New York Helicopter Tour Routes

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New York Helicopter Tour Routes

What do you see exactly when you take a helicopter tour of New York? Click here to see photos from a helicopter tour. What route do the helicopters take and how do I know which helicopter tour is best for me? A short flight or a longer one? Because I often get asked these questions, I created this page.

Below you can find descriptions of some different flights on offer, three of the routes are also shown on the map. There are no more flights on Sundays that depart from Manhattan. This means, though, that the other days do sell out faster, so reserve your spot before you travel to New York.

Manhattan Sky, Scenic and Grand Island Helicopter Tour

The route with the red line is called Manhattan Sky. This helicopter tour takes approximately 12-15 minutes and is the shortest of all three helicopter tours. The price is about CA$283 which also makes it the cheapest helicopter tour.

Book the Manhattan Sky Tour here

The route with the yellow line is called the Scenic Tour. You see the same route as the tour marked with the red line (Manhattan Sky Tour), but this helicopter flight travels on further toward Harlem and you even see Yankee Stadium. This tour takes approximately 18 minutes and costs about CA$391.

Book the Scenic Tour here

The route with the blue line is called the Grand Island Tour. This is the longest tour, but it also costs the most. Your flight includes Staten Island and you will even see the Bronx. Of course, you will also see the same routes as the tours marked with the red and yellow lines (listed above), but you will see much more with this route. This price is approximately CA$505.

Book the Grand Island Tour here

Helicopter Flight on Sunday

The majority of the helicopter tours depart from Manhattan. Where, due to strict city regulations they are not permitted to fly on a Sunday. Do you still want to take your helicopter flight on a Sunday? Then there is a good value flight, which departs from New Jersey and even includes the option to take a transfer to the heliport!

Book your helicopter flight on a Sunday here

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Evening Flight with Cruise

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE! If you really want to do something spectacular, book an evening flight with cruise! You’ll first take a helicopter flight that takes 12 to 15 minutes (see the red route below). The flight leaves around 5.30 p.m., which means that between October and March, you’ll have a real evening flight, but one in the afternoon/sunset between April and September. You can then take a short walk to Pier 16 to board the cruise. Leaving from Manhattan the boat takes you passed the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island and One World Trade Center. You’ll be able to enjoy a glass of (complimentary) champagne while taking in the Statue of Liberty too!

This is the ONLY evening flight with departure in Manhattan! You will be amazed at all the beautiful lights. An absolute must, especially for people who already done a helicopter tour and now want to experience something unique. The price is around CA$377.

Book the Evening Flight with Cruise here

If you want to fly later in the evening or if the above flight is sold out, you can book this evening flight that leaves from New Jersey. You can get here by train from Penn Station. This flight doesn’t include a cruise.

Book the Evening Flight from New Jersey here

No Door Helicopter Tour

Just as spectacular, is the no door helicopter flight. Perfect for adrenaline junkies, budding photographers and anyone else who wants to do something extra special in New York. Without the restrictions of the doors, you have the clearest views of Manhattan and all its famous sites. The flight departs from an airport in New Jersey, close to Manhattan. After take off, you fly for 15 minutes over Downtown Manhattan. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the views and take some beautiful photos.

Book the No Door Helicopter Tour here

VIP Helicopter Tour

Do you want a private VIP helicopter flight, is money no issue? Then this is your chance! With this 30-minute tour you’ll see the most popular sights of New York, alone or with your friends/loved-one. The helicopter seats a maximum of 5 people, so if you are only with 2 people, the free seats will be empty, so you’ll have the whole helicopter to yourselves. This is a great thing to do if you have an important day to celebrate. This flight leaves from New Jersey, you can travel there by train from Penn Station.

Additional Information

Important! After booking your flight, make sure you contact the tour operator to confirm the exact date and time of your booking. After making your booking online, you will receive a voucher by email containing all the operator’s contact information. I advise that you contact them at least two weeks in advance. If you are booking within the week prior to your flight, get in touch with the operator right away to confirm the time and date. The earlier you confirm your booking, the more choice you have of the available time slots.

If your plans change upon arriving in New York and you want to rebook your helicopter flight, you can do so by contacting the tour operator.

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