Is the Go City Pass Worth It? Honest Review from a Frequent Traveler

The Go City Pass allows travelers to visit top sites and attractions with their pass at a discount of up to 50%. Can you really save money using it?  How does it work? Is the Go City Pass worth it? In short, it can be – I think it all depends on the type of traveler you are. More on that in this post!

As a frequent traveler, I’ve had the opportunity to use the Go City Pass in several different places around the world. Below I’ll share who I think the pass is right for and how much I’ve saved during trips using the Go City Pass. 

I am a Go City Pass affiliate, but as you read this post, I am very honest and discuss the pros and cons. This pass isn’t for everyone, and I’m always honest with my community! I have genuinely used it over 5 times and really do think it can be great value.

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Who is the Go City Pass right for?

As mentioned at the beginning, I think the Go City Pass is definitely worth the price depending on what type of traveler you are. So what type of travelers would benefit from using the Go City Pass?

The Go City Pass is worth it for travelers who plan to visit many of a city’s top tourist sites. Those who are on their first trip to a new city and want to use public transportation while visiting top attractions will find it well worth it as it’ll help cover your costs on almost all of those things!

Also, if you are planning to visit a few high cost attractions that are included on the pass, it is worth it as well. You will find that you may be doing a few expensive things and the pass is much cheaper (more on this later).

Last, it’s worth it for travelers who plan things in advance. In major cities like New York or Paris, tours do sell out quickly. Even if something is available with the pass, if you aren’t booking in advance, there’s a chance something will be sold out as things still have to be reserved (not everything, but things like food tours or whale watching, etc).

For example, we planned to visit the San Diego Zoo while in San Diego and go on a kayak tour in La Jolla. Tickets for the zoo alone are $72 a person, and the kayaking trip is $87 a person. The pass was only $109 for three attractions, so even with visiting two attractions, we saved money and found that the pass was worth it. This brings us to our next piece about pass options.

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Using the Go City Pass in San Diego

Pass Options and How to Use It

Pass Options

For the majority of their destinations, there are two different pass options to choose from. Both offer flexibility and a ton of attraction options. It’s important, though, that you buy the pass that matches your travel style and activities you want to do!

Option 1: All-Inclusive Pass if you want to see as much as possible

Use this pass to tick off unlimited attractions over a set number of days (choose from 1 day to 7 day passes). This is the option we chose while in Paris because we weren’t sure how tired or how cold we would be. It was great! These passes tend to be pricier than the other pass option.

Option 2: Pick the Explorer Pass if you’ve only got a few attractions on your radar.

You can visit a preset number of attractions (choose between 2 – 5 attractions). Once you’ve visited your first attraction, you’ll have 60 days to see the rest. Plus, there’s no need to decide which attractions you want to visit before you purchase—you can choose as you go! This pass option is usually cheaper.

How to Use It

After you’ve bought the pass, it’s time to get ready to use it! As mentioned, it’s best to do this far in advance because some things, like tours or skip-the-line tickets, will require an advanced reservation. 

  1. Download the Go City Pass app and sync it. Then, enter the confirmation number in your confirmation email.
  2. Book anything that requires a reservation in advance. Many attractions don’t require you to book in advance, but there are some that say “reservation required,” so if you’ve got anything on your list that needs to be reserved, make sure that is done!
  3. Visit your first attraction to activate your pass. Just show your pass when you arrive and you’re in. It really is that simple!
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Using the Go City Pass in Paris

How to Save on Trips with the Go City Pass

I mentioned that the pass is perfect for anyone wanting to visit a lot of different attractions or who is new to a city. It can definitely save you money if done strategically! Here’s what I mean.

Let’s say you are going to Paris and plan on visiting two museums, you’re also going to climb the Eiffel Tower, but not doing anything else.

