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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

By HeliNY
Recommended by 96% of travellers
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Get a perspective on New York City that most visitors miss when you take to the air for a scenic helicopter tour. See Manhattan’s most iconic sights, from the Empire State Building to Central Park, in a matter of minutes; you even catch a glimpse of the majestic Statue of Liberty.
from
€214.42
per adult
from
€214.42
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 2-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 12–15 minutes
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English

Highlights
  • Enjoy an aerial perspective on New York City that most visitors miss
  • See many of Manhattan’s famous landmarks in a single ride
  • Multiple departure times throughout the day suit every itinerary
  • Your guide’s live commentary ensures you don’t miss any sights

  • Shared Helicopter Flight (shared experience with other travelers)
  • Live commentary on board, Floor to ceiling windows, Climate controlled cabin
  • Heliport Landing and Facility Fees
  • Fuel surcharge
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Based on your tour’s departure time—there are multiple tours throughout the day, from morning until sundown—make your way to the downtown Manhattan Heliport on the island’s southern tip. Following a safety briefing and preparations, climb aboard a comfortable helicopter and buckle in. As you take to the air, you are immediately rewarded with views over the city that most visitors miss out on. From this lofty vantage point, see many Manhattan’s most famous sights, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Hudson River and more. You also catch glimpses of landmarks beyond Manhattan, like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Throughout the flight, enjoy your pilot’s guided commentary. Your tour concludes back at your original departure point.

Departure details
  • HeliNY - Downtown Manhattan Heliport, 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA We are located at 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004. The heliport is a large gray cement building with a big clock on the front. Please let security know you are flying with Helicopter Flight Services and they will direct you to our staff.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18421P1

  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing more than 275 lbs (124 kg) may be unable to fly. If passengers require a seat belt extender they will not be able to attend.
  • A current, valid, government-issued photo ID is required on the day of travel
  • All bags are subject to inspection. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 2 must sit in an adults lap at no charge.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
  • We will demonstrate how life preservers are worn and you will put your own life preserver on. You will place your own belongings into complimentary lockers. Headsets will be provided without microphones and will be disinfected between flights. You will have the option to use disposable earplugs.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights?
How much is New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights?
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights price starts from €210.47. Discover and book New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights on Tripadvisor
What is the New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights cancellation policy?
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights on Tripadvisor
Which company provides New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights?
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights is hosted by HeliNY. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact HeliNY on Tripadvisor. Discover and book New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18421P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    HeliNY - Downtown Manhattan Heliport
    6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA
    We are located at 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004. The heliport is a large gray cement building with a big clock on the front. Please let security know you are flying with Helicopter Flight Services and they will direct you to our staff.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    HeliNY
    Statue of Liberty
    Ellis Island
    The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    MetLife Building
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Chrysler Building
    Central Park
    Empire State Building
    Brooklyn Bridge
    Brookfield Place
    Greenwich Village
    Manhattan Skyline
    Rockefeller Center
    New York Harbor
    Seaport District NYC
    Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex
    One World Trade Center
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

