Attractions discount cards for 45 cities in Europe

It’s hard to find a city that doesn’t have some kind of discount attractions card these days. In the U.S., CityPass now offers cards in 10 North American cities, and for Europe, I just found links to 45 cities on EuropeanCityCards.com.

It’s hard to find a city that doesn’t have some kind of discount attractions card these days. In the U.S., CityPass now offers cards in 10 North American cities, and on EuropeanCityCards.com, I just found links to 45 cities in Europe. (Though the site claims only 43 cities. Modest or just slow to update?) Not all city cards are included on the site—for instance Paris, which has the Paris Visite card, isn’t listed—but dozens are.

When you’re deciding whether or not it’s economical to buy a card, make sure to weigh the number of attractions you’re actually likely to visit (and remember, most cards are only valid for a few days), and then check entrance fees against the cost of the card. The second part tends to be much easier to do online before you go rather than once you get there. Generally, cards are best for Alpha sightseers and big museum-goers. If you’re the type who might go to a museum or two before spending quality time in a local cafe, bar, or park, a card probably won’t be worth the purchase price.

By Christine Sarkis

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Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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