New York Helicopter Tours

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Soar above the "concrete jungle" on a New York helicopter tour

The New York skyline is one of the most recognizable worldwide, adorned with iconic landmarks such as the famous Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge, all of which highlight the essence of the city. What better way to appreciate this city in its entirety than looking at the landscape from an aerial perspective? Stay on this page to find out everything you need to know about the New York helicopter tours!

Finding your way around the New York helicopter tours guide

  1. Why go on a New York Helicopter tour?
  2. Things to know before booking a New York helicopter tour
  3. Your New York helicopter tours explained
  4. Find your best New York helicopter tour match
  5. Your New York helicopter tour route map
  6. All you need to know about your helicopter
  7. Your guide to checking in & boarding your New York helicopter
  8. Your checklist for a hassle-free boarding experience
  9. Plan your visit
  10. A quick look at some New York helicopter tour reviews

Things to know before booking a New York helicopter tour 

If this is your first helicopter ride, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered! Just go through this list of things to keep in mind before your first helicopter tour in the New York skies.

  1. Book your tickets well in advance! The New York Helicopter Tour is a popular experience that sells out quickly so you'll want to secure your spot as early as you can. Additionally, planning your tour at the start of your NYC trip allows ample time for potential rescheduling due to weather conditions, making sure it seamlessly fits into your itinerary.

  2. There will be a security screening before the flight, so head over to the heliport at least 30 minutes before departure for a hassle-free experience. Last-minute arrivals may not be allowed to fly.

  3. Boarding points are available in New York (Downtown Manhattan Heliport) and New Jersey (Linden Airport), depending on which tour you opt for.

  4. Keep in mind that the weight limit for the tour is 275 lbs per passenger. Each tour accommodates 6 passengers per flight within the mentioned weight limit, if you are above the limit you might have to wait for the next tour for safety reasons. You may also be required to pay an additional fee if the number of passengers per trip has to be altered.

  5. Children under 2 don’t require tickets, but they must be seated on the lap of an adult. Adults need to make sure to keep their seatbelts on at all times. ​​For some tours, a parent or guardian must be present to sign a consent form if the rider is under 18.

  6. Travel light and carry only necessary items when you go on the tour. Depending on the total weight of all passengers and available space, you may be asked to check in your hand luggage.

  7. The helicopter tour is weather-sensitive. In case of bad weather conditions, the flight may be rescheduled or canceled without notice to ensure the safety of all guests. Rides may also be canceled or rescheduled during games at Yankee Stadium or Presidential visits.

  8. A mandatory heliport fee is applicable for each individual. This is not included in the price of your tickets.

  9. Have a look at the route maps to choose a tour based on the duration and routes of the helicopter tours. The longer the duration of the tour, the more attractions are covered.

  10. For the tour from Linden Airport, a complimentary shuttle pick-up from Linden Train Station is available.

Your New York helicopter tours explained

new york helicopter tour from downtown manhattan

Helicopter tours from Manhattan

  • Enjoy stunning aerial views of the New York skyline as you soar across the sky in a luxury helicopter.
  • Spot iconic landmarks like Central Park, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and more!
  • Choose between 15, 20, and 30-minute helicopter rides, based on your preference.

Departure point: Downtown Manhattan Heliport (Find on Maps)
Attractions covered: 13+ sights including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, & Brooklyn Bridge.
Timings: Day tours fly every 30 minutes from Manhattan for the 15 and 20-minute tours from 9am to 5:30pm. Tours fly every 60 minutes for the 30-minute tour from 9am to 5pm.

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new york helicopter tour from linden airport

Night helicopter tours from Linden, New Jersey

  • Discover New York from a whole new perspective on a thrilling helicopter ride that starts from Linden Airport across Manhattan.
  • Soar past the Statue of Liberty, the Financial District, Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and other famous landmarks.
  • This 25-30 minute NYC helicopter ride is a unique way to quickly cover the city's sights.
  • Your night time tour will show you the city in a unique perspective, sparkling in millions of lights below as you look at them from between the stars.

Departure point: Linden Airport (Find on Maps)
Attractions covered: 15+ sights including the George Washington Bridge, Times Square, & the Yankees Stadium.
Timings: Night tours fly every 30 minutes from 6pm to 9:30pm.

