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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight

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icon15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 9 more
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Overview

Catch a bird's eye view of the Big Apple during this helicopter ride in Manhattan. Look out over the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the financial district and more. You’ll also spot top sights like Ellis Island and the Empire State Building during this unique sightseeing flight of one of the world's most iconic cities.
  • See Manhattan and New York Harbor
  • Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule
  • Enjoy great photo opportunities of Manhattan's world-famous skyline
  • Travel aboard a modern, state-of-the-art aircraft

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This helicopter tour with a range of flexible departure times easily fits into your NYC trip.
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12-15-minute Helicopter tour
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
The listed price does not include a US$40 per person (including infants) heliport/security fee, payable at the time of tour check-in. The heliport/security fee is mandated by the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and is not within our control.
6 East River Piers , 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA

Google Maps provides the correct navigation route, all other navigation options will take you to Chelsea Piers. Please ensure the end of route address matches the address above. Located on Pier 6 (2 Building North of Staten Island ferry and the East River). Look for Zip Aviation.

This activity will end right where it started.
Take to the New York City skies for a helicopter flight above the landmarks of the Big Apple.

Head to the downtown Manhattan Heliport on Pier 6 for your flight. Your exact takeoff will depend upon the option selected, with morning, midday, afternoon and late afternoon time frames available. Once you’re strapped in to your state-of-the-art Bell 407 helicopter, it’s time to begin your ride.

Glide into the air as the ground recedes below you, watching as some of the city’s most famous parks, buildings and landmarks come into view. Near downtown Manhattan you’ll be able to see Governor’s Island, Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty and greater New York Harbor. Continue up the edge of the island, admiring the majestic views of skyscrapers along the way, before reaching the USS Intrepid, a World War II-era aircraft carrier that now houses a museum.

Head back down the Hudson River, taking in sweeping views of the city and well-known landmarks like the Chrysler Building, Met Life Building and Empire State Building as you fly. Back down near the city’s harbor you’ll be able to spy historic Ellis Island, once the entry point for millions of immigrants in search of a better life in the United States, along with other New York attractions like Battery Park, the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York Stock Exchange.

Whether you’re a seen-it-all New Yorker or visiting the city for the first time, this aerial ride is a trip to remember.

