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The Manhattan Helicopter Tour of New York

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The Manhattan Helicopter Tour of New York

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icon12 to 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Get a bird's-eye view of New York City on a brief helicopter tour that soars over the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and Central Park. While helicopter tours can become expensive quickly, this flight is just long enough to see all the top sights without spending extra time in the air, making it ideal for budget-minded visitors who want to get a comprehensive view of the city.
  • Enjoy a whirlwind sightseeing tour of New York City by helicopter
  • Hear informative commentary from your pilot as you go
  • See more of the city than you can on foot or ground tours
  • Depart from New York's Downtown Heliport, with a choice of several flight times throughout the day

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This short-but-sweet NYC helicopter tour is more budget-friendly than comparable sightseeing flights.
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12-15 Minute Helicopter Flight
Pilot’s commentary
Listed price does not include the heliport fee ($40.00 per person)
Liberty, The Helicopter Company , 6 E River Greenway, Bikeway, NY 10004, USA

6 E River Piers New York, NY 10004 Directions: • Located at Pier 6 & the East River • 2 buildings north of Staten Island Ferry and the East RiverBy Train: • Take the R to Whitehall Street Stop. Take the 1 to South Ferry StopBy Bus: • Take the number 9 or 15 to South Street Seaport Stop

This activity will end right where it started.
Begin your helicopter tour near Battery Park, at the downtown location of the heliport. As you lift off over lower Manhattan, take in the rare views of One World Trade Center, the Woolworth Building, and the Statue of Liberty.

Continue north along the island of Manhattan for a glimpse of the Brooklyn Bridge. Once you reach Midtown, enjoy a bird's eye view of the Empire State Building, the New York Times Building, and the Art Deco design of the Chrysler Building. See the large green sprawl of Central Park before heading back to the heliport in lower Manhattan.

Please note: The listed price does not include the heliport fee payable at the time of tour check-in. The heliport surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
Stop At:  
Liberty Helicopters
Departure Point
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Statue of Liberty
View the Statue of Liberty from your flight
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Governors Island National Monument
View from the helicopter
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Ellis Island
View Ellis Island from the helicopter
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One World Observatory
View from the helicopter
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The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
View from the helicopter
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Empire State Building
View from helicopter
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Chrysler Building
View from helicopter
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Woolworth Building
View from helicopter
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MetLife Building
View from helicopter
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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
View from helicopter
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George Washington Bridge
View from helicopter
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Central Park
View from helicopter
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tours are not private. All helicopters seat 5-6 passengers
  • Tour operator reserves the right to upgrade, alter or terminate any or all sightseeing tours due to security, weather or acts of God
  • Weight restrictions may apply. In general, passengers may not exceed 350lbs (159 kg) and all safety equipment must fit properly
  • Children 0-1 years are free. These children must ride on a parent or guardian's lap. Lap children must weigh less than 35 lbs (15 kg) and will be weighed on the day of flight. Parents must also bring proof of age. Children who occupy a seat will be charged at the regular rate regardless of age or weight
  • All guests must observe the following security requirements:
  • Must have a valid photo ID (i.e. - Passport or Drivers License)
  • Must check in all bags with security
  • No handbags or carry on bags will be allowed on the flight
  • Must walk through a metal detector
  • Personal cameras and video cameras are allowed onboard once they clear through security (disposable cameras available for purchase at heliport and will be allowed onboard the aircraft as well)
  • Due to federal law this flight does not fly directly over New York City
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Passengers must arrive 30 minutes prior to departure
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Liberty Helicopters
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.
What is the policy on sanitization during The Manhattan Helicopter Tour of New York?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Manhattan Helicopter Tour of New York.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Take off delayed by 1h30 with hardly no explanation from the staff." See review
  • "Perfect, very professional, nice equipment a exceptional experience, top view over Manhattan !" See review


