Is the Go Los Angeles Pass worth it? Go Los Angeles Pass review 2022

The Go Los Angeles Pass is an interesting and exciting way to save money while visiting the biggest attractions in the city, but it’s not ideal for everyone. It covers 35 different attractions that are spread over a great distance within Southern California, and the first thing you might notice is that it does NOT cover Disneyland. However, it does cover almost everything else (including Universal Studios Hollywood), and visiting Disneyland on your own on another day is easy enough.

It’s easy to get confused when looking at the list of attractions on the Go Los Angeles Pass website, especially if you’ve spent little or no time in the area before. So as someone who grew up in Los Angeles and knows all of these places (plus the distances between), I’m going to help you decide whether this pass is good value for you or not. The Los Angeles attractions are very spread out so planning ahead is critical. Starting with an attraction pass can be great if you have your itinerary figured out in advance, so that’s what we will try to help you with here. Attraction discounts are pretty rare on their own, so doing this bundle can definitely save money for those who do the research.

2022 prices for the all-inclusive Go City Los Angeles Pass

1-day

  • Adult (13+): $99
  • Child (3-12): $76

2-day

  • Adult (13+): $149
  • Child (3-12): $112

3-day

  • Adult (13+): $239 (includes Universal Studios)
  • Child (3-12): $219

4-day

  • Adult (13+): $299
  • Child (3-12): $265

5-day

  • Adult (13+): $324
  • Child (3-12): $296

7-day

  • Adult (13+): $374
  • Child (3-12): $332

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Top sights and attractions included in the Go Los Angeles Pass

Universal Studios Hollywood – $144.00

A premium attraction available for those who purchase a 3, 4, 5, or 7-day Go Los Angeles Pass, the Universal Studios Hollywood attraction is a fantastic choice for those who would like to go behind the scenes. This attraction offers guests the chance to go on different tours exploring real life film sets. If you love Harry Potter, you’ll love visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood Tickets – $29.99

An usual attraction that features your favorite celebrities in wax form, Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a great visit for those who like something a little bit different. Located inside, this wax museum features 100 different singers and actors in several different rooms. This attraction is great for both adults and children and can easily take up a few hours of your day.

Six Flags Magic Mountain– $89.99

Located about 25 miles north of Los Angeles in Valencia, Magic Mountain is THE Southern California theme park for those who like roller coasters and thrill rides. It doesn’t cater to small children as much as Disney does, but it’s definitely the most popular for older kids and teens who like the more serious rides.

Aquarium of the Pacific – $36.95

Located on Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific lets you explore exhibits that showcase the wildlife of Southern California and Baja as well as the Northern Pacific and the Tropical Pacific. Great for both adults and children, this highly rated attraction lets you get face to face with birds, ocean predators and much more.

Hop-on, Hop-off Big Bus 1-Day Classic Tour– $51.99

Including BOTH the Hollywood route and the Beach route, this hop-on, hop-off bus tour is the best way to see the main sights in the Los Angeles area for those who don’t want to drive everywhere and fight for parking. It’s a great tour although it’s usually best to start in the late morning and finish by mid afternoon to avoid the worst of the traffic.

Knott’s Berry Farm Ticket – $99.00

Known as America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm is fun for the whole family with rides, dining options, shopping options and none other than the famed boysenberry. The Knott’s Berry Farm Marketplace is also on-site and a great way to discover new boysenberry treats, great for both for you and gifts for others. As far as the rides are concerned, you’ll find plenty to choose from, including those suitable for little kids, those geared toward the whole family and some fun water rides that are perfect for those hot Southern California days.

Whale Watch By Newport Landing or Long Beach Tickets – $56.50 or $50

If you love sea life, you’ll love the Whale Watch By Newport Landing attraction. While enjoying the comfort of a 65 foot double deck ship you’ll get the exciting chance to view, up close and personal, both whales and dolphins, in an experience like no other. Want the chance to view a 90 foot blue whale or a pod of beautiful and playful dolphins? With over 30 years of experience, your chances of seeing one or the other are pretty high. The Long Beach location is quite a bit closer to most Los Angeles attractions except Knotts and LEGOLAND. On the other hand, Newport Beach is a lovely attraction unto itself.

