Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Helicopter 45-Minute Flight with Optional Hummer Tour

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Grand Canyon Helicopter 45 Minute Flights with Optional Hummer Tour
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From $364.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 45 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


There’s nothing on this planet like the Grand Canyon and nothing can compare to seeing this natural wonder from the sky. Hop aboard a helicopter for an incredible aerial sightseeing adventure. You’ll fly over the rim and gaze down into the canyon, which reaches depths of 1-mile. From the Dragon Corridor and Imperial Point to the North and East rims, you’ll see this iconic landmark from a comfortable helicopter seat.
  • See the mighty Colorado River from the sky
  • In-flight narration offers interesting facts and stories about the Canyon
  • View the Kaibab National Forest which borders the North and South Rims
  • Add an optional guided Hummer tour to see the Grand Canyon from the road

What's Included

  • 2-hour guided Hummer tour (if option selected)
  • In-flight narration available in multiple languages
  • 40-50 minute (approx.) flight in a state-of-the-art helicopter
  • Each aircraft can hold up to six passengers, and multiple aircraft are available for larger groups.
  • USD15 per person fuel surcharge (for travel prior to April 1, 2024)
  • 2-hour Hummer tour (unless option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours
    3568 Airport Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

    Come to the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters terminal at Grand Canyon Airport. Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to the activity start time that you chose to check in for your tour.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Grand Canyon National Park

Admission Ticket Free

Kaibab National Forest

Admission Ticket Free

Grand Canyon North Rim (Pass By)

Colorado River (Pass By)

Grand Canyon South Rim (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All passengers 18 years of age and older must present government-issued photo ID
  • For comfort and weight/balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing 300 lbs or greater will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour
  • Infant children are considered a lap child if they are under the age of two and have proof of age, such as a passport or a copy of their birth certificate
  • You must arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time to check in for your tour.
  • Please bring $15 per person for fuel surcharge.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Whole experience was outstanding. Pilot was good, music with flight was good, seating was good. Would recommend highly to anyone.


