New York City

New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island

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New York Helicopter Tour Manhattan Brooklyn and Staten Island
  • 25 to 30 minutes
  • Flight time: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See New York City’s skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park, to name just a few, plus Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and much more. Then continue to see Brooklyn, Staten Island and more. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Enjoy a helicopter sightseeing tour around New York City
  • Choose from multiple departure times
  • Experience breathtaking aerial views
  • See landmarks like Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and more

What's Included

  • Shared Helicopter Flight (shared experience with other travelers)
  • Live commentary on board, Floor to ceiling windows, Climate controlled cabin
  • Heliport Landing and Facility Fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • HeliNY - Downtown Manhattan Heliport
    6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA

    Check-in is 30 minutes before your flight time. The heliport is a large gray cement building with a big clock on the front. Please let security know you are flying with Helicopter Flight Services and they will direct you to our staff.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Brooklyn Bridge (Pass By)

Statue of Liberty (Pass By)

Chrysler Building (Pass By)

Empire State Building (Pass By)

Ellis Island (Pass By)

Rockefeller Center (Pass By)

Central Park (Pass By)

General Grant National Memorial (Pass By)

Coney Island (Pass By)

Yankee Stadium (Pass By)

Hudson River (Pass By)

George Washington Bridge (Pass By)

Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (Pass By)

Intrepid Museum (Pass By)

Columbia University (Pass By)

Brookfield Place (Pass By)

Verrazano Narrows Bridge (Pass By)

Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex (Pass By)

New York Harbor (Pass By)

HeliNY (Pass By)

Palisades Interstate Park (Pass By)

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

One World Trade Center (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 276 lbs
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 275 lbs may be unable to fly. If passengers require a seat belt extender they will be unable to attend.
  • A current valid government issued photo ID is required on the day of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All bags are subject to inspection. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 2 must sit in an adults lap at no charge.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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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Featured review
It was an amazing experience especially if you've never been in a helicopter before! I was lucky enough to get the front seat next to the pilot but my husband felt a bit squashed in the back as we didn't realize we booked an experience with other people. It's still a worthwhile experience!


