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Your guide to the New York helicopter tours operating hours

What are the NYC helicopter tour operating hours?

New York helicopter tours Timings

Helicopter tours from Manhattan

15-minute tour: 9am to 5:30pm (flights available every 30 minutes)
20-minute tour: 9am to 5:30pm (flights available every 30 minutes)
30-minute tour: 9am to 5pm (flights available every hour)

New York helicopter tours Timings

Helicopter tours from New Jersey

30-minute tour: 6pm to 9:30pm (flights available every 30 minutes)

*All tours do not operate on Sundays due to New York flight restrictions.

Best time to take an NYC helicopter tour

New York helicopter tours Timings

Peak season vs low season

The best time to ride on a helicopter tour over New York is typically from April to October. You can have a great look at the city all while escaping the strenuous tourist crowds.

Avoid the winter months, specifically January and February, since the city experiences cold temperatures, snowstorms, and icy conditions, making outdoor activities less enjoyable at this time and offering lower visibility.

If you ride on a New York helicopter tour during the spring or fall months, you can be privy to the stunning colors of blooming flowers across the city.

Peak season: April to October
Low season: January to February

New York helicopter tours Timings

Weekday vs weekend

The best time to go on a New York helicopter tour is on a weekday. On weekends, since the service is only available on Saturdays, there is likely to be more of a rush to book the tour.

Taking the weekday tour may also result in less co-passengers allowing a roomy and more personalized experience.

On the other hand, taking the helicopter tour on weekends will give you the unique opportunity of seeing the city come alive in all its hustling-bustling glory! With a plethora of cultural events, bustling markets, vibrant nightlife, the weekend tour will let you see the cityscape in a livelier atmosphere.




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Frequently asked questions about the NYC helicopter tour timings

What are the NYC helicopter tour operational hours?

Day tours fly every 30 minutes from Manhattan for the 15 and 20 minutes tours from 9am to 5:30pm. Tours fly every 60 minutes for the 30 minute tour from 9am to 5pm. Night tours fly every 30 minutes from 6pm to 9:30pm.

Are the New York helicopter tours operational every day?

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

When is the helicopter tour closed?

The New York helicopter tours are closed on Sundays.

How long is a New York helicopter tour?

The New York helicopter tours give you the option to choose between 15, 20, and 30 minute helicopter tours.

What is the best time to go on an NYC helicopter tour?

The best time to go on a New York helicopter tour is during the spring which is from March to May or fall months that fall between September and November.

Is the helicopter tour open on public holidays?

Yes, the helicopter tour is operational on most public holidays except Sundays, during presidential visits, or Yankee games.

Are helicopter tours available year-round?

Yes, helicopter tours operate year-round, offering different perspectives of New York City in every season.