New York Helicopter Tour Routes

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New York Helicopter Tour Routes

What are the different routes New York helicopters take? Which attractions do you fly past? Read all my tips here and book the right tour for you.

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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 tours. The price is about CA$331 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. It takes the same route as the Sky Tour, marked with the red line, but this helicopter tour continues on, further towards Harlem. You even see Yankee Stadium. This tour takes approximately 18 minutes and costs about CA$400.

Book the Scenic Tour here

The route with the blue line is called the Grand Island Tour. This is the longest tour available, and consequently, it also costs the most. Your fly past Staten Island and even see as far as the Bronx. Including, of course, the same sites 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$524.

Book the Grand Island Tour here

Helicopter flight on a Sunday

The majority of the helicopter tours depart from Manhattan. Due to strict city regulations helicopters are not permitted to fly from Manhattan 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.

Book your helicopter flight on a Sunday here

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Evening Flight

If you really want to do something spectacular, book an evening flight! See the lights of New York from above as you pass by the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square, among others. The flight departs from New Jersey and you can get there by train from Penn Station.

Book the Evening Flight from New Jersey here

VIP Helicopter Tour including Limousine/SUV Transfer

This helicopter package makes you feel like a VIP! It combines a helicopter flight with a limousine/SUV transfer to and from the helicopter platform. The luxury ride will pick you up in Midtown, Downtown or Lower Manhattan and bring you conveniently to the departure location of the flight. During the helicopter tour you can enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and One World Observatory from the air.

Book the VIP Helicopter Tour including Limousine/SUV Transfer here

Private Helicopter Tour

Do you want a private helicopter flight, is money no issue? Then this is your chance! On this tour, you’ll see the most popular sights of New York, alone or with your friends, family, or loved one. The helicopter seats a maximum of five people, so if you are only two of you, 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 question to ask or a day to celebrate.

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

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 for your date.

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.

Which routes do the helicopters take in New York?

There are three main helicopter tour routes in New York. It's best to view the map to see how they fly and what attractions you'll pass.

How long does a New York helicopter tour take?

Helicopter tours range anyway between 12 minutes and 25 minutes. Read my tips on which one is the best here.

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