One of the easiest ways to save money on LA attractions (and who doesn’t want to save money these days?!) is by buying the Go City Los Angeles pass.

It’s usually advertised as a way for tourists to save money when visiting L.A., but here’s our tip: it’s also an excellent way for residents to sightsee for less. Whether spending time with friends and family from out of town or just exploring the city, Go City Los Angeles makes it affordable to visit Southern California’s most popular attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood. 

In this post, I’ll share some answers to questions I frequently get about this fantastic discount sightseeing pass, explain how to use the Go Los Angeles pass, and list all attractions included.

See also: 10 Benefits of the Go San Diego Discounted Attractions Pass

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A view of the Go City Los Angeles pass on the mobile app set against a view of Los Angeles.
Pull up the pass on the app — it’s that easy! / Photo courtesy of Go City Los Angeles

My Top 9 Reasons to Buy a Go Los Angeles Pass 

1. Save Up to 50% on Los Angeles Attractions

Since the main reason to buy a Go Los Angeles pass is for the discounted admission, how much you actually save will be based on how many attractions you decide to see and do in L.A. 

Based on my research, the typical savings range from 20-50%, depending on the type of pass chosen. If you’re on the fence about buying one of these passes before your trip to L.A., keep in mind that it is not easy to achieve this level of discount without this pass — especially for those who are avid sightseers or have planned a long Los Angeles vacation.

2. Go Los Angeles Saves Time

With Go Los Angeles, you won’t have to wait in those long ticketing lines each time you visit an attraction.

Once you purchase the Go Los Angeles pass, the saved pass on the app or your printed pass will be all you need to get you through the gate at most participating attractions.

Skipping the ticket line queue will save significant time at most attractions, especially for park guests at theme parks Universal Studios Hollywood and Warner Bros. Studio Tours during the peak travel season.

3. There are Two Go Los Angeles Pass Options

Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass

This option allows users to visit over 40 participating attractions for one low price. Los Angeles All-Inclusive pass holders can make last-minute decisions about which attractions to visit, which means you can be super flexible about how you experience everything the city offers. Of note, with the Los Angeles All-Inclusive pass, you may only enter attractions between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and some attractions require advanced reservations.

The All-Inclusive pass is available in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7-day increments but needs to be used on consecutive calendar days over a two-week period. Universal Studios Hollywood admission is included in all 3, 4, 5, and 7-day passes.

Tip: I’ve written about how to buy Universal Studios Hollywood discount tickets, and Go Los Angeles is one of the best ways not to pay full price if you are visiting other attractions and Southern California theme parks.

Explorer Pass — Good For Residents

The Explorer pass is an excellent option for travelers who have a good idea of which of the top attractions included they’d like to visit. Your Go City Los Angeles pass can include 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 included attractions and is good for 60 days after visiting the first attraction. Similar to the All Inclusive pass, some attractions require advanced reservations.

City residents who want to see more sights can use an Explorer pass to visit more items on their bucket list for less money. Need a new idea for a date attraction lineup that is beyond Santa Monica Pier?

With options like Universal Studios Hollywood, you’ll be sure to impress any date. You don’t need to choose the exact attractions in advance, just the number you’d like to visit.

Note: Both pass types include a few San Diego attractions, such as LEGOLAND California and the San Diego Zoo.

Universal Studios Hollywood is included in some Go Los Angeles passes
Universal Studios Hollywood during the holiday season.

4. It’s an Easy Gift

Do you have family and/or friends coming to Los Angeles over the holidays or for a special event? Skip mall shopping and buy each of your visitors a pass instead so they can see all the sights.

Grab one for yourself, too, so you can enjoy Los Angeles from a tourist’s point of view — why not take a celebrity bus tour, a spin around Warner Bros. Studio Tour or see Madame Tussauds Hollywood? Passes can be delivered to each recipient via email.

With this option, you don’t even have to worry about wrapping paper. And if you still have holiday shopping to do, keep in mind that multiple cities offer Go City, too.

5. You Get Instant Digital Delivery

If your visit to Los Angeles is coming up soon, you haven’t missed out on your chance to get the discounts the Go Los Angeles card will get you.

When you buy online, your customer voucher post purchase can be printed immediately to use No waiting for the mailman is required!

Even better, you can store your pass on the Go City app for Android and Apple. Having the app on your phone means never worrying about losing your Go Los Angeles pass. To me, it’s definitely worth the download.

6. Print and Go or Use the App to Skip Lines

Do you prefer printed tickets? Or maybe you’re all about saving the trees. You can be you when you use Go Los Angeles pass for discounted sightseeing.

Using the Go City app, you can go directly through the turnstiles at most participating attractions. The same is often true if you print your pass at home before visiting each attraction. It’s up to you.

7. The Go City App Gives Directions, Hours, and More

After the app registers your purchase of a Go Los Angeles pass, you’ll have immediate access to attraction information, directions, hours, tips for visiting, and much more handy information all in one spot.

Checking attraction websites is also not a bad idea, given the constant change of information these days.

Go Los Angeles pass includes Pacific Plaza on the Santa Monica Pier.
Activities on the Santa Monica Pier are temporarily not included.

8. There’s a Risk-Free Guarantee

If you buy Go Los Angeles and wind up not using it, you have 90 days from your purchase date to return any non-activated or unused passes for a full refund.

