New York Helicopter Tour Routes

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New York Helicopter Tour Routes

What are the different routes New York helicopters take? Which attractions do you fly past? Read all of my tips here and book the right tour for you.

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Below you can find descriptions of some different flights on offer, three of the routes are also shown on the map. There are no more flights on Sundays that depart from Manhattan. This means, though, that the other days do sell out faster, so reserve your spot before you travel to New York.

Manhattan Sky, Scenic and Grand Island Helicopter Tour

The route with the red line is the Manhattan Sky. This helicopter tour takes approximately 12-15 minutes and is the shortest of all three tours. The price is about £159 which also makes it the cheapest helicopter tour.

Book the Manhattan Sky Tour here

The route with the yellow line is called the Scenic tour. It takes the same route as the Sky Tour, marked with the red line, but this helicopter tour continues on, further towards Harlem. You may even see Yankee Stadium. This tour takes approximately 18 minutes and costs about £214.

Book the Scenic Tour here

The route with the blue line is called the Grand Island Tour. This is the longest tour available, and consequently, it also costs the most. You fly past Staten Island and even see as far as the Bronx. Including, of course, the same sites as the tours marked with the red and yellow lines (listed above), but you will see much more with this route. The price is approximately £249. Now also available with roundtrip transfer from Midtown Manhattan!

Book the Grand Island Tour here

Helicopter flight on a Sunday

The majority of the helicopter tours depart from Manhattan. Where due to strict city regulations they are not permitted to fly on a Sunday. Do you still want to take your helicopter flight on a Sunday? Then there is a good value flight, which departs from New Jersey and even includes the option to take a transfer to the heliport!

Book your helicopter flight on a Sunday here

New York Helicopter Tour Routes - Manhattan Skyline 

Evening Flight with Cruise

EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE! If you really want to do something spectacular, book an evening flight with a cruise! First, you’ll take a helicopter flight for 12 to 15 minutes (see the red route below). The flight departs at around 17:30, which means, between October and March you’ll experience a real evening flight but between the months of April and September, it will be in daylight/sunset. Afterwards, you take a short walk to Pier 16, where you will board the cruise. Setting sail from Manhattan, the boat takes you past the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island and One World Trade Center. In addition, you can enjoy a (complimentary) box of four chocolates while taking in the Statue of Liberty!

This is the ONLY evening flight which offers a departure in Manhattan! You’ll be amazed by the beautiful lights when taking the tour in the winter months. An absolute must, especially for people who have already done a helicopter tour and now want to experience something unique. The price is around £257.

Book the Evening Flight with Cruise here

If you want to fly later in the evening, or if the above flight is sold out, you can book this alternative evening flight. It departs from New Jersey and you can get there by train from Penn Station. This flight doesn’t include a cruise.

Book the Evening Flight from New Jersey here

No Door Helicopter Tour

Just as spectacular, is the no door helicopter flight. Perfect for adrenaline junkies, budding photographers and anyone else who wants to do something extra special in New York. Without the restrictions of the doors, you have the clearest views of Manhattan and all its famous sites. The flight departs from an airport in New Jersey, close to Manhattan. After take-off, you fly for 15 minutes over Downtown Manhattan. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the views and take some beautiful photos.

Book the No Door Helicopter Tour here

VIP Helicopter Tour including Limousine Transfer

This helicopter package makes you feel like a VIP! It combines a helicopter flight with a limousine transfer to and from the helicopter platform. The fully-equipped limo will pick you up in Midtown, Downtown or Lower Manhattan and bring you conveniently to the departure location of the flight. During the 20-minute helicopter tour you can enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and One World Observatory from the air.

Book the VIP Helicopter Tour including Limousine Transfer here

Private Helicopter Tour

Do you want a private helicopter flight, is money no issue? Then this is your chance! With this 30-minute tour, you’ll see the most popular sights of New York, alone or with your friends/loved-one. The helicopter seats a maximum of five people, so if there are only two of you, the free seats will be empty and you’ll have the whole helicopter to yourselves. This is a great thing to do if you have an important question to ask or day to celebrate. This flight leaves from New Jersey, you can travel there by train from Penn Station.

Book the Private Helicopter Tour here

Additional Information

Important! After booking your flight, make sure you contact the tour operator to confirm the exact date and time of your booking. After making your booking online, you’ll receive a voucher by email, containing all the tour operator’s contact information. I advise that you contact them at least two weeks in advance, if not before. If you are booking within the two weeks prior to your flight, get in touch with the operator right away to confirm the time and date. The earlier you confirm your booking, the more choice you have of the available time slots for your date.

If your plans change upon arriving in New York and you want to rebook your helicopter flight, you can do so by contacting the tour operator.

New York Helicopter Tour Routes-map

Which routes do the helicopters take in New York?

There are three main helicopter tour routes in New York. It's best to view the map to see how they fly and what attractions you'll pass.

How long is a New York helicopter tour take?

Helicopter tours range anyway between 12 minutes and 25 minutes. Read my tips on which one is the best here.

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