New York Pass
The New York Pass
Many months before we arrived in New York we bought on-line the seven day New York Pass with combination offer of three day bus pass for a total of $235 each. The three tour, hop on hop off bus ticket alone would have cost $132 so it seemed a bargain. In Charleston the passes came in the post, a brochure for the bus and a really well laid out tour book each that we individually sat and ticked the 'must do things'. We had plenty of time to compare our wishes and work out the best way to use both. There are over 55 attractions with Free Entry for New York Pass holders so clearly a military plan was required to get our monies worth.
We decided to use the hop on/hop off bus tickets and tours completely separate from the New York Pass, as it turned out this was for the best. There are twice as many red buses offering similar tours to the blue and we saw many people queuing for blue buses wasting valuable New York Pass time and very frustrated and angry people was the result. The only time we had to wait was at the Cathedral when three full buses passed by meaning we had to wait for three quarters of an hour. The bus ticket is valid for 72 hours. We did the three tours on the bus with Nimue, they were the Brooklyn Tour, The Uptown Tour and the Night Tour, each valued at $44, the rest of the time we did hop on/off. We used our bus ticket to get a Macy's 10% discount card valid for a month.
Once you show use the pass in your first attraction it is activated. We managed to fit the following in on the New York seven day pass:
Day One: The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Museum of Modern Art and Top of the Rock – that is The Rockefeller Building.
Day Two: The New York Museum of Science, Grand Central Walking Tour and the Museum of Sex.
Day Three: The Lincoln Centre Tour and Madame Tussaud.
Day Four: The New York Police Museum, World Trade Visitors Centre, Bodies and the Tall Ship Cruise.
Day Five: Wall Street Walking Tour, Museum of Finance, Jewish Holocaust Museum and the Skyscraper Museum.
Day Six: The Cloisters, The Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Day Seven: Three Hour Circle Line Cruise, The Empire State Building for a night look and the New York Skyride.
On the pass alone we used $423.85 each in entry fees - so we were very pleased, it also made us fit in a few things we would not have chosen to do, really enjoying ourselves. So we highly recommend this to be the way to get as much out of the city as your feet will allow. There are also passes available for Philadelphia and London. Yes, some of it is confusing but the helpline is useful to clear things up. I was delighted to hear a lady working for the bus company moaning about the London pass being unclear, we laughed and said "join the club".
We bought tickets at $29.95 for seven days unlimited use of buses and subways. A very good way to get from A to B quickly. We could have fitted in more had we wanted to be totally lame. We did our own thing when it came to the Museum of Natural History as it is so vast and the entry fee is "an amount you wish to donate".
ALL IN ALL THE WAY TO DO NEW YORK