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Time20 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

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 Travelers Choose 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.
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.

Reviews

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, Jan 2018

Although, the flight left the day after due to bad weather, it was very well worth it. The day was beautiful and our pilot was great he took us over and under both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. I highly recommend it to anyone.

D
, Jan 2018

The helicopter ride portion was great. Our pilot was entertaining, pleasant and checked on us throughout. The views were sublime and we took great photos.

There are significant issues however on the administrative side of this tour and a failure to manage expectations with respect to timeframes, process and duration.

The email and voucher in particular spelled out the timing of the pick up and well as the time the helicopter ride would begin.

For starters, the van was 10 minutes late for the 12:30 pickup. The helicopter ride was supposed to start at 1pm. After a longer-than-expected ride with a number of strangers, we arrived at site the site at 1:14. Again, the ride was to begin at 1pm. When we pulled up, the driver said, we have to split you into two groups. Sit here while the other group goes and theyll be back in about 20 minutes. At that point we realized that we wouldnt be on the helicopter until more than 30 minutes later than promised and stated on the voucher. We waited the 20 minutes while the other group went up, then we had our turn. While understandable, its less than ideal experientially sitting on a bench in a field in the interim. The prior group had to wait the 20 minutes for us also for us to return, then we all rode back to the city together.

We had plans in place late afternoon and evening, based on the communicated timeframes. We had to move 3 things around as a result of the companys failure to align with what was stated on the voucher.

It is worth noting that we initially paid for a 3pm booking. A few days later we asked if we could add one additional person via an online inquiry form and were told no problem. We paid, received an email confirmation and updated voucher for 3 people at 3pm straight away. Then we received an email about a day later stating that we had to move to the 12:30pm slot. We had our SF day finalized and planned around the 3pm ride for which we received confirmation. We then had to rework the entire day to make the 12:30 work. We also then realized via the back and forth communication for the party size change that we would be riding along with other touristswe thought this was a possibility but nothing we saw confirmed that they always book the helicopter to capacity 6.

Once the actual day came and the tour company was not only nearly 15 minutes late for pickup, more than 30 minutes late for the ride time and the duration of the experience overall was beyond expected, we were less than pleased as we lost out on some other activities we planned TWICE because they confirmed our booking then made us move time slots. Not cool.

If booking this, dont believe the times in the voucher and leave about 3 hours of your day open for this event. Also, be prepared to sit around.

R
, Nov 2017

Excellent tour

w
, Oct 2017

This tour was amazing!

D
, Sep 2017

The tour is worth the money. Of course, for a 15 minute tour you might think USD 195 is too much! But, this is a totally different experience with flying over and under the golden gate bridge. It's a great opportunity for photographers to record a different perspective of the city.

D
, Sep 2017

The trip was one of our highlights in San Francisco. We would recommend this to everyone, especially when you fly under and over the Golden Gate Bridge Awesome. Also the pick up and drop off service was helpful.

T
, Aug 2017

One of the best things I have ever done. 100% recommend!

R
, Jun 2017

This tour was amazing!

R
, Jun 2017

This tour was amazing!

K
, Mar 2017

Great way to see San Francisco, you even get chance to fly under the golden gate bridge weather permitting. Would highly recommend.


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