Many of the attractions in New York City can be expensive if you cannot get discounted tickets. Who wants to spend all their money-buying tickets to get around on the subway systems, paying for the buses, or spending hours in line? Though some of the attractions are free, families may not get to see some attractions if there are long lines. How can you maximize your time in the “Big Apple” and make the most out of a day, two-day or longer, visit?

One of the ways tourists and natives are able to see more New York City attractions is that they utilize discounts and know how to get to the front of the line by utilizing many passes. Here is a look at some of the passes offered in New York City.

NYC City Pass – The holder of this pass can choose six top attractions in the City and skip ticket lines. This may save visitors and natives 41 percent by using a City Pass. What are the top six attractions? The Met, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art or MoMA, the Guggenheim or the Top of the Rock, the Statue of Liberty or the Circle Line Cruises. Did you know that these tickets are valid for nine days after their first use?

How do you use these City Passes? You must have a voucher to be able to get a Citypass and exchange the voucher within six months of purchase. You may be required to provide your ID to receive a pass. If you need booklets, you may have to exchange vouchers for them at a single location. If members of your group are beginning their trip at different points, you will need to place an order. However, exchange locations are included in on a voucher.

Do not pull tickets from booklets or they will be invalid. Tickets must only be removed by a member of the staff at the chosen attraction what do booklets generally include. There is detailed information about the attractions, one-time admission tickets, coupons and a map. There also may be option tickets, which allow you to choose between two different attractions.

New York Explorer’s Pass – This is a great option for visitors who want to see New York cheaply. Guests can choose between 3, 5, or 10 attractions of the top 50 attractions and prices start at $72. According to the terms and conditions, guests have 30 days to use tickets. They also can skip lines to see the most famous attractions, but not every attraction will have a skip line. Keep in mind that the 30-day window to use tickets also includes the popular hop-on, hop-off bus tickets. Is this a good bargain for your dollar? Did you know you also get a 52-page multi-language guidebook?

New York Pass – This pass can be customized and tailored to the number of days you plan to be in the City. Did you know this type of pass offers the greatest selection to guests? However, it also may be the most difficult pass to choose because it forces visitors to choose which attractions they want. Are you really getting a good deal with a New York Citypass? Are there too many sights to see to really get a good deal on these passes? A one-day pass, without hop-on and hop-off bus privileges is $85. This may be too pricey to get your money’s worth, prices increase with the number of days added, and whether a hop-on or hop-off bus ticket is added. There are also bus tours. How can you decide if this option will save you money? The best way is to decide what you would like to see and crunch the numbers to see how much by using each of the different passes.