Thinking of taking a helicopter ride in New York? Whether it is for a guided tour to see the city from another angle or to celebrate a special event, AEROAFFAIRES will take care of everything. All you have to do is enjoy the breathtaking view, 600 metres from the mainland.
Flying over New York by helicopter
New York is one of those frenetic cities described thousands of times in literary and cinematographic works. As it is known for its skyscrapers, if you have the opportunity to see it from above, seize it.
Flying over New York in a helicopter is a unique experience that you won’t soon forget, but you should prepare for it beforehand. All information to book a private flight with AEROAFFAIRES is on this page.
New York City helicopter tour
How to I book ?
Contact our flight experts at +33 (0) 1 44 09 91 82, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tell us the date you want, the number of people and your budget. If you are sure you want to take a helicopter flight in New York, book it at the beginning of your stay as it is a very popular experience.
How much does a helicopter ride in New York cost?
Several itineraries are possible depending on your budget, the flight duration and the route. In all cases, you should count a minimum of 200€ per person; children do not have a preferential rate. The fare also includes an amount corresponding to the heliport tax. It is about 35€ per person.
Who can participate in the tour?
Anyone can participate. Pregnant women just need to have confirmation from their doctor and we will make sure that people with reduced mobility receive special assistance. If you are travelling with a child under the age of 2 years old, he or she will have to be on your lap and therefore will not pay. The tour is relatively comfortable and there will be no strong sensation. Being airsick in a helicopter is very rare.
What are the different itineraries?
Monuments observed: Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Ellis Island, Madison Square Garden and One World Observatory.
Duration of the flight: 12-15 minutes
Price: About 250€
Comments: It is an ideal route for small budgets, which allows you to see some emblematic monuments.
Monuments observed: The monuments of tour 1 and many other places such as the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, Harlem, etc.
Flight time: 17-20 minutes
Comments: This tour is ranked number one in New York for its good value for money.
Monuments observed: The landmarks of the previous tours as well as Staten Island, Manhattan Bridge, Verrazano Bridge, Coney Island, Columbia University, Battery Park and many other areas.
Flight time: 25-30 minutes
Comments: This is the most complete tour.
Monuments observed: Manhattan by night
Flight time: 25-30 minutes
Comments: You won’t leave from the heliport as in the previous tours, but from Linden Airport (New Jersey). The return is in Linden as well. This route allows you to see iconic monuments light up at nightfall.
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Do I have to book in advance?
Yes, you have to book as far in advance as possible. If you don’t book and go directly to the heliport, you will not be guaranteed a flight during the day, no matter how many hours you wait on site.
Can I choose the departure time?
It depends. Sometimes you have a choice, but most often you only book a day (Monday to Saturday) and we let you know the schedule a little later, which also allows us to adapt in case of bad weather.
If you have a choice, we recommend you to choose afternoon flights between 2 and 3 p.m., or sunset flights, as they offer magnificent light.
When do I pay the heliport tax?
The heliport tax is paid on site the day of your flight. It is included in the price of the tour so it does not count as an additional charge.
How many seats are there?
Normally 6 plus the pilot, but this has to be confirmed with us.
How do I get to the heliport?
The departure point of almost all helicopters is at the same place.
Address: Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Pier 6 and the East River, New York, NY 10004
If you don’t know how to get there, check out this link. We can arrange for a car with driver to take you there.
For night tours, the meeting point will probably be Linden Airport.
What happens once I’m there?
Once there, you must check in, drop off your belongings in free lockers and then listen to security measures.
Don’t forget to bring your ID. You will not be able to bring any personal belongings on board except your camera. Food and beverages will be prohibited.
Audioguides will be available in French.
Can I cancel and get a refund?
Cancellation is free for most tours if you cancel at least 24 hours before your departure.
How do I dress on the day of the flight?
You can dress the way you want but we recommend that you have pockets to put your personal belongings in, as the bags are not allowed on board. Give preference to dark clothes to avoid reflections in the glass windows of the cabin.
Some last recommendations
Even if the flight is short, the trip to the heliport takes time and you have to be there 45 minutes before departure. So count half a day for this activity if you want to be serene.
Lovers of photography or beautiful landscapes will not be disappointed. We advise you to take a camera that contains an integrated optical stabilizer and a wide-angle lens to get the best out of your photos.
Finally, here is a small video preview of what awaits you (Source: New York Off Road).