You are planning a trip to New York and want to visit as many sights as possible in a few days? You don't want to buy each ticket individually, but get everything from one source and save money at the same time?
Then the New York Sightseeing DAY Pass is just right for you!
On this page you will learn everything about the DAY Pass:
How the Sightseeing DAY Pass works
The New York Sightseeing Pass is a comprehensive sightseeing package available in two variants: DAY and FLEX. This page is only about the DAY Pass (more about FLEX Pass). With this product you can visit as many sights and museums as you want. There are about 80 sights and tourist offers to choose from. These include sightseeing tours by bus, several boat trips, guided city tours and bicycle tours.
You can take up to ten days to take advantage of all the offers. The New York Sightseeing DAY Pass is a digital product that you can download to your phone. The DAY Pass is ready to use immediately after purchase.
Buy New York Sightseeing DAY Pass online and then download it to your phone. It is ready to use right away.
Valid 1 - 10 days
Once you use the DAY Pass for the first time, it is valid for ten days. During this time you can use it as often as you like.
There are about 80 attractions to choose from. Visit as many attractions as you like. Show your digital DAY Pass at the ticket office.
Some important attractions
- Empire State Building
- One World Observatory
- Top of the Rock
- Ferry to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
- American Museum of Natural History
- Museum of Modern Art
- Madame Tussauds
- Hop-on/hop-off bus
- 20+ guided city tours
Flexible validity: The New York DAY Pass is available with a validity of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 days. These are consecutive calendar days. Decide for yourself how long you want your Sightseeing DAY Pass to be valid. The longer the pass is valid, the more attractions you can visit.
Digital ticket for the phone: The New York DAY Pass is a digital-only product that you can conveniently save to your phone. Alternatively, you can also print out a QR code. For use on the phone, you can use the free Sightseeing Pass app, which contains useful information about all participating attractions.
Prices for people over 13 years:
- 149 (1 day)
- 204 (2 days)
- 249 (3 days) - very popular
- 289 (4 days) - very popular
- 319 (5 days)
- 339 (6 days)
- 359 (7 days)
- 399 (10 days)
These are discounted prices because the company Sightseeing Pass is constantly running price promotions. Prices may vary slightly from week to week. Reduced prices apply for children under 12 years.
The longer the Sightseeing DAY Pass is valid, the cheaper it becomes per day. Therefore, the pass is especially worthwhile for stays of three days or more. Those who bring a lot of time with them can use the pass for up to ten days and save a lot of money.
Sightseeing Pass: Attractions
The New York Sightseeing Pass includes around 80 attractions - including all major viewing platforms, numerous museums, as well as guided city tours and boat trips. All these services are free of charge for holders of the Sightseeing DAY Pass.
The main attractions are listed in the table below:
Attractions with Sightseeing DAY or FLEX Pass
Empire State Building
One World Observatory
Top of the Rock
Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Bus & Boat
NYC Downtown Cruise
Circle Line Cruise
Bus Tour: NYC Movie & TV
Secrets of the Statue of Liberty
Best of Brooklyn Tour
Grand Central Terminal Tour
Central Park Bike Tour
Many attractions in New York are quite expensive. If you visit the expensive attractions, the Sightseeing DAY Pass will pay for itself quickly.
In addition, the DAY Pass grants free admission to other museums and attractions, as well as many tourist offers. A complete list of all 80+ offers can be found at the provider: New York DAY Pass Attractions.
These attractions are missing
There is hardly an important sight that the New York Sightseeing Pass does not cover. Only two sights are missing from the scope of services:
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum
- SUMMIT One Vanderbuilt
If you absolutely want to visit any of these attractions, you will have to buy individual tickets for them. These attractions are also not included in any other New York Pass.
In some cities, it is common that you can also use public transportation for free with a City Pass. Unfortunately, this is not possible with the New York Sightseeing Pass and is not offered by any other product.
Please note that reservations are required for many attractions. This is especially true for all guided tours. Only in this way you can be sure that you can really participate in a tour.
Once you have purchased the Sightseeing Pass, you should make the necessary reservations. There is a convenient online portal for this at every provider. The booking alone does not activate the Sightseeing Pass. The pass is activated only when you visit the first sight or participate in the first guided tour.
If you have booked a guided tour, you must attend. Otherwise, a participation fee will be charged to your credit card. Only if you participate as scheduled, the guided tour is free of charge for you.
Reservations are required for some museums and attractions:
- American Museum of Natural History
- Empire State Building
Before you visit, read the information about Sightseeing Pass so you can make all the necessary reservations.
Notes on the Hop-on/Hop-off Bus
With the New York Sightseeing Pass you can use the hop-on/hop-off buses of the company Big Bus for free for one day. A free ticket must be purchased at the Times Square stop before the first ride.
After that, you can get on and off as often as you like for a day. The buses run daily on two routes through Manhattan. There is a downtown route and an uptown route.
The downtown route with ten stops runs every 15 to 20 minutes (somewhat less frequently in winter). The uptown line with only five stops is served only once an hour.
Information about the stops, travel times and routes: Hop-on/hop-off with Big Bus.
