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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Scenic helicopter flight over San Francisco
  • Spectacular views of San Francisco's famous landmarks and bay
  • See 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

With this tour, fly under the Golden Gate Bridge when conditions are right.
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San Francisco pickup
15-20 minute helicopter flight
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Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel Zephyr , 250 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Hotel Zephyr at 250 Beach Street San Francisco, CA 94133 (for passengers in the Fisherman's Wharf area)

  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square , 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    Hilton Union Square at 333 O'Farrell Street San Francisco, CA 94102 on the Mason Street side at the corner of Ellis (for passengers in the Union Square area)

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Take in an amazing bird’s-eye view of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area on an affordable helicopter flight. Choose from 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, 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 flight, enjoy inspiring background music and live narration from your pilot. After touching down back at the launch pad, you are transported back to your original departure point.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    San Francisco Bay
    See the city skyline and San Francisco Bay from above.
    Pass By:  
    Golden Gate Bridge
    See the Golden Gate Bridge from above.
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    Fisherman's Wharf
    See Fisherman's Wharf from above.
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    Alcatraz Island
    See Alcatraz from above.
    Pass By:  
    Coit Tower
    See Coit Tower from above.
    Pass By:  
    Salesforce Tower
    See the Salesforce Tower from above.
    Pass By:  
    Transamerica Pyramid
    See the Transamerica Pyramid from above.
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    The Embarcadero
    See the Embarcadero from above.
    Pass By:  
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    See the Bay Bridge from above.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Minimum of 4 passengers required per flight. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • All of the Bell Jet Helicopters are maintained by Bell Factory Approved Mechanics and are flown by Bell Trained, FAA licensed pilots
    • All flights are taken in quiet, smooth and reliable Bell Jet helicopters seating 4 or 6 passengers
    • The weight restriction for this flight is 300lbs (136 kg). All passengers must be able to properly use standard aircraft safety belts
    • Recommended: Comfortable shoes and a extra layer of warm clothing
    • All items carried on-board are subject to search. Large bags and backpacks are discouraged
    • Weather permitting. If seasonal fog obscures the view, tour route may be altered
    • Prior to your travel date, all passenger heights, weights and contact details MUST be advised. If you do not indicate this at the time of booking, you will be required to call the tour operator and advise them of this information directly. The contact details will be on your voucher once you have a confirmed booking
    • All passengers must present a valid photo ID upon boarding the aircraft
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Passengers with accessibility concerns (wheelchairs, service animals, etc.) must contact the operator prior to tour
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    • OPERATED BY San Francisco Helicopters, LLC
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    Where is the departure point for the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:There are two pickup locations: Fisherman's Wharf at the Hotel Zephyr (250 Beach Street) or Union Square at the Hilton Union Square (333 O'Farrell Street.)
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    How long is the actual flight time during the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:The flight is approximately 15-20 minutes covering approximately 60 km of San Francisco and the California Coast. Please allow at least 2 hours total including pickup/drop-off.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Is there a minimum age to fly on the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:There is no minimum age requirement. There is a discount rate for children ages 2-12 and infants fly free as lap children.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Can my child sit on my lap during the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:Yes - Infants under two years old can fly free as a lap child.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Do you accommodate seating requests on the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:Seating is determined using passenger weights to balance the aircraft. The local operator will make every effort to honor any seating requests, however, this cannot be guaranteed.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What type of aircraft do you use for the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:This tour uses Bell Jet Helicopters, which are maintained by Bell Factory Approved Mechanics and are flown by Bell Trained, FAA licensed pilots.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What is the helicopter capacity on the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:The Bell Jet helicopters can accommodate either four or six passengers.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What do I need to bring with me for the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:You may bring a camera for photos of San Francisco from above. Small purses/backpacks are okay but subject to search. Large bags and backpacks are prohibited.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Do I need a photo ID for the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:Yes, each adult must have a photo ID, driver’s license with a picture, or passport.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What time of day do you recommend to fly on the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:Any of the departure times offer an unbeatable perspective of San Francisco including Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, the city skyline, the California coast, and more.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What happens if there is bad weather for the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:If seasonal fog obscures the view, the tour route may be altered. If the operator needs to cancel the flight for any reason, they will notify you to reschedule or receive a full refund.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    How should I dress for the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and an extra layer of warm clothing.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    Can I take pictures with the helicopter before/after the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:Yes, there will be an opportunity to take photos with the helicopter either before or after your flight.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What is the weight limit at check-in for the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:The weight restriction for this flight is 300lbs (136 kg). All passengers must be able to properly use standard aircraft safety belts.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    May I bring food/drink on board with me for the San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:No food or drinks are allowed on the helicopters.
    Apr 2021
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour.

