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A Travel Guide for New York City on a Budget

New York City is a notoriously expensive city, both to live in and to explore as a tourist. But, it doesn’t have to be. Free Tours by Foot’s pay-what-you-wish tours prove that. However, there are much more ways to save during your trip to NYC than just our tours. Here are some insider tips for taking in the best that this city has to offer without compromising your wallet. Many amazing things in NYC are free or affordable can fit any budget! Here are some helpful hints to enjoy New York on a budget. (en español) (Auf Deutsch).

Be sure to check out our budget itineraries for 1, 2, and 3 days in NYC and our newest tour/experience – Harlem Gospel Tour and Soul Food Experience on Tuesdays at 11 am.
One of the most popular ways to save money on your visit to NYC is to purchase a tourist pass. Tourist passes offer free entry (as well as discounted entry) to dozens of tourist destinations, such as the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty as wall as organized tours. The passes are not for everyone; it depends on what you plan to see and how much time you have. Check out our guide on choosing which tourist pass might work for you.

Before you pay full price for anything, we recommend that you first take a look at discount sights such as Living Social for discounts on tours, hotels, restaurants and attractions. Many travel companies will offer deep discounts on Broadway shows, sightseeing tours, dinners, flights and hotels, depending on the season and their capacity. Goldstar is a discount site that is focused on events and theater.

Learn how to get 10% off per ticket to the Empire State Building, $5 off of Top of the Rock Tickets or $6 off each One World Observatory (Freedom Tower) ticket.
Get 10% off ticket prices with Big Bus hop-on, hop-off or 15% of Grayline and CitySights hop-on, hop-off tours.
Save up to 40% admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air + Space Museum.