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Helicopter Tours

15-Min Standard NYC Helicopter Tour from Downtown Manhattan

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Soar above the Big Apple during this 15-min helicopter ride! Witness 9+ iconic landmarks of NYC, within a short budget, with live pilot commentary.


  • Take to the skies on this 15-min helicopter tour of NYC which is perfect for you if you're short on time and looking for an economical tour of the Big Apple.

  • Fly past the iconic Ellis Island, the symbol of the American Dream, and the Statue of Liberty, as your pilot, an adept storyteller, regales you with stories.

  • Travel up the Hudson as you soar 1500-2000ft above the ground and get a closer look at city highlights like the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.

  • Upgrade to a 20-min or 30-min helicopter ride and take your time being awed by the multiple attractions of the Big Apple.

  • Fun fact: A helicopter ride will give you a view of the Statue of Liberty that you can usually only see in movies!


  • 12 to 15-min shared helicopter tour

  • Aerial view of 9+ attractions

  • Live commentary by the pilot

  • Noise-cancelling headsets

  • Optional helicopter tour upgrades


  • Heliport fees ($40) to be collected at check-in

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.


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  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Belgium
  • Austria
  • France
  • Ireland
Guests from United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden and over 18 countries have loved this experience
abdulai sow



Jul, 2024

Amazing experience, everyone is so nice and professional. Views are immaculate and this will be a memory ill cherish forever! Thank you!
Anna Hahne



May, 2024

A must do when in NY! A memorable experience for sure. Would like to do the night flight next time. Can highly recommend!
Bárbara Hellen Nunes



Mar, 2024

Hello, despite having changed my hours, it was excellent, the people who work there, do everything to make us smile, the men and the girl who works at the computer, the boys are really nice, thank you 🙏🏽
Paola Filippini



Mar, 2024

Tutto perfetto esattamente come indicato in fase di conferma, anzi sono arrivata circa 1h prima e ci hanno anticipato la prenotazione. Esperienza indimenticabile!
Genesis R. Cruz-Molina



Oct, 2023

This was a really enjoyable experience - it was very beautiful to see NYC from above like that. However, there are a few things that could be improved: 1. It was very difficult to understand/hear what the tour guide was saying. Maybe a written script with a "map" of the aerial route would be helpful to be able to identify the various city landmarks. I definitely missed some just because I couldn't understand or hear well what was said. 2. They take pics at the beginning and at the end they tell you that you can have all photos that were taken digitally. We were unaware that the tour guide took multiple photos and that all photos would be available for purchase. We thought they took ONE photo so all of our photos look the same. If this was told to us beforehand, we would had enjoyed the photos more. A suggestion would be to have "X"s marked on the floor where you are supposed to stand for a photo or add a "mock" helicopter for JUST photos. We were told that we now know for next time but this is a once in a lifetime type of experience. Overall it was a good experience but it could be enhanced with a little bit better service.

A voyage over the New York skyline on a budget

Get ready to view the best of NYC within a tight budget as you're whisked into the skies for a 15-min helicopter ride, and get a panoramic view of New York's iconic landmarks. As the rotors hum and the city shrinks below, be regaled by the live commentary. Glide by 9+ celebrated attractions and watch the colossal Statue of Liberty, a gift from France in 1886. Let Ellis Island's rich history envelop you; did you know it processed over 12 million immigrant arrivals at its peak?

Manhattan's majestic wonders close-up

As you traverse up the Hudson, feast your eyes on the art-deco splendors of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings. Drift by the Intrepid Museum and witness the organized frenzy of Chelsea Piers. The tour encapsulates the essence of New York, from Times Square's neon bustle to the tallest building in New York, the One World Trade Center, and is perfect for budget travelers. You can also upgrade your tickets to a 20-min or 30-min helicopter ride to view a larger number of landmarks in the city.

Sights covered

  • Statue of Liberty

  • Ellis Island

  • One World Trade Center

  • Chelsea Piers

  • The Intrepid

  • Times Square

  • Empire State Building

  • Chrysler Building

  • and more popular attractions

Additional information

  • Children aged under 2 don’t require tickets but must sit on the lap of an adult.

  • The weight limit is 275 pounds or 125 kg per passenger, passengers who weigh more than this or close to this may have to wait for a flight that can safely accommodate their weight.

  • The helicopter does not fly over Manhattan itself, but up the Hudson, beside Manhattan.

  • Book your tickets in advance as the New York Helicopter Tour sells out quickly.

  • Plan your tour at the start of your NYC trip to account for potential rescheduling due to weather conditions.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please arrive at the redemption point 30 mins before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the redemption point.

Ticket redemption point

  • Please check your final voucher for the redemption point details and specific instructions.
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