Any non-activated All-Inclusive and Explorer passes are valid for two years from the purchase date. If anything interferes with your plans, you won’t have to worry about losing your money.

9. There ARe a Lot of Participating Go Los Angeles Attractions

These attractions are included in the All-Inclusive 3, 4, 5, and 7 day passes, and all Explorer Passes are (check what’s available at the time of your purchase as attractions change):

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Battleship IOWA Museum
  • Big Bus Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour
  • Bike & Skate Rentals – Perry’s
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • California Science Center IMAX Movie
  • Catalina Flyer
  • Celebrity Bike Tour (Guided) by Bikes & Hikes
  • Celebrity Bike Tour (Self-Guided)
  • Dolby Theatre Tours
  • Food, Arts & Culture Downtown LA Walking Tour
  • Glass Bottom Boat Eco Tour
  • Grammy Museum
  • Harbor Cruise in Long Beach
  • Harbor Cruise in San Pedro
  • Heal the Bay Aquarium
  • Hollywood Museum
  • Hollywood Sign tour
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus 1-Day Classic Tour
  • Huntington Beach: two-hour kayak or paddle board rental Knott’s Berry Farm
  • LA Zoo
  • LEGOLAND California
  • Madame Tussauds Hollywood
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Natural History Museum
  • Richard Nixon Library 
  • San Diego Zoo
  • SoFi Stadium Tour
  • South Coast Plaza Shop & Dine Package
  • TLC Chinese Theatre Tour OR Movie with Drink
  • Warner Bros. Studio tour HollywoodWhale Watch & Dolphin Tour – Beautiful Newport Beach
  • Whale Watch in Long Beach
  • Whale Watch in San Pedro
  • Yoga on Huntington Beach
A group does yoga on the beach in Huntington Beach.
Yoga in Huntington Beach / Photo Courtesy of Go City Los Angeles

What You Should Know Before Buying Go Los Angeles

  • Most Los Angeles attractions won’t charge any admission for children under the age of 3. Children ages 3-12 enjoy a reduced Go Los Angeles price.
  • An All-Inclusive pass gives you one admission to Universal Studios Hollywood exclusively.
  • In most cases, you can visit each attraction once per pass. The guidebook you receive when you buy your Go City Los Angeles will explain the limitations of the pass.
  • The pass is not valid on a 24-hour basis. That means that if you visit an attraction at noon on Monday, the remainder of your first day lasts until attractions close on Monday. Tuesday counts as day two. Start early!
  • The most popular pass is the 5-day pass. Most people will visit a few attractions per day using the pass, which means you can see a lot of Los Angeles in one trip.

FAQs About Go Los Angeles

I get a lot of questions about sightseeing passes, so here’s what I’m asked the most specifically about Go Los Angeles.

Is Go Los Angeles Worth It?

For anyone who is visiting the city and will visit at least two major attractions (especially a theme park or two), the answer is a big yes. While Disneyland is not a Go Los Angeles attraction, it includes a variety of other Southern California theme parks and attractions.

From premium attraction Universal Studios Hollywood to other amusement parks like historic Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain to the Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood tours, SoFi Stadium tour, and San Diego Zoo, the LA pass covers a variety of attractions to keep everyone happy.

You’ll save money seeing as many Los Angeles attractions on the pass as you want just by using the Los Angeles pass.

What Is Go Los Angeles?

Go City Los Angeles is a single, multi-attraction sightseeing pass that gives discounted access to the city’s top attractions, tours, and museums. Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, or you want the flexibility to drop into attractions at your own pace, it’s a great deal.

There are two different types of Go City sightseeing passes that you can buy for exploring Los Angeles: the All-Inclusive pass that’s perfect for tourists and the Explorer pass for people who only want to see specific attractions that the pass includes.

The latter is also a great way for city residents to see the sights for less. Do you want to go somewhere other than Santa Monica Pier or finally take on that celebrity bus tour? This pass is for you.

How Do I Use My Go Los Angeles Pass?

All you need to do is make a list of what you want to see and do and then choose the right type of Los Angeles pass is for you. Download the Go City app and use the digital pass on your mobile device. Or print the pass and use it as a paper ticket.

The All-Inclusive pass provides entry to any of the eligible Go Los Angeles attractions over a two-week period, depending on your chosen increments.

The Explorer pass lets you add your selected 2,3,4,5, or 7 attractions to be used within 60 days after you activate the pass at the first attraction.

What Are the Benefits of Purchasing Go Los Angeles?

The biggest reason and benefit, hands down, to get Go Los Angeles is that you don’t have to pay full price at top Los Angeles attractions (such as popular theme park Universal Studios Hollywood).

Additionally, the app also boasts plenty of useful attraction information, a city guide link, and more.

Feel free to ask them here in the comments. I’d be happy to find the answers for you.

And if you’ve used the pass, please share your experiences and any advice you may have about getting the most out of an All-Inclusive pass or an Explorer pass. You’ll be helping your fellow travelers do more and see more with your tips.

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Katie, thanks for all the info! Your 10% link for Go city LA doesn’t work; do you have a coupon code like how you do for Go city SD?

    1. Yes! You can use LJM10LAX as the promo code here: https://lajollamom.com/go/go-los-angeles-all-inclusive/

      It works on all-inclusive passes!