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New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience provided by HeliNY

New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience

New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience
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C$319.60
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94% of travellers recommend this experience
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Free cancellation
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Tour snapshot
See more NYC sights in a shorter amount of time than on the ground
Duration:
25–30 minutes
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
6
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    25–30 minutes
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    6
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
It’s almost impossible to see New York City’s main sights all in one day—let alone in one night. This NYC night helicopter tour packs in aerial views of the Statue of Liberty and other top attractions without making you wait in multiple lines back on the ground. Plus, the heliport fees and fuel surcharge are included, so there are no big surprises on the day of your tour. This adventure is a shared experience with other travelers.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 25-30 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Get a nighttime skyline view of NYC skyscrapers and bridges in one ride
  • Hear your guide clearly during this New York City helicopter tour with headsets 
  • Choose a departure time that fits your busy schedule 
What to expect
This New York City helicopter tour takes flight from the Linden Municipal Airport in New Jersey. Once you arrive at the airport, board your helicopter for your flight tour, and soar above the city. See NYC lit up at night, and listen as your guide tells you fun facts while passing the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, and Chrysler Building, as well as passing by the George Washington Bridge and NYC neighborhoods. Your helicopter flight lands down back at Linden Municipal Airport.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 25-30 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Get a nighttime skyline view of NYC skyscrapers and bridges in one ride
  • Hear your guide clearly during this New York City helicopter tour with headsets 
  • Choose a departure time that fits your busy schedule 
What to expect
This New York City helicopter tour takes flight from the Linden Municipal Airport in New Jersey. Once you arrive at the airport, board your helicopter for your flight tour, and soar above the city. See NYC lit up at night, and listen as your guide tells you fun facts while passing the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, and Chrysler Building, as well as passing by the George Washington Bridge and NYC neighborhoods. Your helicopter flight lands down back at Linden Municipal Airport.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 18421P4
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from NYC (Roundtrip adult ticket is $17)
Duration
25–30 minutes
Departure details
  • Linden Airport, 1101 W Edgar Rd, Linden, NJ 07036, USA Passengers can drive to Linden Airport or take a train from NY Penn Station via NJ Transit. Roundtrip ticket is $17. Take the Trenton (Northeast Corridor) Line or the Long Branch (North Jersey Coast) Line to Linden Train station.
Additional information
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 275 lbs 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. Only camera, cell phone and sunglasses can be brought aboard. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Please note: is a 10 minute drive to Linden Airport from the station, passengers can order either Uber, Lyft or use the local taxi service
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from NYC (Roundtrip adult ticket is $17)
Departure details
  • Linden Airport, 1101 W Edgar Rd, Linden, NJ 07036, USA Passengers can drive to Linden Airport or take a train from NY Penn Station via NJ Transit. Roundtrip ticket is $17. Take the Trenton (Northeast Corridor) Line or the Long Branch (North Jersey Coast) Line to Linden Train station.
Duration
25–30 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing over 275 lbs 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. Only camera, cell phone and sunglasses can be brought aboard. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Please note: is a 10 minute drive to Linden Airport from the station, passengers can order either Uber, Lyft or use the local taxi service
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun. 20, 2020
A note from New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience
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
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Linden Airport
    1101 W Edgar Rd, Linden, NJ 07036, USA
    Passengers can drive to Linden Airport or take a train from NY Penn Station via NJ Transit. Roundtrip ticket is $17. Take the Trenton (Northeast Corridor) Line or the Long Branch (North Jersey Coast) Line to Linden Train station.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Chrysler Building
    Empire State Building
    TriBeCa
    SoHo
    West Village
    Columbus Circle
    Central Park
    Statue of Liberty
    The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    One World Trade Center
    Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Times Square
    Columbia University
    Yankee Stadium
    George Washington Bridge
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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PeppeDublin
Drumcondra, Ireland34 contributions
Fabulous experience. Our flight was at 8pm and the city was lit up beautifully. The knowledge from the pilot pointing out all the locations and adding his personal commentary was great. My first time in a chopper but it felt safe and well organised.

Best way for us to get to Linden Airport from Manhattan was the NJ Transit train to Linden (about €20 for two adults and a child each way) and then an Uber from the train station to the airport and back. No sign of local taxis so you would seemingly need an app like Uber to do the final leg easily.
Written March 29, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Andrew S
1 contribution
Jan. 2020
Due to bad weather on the scheduled day we had to reschedule for the following day, however this was seamless with good communication.

