.

There are other passes for New York attractions, if you want to know which is the best for you read: New York attraction passes comparison

Conclusion – Is the New York Pass worth it?

If it is the first time you visit New York and are planning on visiting many attractions, the New York Pass is totally worth it. My recommendation is to get the 3, 4 or 5 day pass and plan your days in advance so you visit as many places as possible.

Leave the museums that have a Pay as you wish admission for the days that you will not have the New York pass activated. Although the price of the pass is pretty high, the company usually offers big discounts on the New York Pass website. If you buy the pass in advance you are most likely to get a much lower price.

If you’ve been to the city several times, or you’re thinking of visiting less attractions the best alternative is to get the New York CityPASS. Lastly if you don’t mind waiting in line, you can visit museums on the days when admission is free, paying only the entrance to attractions that don’t have discounts such as observatories.

I hope my New York Pass review has been useful for deciding whether the pass suits your travel plans or not.

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