Compare New York Passes

If you are planning to visit NYC and are still on the fence about the value or true coverage of the three major tourist passes, the following table should help you to sort things out. First, you need to determine what you want to see and the time period you have in which to see it. Then, take some time and compare the prices, deals and attractions that each pass offers. This may help you find one that fits your specific needs.

Feature/Attraction New York Pass NYC Explorer Pass NY CityPASS Notes
Period of Use 1, 2, 3 or 7 days Up to 30 days Up to 9 days From first use
Cost per Adult $80-$200 $69.99-$189.99 $79 NYP depends on number of days. NYC Explorer depends upon the number of attractions
Cost per Child $55-$160 $49.99-$114.99 $59 *see above
Age of Children 3-12 3-12 6-17
Number of attractions 55 45 (choose 3, 5, 7 or 10) 8 (choose 6)
Fast Track/VIP entry
Access to tours/attractions Once per day Each site once Each site once
Smart Card
Free Full Color NY Guidebook
Purchase online
Purchase in NY
Potential Cost Savings Up to $700 value Up to 45% off ticket price 47% off
ticket price
Value can vary depending on what you visit.
Smartphone application Yes, iPhone only Yes, .pdf files
Shopping Discounts
Included Attractions & Tours
Circle Line River Cruise CityPass: or Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
Harry Potter: Times Square
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Ferry CityPass: or Circle Line
New York Skyride
Top of the Rock CityPass: or Guggenheim
Madame Tussaud's
Museum of Modern Art
Food on Foot Tours
World Trade Center Heros
American Museum of Nat Hist
Atlantic City Tour on Academy Bus
Bike and Roll NYC Bike Rental
Bodies...The Exhibition
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Museum
Bike & Roll Brooklyn Bridge & Hudson River
CitySights NY Brooklyn Tour
Carnegie Hall Tours
Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours
Clipper City Tall Ship Cruises
Manhattan By Sail
Dwyer Cultural Center
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
El Museo del Barrio
FDNY Fire Zone
Historic Richmond Town
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Jewish Children's Museum
Madison Square Garden, All Access
Museum of the City of New York
NBC Studio Tour
New Museum
New York Botanical Garden
New York Hall of Science
New York Transit Museum
New York Water Taxi
New York: Harlem Scavenger Hunt Tour
Uptown Treasures & Harlem Hop-On Hop-Off
Noble Maritime Collection
On Location Tours
Queens Museum of Art
Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
Real Bronx Tour
Shearwater Sailing
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum CityPass: or Top of the Rock
Staten Island Botanical Garden
Staten Island Children's Museum
The Broadway Theater District Walking Tour
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens Explorer Pass: Same day as Met
The Hispanic Society of America
The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum of Sex
The New York City Police Museum
The Paley Center for Media
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Tour at Lincoln Center
Tribute WTC Visitor Center
“Sails to Sales” South Street Seaport Tour
Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village Tour
Uncle Sam's Fifth Avenue Fashion Tour
Uncle Sam's Hamilton Financial Tour
Van Cortlandt House Museum
Wave Hill
Weeksville Heritage Center
Whitney Museum of American Art
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Wall Street Movie Tour
Historical Cruise by NY Waterway
New York Water Taxi Beach–Food & Beverage
Upper & Lower Manhattan Tour
SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride
Skyline Cruise by NY Waterway
Rockefeller Center Tour
Pompeii Exhibit at Times Square
Ripleys Believe it or Not! Odditorium
Statue of Liberty Express Cruise
Twilight Bus Tour by City Sights
Twilight Cruise by NY Waterway
United Nations Guided Tour
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise
Dave & Busters
Feature/Attraction New York Pass NYC Explorer Pass NY CityPASS Notes