The experience was outstanding, the staff all very friendly and welcoming. Shuttle was waiting for us at the train station so there was no waiting.

Guys at the airport completely put you at rest

The Flight itself was excellent and the commentary given by the pilot was first class

Can not recommend this experience enough it was worth every single penny, and would definitely do it again.
Written January 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Clinton Langston
1 contribution
Sep. 2021 • Couples
My girlfriend and I arrived 30 minutes before our 9:30 time slot and Cole let us go on at 9:00. That was a nice surprise. He told us the safety procedures and we were on the helicopter. Jimmy was the pilot with lots of experience and I could tell he really loves to fly helicopters. The flight was 30 minutes and the helicopter had some nice air conditioning as well. We saw all of manhattan and some parts of the Bronx. I had a great time and would recommend everyone do after sunset. The city is beautiful at night.
Written September 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bronwyn H
We are glad that we were able to accommodate you sooner than planned! Pilot Jimmy is a long time favorite over here and he truly does love to fly (and we love having him on our team!). We are thrilled to hear that you had such a great experience and we appreciate your compliments!
Written September 20, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Izanagi
Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
Literally the worst experience ever. Ruined my entire birthday and all of my plans. I made a reservation days in advanced with HeliNY (the company providing the tours) and was told on multiple occasions my reservation was confirmed. I provided the company my GoCity Pass number when confirming as well. When I arrived, everything was going well until we were walking back to the helicopter and I was stopped and asked to go to the front desk. I was told my NY Explorer Pass did not go through because I purchased an Explorer Pass and not a Build-your-own. If it did not go through, then how was I “confirmed”? I showed them on Gocity’s site where it literally says “City Lights Experience - Helicopter Tour Entry included with a New York Explorer Pass” and when you select buy, it takes you to the exact pass I purchased. They said it does not matter, sorry pay us $184 per person and you can go. Astonishing. I spent $100 on travel alone to get to and from Linden from Lower Manhattan, and all you have to say is, although we confirmed your reservation, although GoCity’s site states clearly that your pass allows for you to take this tour, you cannot take this tour goodbye. I spent an hour talking to managers etc. with no resolution. Missed our dinner reservation, and was stuck in NJ waiting for a subway at 9:30pm at night with every single one of my birthday plans ruined at no fault of my own. Do you want to be potentially stuck at a NJ rail station late at night in the cold? If your answer is no, then do yourself a favor and find a better tour to go on than this.
Written January 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Izanagi, As we explained on Friday we are only included on the Build Your Own version of the Explorer Pass. You had not purchased this version of the pass and had not actually paid for a helicopter tour. During the reservation process you advised us that you had the Build Your Own Pass and had selected this product which is why we had confirmed your reservation. I apologize that this misunderstanding caused you so much inconvenience. As you mentioned we did offer you to take the tour at a discounted rate however we were unable to reach an agreement on site. We are following up with the Explorer Pass to have any confusing wording removed from their website and to try and work towards a better verification system than just on-site scanning.
Written January 27, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nicolette
1 contribution
Nov. 2021 • Couples
The City Lights Skyline Experience was amazing!! We departed from Linden Airport in New Jersey and went on the 25-30 minute tour. Booking the tour online through their website was quick and easy. The tour offered incredible views of the city and countless great photo opportunities. Overall the staff was very nice and helpful and the facilities were clean. I would highly recommend booking a helicopter tour with HeliNY!!
Written November 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bronwyn H
Thank you for coming on the City Lights Experience with us! Isn't the city just spectacular at night?!
Written November 22, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Karen C
1 contribution
Oct. 2021 • Couples
DO NOT BOOK WITH HELINY!! The customer services When you check in is poor! They rush you to do everything
They don’t even offer to take a picture of you or don’t even give you time to take your own photos !
Our pilot was boring
We didn’t even get close to the Empire State Building !
Also they didn’t even sit me and my girlfriend together !! The whole point it was to have this experience together
They sit me up front with the (boring) pilot and she was seated behind so there was no way we could’ve take a picture together for our memories !
The most important thing they do not offer the open door service ! We were looking forward to it but they disappointed us. Also when we landed once again they wanted us to rush and couldn’t even take pictures of us getting on or off the helicopter.
Just simply bad service
We are from California, next time we go to NY we won’t book again!!!
Written October 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bronwyn H
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re sorry that you felt rushed during your experience. We do not offer souvenir photos from our Linden, NJ location, but passengers may take their own picture. As we run on a schedule, there are only a few moments to do so between flights. Our pilots do their best to narrate the tour, but their number one priority is to communicate with the Air Traffic Control tower and safety. As great as it would be, we have professionally trained pilots and not tour guides. The busy NYC airspace makes it difficult for them to converse with passengers as much as you would like during your flight. The city heavily restricts the tour routes and flying over the city or near the buildings is not permitted. All tours are flown over the Hudson River, which offers a fantastic view of the NYC Skyline. We are not able nor do we advertise that we fly close to The Empire State Building, and we apologize that you thought you would be closer to it. We determine seating on the helicopter based on everyone’s weights as we need to balance the aircraft safely. There is one seat up front next to the pilot, which is often considered the best seat. We do not guarantee seating, but passengers may submit a request not to be separated, and our staff will do their best to make sure they are seated together in the cabin if the weights allow. We're sorry that you were disappointed the flight operated with the doors closed. We do not offer open door flights. We do contact our passengers the day before to confirm their reservation and advise the flight operates with the doors closed.
Written October 28, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sohnio
Schramberg, Germany18 contributions
We traveled from Manhattan via train to Linden station and took an Uber to the airport and back which worked great.
Check-in was easy and fast, staff was competent as well.
Our flight departed on time and lasted the promised time. The view at night was awesome and as we flew up and down Hudson River, both sides of the helicopter had an unobstructed view of the skyline and statue of liberty. Our pilot explained everything on the flight which was great as well.
We would definitely recommend this activity.

