Travel Advice/Travel Tips
- Sightseeing passes, are they right for you?
If you intend to travel in Europe and plan to visit public museums, art
galleries and heritage sites, check to see if you can get a national,
city or regional discount pass that covers the major attractions in the
area that you intend to visit
There are several advantages to the "tourist pass":
- You avoid standing in line to buy tickets.
- Do not underestimate the amount of time that you might spend
standing in line, as it can be considerable for major attractions
such as the Louvre or the Tower of London.
- Buying the sightseeing pass in advance, means that you do not have
to have currency on hand to buy tickets when visiting attractions.
- Some attractions have special entrances for pass holders.
Buying a “tourist” pass usually make sense only if you are going to
visit several of the attractions included with the pass.
- Search for the prices of the attractions you will visit on the
Internet to determine whether the discount pass is a good value for you.
- It is our opinion that these passes often are good value, but
only if you are going to visit several of the attractions whose
admission fees are covered by the card.
Some “tourist” passes are available for purchase only if you acquire
them before you depart. Other passes are offered for sale in the US at a
significant discount but are, also, available at the tourist information
offices after arrival for a non-discounted price.
You can find details on these programs using the Internet.
- Use a good search engine and search for “place name + tourism” (e.g.
London + tourism).
- In the list of Websites that is returned, search for the official
tourist site of the country or city (the one that has an official
sounding name like "British Tourist Authority").
- If you cannot find a reference to museum or heritage passes on the
sites' home page, click on the “site map” to find the information.
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