Find out if the Seattle City Pass is worth it

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Are you planning a trip to Seattle, Washington? Then you may be considering purchasing the Seattle CityPASS.

With the CityPass, you can get admission to 5 different attractions in Seattle, but for just one price. It’s a way to save money but still get to have amazing experiences.

As their website states, the Seattle CityPASS can save you 46% at 5 Seattle attractions. This is a huge savings!

And they are great attractions, too. The sightseeing pass includes the Space Needle (Day/Night admission, which means you get 2 visits to the top within 24 hours) and the Seattle Aquarium. You can also choose 3 out of the following 4 activities: Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Woodland Park Zoo, and Chihuly Garden and Glass.

But you save 46% if you visit the 5 most expensive attractions included in the pass.

What if that’s not part of your plans?

What if, for example, you think you might only be able to visit 4 of those places during your vacation? Or less than 4?

Would the Seattle CityPASS still be worth it?

Let’s take a look at when it would be a good decision to buy the Seattle CityPASS – and when it would be cheaper not to.

For our discussion, we’re going to use the approximate adult prices. And keep in mind that we’re only looking at 1 adult CityPASS. If you’re traveling with more people, that means even more potential savings!

4 or 5 Attractions

Let’s say you only visit the 4 cheapest options.

Of the attractions where you choose 3, that would be:

  • Woodland Park Zoo – $24.60
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) – $33
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass – $33.60

Of the other 2 options, the cheapest would be:

  • Seattle Aquarium – $38

This comes to $24.60 + $33 + $33.60 + $38 = $129.20

Since the CityPASS only costs $109.00, you’ve already saved about $20.

And if you do all 5 attractions, or choose an option that’s more expensive, then you save even more money.

3 Attractions

But what if you only visit 3 of the attractions on your Seattle trip? Let’s take a look at how much you money potentially would – or wouldn’t – save.

Space Needle & 2 Other Attractions

Let’s say you take advantage of the Day/Night Space Needle admission, as well as the 2 cheapest options. So you’d be visiting:

  • Space Needle – $61.95
  • Woodland Park Zoo – $24.60
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) – $33

This would cost $61.95 + $24.60 + $33 = $119.55.

Since the CityPASS only costs $109.00, you’ve already saved about $10.

If your other 2 attractions were the more expensive ones, you’d save even more money.

3 Attractions (Not Space Needle)

If you visited the 3 most expensive attractions that aren’t the Space Needle, they would be:

  • Seattle Aquarium – $38
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour – $36.38
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass – $33.60

Together, that would cost $38 + $36.38 + $33.60 = $107.98. This is slightly less than the price of the CityPass, which is $109. And if you replaced one of those 3 attractions with one that is even cheaper, it would still be less than the CityPASS.

1 or 2 Attractions

The two most expensive attractions are:

  • Space Needle – $61.95
  • Seattle Aquarium – $38

Together, they cost $61.95 + $38 = $99.95. This is less than the CityPass price of $109. And if instead you did 2 less expensive attractions or only 1 attraction, they would also be less than the cost of the CityPASS.


So you may be wondering what all this means for your Seattle vacation – and if you should get the CityPass for your trip. The answer is yes, the Seattle CityPASS is worth the cost. And that’s even if you don’t take advantage of all 5 included activities. If you want to visit 4 fun attractions during your vacation, the CityPASS will save you money. And if you just want a couple trips to the top of the Space Needle to be able to experience it during the day and night as well as visits to a couple of other attractions, it will still save you money!

Click here if you’re ready to purchase the Seattle CityPASS.

Why shouldn’t you get it? Well, if it’s just a quick trip and you’ll only be able to do one or two things during your time in Seattle, then you should just pay for those activities individually. Or, if you only want to visit three attractions that aren’t the Space Needle, you should pay for those separately as well.