Unlimited Pass: The SightSeeing PASS and the New York Pass

New York offers attractions and visits like no other cities in the world and you may want to access to a lot of them!
Then the SightSeeing PASS and the New York Pass are made for you!
Let me explain it to you!

Why should you pick an unlimited pass ?

Three reasons to choose an unlimited pass: :

  It’s your second or third trip to New York: Most likely that you’ve visited the main attractions offered by an unlimited pass. They offer a greater choice out of the beaten path, less popular or unusual attractions.

  You’re spending one week in New York (or more) and want to see everything New York City has to offer: An unlimited pass offers so many attractions that you’ll always find something new to do. Even if you try to do 5 attractions per day, during 7 days (I don’t know if it’s possible) you won’t even do the half of what the Pass offers!

  You have no budget restrictions: The 7 days packages offer more flexibility to schedule your visits. If it’s something you can afford then this is a great option.

As you can see, the choice essentially depends on your expectations and the length of your stay.

It won’t be wiser to get an unlimited pass for 1 or 2 days or for a short time stay since it’s harder to make a profit: you will at least enjoy 10 visits and feel frustrated knowing that you’d only used 10% of the options offered by the pass.
In fact, my personal advice is to take a 7 days package that is pricier but will allow you to do more things without feeling pressured by time.

The SightSeeing PASS (Unlimited Pass)

The SightSeeing PASS grants you with unlimited attractions as you wish during 1, 2, 3, 5 6, 7 or 10 days. The more attractions you visit, the more money you save! You will save up to 65% ($300) comparing to the price you’ll pay separately.
It offers over 90 attractions for a flat low price, with some exclusive hop-on hop-off bus loops, the One World Observatory…

Having a pass allows you to skip general admission lines, you will save some valuable time!
The Sightseeing PASS is valid for consecutive days and expires depending on the duration you purchased.
You just have to present your mobile ticket or printed pass (QR Code) to get in! For some attractions, you will have to go to a visitor center to redeem your entry. Here you will find all the information about it.

List of attractions included in the pass

0
• 9/11 Memorial & Museum
• 9/11 Tribute Center

A
• American Museum of Natural History
• American Picnic Lunch

B
• Best of Brooklyn Tour – Brooklyn Unplugged
• Bronx Zoo
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden
• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental by Fancy Apple
• Brooklyn Children’s Museum
• Brooklyn Unplugged – Street Art Workshop
• Buca di Beppo Restaurant
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant (Brooklyn)
• Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant (Times Square)

C
• Cathedral of St John The Divine – General Admission
• Central Park Bike Rental by Fancy Apple
• Central Park Zoo
• City Sightseeing / Hornblower Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Cruise
• Crédit attraction 40$

E
• Edge
• El Museo Del Barrio
• Empire State Building
• Escape Game New York
• Escape Virtuality

F
• Food on Foot – East Village Block Party Guided Tour
• Food on Foot – International Express Guided Tour
• Food on Foot – Meat to Eat Guided Tour
• Food on Foot – New York Waterfront Villages – Brooklyn Guided Tour
• Food on Foot – Spirits On Food Tours
• Food on Foot – Union Square Area Eats Guided Tour
• Food on Foot – World Famous Sweet Tooth Tour Guided Tour
• Food on Foot – East Village Variety Tour
• Food on Foot – Go West Food Tour
• Food on Foot – Midtown Mix Food Tour
• Food on Foot – Midtown Winter Food Tour
• Fraunces Tavern® Museum

G
• Go Airlink airport shuttle – LaGuardia, JFK or Newark
• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn
• Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
• Gray Line CitySightseeing Best of Manhattan Tour
• Gray Line CitySightseeing Brooklyn Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
• Gray Line CitySightseeing Downtown Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
• Gray Line CitySightseeing Night Tour
• Gray Line CitySightseeing Uptown Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

H
• Hidden Lane
• Hornblower Cruises – Alive After Five
• Hush Tours – Walk This Way Thru Harlem Tour

I
• Inside Out Tours – Alternative New York Street Art Tour: Lower East Side
• Inside Out Tours – Bronx’s Little Italy and Arthur Avenue Tour
• Inside Out Tours – Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Neighborhood
• Inside Out Tours – Harlem Gospel Experience Tour
• Inside Out Tours – NYC Gospel Walking Tour
• Inside Out Tours – NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
• Inside Out Tours – Secrets of Brooklyn: The Insider’s Scavenger Hunt
• Inside Out Tours – Secrets of New York: The Insider’s Scavenger Hunt
• Inside Out Tours – Secrets of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
• International Center of Photography
• Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
• Intro to New York – Live interactive Presentation & Prizes

K
• KGB Espionage Museum

L
• LOL Times Square Comedy Club
• LOL Times Square Magic
• Luna Park Coney Island

