Navigating New York City with New York CityPASS
New York City, also affectionately known as “the city the never sleeps“, “the Big Apple” ” the concrete jungle where dreams are made of“, whichever name you use, once you set foot in this memorising city you will be captivated, it offers a plethora of iconic attractions that beckon travellers from around the globe. However, exploring the Big Apple’s wonders can quickly turn into a costly affair, especially for families looking to experience the best the city has to offer. Fear not, for there exists a savvy solution to maximize savings while indulging in unforgettable adventures: the New York CityPASS.
So what is New York CityPASS
The New York CityPass, is a digital pass that can save you up to 40% on 5 of New York’s top attractions. Included in the pass is both of:
- Empire State Building Observatory; and
- American Museum of Natural History
Plus get admission to 3 more attractions of your choice. No need to choose upon purchase you can decide closer to your trip or even while there depending on availability.
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
- Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
- Intrepid Museum
- Guggenheim Museum
Once you purchase your New York CityPASS, you simply download the app and from there your tickets are all stored and you can make the reservations. We were there in the end of January which is off season so nowhere was particularly busy however we did reserve our slots in advance just to be safe. For context it wasn’t our first visit but it was the kids first trip so lots of the New Yorks icons were on the bucket list to visit.
Cost of New York CityPASS
An adult ticket costs €134.47 and a child (aged 6-17) ticket costs €114.98. Couple of things to note:
- tickets are valid for a year from the date of purchase
- tickets can be use for 9 consecutive days including the fist and last day
- You can only visit each attraction once except for Empire State Building where you can visit again at night if your first visit was during the day and only same day.
- Note that cost increases apply from 29 February 2024 where the cost of an adult ticket will increase to €146 and a child’s ticket €124
What did we think of New York CityPass
The important part! So what did we think, how did we find using New York CityPASS, did we save money and would we recommend!! I do have full blog posts in progress on our itinerary however below, I will run through how we used our New York CityPASS and what we really thought. I will be comparing the cost like for like so booking the same time as we did with the pass and showing the cost.