Only the waiting room could need a refurbishment as the sofas are very worn out. Restrooms were clean though.
Written September 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bronwyn H
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We are happy to hear that everything operated seamlessly and that you enjoyed your flight. We have noted your concerns about the waiting room appearance and will pass them along to management.
Written September 6, 2021
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Brown Eyed Flower Child
Mahwah, NJ200 contributions
May 2021
I absolutely loved flying around NYC during my New York Helicopter Tour. I enjoyed seeing all of the iconic sites and it was really cool taking off and landing. I felt extremely safe on this tour and all of the equipment were cleaned thoroughly before and after they were used. I highly recommend doing this experience as an anniversary, birthday or graduation gift. It's also a great gifting option.
Written May 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bronwyn H
We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight with us! Thank you for mentioning our cleaning protocols and for recommending us as a gift! We love helping our passengers celebrate special occasions!
Written May 11, 2021
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Perry M
1 contribution
May 2022
Had a great flight. A great activity to experience as a family. The lights of NY are amazing at night.We took off into the sunset and flew into the lights coming on in Manhattan. Truly breathtaking. Everything was handled professionally and efficiently. Great job
Written May 9, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Offda Goop
1 contribution
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Absolutely amazing, get there on time because you will be riding with other people. Everyone had on there mask too. Everyone was patient with my girlfriend and I, we had time to pictures in front of the helicopter and they let us take a few pictures in the hangar as well. That was really cool and I was super happy with my experience. They made my birthday perfect. The tour was a nice 30 minutes long, with some nice air conditioning as well. I’m definitely going to do it again. Maybe during the day time !
Written September 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bronwyn H
Thank you for spending your birthday with us! We are glad we could be a part of such a memorable experience. Hope to see you again soon!
Written September 20, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Very best excursion!!
Absolutely loved this excursion. It was actually my favorite excursion. We saw everything from the Staute of Libert
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An amazing experience
Amazing experience from start to finish. Very well organised trip. Took my friend as a surprise for her 60th birth
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Amazing helicopter experience
Best experience ever, first of all I can’t thank HekiNY enough. We had booked for 4.30pm due to issues with NJ Tran
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Customer service at its heart
We ended up being significantly delayed due to the NJ Transit train line being in a complete mess. We let HeliNY’s
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Awesome ride!!!
Adrian the pilot and the helicopter was great and super fun. I will say there was a lack of organization and commu
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Amazing
We have just come back from New York, while there we visited a lot of attractions which were simply amazing, but th
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extraordinary
A very nice experience highly recommended, the staff of the company very friendly, they explain to you with an info
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Wouldn't do it again!
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Was an amazing experience. B the person who assisted us was great. He was very accommodating to us. Couldn't have
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Amazing you should give it a try once in a lifetime
Simply amazing, the organization was perfect, the crew nice. The thing is that we pay for 15 min and we flight 12 m
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Poor Communications.
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Great experience!
Nice experience; unfortunately , the weather was not with us that day (rain); we waited quite a bit before the flig
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Just because
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Perfect everything
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