Dubai Explorer Pass

Are you interested in the Dubai Explorer Pass by Go City?

Here you will find detailed information about this product - including the advantages and disadvantages. We also calculate what financial advantage you can expect with the Explorer Pass.

Our goal: You can decide if this Dubai Pass is worth it for your trip.

How does the Dubai Explorer Pass work?

The Dubai Explorer Pass is offered by Go City and allows buyers to enjoy up to 7 out of 60 different tourist attractions without having to buy additional tickets. This Dubai Pass covers most sightseeing activities.

Key services include:

  • Top attractions: Burj Khalifa, Burj al Arab, Dubai Frame
  • Recreational activities: Aquaventure water park, Flying Cup, IMG Worlds of Adventure etc.
  • Guided Tours: Desert Safari, Guided Tours of Dubai, Excursion to Abu Dhabi
  • 1 day hop-on/hop-off bus
  • Boat trips on the Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina
  • Several attractions in the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi

The Dubai Explorer Pass can be used for 60 consecutive calendar days and provides free access to 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions during that time. The Explorer Pass is more worthwhile the more expensive attractions you visit.

After you have purchased the Dubai Pass, you will receive all relevant information as well as the Explorer Pass by e-mail. A pickup is not necessary, as the product is exclusively digital. All you have to do is save it on your cell phone and show the QR code at participating attractions.

Please note that this Dubai Pass generally does not offer priority access to attractions. Advance reservations may be required for some attractions.


What attractions are included?

The Dubai Explorer Pass by Go City includes more than 60 attractions and other tourist offers. You can visit them without having to buy additional tickets. They include popular attractions, theme parks, museums, city tours and many guided tours.

Attractions with the Dubai Explorer Pass

You can visit the following top attractions with the Explorer Pass without having to buy additional tickets:

  • Burj Khalifa
  • Burj al Arab (incl. guided tour)
  • Desert Safari with BBQ
  • Dubai Frame
  • Dubai Aquarium
  • Sky Views Observatory
  • Dubai Opera
  • … (show all attractions)
Desert Safari in Dubai
© Alina Grubnyak / Unsplash

Some of these attractions require a reservation. Most of the time, reservations are made by email, phone or WhatsApp. At the Burj Khalifa, you can only reserve your visit on site at the ticket office.

However, there are also many sights that you can visit without making an appointment.

Recreational activities with the Explorer Pass

With this Dubai Pass you will enjoy a wide range of leisure activities:

At most of these attractions, you can go to the box office to pick up your free ticket without making an appointment. In some cases, however, a reservation is required.

Boat trips, guided tours & excursions

That's not all. The Dubai Pass of Go City includes many interesting tourist offers that will allow you to explore Dubai quite comfortably:

  • 1 day hop-on/hop-off bus
  • City tour in the evening with Big Bus
  • Boat trip with dinner
  • Speedboat tour
  • Guided tour of Dubai
  • Palm Jumeirah Kayak Tour
  • Day trip to Abu Dhabi
  • …. (show all tours)
Hop-on Hop-off Bus in Dubai
© frantic00 / Shutterstock.com

Reservations are required for all guided tours. Registration is usually possible by e-mail or online on the website of the respective provider.

Reserve your desired date in good time, even though dates are often still available at short notice.

You can start the city tour in the hop-on/hop-off bus without registration.

Abu Dhabi

The Dubai Explorer Pass includes not only attractions in Dubai, but also in the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi. So you can use this product also in Abu Dhabi:

  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus in Abu Dhabi
  • Ferrari World
  • Warner Bros. World
  • SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
  • Qasr Al Watan
  • Abu Dhabi desert safari
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Boat rides in Abu Dhabi

What the Explorer Pass does not contain

The Dubai Explorer Pass offers a huge selection of attractions. Only a few attractions are missing from the scope of services:

  • La Perle by Dragone
  • Dubai Fountain
  • The View at the Palm

If you wish to use one or more of these services, you must purchase separate tickets or choose a different Dubai Pass.

Reservations

For the above attractions, we have already informed you that in some cases a reservation is required from your side. Among others, a reservation is necessary for the following offers:

  • Burj Khalifa (reservation on site at the box office)
  • Dubai Frame
  • Desert Safari
  • Speedboat tour
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • All guided tours & excursions

An overview of all attractions for which a reservation is required, you can find here. On the official website GoCity.com you can learn how to make a reservation. The reservation is usually made by e-mail, WhatsApp or phone.

Most reservations do not yet activate the Explorer Pass. However, there are a few reservations that activate the Dubai Explorer Pass. So you should not make these reservations too early. Be sure to read all the information on the Go City website or in the Go City app.


Does the Dubai Explorer Pass pay off?

