Best Helicopter Tours in New York City

Manhattan from above
Manhattan from above | © Benjamin Combs / Unsplash
For the best views of the Big Apple, you’ll have to travel above it. Get a new perspective on the landmarks you know and love (and some you’ve only ever seen on the big screen) on the best helicopter tours in New York City.

Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

There’s a reason this budget-friendly helicopter tour is the most popular in New York City. Passing over sightseeing staples like the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, and FiDi’s Wall Street, this best-seller (reasonably-priced at $224 per person) captures the best of the Big Apple in just 15 minutes.

VIP Night Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise

Two very different experiences await passengers on this VIP package. First, the VIP Night Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise whisks passengers over New York City landmarks like the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Afterward, swap your favorite helicopter tour highlights on an hour-long cruise around New York Harbor, ending with a champagne toast in front of the Statue of Liberty.

New York by night © igormattio / Pixabay

New York City Private Helicopter Aerial Experience

Take an already-luxurious experience to new heights on this customized private helicopter experience. Booking this package guarantees you a window seat, from which you’ll take in 30 minutes’ worth of sightseeing on a tour tailored to your interests, whether they entail Yankee Stadium or the New Jersey Palisades. A professional-quality group photo is included in the price of this once-in-a-lifetime treat, which accommodates up to five passengers.

New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island

See all of New York City on this comprehensive 25 to 30-minute tour. While most helicopter trips limit themselves to Manhattan, this thorough ride provides views of New York Harbor and all five boroughs, including the Bronx (Yankee Stadium) and Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bridge).

Helicopter 1-on-1 Flying Lesson

The best seat in the house (or helicopter) can be yours on this one-on-one helicopter flying lesson. An experienced pilot delivers a 30-minute briefing before handing over the Robinson Helicopter’s controls to you. Multiple HD cameras will be on hand to capture your first flight, with the New York-Connecticut coastline and Hudson River below.

Flight training © Kristopher Allison / Unsplash

Couple’s Private Helicopter Tour

Raise the bar (way up) on this private helicopter experience designed with date night in mind. A customizable in-flight soundtrack accompanies the tour that centers on sites you may recognize from your favorite romances (such as Love Story and Sleepless in Seattle), for altitudinal amour.

Private Helicopter Transfer from Lower Manhattan to New York Airports

Recommended for anyone on a tight schedule, this private helicopter service operates between all three of New York City’s major airports and Manhattan’s central Pier 6. With a transfer time clocking in at less than 10 minutes, this is high-end travel’s most efficient ferry option.