For many people, a trip to Las Vegas is all about Pools, Partying, and Gambling. To be honest those 3 make for a pretty good trip really. There is, however, actually a lot to do in Vegas besides. One thing you are bound to do a lot of when in Vegas is spend money. And once you start planning attractions, shows, and other things to do, it can all start Spiralling out of control. So one idea is an Attraction Pass. For a set fee, you can pay upfront for any attractions you wish to visit and save sometimes up to 70% off the Gate Prices, that is a big chunk of money to spend on Drinks and Playing Chips!
One such Pass is the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass. This pass offers two different ways to potentially save money while visiting Las Vega and claims to save visitors huge sums of money. We take a look at the Pass in or Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass Review to see if the pass is worth buying or simply a gimmick that will actually make your trip worse.
“How could it not be worth it if the cost of the attractions is less than the normal entry?” Well, actually Attraction passes, on the whole, get a bit of a rough ride from some online sources. So we delve deep into this pass to see how it will affect both your wallet and your trip!
- Product: Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass
- Price Flex Pass: $79 – 139
- Price Day Pass: $109- $239
- Where to Buy: SightseeingPass.com
- Number Of Attractions: Unlimited from 21+ Top Attractions or Choose 3, 4, 5, or 7 on the Flex Pass
- Time Limit: 30 Days Flex or 2, 3, 4, or 5 Day Pass
- Validity: 12 months from Purchase or buy Refund Insurance for a 4% fee and get a full refund within 12 months
- Rating: 3.1/5
Attractions Available – 18+
- Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Sweet Tours – $165 (Day Pass Only)
- Night Strip Tour – $69.00
- Axe Throwing Range – Axe Monkeys – $25
- Machine Guns Las Vegas Experience – AK47 – $49.99
- The Mob Museum – $29.95
- Night Strip Tour – $69
- Sweetours Hoover Dam Bus Tour – $71 (Day Pass Only)
- Madame Tussauds – $29.95
- Erotic Heritage Museum – $40
- and Many more…
In A Nutshell
The New Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass is an interesting take on the Las Vegas Attraction pass. The Premium Pass has some real killer attractions but has a hefty price point to boot. The Standard Flex Pass is more keenly priced but falls short on the available attractions and is still more expensive (Just) than the Las Vegas Explorer Pass for most options depending on the current “Sale”. If Sightseeing pass adds more attractions in the future this could be a killer Pass!
What is the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass?
The Pass has two main options the Day Pass and the Flex Pass.
With the Flex Pass, You choose the number of attractions you wish to visit from the list of attractions. You then have 30 Days, from the first attraction, to visit the attractions you purchased. You don’t need to pick the attractions beforehand just the number so you can easily change your mind at any time before visiting, which offers great flexibility.
With the Day Pass, you have unlimited Attractions for the slightly expanded list that you can visit anytime within the number of Days you Purchased.
Prices: Flex Pass
- 3 Attraction Pass – Adult $79 – Child $60.48 – CPA $26
- 4 Attraction Pass – Adult $99 – Child $75.60 – CPA $24.75
- 5 Attraction Pass – Adult $119 – Child $95.20 – CPA $23.80
- 7 Attraction Pass – Adult $139 – Child $119.20 – CPA $19.85
Prices: Day Pass
- 2 Day Pass – Adult $109 – Child $99
- 3 Day Pass – Adult $169 – Child $159
- 4 Day Pass – Adult $199 – Child $189
- 5 Day Pass – Adult $239 – Child $219
CPA = Cost Per Attraction
As you can see, with the Flex Pass the Price Per Attraction drops the more Attractions you purchase. With the 7 Attractions Pass at only $19.75 per attraction, it’s not hard to get good value when most attractions are well over $30
The Day Pass is a little more expansive but it still offers incredible value. The per-day price is between $54.50 and $47.80 meaning you only need to fit 2-3 attractions in per day to make the pass worth buying and with some attractions valued at $60-70 it is very easy to save $2-300 with the pass.
The Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass in Practice
The Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass is a Digital Pass. The Web Page and Marketing conjure up images of an actual card that you need to swipe to access the attractions. This is the Digital Age however and such things are largely confined to the rubbish bin. Instead, the Pass will be instantly Emailed to you and you can then use it directly from your phone. The pass is a QR code that is simply Scanned at the attraction to grant you access.
If you are Old School you can always print out your QR Codes and use the Pass that way, and in our experience, this is always a good idea in case of a technology issue such as a flat battery.
Some attractions allow pre-booking, and for some it is essential. Really if pre-booking is available we strongly advise it or you may be in for a long wait or miss out completely. We point out any of the attractions that you need or should pre-book as we discuss them below. Look for the Calendar Symbol on the Attractions Page.
