New York City

New York Helicopter Tour: Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing

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New York Helicopter Tour Ultimate Manhattan Sightseeing
  • 17 to 20 minutes (approx.)
  • Flight time: 17 to 20 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

See New York City’s breathtaking 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 up the Hudson River to see even more of Manhattan. 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 throughout the day
  • All facility and service fees plus a fuel surcharge are included
  • See landmarks like Yankee Stadium, Central Park, and Ellis Island

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour puts you in the sky for views from the Statue of Liberty to Yankee Stadium.

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)

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)

Hudson River (Pass By)

Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (Pass By)

Columbia University (Pass By)

Brookfield Place (Pass By)

Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex (Pass By)

HeliNY (Pass By)

Palisades Interstate Park (Pass By)

Intrepid 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 not be able 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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muhammad_i
Great experience would definitely do it again, highly recommended, it’s unique experience everyone should do

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Amazing
muhammad_i, Feb 2024
Great experience would definitely do it again, highly recommended, it’s unique experience everyone should do
Amazing views but a shame about the rude staff.
Kieran_G, Dec 2023
The actual helicopter ride was amazing and the pilot was very friendly but the experience was let down by the rude ground staff that you are met by. We were booked for the 5pm slot. I booked this slot so that it would be dark when we went up in the helicopter. You are asked to arrive at 4:30pm for a 5pm start. We arrived a bit early at around 4:20, we checked in and as we checked in we were asked how we feel about going up a bit early. I responded with we would rather not as I have booked it for 5pm when it is dark and the sun currently still hasn’t fully gone down so it is still light outside. If the staff at this point turned around and said okay that’s fine then I wouldn't be writing this review. Instead they tried to tell us that you are asked to get there at 4:30pm so that you can take off anywhere between 4:30-5:00pm. I said well it doesn’t say that anywhere on the documentation, it says get there at 4:30pm for a 5;00pm start. They were clearly just trying to fill spaces on an earlier flight and were trying to blag you into agreeing to it. I even said at one point when they kept trying to pressure us to go up early you aren’t leaving us with much of a choice. The main bloke then tried to play it down even more by saying it won’t be fully dark until about 5:30pm which was complete rubbish, it was dark at 5pm. In the end it was around 5pm when the helicopter took off and like I say the views were amazing and the pilot was brilliant but the dealings with the other staff definitely left a sour taste in our mouths.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for flying with us at HeliNY and for your honest feedback. We have raised this concern with our ground crew to ensure all of our passengers have the best possible experience.
Fantastic experience.
Mark_B, Dec 2023
Whole experience was memorable. Well managed from start to finish. Fortunate to have good weather which obviously makes the sight seeing more enjoyable.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad the flight was memorable and the weather held strong. Thank you for flying with us at HeliNY!
Absolutely breathtaking
Paisley_W, Dec 2023
Flying through lower manhattan the river to mid manhattan is a sight i will never forget. Once in a lifetime opportunity ticked of my bucket list
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad you joined us for a flight over NYC!
Amazing views
Diego_B, Dec 2023
Me and my girlfriend had an amazing time and loved the experience from beginning to end. We got there earlier then our time slot and they let us fly earlier we were so happy definitely recommend 10/10
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad we could accommodate your flight. Thank you for flying with us at HeliNY, Diego!
Absolutely amazing must do!
Alexandria_S, Dec 2023
The professional staff, the focus on making you safe and the commentary! Definitely the best way to enjoy the fabulous skyline of New York!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad to hear the flight, commentary, and staff were all awesome. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY!
Amazing
John_G, Dec 2023
Amazing excellent service could not fault the whole experience the whole set up is slick and the costs are ok
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you John!!
Great way to see New York
cahwycop, Dec 2023
Very organized excursion. All of the staff were polite and friendly. The helicopter tour was the perfect way to see Manhattan from the air. We felt safe and secure the entire time. Highly recommend this adventure!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We're so glad to hear it! Thank you for joining us at HeliNY!
Exceptional flight.
Sonia_D, Dec 2023
Utterly superb experience. Perfect communication. Smoothest flight (I was terrified and I didn’t even notice the take-off) and simply wonderful views. 100% recommend. Go for the 20 mins - so worth it. I’d do it all over again.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad to hear that the flight was so superb. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY, Sonia!
Great!
jolanda_e, Nov 2023
Very nice, had good views. Loved it! Very good service, friendly people, comfy seats. Really would suggest the trip
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for flying with us!!!
Helicopter Ride NYC
cathal_k, Nov 2023
Brilliant adventure and well worth every penny . Was one of the highlights of the holidays for sure . Kids had a ball.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are honored to be a holiday highlight! Thank you for joining us at HeliNY!
Amazing!
Lisa_H, Nov 2023
Amazing experience. Everything was so organized, professional and friendly. Pilot excellent and very experienced! Loved it!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for joining us at HeliNY, Lisa!
Awesome experience !
Anne_T, Nov 2023
It’s just awe inspiring to be able to get that Birds Eye view. We were so lucky to be blessed with a fantastic clear sunny day . Super friendly and professional team made sure everything ran smoothly . Once in a lifetime opportunity grab it if you can
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are glad to hear you enjoyed the flight, Anne. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY!
Hubby's birthday memory 2023
Natz_T, Nov 2023
My trip was a birthday surprise to my husband, we were scheduled for 4pm but we were early and so we got on our flight earlier than scheduled. Which made our views even more beautiful, tour was great and a very smooth flight. Great job to the team@viator
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for joining us at HeliNY for the special birthday!
Awesome
Ellis_C, Nov 2023
Awesome trip, very knowledgable staff. Amazing views. We were early for our slot and staff enabled us to get on an earlier trip.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
We are so glad we could provide you an awesome flight over NYC!
New York 2023
Margaret_M, Nov 2023
Had a fabulous time the views was spectacular and the staff was very professional and friendly, I would highly recommend this if you go to New York
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for recommending us at HeliNY and for visiting!
Super duper amazing!
Ricardo_B, Nov 2023
The trip was by far super awesome. It was my first time so I'll admit I got lost and couldnt find my way to the location. Thanks to the guy I forgot his name tall and strong dude, had contacted me and help me navigate my way to the spot. Also they were patient with me as I showed up five minutes late. It is quite pricey but hey which one isnt, fuel is expensive, Thanks everyone! PS helicopter pilot was friendly and knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
We appreciate your kind words for our staff and team. Thanks for flying with us at HeliNY!
Great customer service, slick full refund
Brian_M, Nov 2023
Although our flight was cancelled due to poor weather, the customer service was excellent, and our money refunded without any issues. Just a shame we weren't in New York long enough to rearrange.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for rating us 5 stars even though you weren't able to fly due to weather, Brian. We hope to see you again soon!
Excellent
Wayne_y, Nov 2023
Seeing New York from the air was a excellent experience all the staff were very friendly and helpful the pilot was really nice and informative
Response from Host, Nov 2023
That's so awesome, Wayne!! Thank you for flying with us at HeliNY!
Friendly and...
Sue_O, Oct 2023
Friendly and knowledgeable team. The most amazing experience . The best way to spend our 25th wedding anniversary
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Happy 25th Anniversary!! We are honored you chose to spend it with us at HeliNY!
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