309 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 309 reviews
Split party
Daniel_A, Apr 2024
The tour was great, but there are only 5 seats in the back. So if you're planning on sharing the experience with someone, just hope that they don't get the front seat and leave you on the back. You don't really get a choice on this.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for flying with us, Daniel. The final seating in the helicopter is determined by the weights of all passengers in the flight. You can request a seat but we are unable to guarantee your seat in advance.
Amazing if in the good seats
Jayne_M, Dec 2023
Very professional set up and lovely people, headsets were not sanitised and if you were sat back to back with the pilot disappointing views
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your honest feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the flight. A deep clean using EPA approved chemicals is conducted at the beginning and end of each day. Our Bell 407 helicopters seat 6 passengers with 1 pilot. There is 1 seat up front next to the pilot and a cabin with 2 seats facing backward and 3 seats facing forward. Seating is determined by the weights of all passengers on the flight so we cannot guarantee you a seat in advance. Our aircraft have floor-to-ceiling glass windows for excellent views from any seat.
A must do in NYC
Mark_P, Dec 2023
Fantastic experience first class from checkin to flight and all the views…only point to highlight is the pilot could have been more engaging based upon experiences in other cities for the same. But highly recommend and worth every penny.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for flying with us! While our pilots do their best to narrate the flight, their main job is flying the helicopter. We appreciate your feedback and appreciate your 5 star review!
David_S, Dec 2023
Excellent and smooth experience . Professional staff from start to finish. Easy to book . Pilot was knowledgeable and didn’t feel rushed .
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We love to hear it! Thank you for joining us at HeliNY, David!
A treasure Trove of energy
Norio_O, Dec 2023
It was a wonderful time. We got energy of powerful from NYC. We would like to one more time and night time next.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We're so glad to hear you would fly with us again! Thank you for joining us at HeliNY!
Memory for a lifetime
StigMorten_N, Nov 2023
Amazing tour over New York. Did see a lot. The pilot could tell a lot about the places we could see trough th big windows in the helicopter.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We love to hear that our floor to ceiling windows provided a great view. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY!
Helitour around NYC
Thomas_E, Nov 2023
Awesome tour around the city, with a very cool pilot. A little windy but was a fantastic experience!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
We love to hear the flight was a 5 star experience! Thank you!
Incredible, loved it, do it.👍
Peter_D, Oct 2023
The flight over New York exceeded my expectations. The pilot was brilliant explaining what we were seeing. I will take another flight when j get back to New York before flying back to Australia, 100/10
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Wow, we can't wait to see you again Peter! Happy flying!
Fabulous sky!
Taking off for an incredible adventure! Seeing so many places in one glance. A new angle to discover such a wonderful city.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
We are so grateful you chose us at HeliNY for your experience!
Bucket list delight!
Joan_H, Sep 2023
Take off. Pilot had interesting &knowledgeable info. I’d recommend the long flight! Try it everyone That’s all
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your recommendation, Joan!
Very good tour
Grace_M, Sep 2023
It was very pleasant ..and awesome great experience we took the 25-30 mins tour we get to see all river side of the manhattan , bridges , statues of liberty , ellie's island , etc ..
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Our deluxe tour is our most thorough tour of NYC. Thank you for choosing us at HeliNY for your experience, Grace!
really cool expierience
Bettina_T, Aug 2023
good organisation, felt super safe all the time nice pilot gave lots of information, answered all questions and pionted many landmarks out
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Safety is number one!! Thank you for choosing HeliNY!
A must do!!!
Angie_G, Jul 2023
My son and I ( Hayden Greene Fit) had a blast on our ride. Thanks so much for an awesome experience!!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you for joining HeliNY Angie!
Excellent experience, highly recommend the 30 min tour!
Sandra_S, Jul 2023
Our pilot was so kind, very knowledgeable and a great tour guide! Our flight felt safe and comfortable. It was my first time in a helicopter so I was nervous, but my boyfriend and I had a fantastic time. I do wish we had a bit more time for photos.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Our pilots go above and beyond! We are so proud to hear this rave review of your experience. Thank you for visiting HeliNY and this honest feedback!
KayAlexander_L, Jul 2023
Great and wonderful experience overall, including the check-in and safety measures and staff meeting you at the gate all the way to the start of the flight. A certain "must-do" if financial means allow it. Worth every penny.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Safety is our number one priority. We walk all passengers to and from the helicopter, after going over a safety video, to ensure the upmost measures are taken. Thank you for this awesome review and for choosing HeliNY for this "must-do" activity!
A don’t miss “Helicopter Tour”
Roy_G, Jul 2023
This helicopter ride was the experience of a lifetime. For anybody who has not experienced New York City’s breathtaking landmarks from a Birdseye view or who has lived there without this type of view of the skyline it is a must. Me and my fiancé planned many events for 5 days, but this was the best one. Five out of five!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Wow, we are so happy to hear that our flight over Manhattan was your favorite experience in NYC! Thank your for choosing HeliNY for this adventure!
My first helicopter tour and helicopter ride.
Mathew_M, Jun 2023
Definitely a great helicopter tour. I am visually impaired and right away as soon as I got here, the staff were extremely helpful. I didn't do this just for the tour, scenery and photography, I did this also because I wanted to fly in a helicopter for the first time. They took me out to the helicopter first and helped me board before everyone else. When we took off, the pilot was great. He did a really good job of narrating the different buildings and scenery around us. Even answered passenger questions which was great. And one of the best parts of all, it was on a Bell 407 which is one of my favorite helicopters. Great tour, awesome staff, cool helicopters and overall a great company.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for this awesome review Mathew! HeliNY is so proud we were able to give you this level of satisfaction with your flight experience. Our ground and pilot staff are both great at what they do. We are thrilled to hear you felt the same. Thank you for flying HeliNY!
Awesome experience
Madhumenon_V, Jun 2023
Great experience . It is definitely worth the money spent .we got An extremely friendly and professional pilot (it’s a shame I didn’t get her name so that I could have mentioned her here ). The whole check-in and safety briefing was very well managed . We were 5 of us on the flight (4 from our family sitting at the back and a solo traveller in the front with the pilot ). Only area of improvement. is that the photographer could have taken different clicks as it would have been a very worthwhile memory .
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We are so glad you could join us and these kind words on our staff and pilot! We appreciate the feedback and look forward to improving our experience for all our wonderful passengers.
Up and away
Richard_K, Jun 2023
The whole flight was amazing and the fact that we booked the half hour flight meant we got to see a lot more of new york.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thanks for joining HeliNY, Richard! Our Deluxe tour is our most comprehensive tour and a great way to get the most out of a flight over NYC!
annesophie_l, Jun 2023
Very very expensive for what it is! Tour lasted 20min rather than 30min. We were seated in the opposite direction of the flight, you seat in front of other people, have no room for feet because it a tiny, could not hear each other during the flight. The windows were dirty to pictures are spoiled.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We're sorry to hear you found your experience unsatisfactory. Please reach out to us via email to discuss further at . Our pricing falls in line with helicopter tourism in NYC. The Deluxe tour is a 25-30 minute flight including take off and landing. This tour includes the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Chelsea Piers, Times Square, The Intrepid, Central Park, Columbia University, Grant's Tomb, Yankee Stadium, The Palisades, George Washington Bridge, Northern Tip of Manhattan, Verrazzano Bridge, and Brooklyn. There is 1 seat up front next to the pilot and a cabin with 2 seats facing backward and 3 seats facing forward. All of our flights go up the Hudson and make the same journey back down. This means that both forward-facing and back-facing passengers will experience the same views! Seating is determined by the weights of all passengers on the flight so we cannot guarantee you a seat in advance. Our Bell 407 helicopters are considered some of the most spacious in the industry. Our maintenance team is actively cleaning our aircrafts. We appreciate your feedback and will be reviewing with our team to make sure all our helicopter windows are suitable for excellent pictures of the beautiful Manhattan skyline!
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