Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Is The New York CITYPass Worth It?

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There's no doubt about it, New York can be one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit but as you will have seen in my How To Plan A Trip To NYC Without Spending £££ blog post, there are plenty of ways to keep costs down and to seriously save both before and after you get there.

Today I'm going to be talking about CITYPass. And more specifically, is the New York CITYPass worth it or not?

If you followed me along on my travels to New York last Summer you will have seen me pay many of the big tourist attractions a visit. Before I jetted off, one of the biggest decisions to make, in terms of saving money, was whether or not to go with a New York CITYPass.

So let's get down to details and see what are the pros and cons of the New York CITYPass;

You are in control of which attractions to visit

First of all, there are two options open to you. You can either go for the traditional New York CITYPass or the New York C3, which I have detailed below;


New York CITYPass

The original New York CITYPass ticket consists of 3 preset tickets along with 3 option tickets, costs $126 (or £98) and will save you 42% compared to buying tickets individually.
The Empire State Building
American Museum of Natural History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
New York C3

The New York C3 on the other hand, costs just shy of £64 (or $82), allows you to choose any 3 of the above attraction tickets, saving you up to 25%.


I went for the original New York CITYPass as it was my first trip to NYC and I basically had all of the tourist attractions on my travel to-do list.

So why did I go for the New York CITYPass and what were my thoughts after using it?

Pay in advance

One of the big bonuses of the New York CITYPass, for me, was the fact that I could pay for it in advance of my trip. I didn't need to worry about budgeting for attractions once I got there or dipping too heavily into my spending money. This was a big plus for me and allowed me to pay for my tickets several months before I jetted off.


You don't need to know the exact dates before you leave for your trip, like you might if you're booking Top Of The Rock tickets for example and this allows you to be a lot more flexible with your time in the city. This means that you don't need to rush off to make sure that you're at an attraction for your ticketed time, allowing you to go with the flow a lot more and as a result, discover places that weren't originally on your itinerary.

is new york citypass worth it

Shorter or dedicated lines/queues

Many of the attractions such as the American Musuem of Natural History and Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island have dedicated CITYPass queues, meaning that you didn't need to stand in the large general line. In a city where there is so much to see and do, the last thing you want to be doing is spending time standing about waiting.

The savings are real

There were a few attractions that I knew I really wanted to visit, namely the 9/11 Museum, Top Of The Rock, the American Museum of Natural History and the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. A simple calculation showed that I'd be paying $162 for those tickets and would have to worry about buying each of them once I got there. So it made sense to save some money and get even more attraction tickets for about $30 less.

So is the New York CITYPass worth it? As you might be able to tell from the above, yes!

Even if you're only there for a few days and as a result won't be able to visit all 6 attractions on your CITYPass, I would still definitely recommend looking into one, especially if you already have the attractions on your list of places to visit anyway.

If you're looking for ideas of where to visit when you're in NYC both of the ticketed and completely free variety, be sure to check out My Top 10 New York Must-Sees or my The Ultimate Guide To NYC blog post.

Is New York on your list of places to visit one day? If so, which attraction would you want to visit most? Or have you been before? If so, where were your favourite places to visit?

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