New York City

The Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York City

Badge of ExcellenceNew York City, USA
  • 17 to 20 minutes
  • Flight time: 17 to 20 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Get a bird's-eye view of the Big Apple and its boroughs during this scenic helicopter tour. Make your own way to the heliport and get ready to soar Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx during your flight. See more landmarks than you would if you were on foot, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tour of New York City by helicopter
  • Amazing views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Manhattan
  • Fly over the Hudson River and up to Yankee Stadium and Central Park
  • Choice of multiple flight times makes this easy to fit into any schedule

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, 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

Start this exciting aerial tour of New York City by hopping in the helicopter and ascending into the sky above the Big Apple.

Fly down the Hudson River passing One World Trade Center, the historic Woolworth Building, and the many towers of the Financial District. Then hover over the Statue of Liberty, getting an incredible view from above before flying near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that links Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Head back up the Hudson, passing along the way the New York Times building, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Intrepid aircraft carrier, and Central Park. Fly further uptown to see the gigantic St. John the Divine Cathedral, Columbia University, the famed Dakota apartment building, and the George Washington Bridge before landing safely back down at the heliport to conclude your tour.

Please note: The listed price does not include the heliport fee payable at the time of tour check-in.

Brooklyn Bridge (Pass By)

Statue of Liberty (Pass By)

Chrysler Building (Pass By)

Empire State Building (Pass By)

Ellis Island (Pass By)

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

Central Park (Pass By)

Yankee Stadium (Pass By)

Rockefeller Center (Pass By)

George Washington Bridge (Pass By)

Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (Pass By)

Columbia University (Pass By)

Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex (Pass By)

Intrepid Museum (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 exceeding 275 lbs./124 kg. will be required to purchase an additional seat at 100% of the applicable 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.
  • Must walk through a metal detector.
  • All bags are subject to inspection. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Helicopter window seats aren't guaranteed due to weight and balance factors.
  • No parking on site
  • 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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Jason_C
What an awesome experience. First time up in a helicopter and I have to say I was stunned by the magnificent views of Manhattan and new York. A must see. Thanks to our pilot who pointed out many other unknown land marks. Defo recommend this activity. Amazing.