Please note: The listed price does not include a US $40 per person heliport/security fee, payable at the time of tour check-in.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Zip Aviation - Helicopter Tours & Charters
ZIP AVIATION offers helicopter tours of New York City and private charter services from NYC to the entire Northeast United States. Three different helicopter tours of NYC are available, ranging from 15 to 30 minutes in length. Visit our location where you will watch a safety video and meet our team.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Governors Island National Monument
This former Dutch governor's estate, former military fort and former Coast Guard command post now enjoys its old age as a historic monument where you can take the occasional tour.
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Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
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New York Harbor
Stretching from The Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan into three other boroughs, and beyond the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to the coast of New Jersey, the National Parks of New York Harbor includes 12 national park sites and affiliated areas with 24 natural, historic and recreational locations. These special places tell the story of America and its leading city, from the nation's early defenses to its first step as a new democracy, from the waves of immigrants to the rise of a commercial powerhouse unrivaled in the world. They include powerful international icons and places of extraordinary beauty where you can experience our history and natural heritage on the land and on the water.
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Manhattan Skyline
See the skyscrapers of the New York City skyline.
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Lower Manhattan
See Downtown Manhattan from the Sky
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Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building is the World's Most Famous Office Building. Named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, the Empire State Building is one of New York City's top tourist destinations.
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Ellis Island
Where over 20 million immigrants were processed during over sixty years of operation
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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a nonprofit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world's fastest jets and a guided missile submarine.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Helicopter seating is based on a 4- or 6-passenger helicopter, whichever is available at the time of your tour
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 250lbs (113kgs) will be required to purchase an additional seat. This is payable directly to the tour operator on the day of the tour. 300-lb (136kg) maximum weight per passenger.
  • All passengers including children must have ID/Passport or you may be denied your flight
  • Please note, audio language selection is not guaranteed and is based on availability. Should more than 2 languages be requested on the same flight, the audio commentary may default to English
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zip Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure location for the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:The helicopter tour departs from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport at Pier 6 on the East River. The building is located just north of the Staten Island Ferry and just south of the Pier 11 South Street Seaport. (6 East River Piers, NY NY 10004)
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I take public transportation to get to the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:Public transportation can be taken from anywhere in Manhattan using the MTA Subway. You want to take the R train to the Whitehall stop and walk north past the Staten Island Ferry to the gray two-story building on the right with the large clock on it.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:Parking is not available at the heliport, but there is a cash municipal parking lot at the next exit just west of Pier 11.
Apr 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:Please arrive one hour prior to your confirmed flight time.
Apr 2021
Q:
Do I have to go through security before the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:Yes. When you approach the heliport, a representative will accompany you to a security checkpoint where you are scanned by a metal detector to ensure safety.
Apr 2021
Q:
Do I need an ID to fly on the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:Yes, all passengers including children must have ID/Passport or you may be denied your flight.
Apr 2021
Q:
What type of helicopter is used during the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:The fleet includes luxurious six-passenger Bell 407 aircraft.
Apr 2021
Q:
How many seats are there on the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:The Bell 407 helicopter carries six passengers in addition to your professional pilot and boasts comfortable leather seating, more headroom, and luxurious amenities.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I request a specific seat during the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:Seating in the helicopter is arranged by weight and balance to maximize safety and security. Persons with disabilities are accommodated accordingly. You may make a request, but it cannot be guaranteed.
Apr 2021
Q:
What can I bring with me on the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:You are permitted to bring a camera, phone, and glasses/sunglasses aboard the aircraft. Purses, bags, handbags, camera bags, scarves, hats, and other loose items of clothing need to stay at the heliport in a private, secure locker.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I take pictures or video during the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:You may take pictures or video once aboard the aircraft. Taking pictures on the heliport ramp while walking to the helicopter is strictly prohibited.
Apr 2021
Q:
Why is there an additional heliport fee for the Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:Each passenger is charged a heliport fee of $40. The heliport/security fee is mandated by the Downtown Manhattan Heliport and is not within our control. This fee is payable at the time of check-in.
Apr 2021
Q:
What happens if there is bad weather on the date of my Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:Flights go out whenever possible, however, if weather affects the safe operation of the helicopter then a flight may be canceled. If there is bad weather on your departure date, call the phone number on your ticket to confirm your departure.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight.

