Everything you need to know about New York helicopter flights

Flying by helicopter over New York is one of those experiences that will make your trip unforgettable.

The Statue of Liberty, the grid of streets and avenues, Central Park… The Big Apple from the sky looks so pretty, you won’t know where to look.

Today we tell you how to take a helicopter ride through New York: the types of flights, prices, the route… Let’s take off!

Map and route of the New York helicopter tour

If you are considering taking a helicopter ride through New York, the first thing you should know is that they all follow very similar routes.

The only thing that changes is the duration (short flights last about 15 minutes, and long ones, 30 minutes) and the time of departure. day.

But, by regulations, New York tourist helicopters:

  • They can only leave from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, a heliport on the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • They can only fly over water, but not skyscrapers. The helicopters leave the East River, leave behind the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and the Statue of Liberty, and follow the Hudson River north to see places like the Empire State Building or Central Park.
    And, on the longer tours, they go a little further north of Manhattan or explore New York Bay.
  • They can only fly from Monday to Saturday, but not on Sundays.

On this map, you can see the typical route of the helicopter tour in New York.

Types of helicopter tours in new york

Ready to fly over the Big Apple like a hawk? (or like a New York pigeon, although it doesn’t sound so glamorous!).

Depending on the duration, budget, and starting location (Manhattan or New Jersey), you can choose between these flight types.

SHORT WALK (12-15 MINUTES)

Although there is no cheap helicopter flight in New York, the short ride is the most economical option.

After flying very close to the Statue of Liberty, you fly along the Hudson River to Central Park and turn around. You see what is essential, but the experience ends in the blink of an eye!

Short helicopter ride
Price Starting at $239
Duration Between 12 and 15 minutes
Emblematic places Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, One World, Times Square, Little Island, High Line…
Departure Downtown Manhattan Heliport (Financial District)
Reserve 15-minute flight through New York

MEDIUM WALK (17 -20 MINUTES)

This tour flies a little further north than the 15-minute one. You go beyond the George Washington Bridge and can even see Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

If we had to choose a helicopter ride in New York, we would choose this one, since you see the essentials and it doesn’t become too short (well, you would always stay 20 minutes longer!).

Medium helicopter ride
Price Starting at $289
Duration Between 17 and 20 minutes
Emblematic places Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, One World, Times Square, Little Island, High Line, George Washington Bridge, Columbia, Yankee Stadium…
Departure Downtown Manhattan Heliport (Financial District)
Reserve 20-minute flight through New York

LONG WALK (25 – 30 MINUTES)

If your budget allows it, you can choose the longest flight, which, in addition to reaching the north of Manhattan, will also take you leads toward southern New York Bay so you can see Staten Island and the Verrazzano Bridge.

Long helicopter ride
Price Starting at $379
Duration Between 25 and 30 minutes
Emblematic places Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, One World, Times Square, Little Island, High Line, Verrazzano Bridge, Coney Island…
Departure Downtown Manhattan Heliport (Financial District)
Reserve 30-minute flight through New York

PRIVATE HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER NEW YORK

If your budget allows it, another incredible experience is a private flight with your partner or with a group of up to 5 people.

These tours take advantage of a small ‘trap’: they are considered transport helicopters, not tourists because they leave from a Manhattan heliport and they reach another.

And, therefore, the same regulations as tourist helicopters do not apply to them and they can also fly on Sunday and follow routes a little differently.

VIP helicopter ride
Price From $2000 per couple
Duration 30 minutes
Emblematic places Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, One World, Times Square, Little Island, High Line…
Departure TSS Heliport (Midtown Manhattan)
Reserve Private helicopter flight over New York

NIGHT HELICOPTER OVER NEW YORK

If you prefer to fly over New York at dusk or night (depending on the time of year), this tour departing from New Jersey will allow you to Enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the illuminated city.

Night helicopter ride
Price Starting at $275
Duration 30 minutes
Emblematic places Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, One World, Times Square, Little Island, High Line…
Departure Linden Airport (New Jersey)
Reserve Night helicopter flight over New York

HELICOPTER THROUGH NEW YORK WITHOUT DOORS

In addition to the previous options, the company FlyNYOn offers a flight that has gone viral on the networks: with the helicopter doors open (doors off).

When leaving from New Jersey, the same regulations do not apply to the tourist helicopters in New York, so you will see a multitude of hyper-Instagram-able photos of travelers with their feet dangling above skyscrapers.

But, before booking this flight, we recommend that you read the opinions very well since many people are dissatisfied.

On the one hand, even if you pay extra to sit by the door, they don’t always let you. And, on the other hand, because they have a very high cancellation rate and it is difficult to reschedule flights.

Helicopter with doors open
Price  Starting at $410
Duration  Between 16 and 30 minutes
Emblematic places  Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, One World, Times Square, Little Island, High Line…
Departure  Kearny (New Jersey)
Reserve  Flight through New York with the doors open

Comparison Of Helicopter Rides

Here you have a comparison table with all the options. You can see the price of the helicopter through New York, the duration and the place of departure.

Price Duration Booking Exit
Short flight  $239 (around) 12 – 15 minutes 🎟️ Book it here  Manhattan
Medium flight $289 (around) 17 – 20 minutes 🎟️ Book it here  Manhattan
Long flight  $379 (around) 25 – 30 minutes 🎟️ Book it here  Manhattan
Private flight  $2000 (around) 30 minutes 🎟️ Book it here  Manhattan
Night flight $275 (around) 30 minutes 🎟️ Book it here New Jersey
Flight doors open $410 (around)  16 – 30 minutes 🎟️ Book it here New Jersey

WHAT IS THE BEST HELICOPTER RIDE?

For the first time, we recommend the average flight, 17 to 20 minutes.

It is a little more expensive than the short flight, but we believe that the price difference is worth it, because the duration of the flight allows you to see what is essential, such as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Empire State Building or the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Also, another plus point is that you depart from Manhattan, so it is very easy to get to the heliport.

You don’t have to travel to New Jersey like other flights, and that means you have views of Manhattan the entire way.

Although, when it comes to helicopter rides, we believe that there is no bad option. Flying over New York is incredible always!

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