The Best Los Angeles Tourist Passes Reviewed

Los Angeles is the type of city that has a plethora of sights, entertainment attractions, and inspiring museums. If you plan to make the most out of your time here and visit as much as possible the admission fees can really add up! Though fear not, as there is a variety of tourist passes available for purchase that give you entrance to groupings of popular attractions at discounted prices.

 

 


Before You Buy

This post will help you decipher which tourist discount pass is the best for you during your trip to LA. There are a few to choose from and we’ve broken down the specifics of each pass here to help you compare and choose what will fit your needs the best. Learn more about the differences between each pass below.


All-Inclusive

If you’re planning on seeing a lot of different things in Los Angeles, this might be the most convenient option. An All-Inclusive pass provides access to several different activities for one flat price. Rather than paying for individual tickets or for a specific number of attractions, you will pay for access to everything the pass includes for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days at a time.

Set Number of Attractions

Visitors who would rather pick and choose the activities they pay for should consider this type of pass instead. Rather than paying per day of use, you’ll pay one flat price for either 3, 4, 5 or 6 different attractions. While an All-Inclusive pass typically needs to be used over the course of one or two weeks, this option is valid for 30 days.

Build Your Own Pass

This option will allow you to save a set percentage off of 2 or more attractions. The main advantages to building your own pass is that you can choose fewer activities and there are more of them to choose from, which may be a better idea if you only have a limited amount of time in Los Angeles. That being said, much like the previous pass, this one is also valid for 30 days.

Combo Packages

Like the All-Inclusive pass, a combination package will include several different attractions for one flat price. The main difference between the two services is that a combo deal usually includes far fewer activities and they are usually some of the most popular options like studio tours and theme parks. You can also expect most of these deals to be valid for at least one month.

We suggest that you purchase your pass online ahead of time. Also, consider that many museums and attractions offer child admission at a much lower price point than adult admission. While the passes we detail in this post also offer lower prices for children, you might want to calculate the costs you’d pay at the gate versus with the tourist pass to make sure you’re getting the best value.

 


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All Inclusive Pass

There is only one All-Inclusive option in LA, and it is the Go Los Angeles Card. This section will provide details about how the pass works, which attractions are included, the various price points available and other important details you may want to know before making a purchase.


Go Los Angeles Card by Smart Destinations

The Go Los Angeles Cards offered by Smart Destinations gives you numerous options on how you want to purchase the card.

Additionally, if your trip gets canceled or your plans change, the card is offered with their risk-free guarantee that gives you up to one year from the purchase date to return any non-activated card for a full refund–no questions asked!

The pass can be printed at home or activated on any mobile device with the Go City Card app for easy access. You simply show your pass at any Los Angeles attraction that’s on your card and you’re in! Simple as that.

Here are the three types of Go Los Angeles Cards.

All-Inclusive Pass: Go Los Angeles Card

This pass saves you up to 50% on top LA attractions. You can choose from 33 attractions including museums, cruises, tours and more and take your times exploring 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 calendar days over a two week period from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.

With this card, the more you see each day, the better the value in the end.

Prices for the All-Inclusive Go Card (as of March 2018)

  • $85 Adult 1 Day Pass ($69 Child 12 and under)
  • $129 Adult 2 Day Pass ($105 Child 12 and under)
    • $64.50/day/adult and $52.50/day/child
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  • $205 Adult 3 day Pass ($179 Child 12 and under)
    • $68.33/day/adult and $59.66/day/child
  • $269 Adult 5 day Pass ($239 Child 12 and under)
    • $53.80/day/adult and $47.80/day/child
  • $315 Adult 7 day Pass ($275 Child 12 and under)
    • $45/day/adult and $39.30/day/child

Bonus!

Each pass for 3 days or more includes a one-day general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood®

Things to Consider:

If this is the pass for you and you really plan on getting the most value possible, you’ll really want to plan out your daily itinerary. Los Angeles is exceptionally spread out so you’ll need to make sure you calculate estimated travel times to/from each attraction and incorporate time for eating and potential shopping.

There’s a chance that you might not get to all of the attractions that you set out to do so try your best to be realistic to see if you will really get the value out of this card. Be sure to

Purchase Your All-Inclusive Pass: Go Los Angeles Card

 


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Set Number of Attractions

Much like the All-Inclusive option, there is only one pass in LA that allows you to pick a set number of attractions and it is the Los Angeles Sightseeing Pass.

In this section, we will cover all of the information about how to use this pass, how much it costs, which activities you can choose from and other factors you may want to consider. 


Los Angeles Sightseeing Pass

The Los Angeles Sightseeing Pass Logo. Image Source: The Los Angeles Sightseeing Pass.Rather than paying for a specific number of days, this pass will allow you to pay one flat price for either 3, 4, 5, or 6 different activities.

While an All-Inclusive pass will require you to pay for dozens of attractions up front, you can be much more selective with this service.

Another benefit is that you will have a full year to activate the pass and you can get a full refund at any point within that year if your plans change. In addition, you will have a full 30 days to use your pass at your leisure.

The best thing about this pass is that you can pick attractions at your leisure. There’s no need to choose activities ahead of time, so you can just wander around Los Angeles and use it at various locations whenever you need it.

That said, it’s worth noting that some activities will require advance reservations, so you may want to plan out at least a few of them ahead of time.