What we like about the Sightseeing Pass
The Sightseeing DAY Pass is one of the best products for a visit to New York. There are some arguments in favor of the DAY Pass:
80+ attractions to choose from
With the Sightseeing DAY Pass you can visit numerous sights of the city for free. These include several viewing platforms (e.g. Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory) and popular museums (e.g. Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History).
Many tourist offers included
In addition, New York DAY Pass lets you use the hop-on/hop-off buses and choose from several boat tours. You can also choose between numerous guided city tours and bike tours. With the DAY Pass you have a wide choice.
The validity of New York DAY Pass is flexible. You can use the pass for up to ten days. So the pass is worthwhile for both a short and a longer stay in New York.
Quickly and conveniently download New York DAY Pass to your phone. You don't have to pick up the pass anywhere, you can use it immediately after purchase. The free Sightseeing Pass app also contains useful information about all participating attractions.
Good value for money
With the Sightseeing DAY Pass you get a lot for your money. Since many of the top attractions, city tours and guided city walks are very expensive, the New York DAY Pass pays for itself quickly. The longer the pass is valid, the more it pays off.
Convenient sightseeing package
The New York DAY Pass is a convenient sightseeing package. With just one booking you get access to numerous sights and museums. You hardly need any additional tickets. Just load the pass on your phone and off you go.
What we like less
The New York Sightseeing Pass is a very good product, but there are some drawbacks that we like less. However, these disadvantages also apply to all other New York Passes:
No public transport
The Sightseeing Pass does not entitle the holder to use public transportation.
A few attractions missing
Some attractions are not included in Sightseeing Pass: Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), 9/11 Memorial & Museum and SUMMIT One Vanderbuilt. In addition, the base of the Statue of Liberty can not be entered.
Worth it only for expensive attractions
The pass is hardly worth it for cheap services. You need to visit mainly expensive attractions to make the Sightseeing Pass worthwhile.
No Fast Track admission
You will not receive priority admission with the New York Sightseeing Pass. You will have to queue with other visitors at the box office. For some attractions you can reserve a time slot in advance.
For some attractions you need to reserve a time slot ticket. This also applies to guided tours.
Validity is specified in calendar days
The period of validity is expressed in calendar days. Therefore, it is advisable to start the visit in the morning to take full advantage of the time available.
No free cancellation possible
When you buy the Sightseeing Pass on the official website SightseeingPass.com, you must purchase trip cancellation insurance if you want to have the option to cancel the purchase at a later date. The insurance costs 4% in addition to the purchase price of the Sightseeing Pass.
Is the Sightseeing Pass worth it?
Our opinion: Yes, the Sightseeing DAY Pass is worthwhile for many visitors. The pass includes more than 80 attractions and tourist offers. If you do a lot of sightseeing and especially use the more expensive offers, you will have a lot of fun with the New York DAY Pass.
If you stay at least three days, you can save a lot of money with the Sightseeing Pass, as individual tickets are often very expensive. With a validity of 1 to 10 days, the Sightseeing DAY Pass is very flexible. In addition, it is very convenient to be able to simply download the pass to your own cell phone.
One drawback is that the Sightseeing Pass does not provide preferred entry. Only a few attractions and museums allow you to reserve a time slot. Often you have to queue at the box office to pick up your free ticket.
New York Sightseeing DAY Pass
Tip: The longer the New York DAY Pass is valid, the better the value for money. Most visitors buy a pass that is valid for at least three days.
Where can I buy the Sightseeing Pass?
The New York Sightseeing Pass is available on both the official SightseeingPass.com website and GetYourGuide.
The most convenient way to buy is at SightseeingPass.com. There you can get the DAY Pass directly from the supplier. You can print a QR code or save it on your phone. Also, you can download the free Sightseeing Pass app and import the digital pass. The app contains useful information about all participating attractions.
Even if you buy the pass at GetYourGuide, you can conveniently download it to your phone as a digital pass afterwards.
Questions & Answers
How does the Sightseeing DAY Pass work?
The Sightseeing DAY Pass is available online and can be used immediately after purchase. Download the digital New York DAY Pass to your phone and show the QR code at participating attractions. Within 1-10 days, you can visit as many attractions as you want for free. There are more than 80 attractions and tourist offers to choose from.
Is the Sightseeing DAY Pass worth it?
Yes, from our point of view, the New York DAY Pass is worthwhile for many visitors. It is most worthwhile for a stay of at least three days in New York. If you are visiting mainly expensive attractions, the Sightseeing Pass pays for itself quickly.
Does the New York Sightseeing Pass grant fast entry?
Unfortunately, no. With the New York Sightseeing Pass, you will have to queue at the ticket office for most attractions. For some attractions you can book a time slot ticket online.
Can I use public transportation with the SightseeingPass?
Unfortunately, no. No New York City Pass entitles you to free use of public transportation.
How do I reach Sightseeing Pass customer service?
You can reach the customer service of Sightseeing Pass via a contact form or by phone at +1 844 400 7277.
Can I cancel the purchase free of charge?
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before departure is only possible if you purchased the Sightseeing Pass from GetYourGuide. If you buy the pass on SightseeingPass.com, you can purchase cancellation insurance for 4% of the purchase price. Only with this insurance you can cancel the purchase later.