The New York CityPASS® Tourist Card

With the New York CityPASS® you can have an 'open bar' and explore New York's best attractions without worrying about your budget.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

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The New York CityPASS® Tourist Card

Fifth Avenue | ©Hellotickets

The New York CityPASS® is a sightseeing card to make organizing your trip to New York City easier and more convenient, and a way to get discounted admission to the city's top attractions.

Tourist Card

New York CityPASS® Tourist Card

Pay only for the number of attractions you want to visit

If you have already chosen the museums, skyscrapers or attractions you want to visit (you can choose up to five), get this card and pay only for the number of places you want to visit, thus saving time and money.

When you book the New York CityPASS® from $148, you pay for the number of attractions you want to visit. The pass includes 2 fixed attractions and 3 attractions of your choice, for a total of five attractions, which you can visit within 9 days of first use.

When you purchase a New York CityPASS®, you will receive individual tickets for each attraction that you must present at each site's box office. You can choose to receive these tickets on paper or have them emailed to you, print them out, or carry them on your cell phone and scan them at the entrance to each attraction. Once you use the pass for the first time, you have 9 days to use your tourist pass before the end of its validity period.

Why I like this option: You will be pleased to know that compared to buying individual tickets to each attraction, you can save up to 72€ with this pass, plus skip the line to buy the ticket at each site you visit.


What's included with the New York CityPASS® sightseeing pass

Empire State Observatory| ©Hellotickets
Empire State Observatory| ©Hellotickets

Empire State Building tickets with audio guide

The Empire State Building is one of the icons of the New York skyline, with an iconic architecture and design that will transport you back to the 1930's. However, the great attraction of the Empire State Building are the views from its observatory, undoubtedly one of the most impressive ways to see the city. Put this visit at the top of your list of things to see in the Big Apple!

  • Ticketprice if purchased outside the pass: about 35 Euros.
  • How the pass works: Skip the line to buy tickets and go directly to the security checkpoint, where you can show your pass and they will let you through. Please note that the NY CityPASS® includes two entrances at different times to the Empire State Building.
  • About the attraction: Open from 8:00 am to 2:00 am, and a typical visit lasts 2 hours.

Natural History Museum Tickets

This museum is one of the perfect New York attractions to visit with the family. Its permanent exhibition is dedicated to the history of Planet Earth, with very interesting spaces dedicated to marine life, fossils and meteorites.

9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Museum tickets (optional)

The 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Museum tell the story of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. This is a very sensitive visit that will give you a very intimate view of what happened during the attacks. Although this experience is not for everyone, it will give you a context about the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers that you may not otherwise have, changing your perspective on New York City.

  • Price when buying tickets to the museum outside of the pass: from 24 Euros.
  • How the pass works: Skip the ticket line, go directly to the security checkpoint and present your CityPASS® card for direct access to the 9/11 Museum.
  • About the attraction: Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Most people take a 2-hour tour.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (optional)

This museum is every engineering fan's fantasy, offering the unique opportunity to see inside the Intrepid aircraft carrier, whose deck features a variety of aircraft and helicopters from various eras; the Growler submarine, which can be explored in its entirety; and the supersonic Concorde aircraft.

Tickets to the Top of the Rock (optional)

The Top of the Rock (the name given to the observatory of the Comcast Building in Rockefeller Plaza) offers the best views of New York from a skyscraper: it is from here that all those wonderful postcard photos of the Empire State have been taken. If you are passionate about photography, you will be amazed by the pictures you can take of this icon of New York architecture, especially if you go up to the Top of the Rock at sunset or on a foggy morning.

Guggenheim Museum (optional)

Every Guggenheim in the world is famous for being a blast inside and out, and the New York Guggenheim is no exception. Its modern art collection features works by artists such as Van Gogh, Gaugin, Picasso and Malevich among others, and its gift store is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir of the city.

Ferry to the Statue of Liberty (optional)

The Statue of Liberty represents New York City like no other monument to any other city in the world. Seeing it up close is breathtaking, and almost even more impressive are the views of Manhattan from Liberty Island. To visit, you'll need to take a ferry from Battery Park and with the New York CityPASS® Tourist Card you don't have to worry about the ticket, because it's included.

In addition, it also includes the ferry to Ellis Island, where you can visit the Immigration Museum and explore an exhibit about the times when New York became a place of welcome for immigrants from all over the world in search of a better future.

  • Price buying tickets outside the pass: from 24 Euros.
  • How the pass works: You don't need to buy a ticket, so head straight to the security checkpoint and wait for the ferry to arrive.
  • About the attraction: You can go to the Statue of Liberty from 9:30 a.m. to 5:25 p.m. The typical visit lasts around 4 to 5 hours.

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Before you purchase New York CityPASS® Card

Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets
Statue of Liberty| ©Hellotickets

Too much information! I know: choosing your New York City Pass is not easy. In case you're not entirely clear, here's the rundown to help you make a decision. The New York CityPASS® Tourist Card is for you if:

  • You're going to be in New York for a week.
  • You want to see the most "typical" New York City sights
  • You have little time to organize your trip
  • You like to explore a new city at your own pace
  • You have a tight budget for your trip

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Recommendations

Manhattan views from the Top of the Rock| ©Hellotickets
Manhattan views from the Top of the Rock| ©Hellotickets

Keep in mind that the New York CityPASS® Tourist Card lasts 9 days from your first use, so you don't need to do it all in your first two or three days in New York. The best use of your pass is to spread out your visits and use it at least two or three times a day.

If you are traveling with children in New York, you can get a New York CityPASS® for them at a 40% savings over the adult pass for children ages 6 to 17. Children 17 and older pay the adult pass and children under 6 are generally free at many New York City attractions.

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Other passes available

Access to One World Observatory with the Explorer Pass| ©Hellotickets
Access to One World Observatory with the Explorer Pass| ©Hellotickets

In case the New York CityPASS® isn't quite what you're looking for, keep in mind that there are three other types of New York City Passes available, so there may be another one that better fits the trip you're planning.