D8856WKricharde
D8856WKricharde
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Unique experience
Very special experience seeing the Statue of Liberty from above and all those tall NYC buildings underneath of you.
kristinehV5425BC
kristinehV5425BC
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THIS is how you see NYC at night.
Wow! This is the way to see the NYC lights. We did the private tour, so there were only 4 of us in the passenger ar
Apratim
Apratim
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Fantastic experience
I took the 30 minute ride. It was a lovely experience. Would definitely recommend. The pilot was very nice and frie
alinahO8799HY
alinahO8799HY
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Thank you! 100% recommend this organization!
Thanks a lot to all the people who supported us during this trip, pilot, instructor, photographer, and receptionist
Chargriff
Chargriff
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Amazing experience!
It was easy to book through Tripadvisor and everything was well organised when we arrived. Some of the reviews comp
samanthafG4801AV
samanthafG4801AV
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Amazing experience but be prepared to travel to the middle of nowhere
We were staying in New York just by Central Park. To get to this experience we had to travel for over an hour, on t
Getaway61647752570
Getaway61647752570
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Great experience
Everything was good from start to finish, it was well organised. My only disappointment was that it was a present f
Z1891AKchrisr
Z1891AKchrisr
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Unforgettable!
We were from Germany. It was unforgettable. Thank you very much. Excellence pilot and excellence helicopter.
Kirstymit
Kirstymit
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bit expensive but worth the money
an absolute fantastic way to see new york staff we’re really nice no hassle at all it was a really great experience
Tntpaige
Tntpaige
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100%
My first time in a helicopter did not disappoint! Our pilot Tim was absolutely amazing. He pointed out every possib
Nathalie L
Nathalie L
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Unforgettable
I don't give 5* because we booked a 15min trip and it lasted ~10min which was a pity for such a price! Otherwise I
M4018WRcoreyk
M4018WRcoreyk
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Romantic and alone
There are 5 seats in the back and one next to the pilot away from everyone else. Not so great as a couple celebrati
ozayd88
ozayd88
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Amazing experience
HeliNY is a great company, we were able to postpone our booking due to weather conditions and they were totally ok
dhontour2016
dhontour2016
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The Perfect Finale to our New York sojourn !!!
We could not have picked a better day for our Heli Tour of Manhattan. A bitterly cold, crispy morning with the most
ChrissyMirra
ChrissyMirra
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Nice Experience
The flight was amazing and we had really great weather! This was our first Heli flight and it was great. Unfortun
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Antonio B
Madrid, Spain8 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
You get exactly what you’re hiring: a 12-15 min flight around (not over) Manhattan and Liberty Island…

The guys operating the business are friendly and look professional and reliable.

On the downside: they give you a location on the chopper according to your weight in order to keep the maximum weight balance on board. The problem is that there’s a relevant difference in the whole experience depending on the place you’re given. People on the right side or in the front seat get neater and closer views than those sitting on the left side (needless to say I got a left side seat).

