Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket Discounts and Deals

LAST UPDATE: 5/16/17

Universal Studios Hollywood runs many promotions that can save you money. Universal Studios tickets are expensive, but there are multiple sources for discounts. Check below for the latest discounts on the California Universal Studios ticket discounts, coupons and offers. Universal Studios Hollywood is located in Southern California, if you’re looking for the Florida location, click here.

If you need tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood and other Southern California attractions, it’s worth checking out the available multi-attraction ticket discounts to see if they can save you extra money. Be sure to compare the final cost of a multi-park pass to the combined cost of the individual tickets; the best deal varies depending on the specific attractions and the discounts that are currently available.

All offers are subject to change without notice. Always call ahead and confirm before driving out of your way to take advantage of a particular offer!

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Universal Studios Hollywood Gate Prices

“Specific day” one-day admission ticket prices went up on March 9, 2017. Regular “any day” one-day admission ticket prices went up on February 17, 2017.

Annual Pass prices last went up March 16, 2016.

Regular “any day” one-day admission is $120 for adults (age 10+) and $114 for children (ages 3-9). Kids under 3 are free. These tickets are good for any day of the year and expire December 31, 2017.

“Specific day” one-day admission is priced between $99 and $116 for adults, depending on date, if purchased at least 24 hours in advance. Tickets for ages 3-9 vary from $93 to $110. Kids under 3 are free. Weekends and holidays have the highest prices, and only a handful of low-season dates have the lowest prices. These tickets are only valid on a specific date and are non-refundable, so be sure you have the specific date you want to go locked down before purchasing.

Two-day admission is $129 for adults and $123 for children (ages 3-9), if purchased at least 24 hours in advance. Kids under 3 are free. The second visit must take place within 7 days of the first visit.

A Front of Line Pass includes one day of admission, priority access to attractions (one time for each attraction), and seating in a special reserved section for shows. It costs between $179 and $254 depending on the season. Check the Universal Studios Hollywood website for specific prices for your dates.

The VIP Experience includes one day of admission, a special longer guided tour of the backlot and park with a smaller group and opportunities to disembark and explore certain sections, unlimited Priority Access to all rides, a light breakfast and a private gourmet lunch, and free valet parking and VIP park entrance access. It costs $379-$409 per person depending on the date. Advance reservations are recommended, but can be purchased at the gate if there are still tours with open spots. The last VIP tour generally leaves 6 hours prior to the closing time of the park and the number of tours offered on any day varies seasonally.

California Neighbor Pass (has blackout dates, $15 discount on additional guest tickets, formerly known as Season Pass) is $149 when purchased at the gate, or $129 when purchased online. You must select a specific date for your first visit. After that, you may visit on any date that is not blacked out for Season passes (blacked out days include weekends, all summer, all spring break, all holiday periods). This pass expires 9 months after your first visit.

Gold Annual Pass (has blackout dates, $15 discount on additional guest tickets, 15% discount on in-park food and merchandise) is $299 when purchased at the gate, or $289 when purchased online. You must select a specific date for your first visit. That first visit date is not subject to blackouts – you can pick any day of the year. After that, you may visit on any date that is not blacked out for Gold passes (blacked out days are mostly weekends and holidays). The pass expires 12 months after your first visit.

Platinum Annual Pass (no blackout dates, FREE parking, $15 discount on additional guest tickets, 15% discount on in-park food and merchandise, a FREE ticket to Halloween Horror Nights on select dates, priority board for the Studio Tour) is $599 when purchased at the gate, or $589 when purchased online. You must select a specific date for your first visit. After that, you can visit on any day. The pass expires 12 months after your first visit.

Parking prices are $20 for General Parking, $30 for Preferred Parking and $40 for Front Gate Parking. After 5:00 pm, General Parking is $10, Preferred is $20 and Front Gate is $30.

Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket Discounts

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ares-logo-only-400wDiscount Tickets from aRes

aRes Travel offers significant discounts on Universal Studios Hollywood tickets, which you can purchase instantly online and print out (thus no shipping fee). They are an extremely reliable ticket vendor we’ve been recommending for years. They have decades of experience selling Southern California attraction tickets, and have excellent customer service, with real people you can talk to. You can buy from them with confidence.

Universal Studios Website Deals

Check the Universal Studios Hollywood website for current deals and offers.

Annual Passholder Discounts

Holders of any of the annual passes get $1 off single-day tickets for up to 6 guests each day at the gate, and $15 off advance-purchase single-day passes online. To get the advance purchase discount, you must first activate your pass in person at the park, then wait 24-48 hours for Universal to get your pass into their system, then register your pass on Universal Hollywood’s Season Passholder website.

Costco Discounts

Some Costco stores in Southern California carry discounted Universal Hollywood tickets from time to time. These are often a great deal, so it’s worth checking with your local store.

Costco.com sometimes offers a very good discount on Universal Hollywood tickets and you don’t have to be a Costco member to buy through their site. (Non-members pay a 5% surcharge, however.) There is a shipping charge when ordering from Costco.com.

AAA Discounts

AAA (and the Canadian equivalent, CAA) members can usually get admission discounts:

College Discounts

Faculty, staff, and students at many California colleges get a discount on tickets and annual passes. For most of the colleges you must register with an official college email address in order to order online. For others, you must purchase in person, usually at the student store, and show your ID. You may purchase tickets for others using this discount.

Click here to see the list of participating colleges.

Military Discounts

Universal offers discounts to active and retired US Military, DOD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. Get $3 off general admission tickets purchased in person at the gates. You will need to show a valid military or US government ID showing your military/DOD affiliated status. A larger discount is available in advance from MWR/ITT offices.

Click here for more details on military discounts at Universal Studios Hollywood.

American Express Membership Rewards Points

If you have an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points, you can redeem those points for Universal Studios Hollywood tickets. Thanks to Kristin K for info.

Air Miles

Readers report that Canadians can redeem Air Miles for Universal Hollywood tickets. Thanks to Dawn N for info.

Ticket & Transportation Bundle

If you need transportation from Anaheim to Universal Studios Hollywood in addition to tickets, you can book a fully narrated trip to Universal Studios Hollywood that includes admission. If you add up the cost of alternative transportation plus admission, it can be a very reasonable option. Click here for more information.

Discounts on Multi-Attraction Tickets that include Universal Studios Hollywood

If you know you want to visit other attractions as well as Universal Studios, there are a number of discount pass options available that can save you a lot of money, and eliminate the hassle of buying all of your tickets individually. We’ve scouted out some of the best discounts you can find from reputable companies and describe them here. For more details and pricing just click on the pass name.

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Universal Studios Hollywood & Disneyland Tickets

ares-logo-only-400w3-Day or 4-Day Disneyland & Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket Bundle

aRes is offering a nice discount when you buy a bundle that includes 2-Day or 3-Day Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets and 1-Day Universal Studios Hollywood Tickets, which you can purchase instantly online and print out (thus no shipping fee). They are an extremely reliable ticket vendor we’ve been recommending for years. They have decades of experience selling Southern California attraction tickets, and have excellent customer service, with real people you can talk to. You can buy from them with confidence.

You will receive the Universal Studios tickets immediately upon booking and the Disneyland tickets via email within 24 hours of booking. aRes is a reliable authorized Disneyland and Universal Studios ticket vendor and this is a perfectly safe way to buy tickets at a nice discount.

First use of the Disneyland Park Hopper tickets must take place by 12/31/17 and they expire 13 days after first use or 1/13/18, whichever comes first. Universal Studios Hollywood tickets expire 12/31/17.

Universal Studios Hollywood & Other Major Attractions

Go Los Angeles Card

Go Los Angeles Card is an all-inclusive pass that allows you to visit as many attractions as you want within a set number of days (usually 3 to 7 days). You pay one discount price for the number of days you choose. These work well if you are visiting at least two major attractions plus some less expensive attractions. The more attractions you visit, the more you save.