LEGOLAND California – $108.28

With more than 60 rides, attractions and shows throughout the park, LEGOLAND is a dream for many, both kids and adults alike. Currently, guests can also see a show of THE LEGO MOVIE in 4D. If you choose to, there is also the LEGOLAND Hotel that you can stay in and you don’t want to miss the LEGOLAND water park! Make sure to take note that LEGOLAND is only open daily during Spring Break, summer and certain holidays. The rest of the year, you’ll find the park closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. LEGOLAND is in Carlsbad, which is most of the way to San Diego. This is an amazing place for young ones, but getting there and back will take a full day including many hours in the park.

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There are over 30 different attractions to choose from with each offering something unique and fun. However, those listed above are some of most popular and highly rated attractions with pass holders and those who live in the area.

Is the Go Los Angeles Pass a good deal? Here's the short answer

If you are visiting Los Angeles and intend to visit at least two theme parks as well as a studio tour and perhaps another big attraction or two, then you almost certainly will save money with a Go City Los Angeles Pass. If you can get a pass at a discount, it’s obviously an even better deal. But, trying to see too many of these things on a short trip would probably be a mistake.

A day that you visit a major theme park is a full sightseeing day, so you shouldn’t assume that you’ll be able to see something else that day. The good news is that (unlike other passes and passes) you get a full two weeks to use the 1 to 7 days you purchase on the pass. In other words, if you visit Universal Studios on a 3-day Pass, you can spend all day Monday there, then relax at the beach on Tuesday, and start using the pass again on Wednesday. This feature makes it far more useful than if it were only usable on consecutive days like most other passes insist.

The Go City Los Angeles Pass covers 35 attractions, but only these big ones matter

The way the Go Los Angeles Pass is priced, you really need to plan to visit one major attraction such as a theme park, or two secondary attractions such as a studio tour, each day in order for it to be good value. A full 16 of the 35 included attractions cost less than $30 each for adults, so it’s really only on the 7-Day Pass that it would make sense to visit those cheaper ones.

Los Angeles is so huge and spread-out that even visiting 3 things in one day is a challenge. So you can literally just forget about all the cheaper attractions that are included, because racing between them to try to get your money’s worth out of a pass would ruin your trip.

Full-day attractions

Theme parks

  • Universal Studios Hollywood (Only on 3, 5, and 7-Day passes): $144.00
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain: $89.99
  • LEGOLAND® California: $108.28
  • Knott’s Berry Farm: $99.00
  • Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour: $51.99 (Hollywood, Beach, or Celebrity homes)

Each of the above theme parks should be a full day, except the bus tours, which can easily be combined with other included attractions. It’s worth noting that the celebrity homes tours are sometimes disappointing, especially the Malibu celebrity homes because they almost all look extremely modest from the street.

Also note that LEGOLAND is about 100 miles (160 km) south of Los Angeles, and it takes about 2 hours to get there by car, or longer if traffic is heavy.

Half-day attractions

Specific tours

  • Hollywood Sign Tour: $55.00
  • Celebrity Bike Tour: $55.00

Other tours

  • Catalina Flyer: $75.00
  • Whale watching: $56.00

Other major attractions

  • San Diego Zoo: $67.00
  • Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood: $30.95

The La Brea Tarpits are NOT included with the Go City Los Angeles Card, but they only cost $15 for adults and $7 for kids, so they probably wouldn’t be a good use of time anyway. And just between you and me, they are kind of boring unless you are a major dinosaur enthusiast.

So will a Go City Los Angeles Pass save you money?

Again, the best way to look at it is to forget the cheaper attractions the pass covers, and evaluate it just based on the attractions listed above. Also, keep in mind that you can use these passes on non-consecutive days, so you could skip days in between to just relax or see other sights, or even go to Disneyland.