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Find your best New York helicopter tour match

Experience
Timings
Boarding point
No. of Sights covered
Route
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15-Min Standard NYC Helicopter Tour
new york helicopter tour timings
Every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm
Downtown Manhattan Heliport
9+ attractions
Heliport > Governor's Island > Ellis Island > Statue of Liberty > Central Park > Chrysler Building > Empire State Building > Times Square > U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum > Chelsea Piers > West Village >Tribeca > Ground Zero > 9/11 Memorial > Heliport
20-Min Ultimate NYC Helicopter Tour
new york helicopter tour timings
Every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm
Downtown Manhattan Heliport
12+ attractions
Heliport > Governor's Island > Ellis Island > Statue of Liberty > George Washington Bridge > Central Park > Empire State Building > One World Trade Center > Grant's Tomb > New Jersey's palisade cliffs > Inwood Hill Park > Yankee Stadium > Hudson River > Heliport
30-Min All-Inclusive NYC Helicopter Tour
new york helicopter tour timings
Every 60 minutes from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Downtown Manhattan Heliport
15+ attractions
Heliport > Governors Island > Ellis Island > Statue of Liberty > Verrazano Narrows Bridge > Staten Island > Coney Island > Heliport
NYC Helicopter Night Tour
new york helicopter tour timings
Every 30 minutes from 6pm to 9:30pm
Linden Airport
23 attractions
Heliport > Statue of Liberty > Financial District > Brooklyn Bridge > Battery Park > One World Trade Center > Hudson River > One World Trade Center > Empire State Building > 9/11 Memorial fountains > Statue of Liberty > Heliport

Your New York helicopter tour route map

Quick facts about your helicopter

new york helicopter ride facts
  • You will be flying in the Bell 407 GX, a type of helicopter known for its versatility, performance, and advanced technology.
  • The helicopter will be equipped with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Synthetic Vision Display Units, and Terrain Warning Avoidance Systems (TWAS).
  • You might have heard that choppers can get noisy, but fret not! Your helicopter also comes with state-of-the-art noise reduction technology.
  • The Bell 407 GX can seat a maximum of 6 people. This ensures a smooth ride since weight can be evenly distributed.
  • In a full chopper, a couple of passengers might have to take the middle seats, but the Bell 407 GX’s big windows ensure that every passenger on tour has a front seat experience.
  • If luxury is what you’re looking for, this chopper offers you comfortable seating, a roomy cabin, and a safe ride while you’re at it!
  • The helicopter has a 375-mile range and can fly at speeds of up to 160 mph.
  • Other helicopters that are used include the Bell 427 (7-seater), Airbus EC130T2 (7-seater), and the Airbus EC155 (12-seater, 530-mile range and capable of 200 mph).

Get here, before going up in the air: Boarding points for your NYC helicopter ride

Now that you’re prepped with all you need to know before booking your New York helicopter tour tickets. Here are the two heliports from which you will take off on your New York aerial journey depending on the tour you choose.

Downtown Manhattan Heliport

Location: Manhattan

Address: 6 East River Piers, NY 10004 | Find on Maps

Nearby landmark: You can spot the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza Square right opposite the heliport.

Closest bus stop: South St/Whitehall St | 4-minute walk

Closest subway station: WTC Cortlandt | 6-minute drive

Linden Airport

Location: New Jersey

Address: 1101 W Edgar Rd, Linden, NJ 07036, United States | Find on Maps

Nearby landmark: Look out for the street Wildcat Way that you can spot diagonally opposite Aspen Dental - Linden.

Closest bus stop: Legacy Square North 70'n Of Pleasant Street | 14-minute walk

Closest subway station: Linden, 2 S Wood Avenue | 5-minute drive

Your checklist for a hassle-free boarding experience

  • Arrive early: Don’t take the infamous New York traffic head-on! Try to reach the heliport at least 30-45 minutes before your scheduled departure to make sure you have enough time to get through the security screening and baggage check-in if needed.
  • Bring a valid ID: You will be asked to share an ID proof before flying so have your government-issued photo ID or passport ready.
  • Follow instructions: Listen carefully to the safety briefing provided by staff before boarding. Make sure you secure your belongings and don’t forget to secure yourself using the seatbelt while you’re at it!
  • Board calmly: Wait for your turn to board the helicopter and follow the instructions of the ground crew for a smooth departure. Don’t rush and do the same while deboarding.
  • Enjoy the experience: Don’t forget to be in the moment and take in the stunning views of New York City from above!

