Have you ever skipped an attraction or monument you were looking forward to visiting simply because the line to get in was too long? It’s becoming easier to skip the line instead, so you won’t miss out.
How to Skip the Line at Tourist Attractions
So, how can you arrange fast-track entrance to big-time visitor centers? Here are six approaches to help you skip the line.
Ask the Attraction Directly
Many tourist attractions, from theme parks to museums and observation towers, offer their own “fast track” advance-purchase tickets. Even when museums don’t sell fast-track admissions as such, many offer fast-track admission as a benefit of membership, which is often a nominal fee. And although museums and exhibits are not always overcrowded, they can become frantic during a popular temporary exhibit.
Find a Third-Party Ticket Outlet
Independent outfits in many areas specialize in selling fast-track tickets to popular attractions, especially in France and Italy. Among them are Weekend a Firenze, TicketOne, Select Italy, and Museum Pass. In addition, you can find single-city ticket and pass outlets in many large cities.
Book a Tour
Several TripAdvisor respondents used local tours that included fast-track admission to key attractions. Viator, a SmarterTravel sister company also owned by TripAdvisor, is a major search engine of local tours. You can often find others in the area through the local tourism board or by searching for them online. Or, you can wait until you arrive and find a tour through your hotel concierge or a local travel agency—but you might not be getting the best deal.
Buy a City Pass
Leisure Pass offers multi-attraction bundled passes for 13 cities in the U.S., five in Europe, and Dubai, that include fast-track access to many major attractions. CityPass offers a similar mix, at 12 metro areas in North America, but the only current pass with good fast-track access is Chicago’s.
Get a Hotel Package
For blockbuster events and exhibitions, local hotels sometimes offer packages that include fast-track entrance or admission. The website for the event or exhibition usually lists hotels that are participating in a ticket package.