The Explorer Pass is basically a good product that covers many attractions. However, it is not free and therefore the question arises whether this Dubai Pass is financially worthwhile.

How much does the Dubai Explorer Pass cost?

The price of Dubai Explorer Pass depends on the number of attractions you want to visit:

  • 3 attractions: $211 = $70 per attraction
  • 4 attractions: $262 = $66 per attraction
  • 5 attractions: $319 = $64 per attraction
  • 7 attractions: $427 = $61 per attraction

There is a discounted Explorer Pass for children 3 to 12 years old.

Notice: These prices are currently valid on the official website GoCity.com. The company regularly runs discount promotions, so prices may fluctuate slightly. Check the current price here.

Example for 5 attractions

Using an itinerary of visiting five attractions as an example, we would like to show how much money you would have to pay for individual tickets and how much you can save with the Explorer Pass.

AttractionPrice with Explorer PassPrice without Explorer Pass
Explorer Pass: 5 attractions$319
Burj Khalifa (Prime Time)$0$66
Desert Safari incl. Dinner$0$92
1 day hop-on/hop-off bus$0$75
Burj al Arab guided tour$0$68
Atlantis Aquaventure$0$86
Total$319$387

As you can see, you can save a bit of money with the Dubai Explorer Pass if you choose five expensive services. The more expensive the attractions you visit, the more you save.

Note, however, that unless you purchase the Explorer Pass at a discount, it is only worth it for attractions that cost more than $63.


Purchase, Download & Activation

The Dubai Explorer Pass is a product of the Go City company. You can get it on the official website GoCity.com.

Various payment methods are available: Credit card, Paypal, Google Pay, Apple Pay.

After purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to download your Dubai Pass. You will also receive access to a digital user guide with your booking, which includes all points of interest and reservation details.

You have the option to save your digital Dubai Pass as a QR code on your phone, print it or download the free Go City app. The Explorer Pass can be easily inserted into the app, which also provides information on all the offers included in the pass.

Activation of the Explorer Pass is automatic the first time you use it at an attraction. For some attractions, the Explorer Pass is already activated as soon as you make a reservation.

If you have not yet activated your Explorer Pass, you can cancel it free of charge up to 90 days after the purchase date. To do so, please contact Go City customer service.

Dubai Go City Pass

Disadvantages of the Explorer Pass

The Dubai Explorer Pass is an attractive product, but not free of flaws. The following arguments tend to speak against buying the Explorer Pass. Every traveler has to decide for himself how heavy these criteria weigh.

No priority admission: For most attractions, there is no fast track access with the Explorer Pass. However, this disadvantage exists with other Dubai Passes as well. For some attractions you will get a time slot ticket if you book your visit in time.

Very expensive: The Explorer Pass includes many expensive attractions. This makes this Dubai Pass very expensive. Even if you visit only three attractions, you have to invest more than $200 per person.

Often not worth it: Savings are only possible if you use services that cost $60 - $70 or more. For all other attractions the Explorer Pass is not worth it.

Missing attractions: A few attractions are not covered by Explorer Pass. These include The View at the Palm, Dubai Fountain and La Perle by Dragone.

Reservation required: For many attractions you have to make a reservation yourself. This concerns some attractions, guided tours and excursions. Carefully read the information about reservations on the official website GoCity.com.


Conclusion: Who is the Explorer Pass suitable for?

In our view, the Dubai Explorer Pass is worthwhile for some travelers, but especially if the following statements are true:

  • You want to visit some of Dubai's most expensive attractions (worth $60 or more).
  • You already know which attractions you want to visit.
  • You would like to participate in a desert safari.
  • You would like to take a city tour by hop-on/hop-off bus.
  • You don't want to have to decide before each visit whether it's worth buying a ticket.
  • With one booking, you would like to receive all the tickets conveniently by email so that you can save them on your cell phone. This is very convenient.

The Dubai Explorer Pass is a popular product that is suitable for some tourists. You can find out if it is the best product for your trip with our Dubai Pass comparison!


Questions & Answers

Does the Explorer Pass grant fast entry?

No, as a rule you do not have fast track access. For most attractions, you must report to the box office to get your ticket. Only a few attractions allow you to make a reservation. This way you can save time.

Can the purchase be cancelled free of charge?

Yes, the purchase of Explorer Pass can be cancelled free of charge within 90 days from the date of purchase if you buy it directly from Go City. However, this only applies if you have not yet activated your pass. If you purchase the pass on another platform, different cancellation terms apply.

Is the Explorer Pass suitable for families?

The Dubai Explorer Pass can be suitable for families. There is a discount for children between 3 and 12 years. Some of the attractions and recreational activities included are very suitable for children and teenagers.

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