Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the New York City Explorer Pass. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
The Explorer pass was very handy. No messing about with money at each attraction. The pass also came with a booklet which showed all the attractions available and all the places you could use the passes for discounts. Id use one again. Very good.
Laura S. B
Was easy to obtain pass. Booklet provided guided us throughout the city easily, including subway routes which was very beneficial for my travel!
We got a 5-trip Explorer Pass for our trip in april 2010 and was worth evey penny, would highly recomend anyone traveling to New York to get one as it saves time and money when you're there.
Excellent, well worth buying this pass before you go.
We have just returned from NY, and found the pass to be excellent value for money and very easy to use. We upgraded the 'hop on hop off' tour bus tour for 12 to one that could be used for 48hrs, and took advantage of the night tour and free circle line cruise, both of which are really good things to do with a family. We chose the 5 option pass and found it ideal for a 4 day stay. We also booked the Central Park Bike tour had to confirm from the UK before we left - not difficult and this was probably the real highlight of our trip.
A very good concept however, for a big city like NYC there are only a few spots to obtain the pass.
An excellent pass for the whole family, culminating in a huge saving!
We were a group of 4 with ages between 27 and 49 staying for 7 days and so opted for a 5 trip Explorer Pass. We had an idea before arriving in NY which trips we were interested in. We found no problem in picking up the Explorer Pass or booking any of the individual trips; in fact we upgraded the pass for certain tours once we were there. It was definitely worth the money, and the fact that you have to pick the pass up from a different place to where you need to book the individual trips is just another walk, and you should not visit NY if you have an aversion to walking. It was brilliant!
We had a fab time. The explorer pass was brill, and we saved a bit of money buying the pass as opposed to paying for entrance fees individually. The staff at the desk where we had to get tickets were always very helpful.
Perfect for one week in NYC. Only thing we couldn't do was Ellis Island - the line was way too long!
This was good, however, a couple of the tours were difficult to find and you couldn't book over the phone.
Contact Viator for an email address to get the pass from saves a call from overseas. Well worthwhile.
Value for money explorer pass. The only hassle was going to different venues to pick up passes. All the 5 tours we selected were great. The pass also gave you a discount booklet to many other venues so we took full advantage including 15./. off at Macy's and Bloomingdales. Worth the money.
We really liked the city explorer pass. We choose 5 tours and that fit perfectly for the time we were there. In planning before we came we had not read anywhere that we would have to choose between the Woodbury Commons tour or the Hop On Hop Off. That was disappointing for us as we were really looking forward to both but did not want to pay any more money.
Good way to see a little or a lot. We chose 3 attractions - The Rock, a museum and the Brooklyn walking tour. If doing the walking tour I would do a week day rather than weekend when bridge is exceptionally busy with walkers and bikes.
We were very happy with the explorer pass. We had the pass for 3 Attractions MoMa, Hop On Hop Off Downtown and Top of the Rock. The pick up was easy and the best thing was the fast entry - especially in the Moma we could avoid huge lines in front of the ticket desk!
It was not really much cheaper than buying tickets directly in NY. We paid EUR 70 for the Explorer Pass. Top of the Rock and Moma is ca. 25.00 EUR - and Bus depends on the vendor...
Good to get combo package with various places to visit, but not helpful that you can only pick up the card from the office. It would be good if you could pick it up from any of the venues. Instead we had to make special trip to the office before we could start using the pass.
Value depends on the normal price of the attractions you choose to visit. Unfortunately we visited the city during a predicted blizzard which caused many attractions to be closed so were unable to use all the stops we purchased, not Viator's fault! Do your research ahead of time for max value.
certainly saved you money but also forced to make sure you did a certain amount of tours to ensure that. bit of a hassles and time consuming to line up to redeem the ticket initially, then everywhere we went we still had to queue of some sort, probably just not quite as long if we didn't have passes
With a limited time in NYC, this is one of the best things we could've done. We so saw so much more of the city than we would've seen otherwise. All the guides were friendly and knowledgeable
I really enjoyed the Empire State Bldg. and Museum tours with my family. Using the Explorer pass was convient and easy to use. When I am in New York again, I would use the pass again. It gives you so many options to choose from for being a tourists. thanks