M
• Macy’s Historical Tour
• Madame Tussauds
• Madison Square Garden Tour
• Manganaro’s Hero Boy
• Manhattan and Beyond Tours – Central Par Walking Tour
• Manhattan By Sail – Clipper City Daytime Statue Sail
• Manhattan By Sail – Shearwater Statue Sail
• Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
• MoMA PS1
• Museum at Eldridge Street
• Museum of Jewish Heritage
• Museum of the City of New York

N
• National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
• National Lighthouse Museum
• New York Botantical Garden
• New York Historical Society Museum and Library
• NewYorkTour1 – Broadway Walking Tour
• NewYorkTour1 – Greenwich Village Walking Tour
• NewYorkTour1 – Lower Manhattan Walking Tour
• NewYorkTour1 – Highline, Chelsea, Meatpacking Walking Tour
• NewYorkTour1 – Secret of Hudson Yards, High Line & The Vessel Tour
• NewYorkTour1 – SoHo and Little Italy Walking Tour
• NOWADAY Classic Car Tour
• NY Aquarium
• NYC Fashion Window Walking Tour

O
• On Location Tours – Central Park TV and Movie Sites
• On Location Tours – NYC TV and Movie Tour by Bus
• On Location Tours – When Harry Met Seinfield Bus Tour
• One World Observatory

P
• Planet Hollywood Restaurant

Q
• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion

R
• Radio City Music Hall Stage Tour
• RIBNewYork – High Speed Harbor Tour
• Ripley’s Believe It or Not

S
• Scavenger Hunts – New York
• Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• South Street Seaport Museum
• Spirits On Foot – Beer, Spirits & Wine Crawl
• Spyscape
• St Patrick’s Cathedral Tours – Gold Pass
• Staten Island Children’s Museum
• Staten Island Museum
• Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

T
• The Met Breuer
• The Met Cloisters
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• The Skyscraper Museum
• TimeLooper – Virtual Reality Experience
• Top of the Rock

U
• Urban Oyster Tours – Hamilton Happy Hour Tour

V
• Vessel
• Virtual Rush – Full Immersive Experience

W
• Wall Street Walks – Secrets of Downtown Walking Tour
• Wall Street Walks – Wall Street Walking Tour
• Whitney Museum Of American Art
• Woodbury Common Outlets Super Saver Ticket

Updated on06/22/2020

The price of the SightSeeing PASS depends on the number of days you choose

Nº of Days Adult Child
1 Day $139 $129
2 Days $199 $184
3 Days $279 $220
4 Days $359 $250
5 Days $349 $264
6 Days $389 $270
7 Days $419 $280
10 Days $459 $329

NB:
– the SightSeeing PASS is the only pass that includes the Edge Observatory.
– the pass is activated the moment it is scanned for admission at your first attraction, bus tour, or restaurant.
– the pass is valid for consecutive days, depending on the duration of the pass you purchased. For example, if you begin using your 3-day pass on a Wednesday, it will be valid for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of that week.

Purchase your pass
To purchase your pass you just have to click on the button.
The table shows the original rates, but in general, there are discounted rates from $50 to $150 depending on the pass.

SightSeeing PASS

To redeem your pass:
After purchasing your pass on the Internet, you can either:
– print it out
– take a picture of the QR Code and use your mobile phone as your ticket.
Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission!

The New York Pass

In one word, the New York Pass, grants you access at more than 80 attractions with a $300 saving on the top 10 New York attractions!

The pass is valid for 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 7 or 10 days depending on the pass.

Just like the Sightseeing Pass, the New York pass only expires starting the first day of use.

The New York Pass is designed as micro ship card, easy to store and use (can only be use once for each attraction).
Once again, for a number of attractions, you gain easy access and without waiting in lines with the fast tracks

  List of attractions included in the pass

0
• 1929 Shearwater – Statue of Liberty Sail
• 9/11 Memorial & Museum
• 9/11 Museum Workshops: Hands-on 9/11 Tour
• 9/11 Tribute Museum and Audio Tour of the Memorial

A
• Alternative New York Street Art Tour of the Lower East Side
• American Museum of Natural History

B
• Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park-Ice Skate Rental
• Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg
• Big Bus New York Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Panoramic Tour
• Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours
• Broadway and Times Square Tour
• Bronx’s Little Italy and Arthur Avenue Tour
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden
• Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo Neighborhood Tour
• Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tours and Rentals
• Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour
• Brooklyn Museum of Art

C
• Carnegie Hall Tours
• Catacombs by Candlelight Tour
• Central Park Bike Tours and Rentals
• Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour
• Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour
• Circle line Sightseeing Cruises
• City Rambler – A Walk in the Park, Central Park
• City Rambler – A Walk Through History
• Clipper City Tall Ship Cruises
• Color Factory
• Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

D
• Deno’s Wonder Wheel
• Downtown Liberty Express Cruise by Circle Line

E
• East Village TV & Movie Site Walking Tour
• El Museo del Barrio
• Empire State Building Observation Deck
• Escape Virtuality

F
• Fashion Windows Walking Tour
• Food on Foot Tours
• Fraunces Tavern

G
• Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tours
• Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn
• Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
• Greenwich Village Walking Tour