Attractions Included (see the full list)

  • Movie Stars Homes Tour
  • Hollywood Sign Adventure Hike
  • Star Line Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Star Track Hollywood City Tour
  • LA Maritime Museum
  • Battleship IOWA
  • OUE Skyspace & Skyslide
  • Disneyland Transportation
  • Knotts Berry Farm Transportation
  • Universal Studios Transportation

Prices

  • 3 Attractions: $89/Adults | $69/Children
  • 4 Attractions: $129/Adults | $99/Children
  • 5 Attractions: $159/Adults | $129/Children
  • 6 Attractions: $189/Adults | $159/Children

Purchase or learn more about the Los Angeles Sightseeing Pass

Things to Consider

As you can probably tell, most of the activities included are either Hollywood tours or transportation to and from the bigger theme parks in the area.

That being said, many of those transportation services can cost between $45-$55 per ticket, so this could be a great way to save money in combination with the SoCal Theme Park pass or the CityPASS we mention in some of the sections below.

If you’re more interested in visiting a variety of attractions such as Madame Tussauds, TCL Chinese Theater, or the Grammy Museum, you may want to consider another pass.

However, visitors who want to see the sites and explore Hollywood will definitely have an opportunity to save a lot of money with this service.

 


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Build-Your-Own Pass

If you’re looking for one of the easiest ways to save money on the most possible attractions, this is probably going to be your best option. In the following section, we will cover information about how much you can save, which activities are included and how to Build Your Own Pass. 


Go Los Angeles Card

This pass can be customized to fit your tastes. You’ll save up to 20% when you add two or more attractions to the card and you have the option to choose from 42 attractions including tours, museums, cruises, and more. This pass is valid for 30 days after you visit your first attraction.

Bonus!

With this card, you’re given the option to add attractions from nearby San Diego and Las Vegas giving it even more value if you plan to visit either of those cities during your time on the west coast!

Things to Consider:

While the discount on this card might not be as steep as the others, it still offers some value if you want to visit two or more attractions the Go Card includes on its list but don’t want/need everything that’s included at the higher price.

Purchase your Build Your Own Go Los Angeles Card Here

 


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Combo Packages

Rather than paying one price for dozens of different activities, these combo packages and passes focus primarily on a certain set of attractions. This section will include details about prices, services, and any additional information you should think about before purchasing a package.


Go Los Angeles Card

(Prices as of March 2018)

Packaged deals on the Go Los Angeles Card offer a variety of set attractions (think of a pre-set menu) at discounted prices. With this type of card, you can save up to 40% off gate prices and the card is valid for 30 days after you visit the first attraction. There are seven packaged deals to choose from that fit well with every type of traveler:

Hollywood Explorer Pass (Best Seller!)

  • Gives you entrance to Madame Tussauds Hollywood AND the Guinness Book of World Records Museum plus your choice of Behind-the-Scenes Tour OR TCL Chinese Theatre and your choice of Movie Stars’ Homes Tour OR Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus tour
  • You’ll save up to 43% on admission fees
  • Adult $72
  • Child under 12 $50
  • For more information and to purchase click here.

Top 4 Los Angeles Attractions

  • Includes Universal Studios Hollywood®, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and Hollywood Movie Stars’ Homes Tour
  • You’ll save 32% on admission fees
  • Adult $186 (normally $273.95)
  • Child under 12 $167 (normally $240.95)
  • For more information and to purchase click here.

SoCal Theme Park Pass

  • Includes Universal Studios Hollywood® AND LEGOLAND California® plus your choice of Knott’s Berry Farm Tour OR Six Flags Magic Mountain and your choice of San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Safari Park
  • You’ll save 21% on admission fees
  • Adult $274
  • Child under 12 $254
  • For more information and to purchase click here.


Things to Consider:

The package deals offered with the Go Los Angeles Card are of very good value if you plan to visit the attractions within the package anyway but the packaged deals aren’t as flexible as some of the other offerings by Smart Destinations may be.

 


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Other Los Angeles Tourist Passes

Starline Hollywood Pass (Prices as of March 2018)

For those who really want to focus on seeing all that Hollywood has to offer, the Starline Hollywood Pass is of good value. The pass is valid for nine days and you have to ability to make reservations to guarantee a spot on the tours that are included in the pass.

  • Pass includes the Movie Stars’ Homes Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus City tour, and entrance to Madame Tussauds Hollywood
  • You’ll save 30% on admission fees
  • Adult $85
  • Child under 12 $59
  • For more information and to purchase click here

CityPASS for Southern California (Disneyland!) (Prices as of March 2018)

The high price of the Southern California CityPASS might through you a bit off guard but if you plans to visit all of the attractions it includes, you’ll be saving $151.99 or more per person. That’s a huge amount of savings if, again, you had already planned on visiting its bundled attractions. This pass will also allow you to skip ticket lines at the attractions so you’ll be saving precious time too! You can visit the theme parks in any order and the pass is valid for 14 days from the first time of use.

  • Pass includes
    • Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure – 3 Day Park Hopper Ticket with Magic Morning
    • SeaWorld San Diego
    • LEGOLAND® California
  • Adult $367
  • Child under 10 $337
  • Upgrade option available: Add San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Safari Park for an additional $44/adult and $36/child under 10
  • For more information and to purchase click here

 


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