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The New York Pass – Is It Worth The Money?

There are a few different passes available for New York City. Before I took my trip, I spent a little while researching them and eventually settled on the New York Pass. But is the New York Pass really worth the money?

The New York Pass starts at $134 for an adult for one day and goes up to $490 for a ten day pass. You can buy a pass for however many days you’re planning to spend in New York, between one and ten. I bought the three-day pass, which usually sells for $275. I paid about $200 for it when it was on sale. Once you’ve bought it, you can keep it for up to two years before activating it as of April 2020. 

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Of course, to see if the New York Pass is really worth buying for you, you have to weigh it up against what you’d spend without the pass. The pass covers free entry, or at least significantly reduced entry, for a lot of attractions that I really wanted to see. But it also covers entry for attractions that I had absolutely zero interest in, so don’t be under the impression that you’ll want to do absolutely everything that the pass covers.

                                                      

Attraction Normal Cost New York Pass Cost
Empire State Building Observation Deck $45 $0
Top of the Rock Observation Deck $40 $0
Big Bus Tour $55 $0
9/11 Memorial & Museum $25 $0
Statue of Liberty Ferry & Ellis Island $20 $0
MOMA $25 $0
The Met $25 $0
American Museum of Natural History $23 $0
Whitney Museum $25 $0
Total $283 $0

 

With the New York Pass, I saved about $83, but if I had bought it at full price I would only have saved $8.

In addition to the attractions listed above, the New York Pass also covers Madame Tussauds, the One World Trade Centre Observation Deck, and various tours including the Hamilton Tour. There’s a full list here.

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In terms of drawbacks, with the New York Pass, you’ll still have to queue up whereas if you buy online direct with some of the attractions you can skip the queue. I planned my trip well in the sense that I avoided peak times so that the longest queue I was in lasted ten minutes at most.

The best way to work out if the New York Pass is good value for money for you is to write a list of all of the things you want to see in New York, and then work out what the saving would be, if any, with the New York Pass. If your trip is less intense than mine in terms of seeing all of the sights, then it may work out that the New York Pass is more expensive than simply buying tickets direct with each attraction.

You can buy the New York Pass here. And if you’re trying to come up with ideas for what to see in New York, I’ve got an itinerary here too

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