As for the price, it’s a matter of demand and supply. 260 $/person x 6 people/trip x 20+ trips/day… I’m not much into chopper trip costs, but it looks like too much. But, as I said, every slot was booked when I made my reservation. Good business !
Written 30 July 2022
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Vicky O
Liverpool, UK8 contributions
So easy to book on line and the price was great. The welcome at the Heliport was friendly, welcoming,professional and everyone’s safety was paramount. Dave the pilot gave a great commentary (even though it was his first day haha) I would recommend using these guys for an unforgettable part of your NY trip.
Written 2 April 2022
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Kenneth L
Walnut, CA4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Seeing the Manhattan skyline from an aerial view was nothing short of breathtaking. It was an idea from our 5-year old daughter who saw it from a learning cartoon series where the characters flew in a helicopter to see the Statue of Liberty. She wanted to do the exact same thing! We all never been on a helicopter ride, so we asked a number of times whether she was sure. Each time she was confident with her answer, YES. We picked HeliNY and we were glad we made the right choice. Upon arrival, the amazing staff were professional, and removed any anxiety from flying which made the experience even more memorable. They were able to squeeze us into the 30-min ride because there was available seats on one of the helicopters. I definitely recommend the 30 min excursion because you don’t feel rushed and get a more time to soak in the breathtaking views of Manhattan. It’s something every one needs to try once in their lives. Add it to the bucket list! Thank you HeliNY!!!
Written 13 June 2022
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John L
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Friends
Rebate for those unfortunate enough to get a rear facing seat with limited views relative to others and inability to make use or sense of a narrative relating to forward facing passengers. I was unlucky enough to be forced into a rear facing seat with a smaller window and view compared to others. 3 rear cabin front facing and a seat next to pilot had great visibility compared to me who paid the exact same price. I also could make no sense of the guide narrative refereing to approaching objects i could not see. I had no prior notice and no option to object at the point of embarkation. I was not told until I was literally ushered into thus inferior seat. Had I been able I would have cancelled or re-scheduked. I'm told this is just tough luck based on my wright and the design of the helicopter but I think you should either be able to refuse or reschedule to forward face. I had a greatly inferior experience apparently because I weigh 165 lbs! I was offered a re-fly, but this was apparently only avaikable after I had left and therefore no use to me whatsoever. This is completely unfair. Its like charging the same for 1st class and then putting someone in 2nd class instead. I was looking forward to this for weeks and was left not only under whelmed but actually angry. Don't do this unless you are prepared to accept being the unlucky one who gets seen off. I wouldn't pay half the ticket price for what I got.
Written 24 January 2023
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Laila H
Thank you for reaching out to us. We’re sorry you felt disappointed with your experience. Seating is determined at check-in based on weights as we have to balance the aircraft. Our aircraft has 1 seat up front next to the pilot, 3 seats facing forward, and 2 seats facing back. When seated facing back, we feel passengers can still enjoy a great view as both rear-facing seats are window seats affording passengers uninterrupted views. We did offer to fly you again, but due to limited availability and bad weather the next day, this was not possible. The other passenger with you flew on the front seat next to the pilot, arguably the best seat on the flight! For those concerned about rear-facing seats, private flights are available
Written 27 January 2023
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Amanda F
4 contributions
Feb 2021
I booked a helicopter ride for my boyfriend and I, and we were amazed by how beautiful the city was from the sky! Helicopter Flight Services was seamless to book and board, and the helicopter ride was smooth and relaxing. If you are new to NYC or have lived in NYC for years -- I highly recommend this ride. We started at the bottom of the East River, made our way around the Statue of Liberty, and went all the way up to the George Washington Bridge. To say it was gorgeous was an understatement.
Written 12 February 2021
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Bronwyn H
We're so happy to hear you had an amazing experience from start to finish with out team! Thank you for sharing your review on Tripadvisor!
Written 13 February 2021
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Connector593345
Fall River, MA2 contributions
May 2022
We arrived about an hour and a half early due to being worried about the upcoming storm. They took us right in and we got to ride before the storm arrived, for which we were grateful. It was really fun! Our pilot was great and made the flight jokative yet informative!
Written 29 May 2022
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Robert P
Letchworth Garden City, UK17 contributions
Dec 2022
Great experience , thoroughly recommended. Its a slick, efficient operation and provided weather is good (which is was when we flew) then the view is fantastic. A bit cramped with 6 passengers ion the helicopter, buit otherwise worth the time and money to undertake this adventure. Great views and unparalleled photo-opportunities.
Written 10 January 2023
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Victoria H
We love to hear you enjoyed the flight Robert!
Written 17 January 2023
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NealSmith54
Bedfordshire, UK5 contributions
Jul 2022
Can thoroughly recommend this tour and this company. The whole experience was very professionally handled and the pilot provided a running commentary throughout the flight . The helicopters are ideally fitted with large windows so wherever you sit you get brilliant views.
Written 23 July 2022
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thewho14
15 contributions
Exceeded expectations.

We were lucky and had clear blue skies for our visit. Operations were smooth in the pre-flight area and all the staff were great.

During the flight were almost speechless at the sensational views, the pilot provided a commentary to help pick out what we were seeing and due to the turnaround both sides got to see everything.

Yes it is expensive if you just look at the cost per minute but we thought it was 100% worth it for the experience and you won't regret it!
Written 13 November 2022
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Laila L
We are happy to hear the experience lived up! Thank you for your kind words and for choosing us to provide this view!!
Written 13 November 2022
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Jenice U
5 contributions
Jan 2023
Unfortunately I got stuck with the dreaded middle seat which definitely lessened the experience. They should offer a discounted rate if you're forced into a middle seat as you never able to get a close up view like you do when you're sitting next to a window. And I was never able to take an unobstructed view as there was always part of the people sitting in the windows blocking part of the photo. Disappointed for what I paid.
Written 10 January 2023
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Victoria H
We're sorry you were disappointed with your experience. We determine seating based on everyone's weight as we have to safely balance the aircraft. There are many variables that go into weight and balance and we use software to aid us in this at check in, therefore we cannot know prior who the middle seat will be assigned to. If passengers have a seating preference, we ask that they let us know in advance, and our staff will do their best to accommodate their request. Our aircraft have floor-to-ceiling glass windows for excellent views from any seat. While we understand the middle seat is not preferred, we do believe the view is still superb. I'm sorry you found our pricing not justified. Our prices are in line with the helicopter tour industry and tourism in NYC.
Written 20 January 2023
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