New York Explorer Pass

New York my favorite destination on the east coast of the USA and has many world-famous attractions such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. There is so much to see and experience at any time of day or year that it is really worthwhile.

This is where my budget tip comes into play: do you want to save money on the major sights and tours in New York? Then take a look at the New York Explorer Pass. With this popular sightseeing pass, you can visit the most important sights in New York for a low fixed price and save time as well as money.

What are the benefits of buying an Explorer Pass New York?

  • includes 100 TOP attractions including four viewing platforms, the boat tour to the Statue of Liberty and the hop-on hop-off buses
  • 7 variants: can be booked for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 attractions
  • you save up to 40%
  • flexible travel planning, as days can also be left free
  • perfect for first-time visitors and families
  • valid for a relaxed 60 days after the first use, no sightseeing stress
  • simply print out or download to your mobile

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What is the Explorer Pass New York?

The Explorer Pass from Go City (also known as the Go New York Card or Go New York Pass) is one of six sightseeing passes for New York (you can see them all here in my New York Pass comparison). If New York is the destination of your trip to the USA, the Explorer Pass is a great way to experience many sights, exciting boat trips and other unique tours at a reasonable price.

You can choose between the Explorer Pass for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 attractions, so it is also interesting if you only have selected attractions on your itinerary. Once you use it for the first time on site, you have a relaxed 60 days to use it.

The more of New York’s attractions you visit with the Explorer Pass, the more you save!

With the Explorer Pass from Go-City, you can plan your own individual tour with your personal selection of the most important sights. The list of the most beautiful sights and activities included in the Explorer Pass is very exciting, varied and above all really long!

From the popular hop-on hop-off buses to the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory and The Edge viewing platforms to museums, walking tours and unique boat trips, there’s everything that makes New York stand out for me!

Which attractions are included in the Explorer Pass New York?

You can visit these attractions, among others, at a reasonable price with the Explorer Pass New York:

  • Boat tour to the Statue of Liberty
  • Hop-on hop-off buses
  • Edge Hudson Yards
  • Empire State Building
  • Top of the Rock
  • One World Observatory
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • American Museum of Nat. History
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • MoMA
  • Evening harbor tour
  • Sailing tours

… and many more. The complete and up-to-date list of all attractions included in the New York Explorer Pass can be found here.

Is the Explorer Pass New York worth it?

Steffen
My experience

Is the Explorer Pass worth it?

For me, the Explorer Pass New York is the best attraction-based pass for New York. You pay a fair price and all the major attractions are included.

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Calculation example #1

If you visit seven of the major attractions, you’ll quickly and easily save 39% ($120) – per person, mind you! And since you can spread them out over several days, there’s no stress when visiting.

Attractions

Price without pass

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$59

Empire State Building

$48

Top of The Rock

$44

One World Observatory

$47

The Edge

$46

9/11 Memorial & Museum

$28

Circle Line Landmarks Cruise

$37

COST TICKETS

$309

New York Explorer Pass for 7 attractions

$189

Savings per person

$120, which equates to 39% savings

Calculation example #2

Even if the attractions you want to visit in New York don’t include the most expensive individual tickets, you still save almost 40% – that’s $169 per person.

Attractions

Price without pass

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$59

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

$24

Empire State Building

$48

One World Observatory

$47

The Edge

$46

Circle Line Best-of NYC Cruise

$44

COST TICKETS

$309

New York Explorer Pass for 6 attractions

$169

Savings per person

$99, a 37% savings

The simple rule of thumb is: The more expensive the one-way ticket for the attraction you visit with the Explorer Pass New York is, the more worthwhile it is for you.

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When is the Explorer Pass New York not worth it?

The Explorer Pass New York is not worthwhile if you only have one or two attractions on your itinerary. Then it’s better for you to book the tickets for these individually.


Who is the Explorer Pass New York ideal for?

  • If you are visiting New York for the 1st or 2nd time
  • if you are visiting the city as a family
  • if you want to see and experience the best of the city including the hop-on hop-off buses
  • if you want to do some relaxed sightseeing in New York

How much does the Explorer Pass New York cost?

New York Explorer Pass for

Price adults

Price per attraction

Price children (3 - 12 years)

2 Attractions
$69

$35

$54
3 Attractions
$94

$31

$74
4 Attractions
$129

$32

$94
5 Attractions
$147

$30

$114
6 Attractions
$169

$28

$129
7 Attractions
$189

$27

$144
10 Attractions
$224

$22

$184

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How does the Explorer Pass New York work?

The principle of the Explorer Pass is very simple and straightforward, as you can see here:

  • Step 1: You decide how many attractions you want to visit with the Explorer Pass (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 attractions – you can decide spontaneously on the spot).
  • Step 2: You book the pass online via the official website (this is the cheapest option) and …
  • Step 3: … receive your booking confirmation and personal Explorer Pass number by email
  • Step 4: You can save this in the Go City app or simply print it out
  • Step 5: When you start your sightseeing tour in New York, show your Explorer Pass as a printed version or in the app at the ticket counter of the attraction
  • Step 6: The pass is scanned there and you receive your admission ticket.

Which attractions you visit doesn’t matter with the Explorer Pass (Go New York Card) – only how many attractions you visit counts (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10). And unlike the New York All-Inclusive Pass, you are flexible when it comes to planning your vacation. You can also include a day without sightseeing without your Attractions Pass losing its maximum savings.

The Go City app offers a little extra with additional information on sights, tours and trips as well as special tips for anyone visiting New York.

What I like about the Explorer Pass

  • best offer among the flexible passes
  • all major attractions and tours included (almost 30 to choose from)
  • flexible vacation planning
  • you don’t have to decide which attractions you want to see, just how many (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10)
  • Uncomplicated and fast admission to attractions
  • Best price-performance ratio

I don’t like that

  • nothing

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What is the alternative to the Explorer Pass New York?

An alternative to the Explorer Pass New York is the New York Sightseeing FLEX Pass. It works in the same way, but unfortunately does not include the boat tour to the Statue of Liberty.

New York Explorer Pass vs. New York Sightseeing Flex Pass

To make it easier for you to decide and compare which of the two attraction-based passes is better for you, I have compared them here.

My tip
Alternative

Attractions to choose from

90

100

Of these you can visit

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 or 12

Valid for

60 days

60 days

Cancellable?

OBSERVATION DECKS

New York from above

New York from above

Edge Hudson Yards

Empire State Building

Top of the Rock

One World Observatory

HOP-ON HOP-OFF

MUSEUM

MUSEUM

MUSEUM

9/11 Memorial Museum

American Museum of Nat. History

Guggenheim Museum

MoMA

BOAT TOURS

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Circle Line Landmarks Cruise (1.5h)

Best-of-NYC Cruise (2.5h)

Harbor Lights Cruise

All Attractions

PRICE

from $69

from $74

Discount codes?

You can also view all attraction passes in New York in my New York Pass Comparison, compare them directly and find the best sightseeing pass for New York for you.

Get a free calculation here!

Not sure?

Pass Savings Calculator IconYou can use my savings calculator to find out exactly whether an Explorer Pass is worthwhile and, if so, which one!

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I'm Steffen and over the years I've been able to help over 100,000 travelers easily save money on vacation. You can find the best tips for the most beautiful cities and regions worldwide here on this page. Whenever you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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