New York by helicopter: how to choose a flight tour over Manhattan

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How many times have we heard of the skyline of New York! We saw him scroll on the screens of our cinemas, in the sequences of Hollywood films, and his show won us over immediately: the charm of the imposing geometry of the skyscrapers that rise above the sea and aim straight at the clouds, the profile of the bridge of Brooklyn, the majesty of the Statue of Liberty, and who knows what else.

What if we told you that you could see it with your own eyes, and straight from the New York sky? To meet this need and ensure that it does not remain just a very suggestive dream, we have selected for you a series of tours of New York by helicopter. The choice of flights is wide and suitable for all budgets, so it's up to you to choose your personal, unforgettable high-altitude adventure.



Index

  • New York by helicopter: what to expect?
  • New York by helicopter: which tour to choose?
    • Manhattan Helicopters – Classic Manhattan Tour
    • Grand Island Tour
    • Liberty Helicopter Tours NYC – The Big Apple
    • Vip Air and Sea Tour (tour combinato)
    • Manhattan Helicopters – Deluxe Manhattan Tour
    • Liberty Helicopters Tours NYC – New York, New York
    • Manhattan Helicopters – VIP Manhattan Tour
    • New York by helicopter: general info and discounts

New York by helicopter: what to expect?

What does it mean to take a NYC helicopter tour? If on the one hand you will enjoy a unique panorama, touching the very high peaks of the skyscrapers, looking over the immense expanse of Central Park, looking at the Statue of Liberty in the eyes, on the other you must know immediately that your flight will not last long. time: the longer (and more expensive) tours are barely long 30 minutes, the others last even less. This can be cause for partial relief for those who suffer from vertigo but don't want to lose sight of New York by helicopter, but it may also appear less convenient for those who have always dreamed of flying among the clouds of an American sky.



Starting from this data, it is useful to have a criterion of choice: better to spend little and stay in flight over New York for a few minutes enjoying a quick view, or invest a few more money and extend what promises to be an experience. unforgettable?

New York by helicopter: which tour to choose?

Among others, there are two of the best companies that offer various NYC helicopter tours: Liberty Helicopter Tours NYC (which only has two price ranges) e Manhattan Helicopters (with a little bit of choice). Let's go and see the individual offers, obviously taking into account that the figures may vary periodically: we recommend choosing Viator for the purchase of the tour, because we found that you save something. Finally, among others, we will point out a very interesting combined tour, because it allows you to see New York by helicopter and by ship, with the magnificent evening lights.

Manhattan Helicopters – Classic Manhattan Tour

  • Duration: about 12-15 minutes
  • Available the guide in Spanish
  • Our opinion: the cheapest and in Spanish
  • What is overlooked:
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Ellis Island
    • Governors Island
    • Freedom tower
    • 9/11 memorial
    • Brooklyn Bridge
    • Battery Park
    • Financial District
    • Empire State Building
    • Chrysler Building
    • Madison Square Garden
    • Times Square
    • U.S.S. Intrepid, Sea, Air, & Space Museum
    • Central Park
    • George washington bridge
  • Take-off point: Downtown Manhattan Heliport, sul Pier 6 East River tra South Street Seaport e Staten Island Ferry.

Tour information



NB: we talked about this tour in more detail in our in-depth study on the helicopter ride in New York.

Grand Island Tour

  • Duration: about 25 minutes
  • Available the guide in Spanish
  • Our opinion:  the best for value for money (with guide in Spanish)
  • What is overlooked:
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Ellis Island
    • Governors Island
    • Freedom tower
    • 9/11 memorial
    • Brooklyn Bridge
    • Battery Park
    • Financial District
    • Empire State Building
    • Chrysler Building
    • Madison Square Garden
    • Times Square
    • U.S.S. Intrepid, Sea, Air, & Space Museum
    • Central Park
    • George washington bridge
    • Palisades Cliffs
    • Harlem
    • Columbia University
    • Coney Island Beach & Amusement Park
    • Grant’s Tomb
    • Verrazano Narrows Bridge
    • Staten Island

Tour information

Liberty Helicopter Tours NYC – The Big Apple

  • Duration: about 12-15 minutes
  • Our opinion: good cheap alternative
  • What is overlooked:
    • Governors Island
    • Ellis Island
    • Manhattans Financial District
    • Freedom tower
    • Empire State Building
    • Chrysler Building
    • Woolworth Building
    • Met Life Building
    • USS Intrepid
  • Take-off point: Downtown Manhattan Heliport, sul Pier 6 East River tra South Street Seaport e Staten Island Ferry.

