Compare Passes in New York City

If you are finding it difficult to decide which pass is right for you, we’ve devised this handy chart that gives you a side by side comparison. It’s not the last word but it should give you a better idea which card is right for you. Don’t forget to read the notes for more info that does not fit on the chart.

FeatureThe New York PassNew York City Explorer PassNew York CityPASS
The New York PassNew York City Explorer PassNew York CityPASS
Calendar Days to Use it1, 2, 3 or 730 Days**9
Cost for an Adult$80-200$70-19079
Cost for a Child$55-160$48-11559
Full Color Guidebook
Number of Attractions79558
Fast Track/VIP Entry
Restaurant and Shopping Discounts
VisitationOnce Per DayYou buy a certain
number of entries.
Once per booklet
List of Attractions
American Museum of Natural History
Atlantic City Excursion on Academy Bus
Bike and Roll NYC Bike Rental
Brooklyn Bridge & Hudson River Bike Tour
Bodies...The Exhibition
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Museum
Carnegie Hall Tours
Central Park Movie Tour
Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises*
CitySights NY Brooklyn Tour
Uptown Treasures & Harlem Tour
Clipper City Tall Ship Cruises
Manhattan By Sail
CSI: The Experience
Dave and Buster's $20 Power Card
Dead Sea Scrolls Life Tickets
Dialog in the Dark
Dwyer Cultural Center
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
El Museo del Barrio
Empire State Building Observation Deck
FDNY Fire Zone
Food on Foot Tours
Gossip Girl Tour by On Location Tours
Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Harlem Walking Tour
Historic Richmond Town
Hop on Hop off Downtown Tour
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Jewish Children's Museum
A Greenwich Village Walking Tour
Lincoln Center Guided Tour
Madame Tussaud's New York
Madison Square Garden Tour
Make Mine Music... Walking Tour
Museum of American Finance
Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA)
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Museum of the City of New York
National 9/11 Memorial and Museum
NBC Studio Tour
New Museum
New York Botanical Garden
New York Hall of Science
New York Historical Society
New York Skyride
New York Transit Museum
New York Water Taxi Tour
NY Water Taxi Hop-On Hop-Off Pass
The Game - Harlem Scavenger Hunt Tour
Night Tour by City Sights
Noble Maritime Collection
Central Park TV and Movie Site Tour
Uptown New York TV & Movie Site Tour
Queens Museum of Art
Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
Real Bronx Tour
Ripleys Believe it or Not! Odditorium
Rockefeller Center Tour New
Manhattan By Sail
Upper & Lower Manhattan Tour
Sex and the City Tour
SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride
Shearwater Schooner Sails
Skyline Cruise by City Sightseeing
Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum*
Staten Island Botanical Garden
Staten Island Children's Museum
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry*
Statue of Liberty Express Cruise
The Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO tour
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
The Hispanic Society of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum of Sex
The New York City Police Museum
The Paley Center for Media
The Skyscraper Museum
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Top of the Rock*
Tribute WTC Visitor Center
Twilight Cruise by City Sightseeing
United Nations Guided Tour
Van Cortlandt House Museum
Wall Street Movie Tour
Wall Street Walks
Wave Hill
Weeksville Heritage Center
Where It All Began.. Manhattan Walk Tour
Whitney Museum of American Art
Woodbury Common Outlets Trip
ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise
*Either/or attraction
with CityPass

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Notes

New York City has three different passes that all offer a very different, high-quality experiences. Choosing the one that is right for you depends on what you plan on doing and how long your visit is.

If you want highlights of the City, you should consider the New York CityPass. All the inclusions are top-notch, must see attractions.

For the immersive experience, the New York Pass is your best bet. It includes everything on CityPass and a lot more. It also works on the all you can eat model where you can go to as many tours and attractions as you can fit into a day. Some unique things NY Pass has are Manhatten by Sail, NY Skyride, TV and Movie Site Tour, and the Whitney Museum. Your savings potential is greatest on this pass.

The New York Explorer Pass can save you a lot of money, but only if you are interested in the more expensive attractions that are included. It works diffferently. You buy a 3-10 entrances and you have as much time as you need to go to them (30 days). You don’t need tp pick your attractions and tours before you get to the city but you should have an idea as what you want to see. You will only save money if you do a mix of the “must-see” attractions along with some of the more expensive inclusions. Some popular , expesive inclusions are, Ripleys Believe it or Not!, Woodbury Commons, Twighlight cruise, Sex and the City Tour, Upper and Lower Manhatten Tour, Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Tour and Gossip Girl Tour