San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

4.9 / 5

78 reviews

Activity provider: San Francisco Helicopters

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

Activity provider: San Francisco Helicopters

From US$ 235 per person

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 San Francisco including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, the city skyline, and more.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Optional audio guide


  • Enjoy a 15 to 20-minute scenic helicopter flight over the gorgeous San Francisco Bay
  • Experience sweeping vistas of San Francisco's most famous landmarks
  • See Alcatraz Island and prison, the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman's Wharf from hundreds of feet above the ground
  • Ride in reliable, safe comfort inside a Bell Jet Helicopter
  • Learn the secrets of San Francisco on a fully-narrated, guided flight
  • Choose from convenient departure times
Full description

Take in an aerial view of San Francisco and the Bay Area with the Bell Jet helicopter. Choose between 3 departure times and pickups at Union Square, Nob Hill, or Fisherman’s Wharf. Relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard and see a vista of the world-famous city.  

Admire the city's landscape and see landmarks like Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Ferry Building, Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower, and AT&T Park. View both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge; if you're lucky, 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.

  • 15-20 minute helicopter flight of San Francisco Bay
  • Guided, in-flight narration
  • Hotel pick-up from Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Not suitable for
  • People over 300 lbs (136 kg)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Tour operation is subject to safe local weather conditions. Tour may be altered to account for seasonal fog if views are obscured.
  • Minimum of 4 passengers required per flight.
  • The weight restriction for this flight is 300lbs (136 kg) per person. All passengers must be able to properly use standard aircraft safety belts.
  • Photo ID is required for all adults.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 78 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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First of all, everything worked out great, pick-up service for the return flight. Our companion Justin took very good care of us. The flight with John was a dream. John commented on everything there was to see during the flight, we got everyone's Golden Gate! Seen the sides, that was awesome.

April 10, 2022


Pick up service was good! Although we were at a different pick-up point, about 100 meters around the corner, the driver was looking for us instead of driving away. Incidentally, the confusion about the correct pick-up point happens quite often. We liked the fact that the driver had anticipated this well. The Helicopter flight with pilot Brack was in one word FANTASTIC. He flew under and over the Golden Gate bridge, a fantastic experience to see the Golden Gate bridge in this way. Meanwhile, the pilot Brack told about the interesting facts about the Bay area of San Francisco and what exactly he was going to do with the Helicopter in terms of maneuvers. He also showed us in detail Alcatraz from the air. Brack also interacted well with us by also asking us how we were feeling and if everything was going well, he was also very funny. But that also applies to the driver! All in all, the Helicopter flight was over too quickly. A very great and fantastic experience!

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October 19, 2019

So worth it! Up to 6 people can be in your group, if less you are put in a group with others to complete the 6 seats in helicopter. Staff and pilot were really friendly, enjoyed all the cool info the pilot narrated during the flight. Highlight had to be flying under Golden Gate Bridge! 10/10 experience.

August 26, 2019

Product ID: 158031