1,381 Reviews

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A must do for me
, Jun 2022
Absolutely loved my experience with these guys. Worth every cent in my opinion. To see so much of the New York City from the air was a memory that will stuck with me.
Too short
, Jun 2022
Exciting and great views. Suppridingly comfortble and not noisy. Nothing else to say to say say dsy say
, May 2022
It was wonderful. Nice pilot, Nice staff. Great experience overall. Wonderful view. Good service. Will do it again
Staff nice and friendly....
, May 2022
Staff nice and friendly. Helicopter tour was an amazing experience! Definitely recommend. Best way to see nyc!
Simply awesome
, Apr 2022
This was the icing on the cake for us as a family. The views were out of this world. We arrived half a hour before as told and went out to helicopter at exactly out given time. Yes it’s pricey but you will probably do this once ! It made our holiday !
I did this trip with my...
, Apr 2022
I did this trip with my granddaughter for her 16th birthday the staff were fantastic and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Fun experiance.
, Apr 2022
Cool to see Manhattan from the sky. Friendly staff and bokning on time. 15 minutes trip is enough. Try to sit next to pilot for better view.
Once in a lifetime experience
, Apr 2022
First time on a helicopter and it was amazing. Felt in very good hands. Staff were friendly and professional.
Cancelled at the time of the event
, Apr 2022
My booking was cancelled at the time of the event without prior notice. After that they didn’t even give me any support to book with other company. I totally not recommend this company.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello. We attempted to reach you via the message center, phone, and email provided. The heliport was closed due to the extremely poor weather. We could not fly due to the weather. We will never prioritize profit over safety, no matter what the review consequences are.
Waste of money
, Mar 2022
I did not enjoy the ride. It appeared as though the operator of the helicopter did not know what he was doing. He continued to ask question to the person giving the tour of the city. After the ride, we learned that both the instructor and pilot were new. Also everything listed in the description was not shown to use i.e. Central Park. The tour was a waste of money
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Kuri, Our Pilots must have over 1,000 hours to interview with us as well as have NYC and Tour experience. Specifically, your Pilot has over 2,500 hours in the aircraft you flew in and is one of the most experience Pilots in the United States in the aircraft. All the tour routes are published by the City of New York and strict adherence to the route is mandatory. You truly do see the entire downtown city!
Big apple, even bigger smiles in the sky
, Mar 2020
We had a great flight, the pilot was very informative and were allowed to record the amazing experience with a camcorder which we will cherish
Big Apple
, Mar 2020
Flight was brilliant, the only downside was that we were told it was running 20/30 minutes late but had to wait an hour and twenty minutes. But no drama
Super experience
, Mar 2020
Really enjoyed the experience would recommend. Does exactly what it says on the tin but also we had a super clear day with blue skies which topped the experience. The staff were really nice too. 😆
big apple flight
, Feb 2020
with Viator i allways had the best experience.. this time too,everything was perfekt,the Crew,the flight also the Organisation.. really to book this flight is a MUST if you visit NYC
Sight Seeing Tour.
, Feb 2020
Booked the trip for 10.30 and arrived just at 10.00 got checked in and taken ahead of schedule. Good commentary from Pilot and trip lasted nearly 20 mins . Very enjoyable but a bit expensive.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing Experience
, Feb 2020
Amazing experience. Booked as a treat for my 14 year old son. We were looked after really well from start to finish. Would thoroughly recommend.
, Feb 2020
The pilot was a great guide! It was really fun, but very expensive. After we had thought we pre-paid everything, we were hit with a $40/person fee when we got there. Also, there were 6 passengers plus the pilot, so sightlines were limited at best. Other companies may have better visibility.
Very bad welcome
, Jan 2020
The prestations are much better than the rude welcome by the person in charge of security. This person wanted us waiting outside in freezing temperatures during the flight of our grandkids , arguing that the waiting room was small
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best by far
, Dec 2019
We took this flight, as this was for our Honeymoon I can truly say it was an amazing experience the views were stunning would highly recomommend
, Dec 2019
Good afternoon. Our experience was great but I would have liked to have some kind of information (email, text or something) regarding longer than expected wait time. Since you guys didn’t fly Thanksgiving Day due to uncomfortable wind speed, that rolled over all customers from Thursday’s flights to Friday’s flights. Thank you

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