Plan your tour

Timings
Getting there
Accessibility
Rules & safety information
Visitor tips
Things to do nearby
new york helicopter tours timings

Helicopter Tour from Downtown Manhattan:

  • 15-minute tour: 9am to 5pm
  • 20 & 30-minute tour: 9am to 5:30pm

Helicopter Tour from Linden Airport:

  • 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Best time to go on an NYC helicopter tour: The best time to ride on a New York helicopter tour is during the spring or fall months. Spring (March to May) offers mild weather with blooming flowers and clearer skies, while fall (September to November) provides stunning foliage colors and comfortable temperatures, making for picturesque aerial views of the city.

*All tours are operational only from Monday to Saturday since New York has flight restrictions on Sundays.

Downtown Manhattan helipad
Downtown Manhattan

Departure point: Downtown Manhattan Heliport

Address: 6 East River Piers, NY 10004 | Find on Maps

  • By Subway: Take lines 1 and 2 to South Ferry, line 3 to Wall Street, lines 4 and 5 to Bowling Green, line R to Whitehall Street, or line J to Wall Street.
  • By Bus: Take M1, M6, or M15 to South Ferry.
  • By Car: Take Exit 1 off the FDR.
Linden Airport

Departure Point: Linden Airport

Address: 1101 W Edgar Rd, Linden, NJ 07036, United States | Find on Maps

  • By Train: Train lines NC and NJCL will get you to Linden Airport.
  • By Bus: Take routes 115, 48, 56, or 57.
new york helicopter tours accessibility

For all the New York helicopter tours, you will need to transfer from the wheelchair onto the helicopter and be able to sit in one of the seats with your legs bent.

Downtown Manhattan Heliport: For passengers under 150 lbs, the staff can assist you into the helicopter and will bring your wheelchair to and from the Heliport while you are flying.

For passengers over 150 lbs, you must be able to transfer on your own or have someone with you who can assist you up into the helicopter.

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Frequently asked questions about the New York helicopter tours

Are there any restrictions to go on a New York helicopter tour?

The maximum weight limit for each passenger is 275lb. Individuals weighing over this may be asked to wait for a flight that can safely accommodate them. Seat belt extenders can be provided if required.
Additionally, please note that children below 2 must be seated on the lap of an adult at all times during the ride.

Where are the boarding points for the New York helicopter tours?

The boarding point for tours departing from Manhattan is at Downtown Manhattan Heliport, while the tours from New Jersey start from Linden Airport.

What happens if the weather is bad?

If the weather conditions are bad, your tour may be canceled or rescheduled. You can either opt for an alternate date suitable to you or get a full refund.

Are there any discounts for children?

Children below 2 do not require tickets.

How do I get to the heliport in Manhattan?

You can take subway lines N, R, W, or 1 to get to Downtown Manhattan Heliport. The closest stations are South Ferry station and Whitehall St-South Ferry station.

How do I get to Linden Airport?

To get to Linden Airport from New York, you can take the NJ Transit from New York Penn Station to Linden Station, New Jersey. A complimentary shuttle is available from Linden Station to Linden Airport on request.

Is parking available at the heliport?

Parking is available at Linden Airport but not at Downtown Manhattan Heliport. If you’re driving to the Manhattan departure point, you can park your vehicle at nearby parking garages located at South Street & Whitehall Street, South Street & Old Slip Road, or at the South Street Seaport (Pier 17).

What time do I need to arrive at the heliport?

Plan to arrive at the heliport at least 30 minutes before your departure time.

Should I take the day or night helicopter tour?

Choosing between the day or night helicopter tour is solely based on your preference. While the day tour offers a clear and stunning aerial view of New York, the night tour offers a unique opportunity to witness the city adorned with night lights.

*Have more questions about the New York helicopter tours? Visit our FAQs page for a complete list of questions and answers covering a wide range of topics.