It’s easy to do the math this way. The most popular version of the Go Los Angeles Pass is the 3-day version, which is also the shortest one that includes Universal Studios. So you could go to Universal Studios on one day, and to Six Flags Magic Mountain on another day, and do a Hollywood tour and a movie studio tour on a third day. On an itinerary like this, you will definitely save money with the pass, and even more money if you buy it with one of the frequent discounts that are offered.

How NOT to try to use a Go Los Angeles Pass

Until you’ve actually visited Los Angeles, it’s impossible to imagine just how spread out it is. There is no other city like it on the planet. For this reason, it’s important to pace yourself properly. In New York City or London or Paris, it’s possible to visit 3 or even 4 attractions in one day because so many of them are only a few minutes apart on foot. But in Los Angeles, nothing is close.

So if you are a cheapskate like myself you might think you’ll get the most use out of a pass by buying one for a limited number of days and trying to jam as many sights into those days as possible. But if you tried it, you’d almost certainly regret it.

Also keep in mind that all the theme parks offer unlimited rides and shows once you are inside, so if you leave after half a day, you are missing out on some fun. All of them are large enough that it would take several days in order to ride all the rides and see all the shows.

Build your own custom Go Los Angeles Pass

An interesting feature with this pass is that they allow you to actually choose your own group of the 35 attractions and pay only for those. You can even choose just a single attraction (except Universal Studios) and pay only for that. They guarantee that you’ll save money off the normal admission price, although they don’t publish their own prices for the custom passes.

Most people will probably get the best value out of the normal pass, but it could be worth looking into the custom pricing plan to see if it’s an even better deal. It’s also important to consider that you might not want to rush from one attraction to another for your whole stay. You can tour the Hollywood Hills or Griffith Park for free, and even do a Hollywood Hills hike while you are at it.

Where do you purchase your Go Los Angeles Pass

If you think the Go Los Angeles Pass is a good choice for you and your group, you can buy one from the link below. You can also choose instant delivery of a pass that you can print out, or store on a smart phone in their app, so delivery is instant and free.

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Photo credits: Universal Studios by benontherun.com on Flickr, Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm by Edward Beavers on Flickr

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  1. michelle says:

    Hi, is the entrance into the 6 Flags Magic Mountain included in the Go Los Angeles Card? I am a bit confused by the VIP line privilege stuff. Thank you 🙂

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Michelle,

      Yes, the Go Los Angeles card does include entry to Six Flags Magic Mountain. It also includes “VIP Line Privileges” which means that you can skip the ticket-buying queue out front and go right to the entry queue. So it will save you time, but it’s not like a Fast Pass where you skip the queues for the rides once inside. Those cost a fortune.

      And for the record, I agree that the VIP thing is confusing on their website so I called them to point out that it’s not really explained properly anywhere. Have a great trip. -Roger

  2. Lisa says:

    Do you know if we purchase the 3, 5 or 7 day Go cards if we can use them for 2 of the days at Universal Studios or is it just one time?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Lisa,

      According to the official website, you can visit Universal Studios Hollywood up to 3 times with your 3, 5, or 7-day pass. Have a great trip. -Roger

  3. fred says:

    Hi Roger,
    Great insight,thanks.
    We are coming from Toronto, about August 10th, via San Diego from New Orleans. Is Legoland down that way? Of course we are looking at attending Universal, but in your knowledgeable opinion, is it a better option to do the two Knott’s attractions as opposed to 6 flags?
    thanks in advance.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Fred,

      Yes, Legoland is only about 50 kilometers north of San Diego Airport so it’ll be easy to reach. Knott’s is about 160 kilometers north of San Diego, and there is a big chunk of that where there is almost never any traffic so it’s also pretty easy to reach. Six Flags Magic Mountain is about 240 kilometers north of San Diego and you literally have to drive through all of the most (traffic) crowded parts of Los Angeles to get there. So for that reason alone I’d go for the Knott’s attractions. And people say that Six Flags hasn’t been updated like the other parks have lately, so it’s fading a bit in popularity.

