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The Complete Guide to Plan Your New York Helicopter Tour

Gear up for a unique and thrilling experience as you soar across the New York skyline on a luxurious helicopter. On this page, you'll find everything you need to plan for your tour, including the operating hours, the best time to take the tour, the sights you'll see, & more!

New York Helicopter Tours | Operating Hours

New York Helicopter Tours | Operating Hours

From Downtown Manhattan:

  • 15-minute helicopter tour: 9am to 4pm
  • 20-minute helicopter tour: 9am to 5pm
  • 30-minute helicopter tour: 9:30am to 4:30pm

*Tours operate every hour for the 15-minute tour and every half hour for the 20 & 30-minute tours.

From Linden Airport:

  • 30-minute helicopter tour: 6pm to 9:30pm

Reporting Time: 30 minutes before departure.

Operating Days: All helicopter tours operate only from Monday to Saturday. The tours are not operational on Sundays.

Best Time to Take the Tour

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Where are the Departure Points for the New York Helicopter Tours?

Depending on the tour you choose, your departure point will either be from New York or New Jersey. Here are the locations of the two heliports.

Manhattan: Downtown Manhattan Heliport

New Jersey: Linden Airport

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

How do I get to the New York helicopter tours departure point?

Downtown Manhattan heliport getting there

Downtown Manhattan

Heliport: Downtown Manhattan Heliport

  • By Subway: You can 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: Routes M1, M6, or M15 will get you to South Ferry.
  • By Car: Drive towards FDR and then take Exit 1.
New Jersey linden airport directions

New Jersey

Heliport: Linden Aiport

  • By Train: Lines NC and NJCL go towards Linden Airport.
  • By Bus: Take bus numbers 115, 48, 56, or 57.

Know Before You Go

Facilities
Accessibility
Visiting with Family
Rules & Safety
Routes
Facilities new york helicopter tours
  • Helicopter: Step into a luxurious high-end helicopter to enjoy an aerial tour of New York.
  • Lockers: Large bags and suitcases are not allowed on the tour. You can check them in at the locker facility at the heliport.
  • Seating: Each helicopter has a maximum of 6 seats excluding the pilot.
Accessibility new york helicopter tours

Please note that wheelchairs are not permitted on the helicopter for safety reasons. However, the dedicated staff at the heliport will be more than happy to assist you in transferring from your wheelchair to the comfortable seats inside the helicopter.

Once on board, you'll be seated with your legs bent, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. If you weigh more than 150 lbs, please make sure you arrange for additional assistance to help you board the helicopter and settle into your seat. Rest assured, the team at the heliport will handle the transportation of your wheelchair to and from the departure point, ensuring your convenience throughout the flight.

Visiting with Family | new york helicopter tours
  • The New York helicopter tour is an enjoyable activity to share with your children.
  • Infants under 2 do not require a ticket and must be seated on the lap of their parent or guardian at all times.
  • Children over 2 must sit in their own seats.
  • Make sure you talk to your children about following safety instructions before the flight.
Rules & Safety new york helicopter tours
  • The weight limit for the tour is 275 lbs. If you weigh more than this, you might be required to pay an additional fee or wait for the next tour for safety reasons.
  • Rides may be cancelled or rescheduled due to bad weather, during games at Yankee Stadium, or during Presidential visits.
  • You may be asked to check in your handbags.
  • There will be a mandatory security screening before the tour begins.
  • Keep your seatbelts buckled at all times during the flight.
  • Don’t eat anything too heavy before the flight as you will be flying at high altitudes.
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Visitor Tips

  • Carry a pair of sunglasses if you're taking the tour during the day.
  • Expect to see some killer views of the city on your tour! You can take a camera or use your phone to capture amazing aerial pictures of New York from above.
  • The helicopter ride will be windy. Wear a jacket and carry a hair tie or cap to enjoy the tour comfortably.
  • Choose to go early in the morning, during sunset, or at night for the best views.
  • Keep an eye out for all the popular landmarks across the city as you'll be covering a lot of them on your helicopter ride.
  • Your helicopter tour comes with live commentary throughout the trip. Pay attention to interesting facts and stories about the city from your tour guide to make your tour more memorable.



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Frequently Asked Questions About Planning Your New York Helicopter Tour

Why should I take a New York helicopter tour?

Taking a helicopter tour around New York is one of the most thrilling ways to soak in the sights of the city and get a quick look at its most famous landmarks in one go.

How do I book tickets for the New York helicopter tour?

You can purchase your New York helicopter tours online.

How much does it cost to take a helicopter tour of New York?

New York helicopter tours start from $199.

When is the best time to take a New York helicopter tour?

Plan your ride first thing in the morning, during sunset, or at night for the best views.

What are the helicopter tour's operating hours?

The NYC helicopter tours departing from Manhattan operate between 9am and 5:30pm, while the tour from Linden Airport is available from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Are group tickets available for the New York helicopter tours?

Yes, you can book group reservations for up to 6 persons per trip, depending on the availability of seats. if you'd like to take the tour in a group, we suggest booking your tickets well in advance.

Can I take the New York helicopter tour with my kids?

Yes, the New York helicopter tours are very suitable for families with children. Prams and strollers are not allowed on the helicopter. Infants and very young children must be seated on your lap.

Is the helicopter tour wheelchair friendly?

Yes, the helicopter tour is accessible to individuals with reduced mobility, however, wheelchairs are not allowed onboard the vehicle.

Is food available on the helicopter tour?

No, food is not available on the tour, however, you may carry light snacks with you for the ride.

How long is the helicopter tour of New York?

The helicopter tours last between 15 to 30 minutes depending on the type of tour you choose.

Is it worth taking the helicopter tour of New York?

The helicopter tour of New York is sure to be an unforgettable experience and is definitely worth it!