Is the New York Pass worth it? Being a tourist in New York City can be expensive. Just going up the Empire State Building costs $30 alone! If you want to see the sights of New York City and save some money I believe if you do these 2 New York Pass hacks it is worth buying a New York Pass.
Is the New York Pass worth it?
To help you decide, follow these directions
Make a list
Before you do anything else take a look in your guidebook and make a list of all of the things you want to do in New York. Now think about how many of them you can realistically do in the time you have available. Cross out anything that you won’t have time for.
Now you have your list you need to go through and price it all up…
This is what I wanted to do:
- Central Park (Free)
- The Met (recommended donation of $25)
- Empire State Building ($32)
- Rockefeller Building at night ($32)
- Tourist Bus ($47 for the 1-day ticket)
- Statue of Liberty ($25)
- 911 Memorial Museum ($24)
(Prices may vary, correct on the date of publication)
Compare the cost of doing it with a New York Pass and without
Now you need to compare the cost of the New York Pass and how much you would spend doing all the things you want to do. For me to visit all of these attractions I wanted to in the time I had would cost a total of $185 and the cost of the 2-day New York Pass was $169. So it worked out cheaper for me to buy a Pass than not.
Fitting it all in
You need to be realistic. To do all of the things on my list in 2 days is almost impossible…almost! It isn’t for the faint-hearted! This is why a lot of people chose not to do it but if you are worried about fitting it all in over 2 days never fear you don’t actually have to.
My 2 New York Pass Hacks guaranteed to give you extra time to fit everything in
- Wait until day 2 to pick up your bus pass to ride the Big Bus. It lasts for 48 hours from when you pick it up so you don’t need to use it until day 3. It takes 2 hours to do the uptown loop and 2 hours to do the downtown loop. So that’s your day 3 sorted!
- On day 2 head to Battery Park to get your Statue of Liberty/ Ellis Island tickets. The tickets are good for 3 days, so you don’t have to use them until day 4! You really do need to give this trip at least ½ day as it could take over an hour to get through security and that’s before you have even got on a boat!
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Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.