If you’re lucky enough to be dropping by the Big Apple, you may be looking for ways to watch the pennies.

After all, New York can be a ridiculously pricey city to visit. For starters, you’ve got all the accommodation, evening entertainment and incredible meals to sort out…and that’s before you’ve even sorted out your sight-seeing schedule!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen we went to New York, we were pretty clueless about the sights. Don’t get me right – we knew what we had to see, but we had no idea how we would afford it all, and how to fit it all in.

Thankfully, our Yotel accommodation had computers for us to do some last-minute research. That’s when we stumbled upon the New York CityPASS.

What does the CityPASS include?

The CityPASS is a small booklet which gives you admission to the following six tourist attractions:

  • Empire State Building Observatory
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • MoMA (The Musem of Modern Art)
  • Top of the Rock or Guggenheim Museum
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or Circle Line cruises

These combined activities would cost an adult around $183, or a child $140.

Instead, the CityPASS is available for a one-off fee of $109 for adults, or $82 for kids – which gives you a saving of around $74 for adults and $58 for children.

When is the CityPASS a good deal?

Obviously, the CityPASS is only worth the upfront cost if you plan on using most – or all – of the attractions available.

We used every voucher in the booklet, apart from the MoMA one as we ran out of time. However, we still managed to save a bit of money.

Goofing around at the Top of the Rock:

227570_10151168795807770_322621893_nOld and contemporary pieces take pride of place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:


We found the CityPASS also worked well as a motivator to see all the sights. In other words, because we’d spent so much money, we felt we had to make the most of the booklet and see everything we could!

The booklet also includes discounts on restaurants, shops and other tourist attractions – and another bonus: it saves you time queuing up for tickets at the box office. Simply approach the entrance with your booklet, and you’ll be let in!

What you need to know

The CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days, beginning from the first day of use, making it perfect for short-term visitors to the city.

You can buy the pass online here or at any of the attractions included in the booklet.

When you use the booklet, make sure you do not pull out the vouchers – let the attraction staff do this for you! Otherwise your voucher will become invalid…*big sad face

Have you used the New York CityPASS? Did you find it good value for money?