Tour information


Vip Air and Sea Tour (tour combinato)

  • Duration:  flight: 12/15 minutes; duration of the crossing by ship: 1 hour
  • Our opinion: the most fascinating

This tour operates in the evenings from Monday to Saturday. Here's how you will have to organize yourself with the times.


  • 17.30: Check-in al Downtown Heliport
  • 18.15-19.00: flight (12-15 minutes each)
  • 19.30: Visit of the Statue of Liberty on New York Water Taxi
  • 20.30pm: Transfer to Times Square (by HFS transport)

Tour information

Manhattan Helicopters – Deluxe Manhattan Tour

  • Duration: 18-20 minutes
  • Available the guide in Spanish
  • Our opinion: the best in the mid-range (guide in Spanish)
  • What is overlooked:
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Ellis Island
    • Governors Island
    • Freedom tower
    • 9/11 memorial
    • Brooklyn Bridge
    • Battery Park
    • Financial District
    • Empire State Building
    • Chrysler Building
    • Madison Square Garden
    • Times Square
    • U.S.S. Intrepid, Sea, Air, & Space Museum
    • Central Park
    • George washington bridge
    • Palisades Cliffs
    • Harlem
    • Columbia University

and much more.

  • Take-off point: Downtown Manhattan Heliport, sul Pier 6 East River tra South Street Seaport e Staten Island Ferry.

Tour information

Liberty Helicopters Tours NYC – New York, New York

  • Duration: 18-20 minutes
  • Our opinion: valid alternative in the mid-range
  • What is overlooked:
    • Hudson river
    • Financial District
    • Freedom tower
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Governors Island e Ellis Island
    • Verrazano Bridge
    • Empire State Building
    • MetLife Building
    • Woolworth Building
    • Chrysler Building
    • Museo USS Intrepid
    • Central Park
    • St. John the Devine Cathedral
    • Columbia University
    • Yankee Stadium
    • George Washington Bridge
    • Palisades in New Jersey
  • Take-off point: Downtown Manhattan Heliport, sul Pier 6 East River tra South Street Seaport e Staten Island Ferry.

Tour information

Manhattan Helicopters – VIP Manhattan Tour

  • Duration: 30 minutes (bookings for a minimum of 4 people per flight)
  • Our opinion: the most complete
  • What is overlooked:
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Ellis Island
    • Governors Island
    • Freedom tower
    • 9/11 memorial
    • Brooklyn Bridge
    • Battery Park
    • Financial District
    • Empire State Building
    • Chrysler Building
    • Madison Square Garden
    • Times Square
    • U.S.S. Intrepid, Sea, Air, & Space Museum
    • Central Park
    • George washington bridge
    • Palisades Cliffs
    • Harlem
    • Columbia University
    • Coney Island Beach & Amusement Park
    • Grant’s Tomb
    • Verrazano Narrows Bridge
    • Staten Island

and much more.

  • Take-off point: Downtown Manhattan Heliport, sul Pier 6 East River tra South Street Seaport e Staten Island Ferry.

Tour information

New York by helicopter: general info and discounts

As for the NYC helicopter tours of Manhattan Helicopters, in addition to the minimum of 4 people per flight, it is necessary to take into account that:

  • No bags or personal items are allowed on board, excluding cameras
  • you have to pay about $ 35 per person in airport taxes (usually not included in the price)
  • the maximum weight of the single passenger is 160 kg
  • a document is required
  • prices may vary from moment to moment
  • weather conditions may change the tour schedule
  • flights depart with a crew of at least 4 people
  • flights depart every 15-20 minutes from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 19pm

If you want to buy a tour with Liberty helicopters, remember that:

  • a document is required
  • you have to pay about $ 35 per person in airport taxes (check if included in the price)
  • bags can be brought, subject to a security check
  • a metal detector check is foreseen
  • flights depart every 15-20 minutes from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 18pm
  • if you have purchased a New York Pass, you will have one 15% discount . Here is an article on how to get the best city pass for New York.

As you may have noticed, the offers for the New York tour by helicopter there is no shortage: it is up to you to choose the most convenient offer so that your flight over the Big Apple is an unforgettable experience.

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