GO_CARD_LAXGO Los Angeles Card: This all-inclusive pass includes Universal Studios, Legoland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Discovery Science Center, The Hollywood Museum, Dolby Theatre Guided Tour, Warner Bros. VIP  Studio Tour, Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood, The Huntington Library, Aquarium of the Pacific, and lots more. MouseSavers readers get an extra $25 off their purchase of $225 or more when you click here and use the link!


Los Angeles Attraction Package Deals


The Los Angeles Attraction Package deals bundle several very popular attractions and offer a better discount than if you were to build your own pass with the same choices. You have 30 days from first use with all of these passes. Discounts for Attraction Package deals that include Universal Studios Hollywood vary from 19% to 25% off gate prices.

Click here to check out all of the available Los Angeles Value Packages. Two MouseSavers favorites include:

Getting To Universal Studios Hollywood From Anaheim

rental car is a good option if you’re going to be driving around the Los Angeles area quite a bit or going to multiple other theme parks or attractions. Remember to figure in the parking fee of $20-$40, depending on how close to the front you want to park. Allow a good 1.5 – 2 hours to drive there during morning traffic, which will be stop and go most of the time. It’s only 40 minutes if there’s no traffic, but realistically, during normal daytime hours there’s going to be traffic. From the Disneyland area, there’s really only one good route – get on I-5 heading north, and about 20 miles up the road you switch to the 101 north, and eventually you’ll see signs for the Universal Studios exit. Coming back, just reverse directions: 101 south to I-5 south to the Disneyland exit.

You can take a cab; just call one directly or have bell services, the valet or front desk of your hotel call one for you. Keep in mind it’s a long trip: the round-trip fare is likely to be $275 – $325 with tip.

Special Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket & Transportation Offer for MouseSavers.com Readers

For an economical, worry-free and fun way to get to Universal Studios Hollywood (which includes park admission), we recommend the trip to Universal Studios Hollywood offered by The Anaheim Tour Company.

This is a family-owned, local Anaheim business, and we really like their attention to detail and customer service. They have the only scheduled private trip to Universal Studios Hollywood that we know of that will get you there at opening (sometimes a few minutes after opening if traffic is very bad). That does require getting up early, but it makes a HUGE difference in the lines for the rides and how much you’ll be able to see at Universal Studios. They pick up and drop off at all Disneyland-area hotels, both on-property and off-property. They pick up from each hotel, not just somewhere in the general vicinity – no walking a long way to meet your bus! The entire trip is narrated and they do a great job of pointing out local landmarks and telling guests about the history of the area.

The Anaheim Tour Company also offers a Universal Studios Hollywood Combo Tour. You still arrive when the park opens, like the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, but the tour leaves Universal Studios about 90 minutes earlier at the end of the day so you can enjoy an additional 4.5 hour evening tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills! There is a lot to see in Hollywood, but crowds and aggressive panhandlers can make the area a bit intimidating. With this tour, you can see the sights without having to navigate the roads or deal with the crowds on your own. The tour takes you to some of the most famous LA landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame and The Chinese Theater and includes a dinner stop at Carney’s Train Car (from the Big Bang Theory and other movies and TV – cost of dinner is not included in the tour), plus 3 other stops where you can walk around and take photos.

The Anaheim Tour Company offers a discount to MouseSavers readers – get $8 off each adult ticket (ages 9 and up) and $2 off each child ticket (ages 3-8)! Discounted prices will show up after you have selected a tour date.

The online ticket processor adds a 6% booking fee to each order. You can avoid the online booking fee by calling Anaheim Tour Company directly at 714-817-9733. Mention MouseSavers to get the exclusive discount.

Hotel Offers

The official hotel for Universal Studios Hollywood is the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The hotel offers amazing views of the theme park and complimentary tram rides to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Citywalk. There is High Speed Internet Access in each room (for an extra fee).

Other Deals

AAA members get a 10% discount for food and beverages at most park and CityWalk locations, with some exclusions that can vary by season. It never hurts to ask!