New York City

The Manhattan Helicopter Tour of New York

Badge of ExcellenceNew York, United States
  • 12 to 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Flight time: 12 to 15 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a bird's-eye view of New York City on a brief helicopter tour that soars over the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park. While helicopter tours can become expensive quickly, this flight is just long enough to see all the top sights without spending extra time in the air, making it ideal for budget-minded visitors who want to get a comprehensive view of the city.
  • Enjoy a whirlwind sightseeing tour of New York City by helicopter
  • Hear informative commentary from your pilot as you go
  • See more of the city than you can on foot or ground tours
  • Depart from New York's Downtown Heliport, with a choice of several flight times throughout the day

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This short-but-sweet NYC helicopter tour is more budget-friendly than comparable sightseeing flights.

What's Included

  • Helicopter flight with shared experience among other travelers.
  • On-board live commentary and cabin with climate control.
  • Photos available for purchase as souvenirs.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • The heliport fee of $40 per person must be paid during check-in.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 6 East River Piers
    6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA

    Charm Aviation NYC- Downtown Manhattan Heliport 6 E River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Begin your helicopter tour near Battery Park, at the downtown location of the heliport. As you lift off over lower Manhattan, take in the rare views of One World Trade Center, the Woolworth Building, and the Statue of Liberty.

Continue north along the island of Manhattan for a glimpse of the Brooklyn Bridge. Once you reach Midtown, enjoy a bird's eye view of the Empire State Building, the New York Times Building, and the Art Deco design of the Chrysler Building. See the large green sprawl of Central Park before heading back to the heliport in lower Manhattan.

Please note: The listed price does not include the heliport fee payable at the time of tour check-in. The heliport surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.

Governors Island National Monument (Pass By)

Ellis Island (Pass By)

Statue of Liberty (Pass By)

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum (Pass By)

MetLife Building (Pass By)

Intrepid Museum (Pass By)

Chrysler Building (Pass By)

Central Park (Pass By)

Empire State Building (Pass By)

Brooklyn Bridge (Pass By)

Greenwich Village (Pass By)

Manhattan Skyline (Pass By)

Rockefeller Center (Pass By)

New York Harbor (Pass By)

The Seaport (Pass By)

Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex (Pass By)

One World Trade Center (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 275 lbs
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • To ensure timely departure, passengers must arrive at the heliport at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled flight time. For reservations scheduled after 4 PM, please consider heavy commuter traffic and allow yourself at least 45 minutes of travel time to reach the heliport.
  • Passengers weighing over 275 lbs./124 kg. are required to buy an extra seat at 100% of the retail price. Due to weight restrictions, seat assignments cannot be guaranteed.
  • A valid photo identification, such as a passport or driver's license, is required and match reservation.
  • Passengers are required to undergo scanning by a metal detector.
  • All bags are subject to inspection. Free lockers are provided to store your belongings during the flight.
  • Helicopter window seats aren't guaranteed due to weight and balance factors.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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.

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Don’t hesitate, this was by far the best thing we did on our break, fantastic customer service from start to finish, book it now you wont regret it,


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In time, great view, good...
Andrii_K, Jan 2024
In time, great view, good price, I had a chance to seat with a pilot, since I didn't have a couple Will be to pay additional fee when you are chacking in.
Elizabeta_T, Dec 2023
Very disappointed! You pay so much money online the they also charge you the fee in the office and don’t even let you take any pictures also not even 20 mins.You all be careful.Sad.Booked for two people ,they add three other strangers .Not fun.Absolutely not worth it.I’m sorry to write this .Just being honest.
Best views of the city
Louise_S, Dec 2023
Great experience and highly recommend for the best views of the city. Unfortunately the operator on the day was running very late which was frustrating but otherwise would have given 5 stars.
mcarney, Dec 2023
We had amazing time on this helicopter ride The only thing I would say you shouldn’t have to pay an extra 40 usd for insurance it should be included in the price . But saying that I would recommend this company
Helikopter ride once in a lifetime
Edwin_L, Dec 2023
This helikopter tour is a must do when you are visiting New York for 20 hours. You see all the hot spots in 12 minutes. I did the tour when it was dark outside and was very impressive
Great experience
Mark_B, Dec 2023
Great helicopter tour over the city ,we done the evening flight ,staff great and well worth it 🗽🗽🗽❄️🎄🎄🎄🎄
Amazing would highly recommend
Catherine_B, Dec 2023
What a great experience staff were lovely especially Ben they made us feel very welcome great company to deal with always keep us updated with emails,
Sue_H, Dec 2023
Best part of the trip was seeing the beautiful view at night with the helicopter flying over. My bucket list was complete with the beautiful views and weather
Great experience
Diane_F, Dec 2023
We had a great experience, the staff were reakky nice and friendly. The pilot was really nice and gave good information
Mark_B, Nov 2023
Wat can I say it was amazing and would recommend this to anyone it is expensive but worth it the only downside for me after paying over 800 euro for family of 4 before I came When I arrived at tour they said it was another 40 dollars per person
Amazing experience
Florin_B, Nov 2023
We booked the tour for something extraordinary and we made it. It is worth every single cent!! Best 20 minute lived in New York!
Everyone that work for the company was warm and passionate. My friend and I enjoyed ourselves!!!
Cierra_D, Nov 2023
My first time experience in a helicopter. The driver explaining each monumental spot, as well as getting close for a great picture of the Statue of Liberty.
Stunning views
Edwin_E, Nov 2023
Wonderfull flight with stunning views. First you get a perfect view of Lady Liberty, then you fly towards Manhattan and up anddown the Hudson.
Breathtaking views
Shonta_C, Nov 2023
Very nice experience. The best views! The instructor was very polite and full of knowledge. I will definitely go again.
Great views, informative...
Catherine_P, Oct 2023
Great views, informative pilot. Slow to board. On board headset faulty. Shop around more to get the best price
Great option for a Manhattan heli tour
Joo_C, Oct 2023
Great option for a Manhattan helicopter tour. Very convenient to depart from the Manhattan financial district, a 20 min ride from midtown (in comparison, similar companies offer this service with departures from much further away in New Jersey). The 15 min flight allowed us to see everything we wanted as we flew north until Central Park.
Deborah_M, Oct 2023
Amazing experience best way to see the city thank u! It is a must do activity when in New York. Team are great
Memory making
nicky_R, Oct 2023
When your 17 year old son tells you this is a memory he will carry with him forever, it's worth every penny
Great experience.
Victoria_S, Oct 2023
Great experience with excellent views and pilot. First ever helicopter ride and really enjoyed it. Thanks!
Do not book this!!
Frank_B, Oct 2023
we are very disappointed About the communication. Very rude at the desk and we will let everybody know not to book This helicopter tour. Very very disappointing that we even not Be offered a cup of coffee or some water. When we asked For one cup of coffee the answer was 5 dollar…… Never mind then… We understand that due problems with one helicopter causes delay, but Always try to communicate with passengers, who paid a lot of money, in a decent and friendly way..!!!! So please give us a refund
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