      Universal is easier to reach because it’s in the middle of Los Angeles rather than way north of Los Angeles, and it’s obviously a world-class attraction. If you can time that drive right I’m sure you’d love it. Best of luck with however it works out for you. -Roger

  4. Michelle says:

    Question — with the Los Angeles Go Card — It states that the 3, 5 & 7 day Go card come with Free Universal Hollywood tickets … what about the 4 day Go card? 3 days is not enough, but 5 is too many!? Also, does the Universal Hollywood ticket usage count towards your 3/4/5/7 day limit … or is it an added bonus on top of your Go Card purchased days? Also, we’ll have a 11 month old with us, do you think its worth it because a lot of the attractions are not really baby-friendly (tho we also have a 13 yr old and a 10 yr old).

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Michelle,

      They offered a 4-day Go Los Angeles Card not long ago, but I guess they got rid of it because it wasn’t as popular as the others. I also wish they still offered it, and maybe they will again.

      The Universal Hollywood ticket needs to be used on one of the valid days of your pass, unfortunately. And while your 11-month old certainly won’t get much out of the attractions, it should be helpful to know that all of the included attractions are extremely infant friendly, and obviously you don’t pay for anyone under 3. If the little one can put up with it I’m sure the older ones will appreciate that because it’s a pretty good deal in general. Have a great trip. -Roger

  5. Ray C says:

    Major point that is missed here is that card works until 5:30pm, once you are in by them, you in, So I bought the 3 day card, in the mornings we will hit a studio tour and a museum, then be in universal by 5:30 each day, one of those days we will go to six flags instead of universal, so we should hit both studio tours, 4-6 other museum like attractions, and spend each night in a theme park all for $190 each. This card is a great value if you can stick to the plan!

  6. francesca says:

    I have looked into this card and for me personally, I think it’s brilliant! 1000x yes, go with the card!

  7. Michele says:

    I am from NY and we have public transportation. Does LA have subways to get to major attractions or do I need to rent a car?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Michele,

      Los Angeles does have some public transportation, but the area is so spread out that it’s very inefficient for sightseeing. And most of the key attractions (Universal Studios etc) are far from the main transport routes. I hate to say it, but you’ll have a much better visit with a rental car. Have a great trip. -Roger

  8. Nick B says:

    We are visiting CA for 6 weeks and plan to spend the first 4-5 days in LA, perhaps Hollywood area. I think Warner and Universal would be enough for us and so we thought we would customise our Go card for these. Can I just confirm two things – whether getting 20 or 55% discount, do you pay any more for entry over the Go price when you reach the attractions? Lastly, would the Hop-On buses be a viable alternative to a car, as we plan only to get a car when we head north. Thanks and sorry for the daft questions

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Nick B,

      Yes, the Go Cards are good for the full admission to each included attraction. You might have to pay for parking at some places, but otherwise the card is good for entry with no other fees.

      And those hop-on, hop-off bus tours are very good for sightseeing, but they are poor for transportation. You might have to wait up to an hour for a bus to come along, and then it could take another hour to reach your next stop because they purposely go slow and stop frequently. So if you did use it as transport, you’d have less time to use the other attractions the card is good for.

      I grew up in Los Angeles and unfortunately it’s a place where having your own wheels make a HUGE difference in getting around. Renting a car is like having a key to the city, although you can expect traffic at times, just as the city is famous for. Good luck, and feel free to ask any other questions if you have them. -Roger

      1. Nick B says:

        Hi Roger – thanks again for a great article and a very helpful reply to my questions. As far as traffic goes, I was raised in London, so I can sympathise! One week to go and we are already so excited for our first trip to California. Best wishes.

  9. Minh D says:

    We’ve just arrived at Los Angeles and considering the Go card, this analysis is so helpful, thank you very much

  10. moochi says:

    I don’t know why no one has commented on this yet but THIS IS AWESOME. You gave me a lot of good insight into buying the GO card or not. Thanks.