While this does detract a little from the flexibility it does provide peace of mind that you won’t miss out. In fact, we would prefer if a few more of the shows would have this option rather than having to attend the Ticket Office the day of the show.
When Visiting any New city it is not always inherently obvious what attractions are available. There is inevitably a whole host of different things to do but finding out exactly what is the most desirable to you can be hard. Purchasing a Pass can open your eye’s to a whole host of things you were completely unaware of. Some of which could end up being your favorite part of the trip. We endlessly hear from people who found something they loved they just didn’t know was available. And have ourselves found the same on most occasions we have used a Pass!
Having a Pass is also a great way to begin planning your itinerary for your trip. Knowing exactly what attractions you are going to visit helps build out the skeleton of the trip that you can then flesh out with other ideas and things to do, eat, drink or see! It really can be one of the best ways to begin planning your trip. Simply take a look around the area of any planned attractions and see what else might appeal!
While Planning is important to any trip and especially to ensure you get the best out any pass, it is also important to be flexible. Things change, weather may have an impact or you may just not be in the mood. Maybe you planned something early but stayed up until 3 shooting Craps and drinking, and just don’t fancy what you had penciled in. No problem, for a lot of the attractions on the pass you just show up whenever you want and in you go, giving you the flexibility, to tinker with your itinerary to suit anything your trip may throw at you.
Some attractions do require booking and obviously, these require a little more rigidity in your plan, but that would be the case regardless.
Vegas is expensive. Everywhere you go and everything you do it seems someone is trying to get a little bit more cash out of you. While it’s easy to have a great time on a budget there is always the pressure to spend a little more. That Wheel of Fortune Slot machine just begging you to slip that $20 in! At least with a Pass, you have the attraction side all sown up beforehand. No Nasty surprises when you open your credit card bill and No blowing all your cash on blackjack and have nothing left to do but sit by the pool!
There are loads of ways to Save Money on Attractions in Vegas and you never need to pay the gate price. So some of the headline savings of the pass can be a little misleading. However, doing so requires a lot of time-consuming research, hunting out the best deals and Groupons. Striking while the iron is hot and then printing out and carrying around a host of E-mails, Coupons, and tickets. Alternatively, You could just buy the pass, save more, and get on with planning your trip and researching gambling techniques!
There are some inherent disadvantages of buying the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass. These are problems inherent in most Passes and some specific to this pass. As we said Some online travel Forums, “Experts” and message boards are dead against Passes. While we think they generally overstate the negatives and miss the fact you can save up to 70% on gate prices, they do have some valid points, not everything about a Pass is positive.
One problem is what we call Chasing the Pass. This is the feeling that as you have to cram as much in as possible to get value from the Pass. This is less of an issue on the Sightseeing pass as by choosing the number of attractions you are less pressured to cram stuff in than on the All-inclusive passes where the more you do the more you save.
The other side of this is planning too much. As the Price per attraction drops the more attractions you buy it’s tempting to buy more and cram a lot into your trip but this can be a mistake! There are only so many hours in the day and getting to and from attractions takes time and you are definitely going to want to do other things while in town such as eating, drinking, gambling, etc. It is best to plan in a Maximum of 2-3 attractions a day, and one evening attraction, if possible. Some attractions will easily take up a full half-day and some, such as the Grand Canyon Tour will eat an entire day. Plan accordingly and don’t try to cram too much in. The general rule is if you are worried it much be too much it probably is.
We have also said before in Vegas there are always ways to save money and few people pay FULL entry for anything, so the pass is probably not as great value as it first appears, but it can still be of great value, and as we said much easier than collating many different offers.
Finally, the Las Vegas Sightseeing pass is actually quite limited in the variety of attractions. We will explore this later but there are far fewer practical options than on the rival passes such as the Go Las Vegas Card or the Las Vegas Explorer Pass.
Do We need a Pass At All?
Not really, It all depends on the type of trip you want. If it’s all about partying Gambling and drinking then there is not much sense on buying a pass. However, even if you only plan to visit a couple of attractions using a pass can be a good way to save money.
What Attractions are included?
The most important part of any pass is the attractions. These should really appeal. You should look at the list and see several things that make you go, Wow I really want to do that. Even if you have never heard about it before if it has instant appeal then the pass could be a great way to go. If the list of attractions is of little interest to you it probably isn’t a good investment.
With that in mind, we will take an in-depth look at our favorite attractions on the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass.
Covid-19 – The Pandemic has really taken a dump on Travel and there are far fewer attraction options available in town ATM. the loss of shows is a particular blow to the Sightseeing Pass
Unlike the Las Vegas Go Card, which also has a good list of fantastic Premium attractions, You are not limited to choosing one! With the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass, you are able to choose ANY or indeed ALL of the Premium Attractions! this makes the pass very good value and the only real limit on the premium attractions is having time to fit them in! However, due to the pandemic, there are only 1-2 premium attractions listed on the Pass so this benefit has largely evaporated.
Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Sweetours – $165 – Pre Book
The Grand Canyon is a very popular excursion from Las Vegas. While visiting one of the modern wonders of the world why not head out and see one of the natural wonders of the world? The only problem, while looking on a map the Canyon seems pretty close. In reality, it’s one hell of a trip. Most people take the easy option and visit the Hualapai “west” rim section of the Canyon. This is the tourist area and is to many, a disappointment. To reach the South Rim and the “real” canyon it is a 270+ Miles journey through the desert.
It is so worth it though! The size and color of the canyon at the distant South Rim is beyond description Even photos fail to do this justice. over a MILE deep and 18 Miles wide and carved from red and orange sandstone, it’s a jaw-dropping view. If anyone has told you they went to the Grand Canyon and it was ok. They went to the West Rim.
The Sweetours trip is a FULL day and it’s a long full day at that. Expect an early start and a nighttime return where all you will be seeking is a bed, and maybe a stiff drink or two. This is a great chance to really see one of the natural wonders of the world.
Sweetours Hoover Dam Bus Tour – $71 – Pre Book
Only included o the Day pass and of reasonably high value this just about counts as a premium. Much like the Grand Canyon tour, this is a long bus tour out into the desert this time takes you to the Hoover Dam.
If the thought of spending 10 hours on a bus fills you with dread but you still want to get out of the city and see some sights this is a much shorter and more compact tour with only 1 hour or so each way on the bus. The Dam needs little introduction and is a wonderful spectacle towering 660ft above the river below and holding back up to 9,198,470,824,231 Gallons, that’s over 9 trillion!
It’s a great little tour that gets you away from the city for around 5-6 hours with 2 hours+ exploring the dam.
Closed – 12-15 minute flight above Vegas by Vegas Nights – $124 – Pre Book
Seriously there is nothing more staggering than the sight of Las Vegas from the Air! It is even better when viewed at night and this Tour offered by Vegas Nights is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Soar above Bright lights and dizzying color of one of the most spectacular cities in the world. It is a short flight, but one that you will remember forever. and really Vegas is pretty small so the tour covers the whole strip. Not to be missed!
Closed – Drifting Ride Along in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 2 laps – $99 – Pre Book
This is a very expensive ride in a very fast and very powerful Musclecar, that is being driven by a complete hooligan! Two laps of an approx 2km track are not going to take very long at 120+mph and as such, this is very much a short but intense thrill ride.
The 700+hp hellcat is one hell of a beast and not many of us get to experience power such as this and in the hands of a professional driver, it is a ride of a lifetime. However, it’s a lot of money, I would certainly think long and hard if $99 was worth it, if it wasn’t included on the pass. It is a great opportunity to head over to the Las Vegas Speedway, and get your thrill on. You are bound to see a whole heap of fast cars on your visit and it is a really fun excursion for the petrol heads among you!
Closed – Hoover Dam & Lake Mead Lunch Cruise -$111 – Pre Book
Quite a change of pace now! Hoover dam is a big tourist attraction for visitors to Las Vegas. The enormous dam holds back the vast blue waters of Lake Mead. The tour includes a tour of the hydroelectric generators along with a relaxing lunch cruise on Lake Mead. This is a relaxing day out which boasts some staggering scenery along with some incredible manmade feats of engineering. It is another longish day at around 7 hours, and will not leave a lot of time/energy for much apart from a dinner a few drinks and some gambling.
Closed -Evening Segway Tour – 90Mins – $89
Honestly, this is not really our bag. If we wanted a tour of Las Vegas we would take to our heels. The Tours are well organized and a lot of people love them. After all, Segways are a lot of fun and Vegas is a great place to explore. It would probably be last on our list, however.
The Mob Museum – $29.95
We love the Mob Museum. Vegas Being Vegas, a fine art Museum would not go down too well, so instead we get a Museum dedicated to organized crime. Excellent. It really is one not to be missed.
Night Strip Tour – $69 – Pre Book
Enjoy a full sightseeing tour of the entire Las Vegas Strip. Starting with champagne at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign and ending at the Freemont Street Light show it is a great way to see Vegas!
Axe Throwing Range – Axe Monkeys – $25
This is only found on the Sightseeing Pass and is a great fun little attraction. Really le of steam as you learn the art of Axe Throwing and skewer the targets with your lethal throwing awe. It takes a bit of getting used to but once you have the technique it is super satisfying!
Machine Guns Las Vegas Experience – AK47 – $49.99
Another Sightseeing Exclusive, the chance to get your hands on a real AK47 and let off some rounds at Machine Guns Las Vegas Shootin Range. We love shooting experiences in Vegas and they are pretty unique to the City being able to fire some of the world’s most iconic and best known weapons.
