Guided tour

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

4.9 / 5

44 reviews

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

From US$ 215 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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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  • 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 amazing bird’s-eye view of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area with a popular helicopter flight. Choose from three different departure times and pick-ups at either Union Square, Nob Hill, 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, Coit Tower, and AT&T Park. With informative narration from your expert pilot, view both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. 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.
  • 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
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 varies depending on 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 44 reviews

Review summary

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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

Worth every dollar! The helicopter takes 5 people +1 next to the pilot. Only one person in the middle misses the window. The views were amazing - we were flying over and under Golden Bridge, Downtown, SF-Oakland Bridge, Alcatraz! Our flight took over 20 minutes! The pilot was super nice and communicative! Check the weather for good conditions to fly under The Golden Gate.

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July 29, 2019

Overall, a great experience. The pick-up at the agreed meeting point went great. Once at the starting point, the group was divided into two groups. The disadvantage was that the helicopter was fully staffed. It was unpleasant that I was placed in the middle of the back seat with a height of 1.70 m, which led to the head and headphones constantly scratching the ceiling of the helicopter. I found it a bit annoying, especially since there were significantly smaller participants who could have sat there relaxed. The route that was flown was great and gave a great overview of San Francisco. The pilot was also great and gave a lot of information about places and events below us.

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May 7, 2019

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Product ID: 158031