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Reviews

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1,136 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Amazing Experience
Juan_G
, May 2022
It was such a great & smooth ride, pilot & staff very friendly; but most importantly very thorough with safety information.
star-5
Everyone was so friendly....
Mark_W
, May 2022
Everyone was so friendly. We got lost on way and arrived only 15mins b4. This was no problem. Had a fantastic experience seeing all the sights with audio to help point out landmarks. First time in a helicopter very smooth flight would recommend to anyone who is on holiday in NY
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Go on try something new!
Stuart_M
, May 2022
My wife's first time in a helicopter, viator made the experience very enjoyable despite her initial nerves.. 69 and still willing to experience new things!
star-5
Great experience
S_A
, May 2022
Was fast and professional, nice team beautiful views 👏. Thanks. Next time I will order longer trip because 12 minutes was definitely to short. My mom was so happy
star-3
Good experience but more expensive than it seems to be
Wolfgang_F
, May 2022
The helicopter flight was a good experience. However, after having booked the flight I was very surprised that I need to pay 40USD on top per person as entrance fee for the helicopter platform. Actually it was shown in the description on the bottom of the web page but you need to unhide the text to find out. This is not a good business behavior.
star-5
It was very Beautiful and...
Rebecca_L
, May 2022
It was very Beautiful and thrilling to Flying over Manhattan 😍 You See the beautiful skyline from above!
star-4
Bucketlist item ticket. Surreal!
Caitlin_P
, May 2022
The voice mover explaining everything was so insightful. The flight was so enjoyable!!! The pilot was super friendly and the view was amazing.
star-5
A great way to get a perfect view of NYC
Sigmund_R
, May 2022
You get s perfect view of the NYC skyline. Everyrhing with the trip went smooth. Well worth the cost.
star-5
Amazing !
Salvador_L
, May 2022
It was beyond anything we could’ve every expected! We enjoyed the helicopter ride and the view was amazing !
star-5
Wow! Best way to see the Manhattan Skyline!
Jools_W
, Apr 2022
This was my second visit to NY and my friend's first. We decided to take the helicopter trip on our first morning in Manhattan. We arrived early to find out what time we needed to report in for our flight and were told we could go straight away. The staff were very helpful and ensured we were fully aware of the health and safety procedures and provided necessary equipment. The flight itself is difficult to describe as it exceeded all of my expectations. Our pilot flew along the East River to enable us to get amazing views of the many famous buildings, Central Park, the bridges, islands and, of course, the Lady herself. We then went towards Staten Island and Brooklyn with great views of the bridge. Only drawback was an extra $40 tax that we had to pay which was not indicated on any of the information we received when we made our original booking.
star-5
Fantastic trip, but pricey!
Clare_K
, Apr 2022
This trip was purchased for my husbands birthday. As he was travelling alone he was lucky enough to be given the front seat in the helicopter. He said the trip was amazing, the views incredible and the pilot knowledgeable. All in all he would thoroughly recommend if you can afford it!
star-5
A MUST DO TOUR!
Spencer_A
, Apr 2022
This tour was absolutely breathtaking! WORTH EVERY PENNY! The aerial views of the city and statue of liberty were incredible!
star-5
Literally everything!
lynnmathis
, Apr 2022
First I didn’t know Jersey was so close. Second you literally saw everything you need to see and the places you want to see better you can then choose to go see it. It’s super close to the word trade center and shopping so don’t forget to go do that. The tour itself was breathtaking and New York is massive being able to see it in the air was great
star-5
Incredible!!!
Cerberre_0
, Apr 2022
It was my first time. It was an amazing experience. All the staff were professional and friendly. I recommend it
star-5
Magical experience
Alysson_V
, Apr 2022
I enjoyed the ride, specially I was seated next to the pilot. It was a wonderful experience to see NYC from above!
star-5
Amazing experience with a...
salkatheeri
, Mar 2022
Amazing experience with a wonderful service … The arrangements are very professional and the pilot was so nice
star-5
Unforgettable Experience
Colette_H
, Mar 2022
Unforgettable experience…. Spectacular views , staff so friendly & so accommodating. Myself & daughter have the most amazing time .. thank you to Jimmy our super pilot & all the team at Zip Aviation .
star-5
Absolutely worth it
KimPappas
, Mar 2022
This was a highlight of our trip. It provides such perspective of the scale of New York, New Jersey and surrounds. The view from the sky was breathtaking. Yes we did Empire State Building and it was fantastic. But this provided a completely different level. I warmly recommend it. It is a lot of money, but worth it. There are 5 people in the back and one next to the pilot. Only one of the seats is in the middle. But I don’t think it was a disadvantage. Probably a benefit considering they got a good view of both sides at once. All other seats a window seat. You do fly with strangers if you are less than 6 people. I can’t see how this is an issue. Suggested it was by others. It is worth the money. The staff are friendly and efficient. We arrived 1 hour early as suggested on the ticket, but wasn’t necessary. We got to fly much earlier which was a benefit for our busy day. We bumped into friends at the terminal using another charter company. They had their safety belt on already and had sat through their demonstration. But we ended up finishing our flight when they started boarding. So this crew is very efficient.
star-5
Sweet 16!
Pamela_R
, Mar 2022
Happy 16th Birthday to my amazing daughter! The crew at Zip were amazing and really made my daughter’s special day so awesome! Check in was fast and easy. The crew and pilot made the experience so enjoyable and comfortable. Thank you so much.
star-4
Fun fun exciting
Ana_S
, Mar 2022
All of it ,take off to landing great experience Smooth ride., beautiful views weather was perfect Lockers were convenient

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