  • The Louvre is €23
  • Eiffel Tower is €39
  • Musee’ de Orsay is €17
  • Total: €79
  • Pass that includes the Louvre is €164

In this scenario, it wouldn’t make sense to buy the Go City Pass, it wouldn’t save you any money. However, while researching the pass, you discover that the pass includes:

  • a Macaron making class €69
  • Palace of Versailles €21
  • Seine River Cruise €18
  • Emily in Paris Tour €36
  • Champagne Gourmand in Montmartre €32 

Those all sound like things you wanted to do and would have booked otherwise, now you’re total is €255 and the pass is only €164. This would save you €91

This is just an example, but as you can see, if you find enough things on the pass that you would do on your trip anyway, it is well worth your money to purchase!

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Using the Go City Pass in Vienna (recently discontinued)

Pros and Cons of Using the Go City Pass

We’ve already discussed a lot about this pass, but it would be incomplete without discussing some of its pros and cons.

Pros

  • The Go City Pass can offer significant savings compared to purchasing tickets for individual attractions.
  • You can also skip the line for purchasing tickets and go directly to entrances to scan the pass, saving time.
  • The pass provides a variety of attraction options and flexibility in planning your itinerary.
  • The App is a great travel planning tool with a map and the ability to organize activities by day for your trip. 

Cons

  • Depending on what you plan to do on your trip, it may not be economical or cost-saving.
  • Since many of the attractions are big tourist attractions, they might be crowded and have long wait times.
  • The pass is valid for a limited number of days, depending on the pass option you choose (e.g., 1 day, 2 days, 6 days, etc.).
  • If not booked far enough in advance, some of the attractions on the pass may be sold out meaning you can’t use it for that particular activity. Especially tours and popular museums.

Tips for Using Your Pass

  • Make sure you download the app and use it to activate your pass. It’s so much easier than trying to get paper passes and easy to scan right off your phone. The planning tools on the app are also helpful.
  • Make sure you make the necessary reservations in advance to avoid potentially missing something you wanted to do.
  • The Go City Pass is activated after visiting your first attraction. If you’re using an unlimited Explorer Pass, activate it early in the morning to get the most out of your days.
  • There are some potential surcharges for certain times or seats, like sunset at the different viewing decks or front row seats.
  • The walking tours, bus tours, and cruises have set departure times, so if you’re interested in any of them, book them first and then schedule other things around them.
  • Tips aren’t included in the pass, and I always suggest tipping guides, so ensure you have some cash on you to tip at the end. 10-20% of the usual price of the tour is an appropriate tip.
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Using Go City Pass in Dubai

Go City vs CityPASS

The main difference between these two discount passes is that the Go City Pass allows you to choose from 80+ attractions and tours, while the CityPASS allows you to choose 5 attractions from a choice of 8. Essentially, CityPASS has fewer options. I’ve used both (like on my trip to Seattle), and both can be great!

CityPASS gives you access to a preset list of attractions and then lets you choose a few. For example, the New York CityPASS gives you access to 5 attractions. Two attractions are fixed: the Empire State Building and the American Museum of Natural History. You choose 3 more attractions from a list of 6, and you have 9 days to visit them.

With the New York Go City Explorer Pass, you choose a specific number of attractions. There are passes for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 attractions. You can choose from a list of 80+ attractions and tours, and you have 60 days to visit them. They also have the all inclusive pass for a specific number of days and can visit any of the 80+ attractions.

With both discount passes, you decide how many attractions you want to visit during your stay and can use your pass several times a day or skip a day. You don’t have to pay anything extra at the attractions, just show your pass to get in. You can make a reservation for certain attractions. You can only visit each attraction once.

Final Thoughts

Is the Go City Pass worth it? Yes, it is definitely worth using if you visit a lot of attractions on a trip. I personally love using Go City Passes and have used them all over the world in places like:

I hope this review gives you an idea of all the things you need to know before using the pass and making a good decision about your trip. Have a blast, and let me know your thoughts below.

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Planning a trip? Find out if the Go City Pass is worth it for you. Get insights on savings, attractions, and pros/cons in this review.
Planning a trip? Find out if the Go City Pass is worth it for you. Get insights on savings, attractions, and pros/cons in this review.
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