H
• Hamilton Tour
• Harlem Bike Rentals
• Harlem Bike Tours
• Harlem Gospel Tour by Harlem One Stop
• Harlem Gospel Tour by Inside Out Tours
• Harlem Highlights Bike Tour by Unlimited Biking
• Harlem Jazz Series (Tuesday and Fridays)
• Harlem Walking Tours
• High Line-Chelsea-Meatpacking Tour
• HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino
• Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour
• Holiday Markets & Lights Tour
• Hop-On Hop-Off Water Taxi: All Day Access Pass
• Hudson River Bike Rentals

I
• International Center of Photography Museum
• Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

L
• LEGOLAND(R) Discovery Center, Westchester
• Luna Park at Coney Island

M
• Madame Tussauds New York
• Madison Square Garden, All Access Tour
• Marvel & DC Superheroes Tour
• Master of the Camera
• Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
• MoMA PS1
• Museum at Eldridge St.
• Museum of Arts and Design
• Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
• Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
• Museum of Sex
• Museum of the City of New York

N
• National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
• New Museum
• New York Botanical Garden
• New York City Sketching Art Tour
• New York Hall of Science
• New York Historical Society
• New York Transit Museum
• NYC Gospel Walking Tour
• NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
• NYC TV & Movie Bus Tour

O
• One World Observatory

Q
• Queens-Flushing Meadows International Food Excursion

R
• Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
• Rockefeller Center Tour

S
• Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Tour
• Secrets of Downtown: Lower Manhattan Walking Tour
• Snug Harbor Botanical Garden in Staten Island
• SoHo-­Little Italy-­Chinatown Walking Tour
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• South Street Seaport Museum
• Spirit on Foot: Beer, Spirits & Wine Crawls
• Staten Island Children’s Museum
• Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
• Staten Island Yankees Game
• Staten Island Zoo
• Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum
• Surrey on Rental on Governors Island

T
• The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
• The Downtown Experience: Virtual Reality Bus Tour
• The MET: Cloisters
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET)
• The Museum of Chinese in America
• The Paley Center for Media
• The Ride
• The Skyscraper Museum
• The Tour
• Top of the HighLine and Vessel Tour
• Top of the Rock Observatory

V
• Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park

W
• Wall Street Walking Tour
• When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour
• Whitney Museum of American Art
• Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Y
• Yankee Stadium: Classic Stadium Tours

+ exclusive offers on restaurants, stores, and helicopter tours.

Updated on 06/22//2020

The New York Pass rates depend on your package:

Package Adult Children*
Pass 1 day $134 $99
Pass 2 days $200 $160
Pass 3 days $276 $201
Pass 4 days $304 $227
Pass 5 days $344 $247
Pass 7 days $384 $262
Pass 10 days $490 $299

Note: kids rate applies for kids aged between 4 to 12.

In addition, the New York Pass offers a number of savings or gifts in partnership with stores, restaurants, shows, entertainments and even tours that are not part of the listings.

For more information on the New York Pass (locations, schedules, routes details or more), don’t hesitate to download the official guide in PDF format (229 pages, approximately 20Mo).

To purchase your pass, you just have to click on the button.
The table shows the original rates, but in general there’s 30% off.

New York Pass

To redeem your pass:
When you purchase your pass, you receive an e-mail with a QR Code that you only have to display on your phone!
You also have the option to get your pass delivered at home but it’s expensive, not a great deal if you consider the price of your pass. Expect to pay up to $25 to receive your pass by mail delivery (UPS delivery up to 3 business days). That’s extra money you can save if you simply print your voucher in exchange of your New York Pass. You can also download the free New York Pass App!
Once in New York, you just have to go to one of the following location to redeem your Pass.

   Display locations to redeem your voucher

  Midtown West (near Times Square):
BIG BUS WELCOME CENTER
Address: 716 7th Avenue, NY, NY 10019
Opening hours: Everyday, 8am to 8pm

BIG BUS BOX OFFICE AT THE LYRIC
Address: 214 West 43rd Street, NY, NY 10036.
Opening hours: everyday 8am to 5pm.

BIG BUS INFORMATION DESK AT BB KINGS
Address: 237 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036
Opening hours: 8am to 5pm.

SightSeeing PASS or New York Pass?

After reading the article you may don’t know which pass to pick!
Only the SightSeeing PASS includes the entry to The Edge. Make your own itinerary of visits and compare the rates. That will help you know wich pass to choose. You can always ask me to double check.

Conclusion

The question is not whether one pass is better than the other (both are interesting), but to find out which one is appropriate for you and your needs.
If this is not your first trip and/or you are an avid visitor an unlimited Pass might be more suitable for you with guaranteed satisfaction!
In any case, these passes let you enjoy some great savings and are great tips to discover the Big Apple stress free at a lower cost.

The rates of the passes and activities/attractions can change, always check them on the official websites in the links provided above.

Memo

My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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