5 star rating: Highly Recommended 67 Reviews

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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:15-20 minutes

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

On this San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour, the sky really is the limit. A helicopter tour is the ultimate way to admire beautiful San Francisco, highlighting the bay and its famous sights. So come and admire the view on a flight over the bay!


  • 15 to 20-minute scenic helicopter flight over San Francisco
  • Spectacular views of San Francisco's famous landmarks and bay
  • See the Ferry Building, Alcatraz Island, the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge
  • Choreographed musical accompaniment and narration
  • Choice of morning and afternoon flights
  • Pick-up and drop-off from selected San Francisco locations

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a shorter helicopter tour than others in San Francisco, but it still includes stellar views of the city skyline and Alcatraz, and if conditions are right you fly under the Golden Gate Bridge! The lower price point makes it a good value for families.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

Enjoy amazing views of San Francisco on a thrilling helicopter tour!

Your 37-mile (60-kilometer) flight lasts for 15-20 minutes in a Bell Jet helicopter, and takes in the well-known landmarks of San Francisco. You'll see the Ferry Building, Alcatraz Island, the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and much more!

Background music accompanies your flight, along with spontaneous narration by your professionally trained pilot.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The day was perfect, the views spectacular, and the ride up, over and under the Golden Gate Bridge was breathtaking!! This flight was awesome and worth every penny!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Exciting, enjoyable and breathtaking. Had a great time see the sights of San Francisco and the Bay from the air. It was amazing! The pilot was great and his commentary very informative. The ride can get a bit bumpy a times, but it was well-worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The flight was great !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We enjoyed several site seeing events in San Francisco. If you don't include this Tour, you will miss the best. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride. This was the best tour of our entire trip. Thank you Vista Helicopter Tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was AWESOME !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour is a must for anyone in San Fransisco on a short time scale. You get to see everything so perfectly and the pilot is incredible with great knowledge of all the landmarks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

What an amazing experience. The entire staff was super friendly and professional. The tour was on time and the view of San Francisco from up top was spectacular. You get to fly UNDER and OVER the Golden Gate Bridge. I captured video of this moment and it was a highlight of the tour. Definitely recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Amazing experience!!! No better way to see all the San Francisco landmarks. View is excellent from the helicopter (which seats 6 passengers) and the flight swoops under and then over the golden gate bridge which was very exciting. However I think there should be a fairer way of allocating the front seat (alongside the pilot), as I found in my group the front seat was claimed by someone who basically ran to the front of the queue! Overall though the service and staff were very friendly and welcoming. Would recommend for sure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I am a fearful flyer and yet, wanted to experience a helicopter ride as it was on my bucket list. What a perfect day, perfect flight and I am so glad I waited to have my first helicopter ride in San Francisco. We met our driver at our arranged pickup spot and he was punctual and pleasant. When we arrived at the helicopter pad, the helicopter was spotless, our pilot handsome and away we went. The pilot took lots of pictures for us as we boarded the helicopter and as we began our ascent, as fearful as I was, it was truly amazing. I was lucky enough to score the seat beside the pilot and so my view was breathtaking.
The pilot kept remarking that we were lucky to have such a magnificent day for our ride - clear skies, no hint of fog and we could see for miles and miles. Over the ocean, under and over the Golden Gate Bridge, a close up view of Alcatraz and then into the heart of the city. I would highly recommend this tour.

Neil H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

A great thing to do. The piot was very god and provided a good commentary of SF and its surrounds. Highlight was going under and over the GG Bridge. Would recommend.

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