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Tour code: 3538VISTA
Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the 15-to-20-minute flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge! 


  • 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!

Take in an amazing bird’s-eye view of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area with an affordable helicopter flight. Choose from three different departure times and pickup at either Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf, and relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard the Bell Jet helicopter and launch into the air for an unforgettable vista of the world-famous city.  

Admire the unique landscape of the city, which spans the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Hover over landmarks like Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica pyramid, the Ferry Building, Ghirardelli Square, and the new span of the Bay Bridge. Admire the stately hotels atop Nob Hill and the historic buildings surrounding Union Square. For the ultimate thrill, and when weather conditions permit, fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Throughout the 15-to-20-minute flight, enjoy inspiring background music and live narration from your pilot. After touching down back at the launch pad, you will be transported back to your original departure point.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Professional, friendly staff, absolutely seamless service but most importantly, what an incredible way to see San Francisco! Put this on your list of must dos!

Rogerio C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Iit is expensive but it worths a lot. My tour lasted 28 min. I recommend make a trip at 12:30pm, cause the visibility of the Golden Gate is better I guess. I recommend for sure.

K Patrick M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Terrific aerial views of SF. Fantastic time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was amazing!

Tanja Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great experience!

Tracy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was the most incredible awesome experience I've had flying, would love to be a pilot! Flying under and over the golden gate was truly amazing.

Eddie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Spectacular! Wonderful to have the experience of going under the Golden Gate Bridge. The weather was perfect! All members of the staff were super-friendly and professional.

Michael N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent experience. I would do it again. Lasted longer than scheduled time and was well worth the money. My only problem was that after the helicopter ride I was taken to a different drop off point than my pick up point. I questioned the driver and he said this was the only drop. I know there are 2 pick up points why only 1 drop off?? As a tourist I was not familiar with my location and spent time and money to get back to where i wanted to be

Charlotte G

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!!

David Z

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.

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