Big Apple Helicopter Tour

Big Apple Helicopter Tour NYCWhat could possibly be more exciting than flying over the best sights of the Big Apple for 15 minutes in a helicopter?! We’re guessing not much. You will be flown over the Hudson River, have the chance to meet face-to-face and look into Lady Liberty’s eyes, as well as experience the mighty Empire State Building, the art deco inspired Chrysler Building and busy Central Park from above. A helicopter tour is highly recommended, especially for first-time visitors to New York.



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  • Ideal for first-time visitors
  • Several departures per day
  • Unforgettable views & pictures

Tour description:

The Big Apple Helicopter Tour is truly a one-of-a-kind adventure that you won’t forget easily. Taking you high above the Manhattan skyline, you will get the chance to view New York City from a truly amazing angle and take pictures that you wouldn’t be able to, from the observation decks far below you. Looking down on the famous attractions of NYC while you fly above them is a unique experience.

Looking at the 93-meter high Statue of Liberty directly in the eyes start your helicopter trip off in a spectacular fashion as you soar over Liberty Island. You will also see all the highlights of Manhattan: the World Financial Center, for example, home to major financial organizations such as Merrill Lynch and American Express. It stands 225 meters tall as Giant glass facades reflect sun, sky, and water to create a humbling experience you will only experience from the sky. The Empire State Building is, of course, a must-see for every visitor of New York! The Chrysler, Woolworth, and Met Life Buildings also stick out among the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline of Manhattan.

You will stay close to the Hudson River throughout your flight, allowing you to take fantastic panoramic shots of Ellis Island and the George Washington Bridge. This is underscored by the exciting information that the pilot shares with you during the flight via headsets, making sure fully appreciate the wonders of this aerial sightseeing tour.

Information on the tours

Departure point:

Departure from Downtown Manhattan Heliport

Departure times:

Departures daily Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; every 30 minutes (on the hour and every half hour). Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.

Please note: Flights on Sundays have now been disallowed by the city of New York meaning that flight times are even more scarce. Make sure to book your tour in good time before your trip.

After your arrival in New York, contact the operator to confirm your departure time.
Departure times are approximate as they depend on weather conditions and weight limitations.

approx. 15 minutes

Tour returns to original departure point.

Starting at $160

Good to know:
The advertised price does not include the Heliport/Security fee of USD 30 per person that you have to pay at check-in.


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