Reviews

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Great experience
Mario_W, Apr 2024
Cool Pilot with Lots of Infos about New York, beautiful weather and nearly No waiting time, great experience, was worth it!
Amazing experience
Jenn_W, Apr 2024
The Helecopter ride was amazing! I would recommend this to see all of NYC, the staff on the ground were really friendly and explained what to do etc Once in the air the pilot gave a commentary on what land marks you were seeing amd passing over. Really enjoyed with all the family.
Viator Bait & Switch
Brad_W, Mar 2024
The trip was great and so is the company that flies around New York. I felt safe and they were very friendly. What wasn't good was the fact that after paying almost $500 for 2 people through Viator we had to pay another $80 fee when we got there. Nothing from your company mentioned that. Since I didn't want to lose my $500, I paid the additional amount. But I'd like to sue you to get my money back for your bait and switch tactics. You'll hear from me soon. Won't use Viator again
Excellence
Gregory_G, Feb 2024
I loved it will do over and over again it was a great experience and I will recommend everyone do it
Helicopter tour
Kayla_M, Jan 2024
Amazing views of the city. I was apprehensive booking it due to the price, but I can now say it is 10000% worth it! The tour guide was lovely too and he gave us lots of information on different buildings we flew by!
Nice
Michael_B, Jan 2024
Had a great experience! It was uncomplicated and easy to get there. We visited all the relevant sights of new york.
Horrible liars they took...
Reem_E, Dec 2023
Horrible liars they took my money and cancelled my tour and didn’t get refund ! Worst experience ever !!!
Best fun during our weekend vacation
Marko_B, Dec 2023
It was Incredible exiting and one of the best experience we could have during our stay. I highly recommend to do this especially when you just have some days, you can save time in going up to each skyscraper. The team at the airport is amazing , the customer support from Viator was also very nice and helpful. Very nice experience.
NO GO!!!!!!
Mark_S, Dec 2023
Months ahead booked this trip. Trip cancelled by company. Evening before we were on. Reason landing rights????? Then in that morning again suddenly we were good to go, but only 4 out of 7….. Would not recommend this company. Helicopter flight was highlight of our visit and they spoiled it. Mixed messages about refunding and a lot of annoying communication!!!!! NO GO!!!
Never again!
Carla_C, Nov 2023
Hidden costs, not explained or on the information provided when booking! Very cramped seats and not a very nice experience! Pilot was lovely but reception staff extremely rude.
Worst helicopter experience
Caroline_S, Nov 2023
Worst helicopter tour I’ve been on. I’ve been to around 15 helicopter tours and this is by far the worst. The helicopter tour is basically you don’t get to see any of the big Apple from the right unless you sit on the right because there is people recording blocking your view. So when you wrap back around you are twice as far away and don’t get the tour the other people got. Me and my boyfriend got there first before the other group and the other group who had 3 people got the front 2 spots and the 1 right spot. Therefore us, the group of 2 got the 2 left spots that couldn’t see anything the pilot was pointing out to us. Also charged us for our photos outside of the helicopter, this was the first tour that even took their own photos, we’ve always been able to take them with our personal phone. For the amount of money they are bringing in they need to do a better job on being able to let everyone see. Why out the group of 2 in the back and split the group of 3, when the group of 2 (us) got there first could’ve sat in the front so we could see and the other group could’ve stayed together.
Amazing
Marleen_V, Sep 2023
View NYC from above was a wonderfull experience! We will recommend it to everyone. It was an experience you will never forget.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. It was an absolute pleasure touring the skies of New York City with you. Should your travels bring you back to NYC, we will be delighted to host you again. We certainly hope to exceed your expectations on your next tour.
Expect hidden charges
David_S, Sep 2023
The helicopter experience itself was very good. However, on arriving at the heliport we had to pay an extra $80 before we could fly. There was no mention of this cost at all when booking. One of the reasons we chose this tour was based on the price and it ended up more expensive than others after the hidden charges.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. It was an absolute pleasure touring the skies of New York City with you. Should your travels bring you back to NYC, we will be delighted to host you again. We certainly hope to exceed your expectations on your next visit.
Beyond Surprise
Rosa_M, Aug 2023
I surprised my hubby with this helicopter ride 😍 he was beyond surprised, and I was beyond happy with the experience 😊
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. It was an absolute pleasure touring the skies of New York City with you. Should your travels bring you back to NYC, we will be delighted to host you again.
Amazing!!!
Ann_B, Aug 2023
Great experience- staff are so welcoming and organised- felt safe - we had a commentary during the flight- it was just amazing !
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. It was an absolute pleasure touring the skies of New York City with you. Should your travels bring you back to NYC, we will be delighted to host you again.
Amazing experience and highly recommended!
Lorraine_S, Jun 2023
The staff in the facility were absolutely fantastic. They were so welcoming and chatty, especially Hugh who introduced himself to everyone he was looking after and was an amazing host! He took time to ensure my sister was ok as he knew she was nervous, as did some of the others staff and for that i’m very grateful. Our pilot Arnie was fab, really informative and happy to answer any questions we had. Thanks everyone!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We also appreciate your mention of our exceptional customer service. It was an absolute pleasure touring the skies of New York City with you. Should your travels bring you back to NYC, we will be delighted to host you again.
Never go to this website
Arman_H, May 2023
This is the worst company. I will never buy another ticket again on this website. It kept sending me the wrong address and we were late for our appointment. And canceled my tickets without telling me for no reason. Ruined my birthday. Thanks a lot. :(
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We also appreciate your mention of our service. Your feedback is extremely important to us as it allows us to refine our services and procedures. It was an absolute pleasure touring the skies of New York City with you. Should your travels bring you back to NYC, we will be delighted to host you again.
Good expérience
Thierry_P, Apr 2023
Everything went as planned. Good expérience. Ontime. Pilot kind and friend ly. Felt in security. Go for it !
Great experience although...
Joanne_M, Mar 2023
Great experience although very expensive. $40 per person fee to pay when we got there. Overall it was an experience of a lifetime
Great, but they should let customers take selfies on the tarmac
Kimberly_G, Mar 2023
It was a fun little 20-minute ride, giving us the highlights of the Big Apple: The One World Trade Center, The Edge, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, the Intrepid Museum, Central Park, etc. I'd avoid, however, if you're afraid of heights/small and tight aircrafts because my partner was a little bit nervous while we were in the air. There is some slight turbulence, too. I'm also a little annoyed that they wouldn't let us take pictures on the tarmac because they wanted to take photos of us ... and then sell it back to us for $25. And the pictures don't turn out great.
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