Take a helicopter tour in New York

Take a helicopter tour in New York

A helicopter tour of the city is just fabulous. You really won’t regret it, read this post if you want to know more about visiting New York City from above! 🙂

Why is it absolutely necessary to fly a helicopter in New York?

And yes I insist, this is a “must”!!!:)
No joke, I can confirm that this trip will allow you to enjoy an incredible and magnificent view of Manhattan. I know you may see Manhattan from the plane, but there’s no comparison with the view from a helicopter.
Just one advice: “if you have the budget, just do it!” It’s unique!
I did it many times and I never get tired of it!
There’s so much to see!

Which helicopter tour company to choose from?

There are a number of companies offering helicopter flights throughout different locations in the city.
Now, be careful in choosing random companies, like I said, this is a real budget, thus it would be a shame to go wherever.
As a result, I especially recommend 3 companies who are working with Citysights: HeliNY and Liberty Helicopter Tours NYC.
Anyway, the choice is yours however it’s true to say that these companies will guaranty a beautiful experience. I did it many times and as a result, I can guaranty it. Tested and approved 🙂

Reserve a flight

Which helicopter tour packages are available?

These companies offer similar flight options:

Company Tour duration Rates
Liberty Tour** 12-15 minutes $199
Central Park Tour** 17-19 minutes $266
The New Yorker Helicopter Tour 12-15 minutes $234
The Ultimate Helicopter Tour 17-20 minutes


The Deluxe Helicopter Tour 25-30 minutes $374
Liberty Helicopter – The Big Apple* 15 minutes $224
Liberty Helicopter – New York, New York* 20 minutes $309

ADDITIONAL $40 per person Heliport fee payable prior to boarding with Liberty Helicopter (*) and $35 with New York Helicopter (**).

This is what you can see while touring New york in a helicopter

15 min helicopter flight: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island & Governors Island, 9/11 Memorial/Freedom Tower & Battery Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Times Square, Central Park, Intrepid.

20 min helicopter flight: the same thing plus: Harlem, Columbia University, Yankee Stadium, George Washington Bridge, and more….

30 min helicopter flight: the same package as the 20 min flight + the world-famous and colorful Coney Island Beach & Amusement Park, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge & Staten Island and The jaw-dropping Palisades Mountains.

When is the best time of the day to enjoy the helicopter tour?

If I could give you a good tip is trying to book according to your schedule but unfortunately it’s not always possible.
However, the best tip is to book a flight in the afternoon around 2 or 3 pm to avoid the front sun exposure especially when taking pictures of Manhattan or the statue of Liberty.

What if it rains the day of your New York helicopter tour?

What you need to know once you’ve booked your New York City helicopter tour is that most of the time the company will give you a day of flight but no specific time.
Therefore, 2 days before the flight, you would have to call the helicopter company in order to get a scheduled appointment for your NYC flight but most importantly, they will tell you if the weather is ideal or not.
If the forecast announces “sunny” weather for your helicopter tour then you’re good to go.
If the forecast predicts “average” weather then you should call 24 hours prior.
And if “rain “is expected, the helicopter company will reschedule a new appointment the following day or few days later depending on yours and the company’s availability. Usually, there’s always a way to make it work.
Finally, if you really experience a rainy week, you need to know that if you reserved with citysights, your flight won’t be reimbursed even if you didn’t flew but available during a year. If there’s a storm like Sandy, you will get your money back of course.

Have a good flight!

I hope I did manage to convince you whether with pictures or in writing that the helicopter tour is a must!!!
Yes, it’s true that it’s not cheap but since you don’t come to New York every day, I think that you should treat yourself even if you have to eat ramen noodles back home from New York for a month, “DO IT”!!!!! Before booking your flight, check the coupons to get 10-15% off!
On that note, have a nice helicopter tour in New York!!!! 😉

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My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

2 commentaires

  1. Sophia Slate says:
    Thank you for your great tip on how you should book a flight in the afternoon around 2 or 3 pm to avoid the front sun exposure. My husband and I are trying to plan our vacation for our anniversary next month, and are thinking of taking a helicopter tour. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind if we do decide to go on a helicopter ride.

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