Read more about shooting experiences here
The one BIG drawback to this inclusion on the pass is you only get one gun and 25 rounds. That’s great but we doubt that’s going to be enough for you so expect to get the soft sell at the range to purchase more rounds and ammo for their huge range of firearms. Once you have fired the AK47 you are definitely going to want to try something else!
Is the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass Worth it? – Costed Examples
With the very prices of the Attractions that are included on the Sightseeing Pass, it is very easy to see how easy it is to save a whole bunch of cash with the pass. However, we do see lower savings than might be possible with the Passes competitors which we look at later.
The best way to look at this is with a few examples.
Flex Pass 4 attraction pass ($24.75 Per Attraction) –
- Machine Gun AK47 – $49
- Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – $50
- Mob Museum – $30
- Madame Tussauds – $36
- Gate Price – $165
- Pass Price – $99
- Saving – $65 – 40%
Flex Pass 5 attraction pass ($23.80 Per Attraction) –
- Machine Gun AK47 – $49
- Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – $50
- Mob Museum – $30
- Madame Tussauds – $36
- Big Apple Rollercoaster – $19
- Gate Price – $184
- Pass Price – $119
- Saving – $65 -35%
As you can see choosing the Flex Pass means savings are modest, but $65 is still a good saving and it’s better in your pocket than anyone else’s. We have chosen popular attractions as opposed to the highest cost, so you could save even more if you picked higher-priced attractions but we have gone for our favs!
Day Pass 3 Day Pass ($56 Per Day)-
The Day pass allows for much greater savings but you will still be limited by time more than anything else.
Day one kicks off with some real tourist treats. Heading downtown on the Hop On Hop Off Bust then visiting the Amazing Mob Museum and a tour around the Freemont Street Experience. Finally back on the strip taking in the Madame Tussauds Exhibit that has some really Vegas-inspired Wax Works.
- Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour – $50
- Mob Museum – $30
- Walking Tour of Downtown Las Vegas – $30
- Madame Tussauds – $30
Total – $140
As the only premium option on the pass then we do recommend heading to the Grand Canyon, if this premium is not of interest to you, maybe this is not the right pass, see below for options. This is a long day and you are not going to have a chance to see anything else.
- Premium – Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Sweetours – $165
Total – $165
Day 3 focuses on some real fun, with the amazing AK47 Experience and then some Axe Throwing. Finally, in the evening you head out to see the city in its glorious evening dress as the VEgas lights really sparkle.
- Machine Gun AK47 – $49
- Axe Throwing – $25
- Night Strip Tour – $69
Total – $143
- Gate Price – $448
- Pass Price – $169
- Saving – $279 – 62%
We really have been fairly light on this itinerary if you really tried you could fit in one or two more attractions on days 1 and 3, but we wanted to show just how easy it is without really trying hard.
You can see from these Examples the Savings can be very significant. But it does not answer the whole question. There is more to Value than just monetary Savings. The key part of the question is are the attractions worth the cost to visit. Are you going to visit them anyway? If so then it makes a whole heap of sense to get a pass and save potentially hundreds of dollars. You will be sure to find another way to spend those $ in Vegas!
There are several other Passes available in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Explorer Pass is similar to the Standard Flex pass, however, we think it has better more varied attractions and works out a little cheaper in most cases!
The Las Vegas Go Card is an All-Inclusive pass, meaning you can do as many attractions from the list as you like in the number of days you purchase. This pass also has Premium attractions* similar to the Flex Premium but you only get to choose one from the list, it is a bit cheaper though, and has a better choice of standard attractions!
*Premium Attractions only on 3, 4, and 5 Day Passes.
Basically, these passes cost about the same as the Sightseeing pass but their list of available attractions really puts the sightseeing pass to shame. The Sightseeing pass has some unique experiences and if these really suit you then the pass is worth considering but on the whole, there is just So much more on the Go City Pass and this extra choice does not come at an extra cost. Overall we much prefer these line-ups and as such we prefer the Passes.
You can find the FULL round-up on our Las Vegas Pass Comparison Page here.
Overall we like the Las Vegas sightseeing pass but the attraction lust is just too limited compared to its rivals. There are just too many must-sees not listed and the Premium Line up of the Go City Las Vegas Pass is now back to its best. There are just so many choices that really will make your trip better.
However, there are a few unique attractions on the Sightseeing pass, and if these appeal more to you than the Go City line up that is always going to be the deciding factor. All the Las Vegas Passes work really well and you are sure to save a packet so choose the pass that has the attractions most suited to your personal tastes.
Have Your Say?
Let us know in the comments below if you have tried either the Las Vegas Sightseeing Flex or Day Pass? What did you think? Was it value for money for you? Did you enjoy the attractions? or did you find it was all too much to pack in? Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about the Pass, the Attractions, or how it all works.