SAVING DOLLARS: THE NEW YORK CITY PASS, IS IT WORTHY?

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In our opinion, NO, IT IS NOT, because the amount saved is only 10 $ assuming the visitor chooses the most expensive attractions. The trick is: they include the admission to some museums, which actually are suggested donations, they are free.

The NYC Pass costs $ 114. It includes access to 6 attractions in New York. The first three ones are mandatory, from the fourth to the sixth you must choose one of the two on offer:

  • Empire State Building.
  • Museum of Natural History.
  • Metropolitan Art Museum.
  • Top of the Rock observatory OR Guggenheim Museum.
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Crosières (cruise).
  • Memorial and Museum 9/11 OR Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Let’s have a look at them one by one.

  • Empire State Building. $ 32. You can take advantage and use your pass up twice in the same day, during daylight and at night. This is not really necessary, it is advisable to go up an hour before the dusk and wait until it’s dark. Going up twice involves queuing twice.
  • Natural History Museum: IS FREE. For this and the rest of museums included, read the post: New York’s most popular museums.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: IS ALSO FREE.
  • Top of the Rock observatory OR Guggenheim Museum.
    • Top of the Rock: $ 32
    • Guggenheim Museum: $ 25 but FREE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Circle Line Crosières (cruise).
    • Statue and Ellis Island: $ 18
    • Circle Cruise Line: depending on the cruise you choose, between 29 and 36 $
  • Memorial and Museum 9/11 OR Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
    • September 11th Memorial and Museum: $ 24
    • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum $ 24, although you can visit some of its sections for free.

The CityPass has something good: you can skip the line to buy tickets, but does not allow access to attractions by express line unless an extra fee is paid. For example, in the Empire State Building you have to queue three times: to go through security check, to buy your ticket and to enter the building itself. With the NYC Pass you will skip only the second queue, but the same can be done by purchasing tickets in advance, online or through an official street vendor. In museums, you’ll skip the line, but if you want to enter for free, it’s mandatory to get your ticket in the main desk.

You  will have to ponder how many attractions you want to see and make your calculations. In the most expensive case, a visitor would be required to pay Empire State Building ($ 32) + Top of the Rock ($ 32) + Lane Circle Cruise ($ 36) + any of the museums ($ 24) Total $ 124, that would represent a $ 10 saving. However, while entering any of these attractions you will find official vendors offering packs of several of them with the consequent savings. In addition, the most expensive case is relatively unlikely because the visitor would be discarding the visit to the Statue of Liberty. In the event that visitors prefer the statue instead of the cruise, paying the attractions separately would be $ 106.

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