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Fantastic !!!
Robert_O, Feb 2024
The Grand Canyon helicopter ride was one of the best experiences we have ever had. The flight over the GC was simply amazing, it is hard to articulate just what a once in a life experience this was ! The pilot was professional but also put us at ease with a casual sense of humour ( we all laughed histerically when he informed us this was his first time on a helicopter too !! 🤣 ) Also the staff are all fabulous and helped us to change our flight day and time when our car hire from Phoenix fell through at the last minute A fantastic experience and will be ensuring I tell everyone I care about to make sure they do this !
Great Experience
Steve_W, Jan 2024
Whole experience was outstanding. Pilot was good, music with flight was good, seating was good. Would recommend highly to anyone.
Great Experience, BUT.......
Matthew_M, Jan 2024
The flight/tour, pilot were amazing!!! I got to sit up front as a solo traveler, so that made it even better. My only complaint is that the weather forced our 45-50 minute flight to a much shorter tour on the menu. I understand that, but the company told me they would refund the additional $$ spent for the longer tour, but they have yet to do so.
Conrad_S, Jan 2024
My wife and I booked an experience for our 20th wedding anniversary. You immediately walk in to meet staff that were very welcoming and professional. The building was pristine and full of educational memorabilia to read and look at while you’re waiting for your experience to begin. The instructors were clear and concise and walked you through every step of the way. From the moment you took off the music and commentary were provided with perfect timing and created an ambiance to make the flight an absolutely exceptional experience.
Graeme_T, Nov 2023
Absolutely fantastic, we actually changed the trip as it had been booked wrong ( our fault not theirs) they couldn’t have been more helpful in getting it sorted , Britney was brilliant and sorted it out , we ended up going on small plane over the Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon, then a helicopter ride over the Las Vegas strip . Brilliant experience, would definitely recommend
Great helicopter and hummer trip
Dee_E, Nov 2023
We loved the trip the pilot was awesome and the whole experience was breathtaking! The hummer tour with Buck wild was also a great experience, our tour guide Rene was excellent and knowledgeable about the Canyon. By far worth the money!
Amazing !
Elsa_H, Nov 2023
One of the best experience of my life ! The tour was very good, the pilot very nice and answered all my questions ! The view is breathtaking. I recommend it
Trip of a lifetime!
Anndi_H, Nov 2023
Flying over the edge of the rim was amazing! We loved getting to see the Colorado river from so many places. It was the experience of a lifetime!
Great experience in the world
JOHN_S, Nov 2023
Everyone was very nice and greeted you The flight was very good it was about 50 minutes long. The pilot was very good. It was a little windy but she gave us a very smooth ride The only down fall is they put 6 people in the helicopter at once and 2 people are not sitting next to a window But other then that. You can’t a better experience then what they give us I would recommend them. If you don’t fly. Over the Grand Canyon you will miss out on seeing everything
Willa_Y, Oct 2023
The moment we dropped into the canyon. It was just amazing!! I wished I could have taken more pictures but I was so in awe of the view.
Highly recommended experience.
Lori_R, Oct 2023
Cameron was out pilot and he was awesome. We took the 45 minute tour and we are so glad we chose the longer flight. The experience was amazing.
Helicopter Ride ⭐️
Melissa_B, Oct 2023
Thanks ride was awesome! We arrived and waited 10 minutes before being loaded onto the helicopter. Our pilot was funny, informative, and knowledgeable. He gave us in depth details on what we were seeing and the sights were breathtaking. I would recommend this helicopter flight to anyone coming to the Grand Canyon. Such a cool and different way to experience it!
Michelle_G, Oct 2023
The folks at Pappillion and Buck Wild were absolutely awesome!! The Helicopter tour was changed to the 25 minute version due to the prescribed burn in a section of the canyon but the experience was still awesome!! (my only wish was that the video was closed captioned. Their safety guy did make sure to answer any questions I had. I am very deaf and wear hearing aids.) At Buck Wild the folks were fully vested in making their experience memorable! Trey is an awesome and wonderful guide. He had so much information to share and was considerate of our individual needs.
Highlight of trip to Grand Canyon
David_B, Oct 2023
Great experience! Flying across the widest part of the Grand Canyon was fantastic. Grand kids (7 & 4) thought it was the best trip ever and are still talking about it. Definitely the highlight of our trip to the Grand Canyon.
Will never use your service again EVER!
Antoinette_G, Oct 2023
I paid 349.00 for a 45 minute flight when I arrived they told me the flight would be shortened and I would be refunded. I was refunded only 47.00 for 30 minutes! I WILL NEVER USE VIATOR AGAIN! AND TRYING TO CHANGE THE DATE WAS SUCH A HASSLE! NEVER AGAIN
Best experience on our trip.
Viola_G, Oct 2023
What an incredible experience. We got lost getting there and they were so kind and helpful. Natalie was our pilot and she was great! Would highly recommend this flight. Loved the longer time compared to other companies. A memory we will never forget. Thanks!!!
Overpriced and no good photos
Greg_A, Oct 2023
I always wanted to go on a helicopter tour. Unfortunately this was very disappointing. You couldn’t take any quality photos or video because of the reflection on the window. We requested a front seat but weren’t accommodated. The pilot didn’t personalize the experience with any fun facts. We just listened to a recording. Our tour was also shortened with no explanation provided. Papillon tries to run this like an amusement park ride too by not allowing you to take your own pictures so they can squeeze another $25 out of you. Like spending over $1000 wasn’t enough. They also tack on a gas charge. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.
Beautiful scenes, smooth...
Debby_H, Oct 2023
Beautiful scenes, smooth and quiet ride, great music, smooth checkin, well organized company. Wish we could have gone lower into the canyon, otherwise a great experience!!
Devastating disappointment
Charles_L, Oct 2023
The rating I have given is purely down to the disappointing experience my friends and I had from Papilion. Out Helicopter experience had been booked for months. We had flown from the UK to holiday in Arizona, with the exciting prospect of a trip of a life time touring the Grand Canyon by air and Hummer. We were buzzing on the day as we got up early for the 2 and half hour drive to the Canyon. On arrival at the desk of Papilon the disappointment could have knocked us over, once our names had been taken we were informed that our trip had been reduced from the 45 min tour to the 25 minute. It may not seem a great issue but the experience of those extra 20 minutes is colossal. We were told that due to unscheduled servicing the number of Helicopters had been reduced so our experience was to be cut short. They stated that they had emailed to advise of the reduction to service. On checking the emails, papilion had definitely sent the email 1 hour prior to our arrival, which obviously wouldn’t have been received as we were travelling. For me and my friends it was devastating to get this news on arrival. All of the above said, the lady at the check in desk, Ester, was absolutely amazing, she went out of her way to ensure we were transferred to their rival company Maverick for the flight, unfortunately we still could not take the Hummer ride as the times didn’t correspond. The added issue was that we had to pay Maverick again for the flight whilst the Papilion refund was being issued. The 1 star rating is given not for the service and attention received on arrival, this was second to none, but purely for the pre planning and lack of early prior communication. We all understand that weather may have caused issues too but where servicing is concerned proper prior planning would have prevented the piss poor performance on this day.
Breathtaking views!
Wendy_H, Sep 2023
Breathtaking views! We could only do the shorter 25 minute tour due to the winds, but it was fantastic and I would highly recommend this tour.

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