Take your holiday to New York to new heights, with a helicopter ride over the Big Apple. This has to be the most thrilling way to take in all the most famous sights, and there’s a choice of helicopter tours to suit all budgets. It’s the ideal way to celebrate a special occasion, treat a loved one, or just get some amazing photos that will make you the envy of all your friends back home. From big bucks flights to budget-friendly buzzes around town A helicopter ride in New York is likely to be the most exhilarating time you ever spend in the city. Most people who have treated themselves to this little bit of luxury would say it is worth every penny (or cent). Luckily, there are plenty of options to choose between, from short wallet-friendly 15-minute flights to longer VIP trips. The easy way to see the sights Heading up into the skies is the ideal solution if you’re here for a weekend and want to cram in seeing all the sights. Quick, budget-friendly helicopter tours can whisk you past all the major must-sees of the city in a speedy 15 minutes. That might not seem like very long, but you’ll be amazed at just how much distance you can cover in that time. You’ll enjoy stunning views that make this a once-in-a-lifetime, must-do experience. If you’ve got more time and cash on your hands, opt for a slightly longer helicopter ride across NYC. Lasting from 20-25 minutes, these take in all the iconic views around the city, from Ground Zero to the Statue of Liberty. There’s also time to check out some lesser-known sights along the way. It’s a great way to start your holiday in New York and get your bearings. Heading up for a tour from the sky can also take your romance to a new height. If you’re looking to pop a certain question, a helicopter ride in New York fits the bill perfectly. Book a private flight with a bottle of champagne on ice and set the scene for love. Whichever tour you go for, you’ll be treated to unforgettable aerial views of New York, so make sure you don’t leave your camera behind. A bird’s eye view of the city You’ll enjoy the iconic New York skyline from above as you take flight on an unforgettable helicopter ride up the Hudson River. Depending on the length of your tour, you’ll take in the most famous sights of the city. All NYC helicopter tours head out and along the Hudson River. The length of time of your tour determines just how far along the river you can fly. During a quick 15-minute tour, you’ll spot the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, the One World Trade Center, Ellis Island, Central Park, and Chrysler Building, as you cruise through the air for an incredible experience in the skies. A slightly longer tour will take you as far as George Washington Bridge and you’ll be able to see the Yankee’s Stadium across the city. Or stay up in the air for 30 minutes to see Coney Island and Staten Island too. With your headset on, you’ll discover fascinating facts about New York’s sights as you fly high above them, ensuring your experience is both informative and exhilarating. You could end up knowing more about the city than a native New Yorker. VIP For an unforgettable experience, admire the lights of the city that never sleeps with a helicopter ride at night. Climb aboard your luxury chopper to skim by Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan and get some atmospheric photos of the iconic night skyline. If you’re celebrating a special occasion during your holiday to New York, mark the day with an experience you’ll never forget. Longer VIP trips can last 20-25 minutes and will give you the best city aerial views of the most well-known landmarks as well as a chance to explore further. You can also combine your deluxe flight with a memorable cruise on the river too. Book a package deal that lets you see the city from the sky and water, with a helicopter flight followed by a cruise to Liberty Island. Grab a glass of champagne on arrival and raise a toast to Lady Liberty. There are plenty of operators running helicopter rides in New York. Most seat four to six passengers, so it’s ideal if you’re visiting New York with family. Remember, if you join a shared helicopter tour you run the risk of being seated in the middle seats. If you want to be guaranteed a window seat, be sure to book a private tour. It will cost you more (if there’s just two of you, you’ll have to pay for the empty seats) but these tours often include a complimentary group photo for you to remember the day. Booking There are helipads located across the city, with tours regularly taking off daily, except on Sundays. Downtown Manhattan Heliport is a popular starting point and you’ll find it located on Pier 6 in Lower Manhattan. It’s worth bearing in mind that helicopter rides are dependent on the weather. You’ll need to prepare to be flexible with a Plan B for your day just in case your tour’s postponed. Also, always double check to confirm your booking with the operator. Another thing to check is whether your helicopter tour price includes your heliport fee. These can vary from $25-$50 per person, so discovering this in advance means you won’t be in for a shock.