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    Reviews

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    131 Reviews

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    star-5
    We just loved the ride
    Santiago_A
    , Aug 2022
    Something new for all the family to try in San Francisco.Going in the helicopter under the Golden Gate Bridge was the beat part of the ride
    star-5
    Great sightseeing trip!
    ruth7748
    , Aug 2022
    We were fortunate to have a really clear day so going over and under the bridge was a real highlight for us.
    star-5
    An amazing view of the...
    Alec_D
    , Aug 2022
    An amazing view of the city that everyone should try once! The crew and entire experience was great.
    star-5
    It was a lovely experience
    Oluwatobi_L
    , Jul 2022
    Friendly tour guide and pilot, nice view of the city and tourist center. I would certainly do it again!
    star-5
    Definitely will fly with them again
    Lester_L
    , Jul 2022
    Our pilot was very smooth and experienced I’m sorry I forgot his name but extremely professional and great guide
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    We will be sure to pass along your compliments to our pilot!
    star-5
    Helicopter ride
    Babar_A
    , Jul 2022
    We took the helicopter ride and I must say that the pilot was very skillful. The driver who picked us up from the hotel and dropped us back was very cooperative.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    We make it a priority to choose the best of the best and we are so glad that they made your experience better!
    star-5
    Unforgettable views of San Francisco
    Holly_G
    , Jul 2022
    Unforgettable helicopter tour over San Francisco. We were lucky with the weather because it was a clear day with no fog. We were able to go under the golden gate bridge, as well as over it, which was really special. Hotel pickup and drop-off also ran smoothly and our driver was friendly.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    We're glad to hear that the weather was cooperating for your flight and that we were able to provide you with an unforgettable memory!!
    star-5
    Couple ❤️❤️
    Maria_R
    , Jun 2022
    Very wonderful experience will recommend…staff very friendly ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five stars …pilot very friendly as well always checking if passengers are okay ✅ love ❤️ the whole trip from boarding to end of trip ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    We always appreciate a 5 star review and we are so happy to hear that you had a welcoming experience! We aim for our tours to be enjoyable and fun from start to finish.
    star-5
    Very professional pilot....
    Sajena_K
    , Jun 2022
    Very professional pilot. He extended more time for us. Very highly recommended. The driver is nice and friendly as well
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Our company chooses the best people to represent us from the drivers to the pilots and we are elated to hear that they made your experience better!
    star-5
    Speechless….
    Christopher_J
    , Jun 2022
    San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. I’ve been many times but decided I wanted to see it by air. Being a flight medic myself, it was a no-brainer to take the helicopter tour. I did my research and this company has an excellent safety record and has been around for about 50 years or so. From start to finish the trip was amazing!!! My fiancé and I were speechless seeing this gorgeous city by air. Adria (pilot) and our driver were both extremely professional, polite, and accommodating!! I’m still speechless two days later. Well done! I highly recommend this experience!!! You won’t regret it.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    We are absolutely thrilled to get such high praise! We prioritize the safety of our passengers and our pilot while also making this experience memorable and exciting. Thank you for flying with us!
    star-5
    A must....
    della_j
    , May 2022
    Just being up there was an experience in itself, wish it was longer. Driver from pick up was very helpful and took some great pictures of us with the helicopter..
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    We are so happy to hear that you got some great pictures and we hope that you share your wonderful experience with others!
    star-1
    WORST PLANNING COMPANY EVER!
    Maximillian_B
    , May 2022
    This was by far the worst experience i’ve had. I reserved and paid for 2 seats over a month ago., They double booked over me. “Notified me” via email. But never saw it cause it was in spam. Never called to verify my seats til the day before. They only care about money or else they’d call their customers in advance. Which obviously they’ll only do on the day before and not when they first notice a problem. I want my refund still, did not notify me how many days it will take to return back to my bank.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    We are so sorry to hear about your experience. We notify our passengers via the email portal Viator provides and we have no control over whether or not that email goes into your spam. We also did talk to you over the phone where we explained that refunds are done through Viator and not through our company, but it should take around 3-5 business days to show up in your account. We do care about our customers and we will take your comments into consideration for the future.
    star-5
    Great
    Andrew_H
    , Apr 2022
    Great fun! On time, friendly and professional bus transfer. I’d recommend taking this experience as it offers a whole new way to see San Francisco.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Our helicopter tours are a one of a kind experience for long-time San Francisco residents and tourists alike. We are so happy to hear that you had a lot of fun on your tour!
    star-5
    Wonderful Experience
    Carlos_B
    , Mar 2022
    We had a wonderful experience, our shuttle bus driver and Adrian the pilot were both awesome. Very friendly, and outgoing. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    We are ecstatic to hear that you had a wonderful experience! Our pilot and drivers love interacting with all of our guests and sharing this very special experience with everyone who books a tour.
    star-5
    BEST FIRST TIME HELICOPTER RIDE EVER 🚁
    Cherrian_R
    , Mar 2022
    My most memorable part of the trip was flying over and under the golden date bridge 🌁 and hovering!
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    We hope that you captured some of these exciting moments on your phone to share with your loved ones! The Golden Gate Bridge is spectacular from both above and below and we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the view.
    star-5
    Incredible
    Adam_D
    , Feb 2022
    We had an absolute blast. I went with my four year old and they were very accommodating. Excellent experience, memories that will last a lifetime!
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    We are so happy to hear that your four year old had just as an amazing experience as you did! Those photos and memories will always serve as a highlight for you and your child and we are so glad to be apart of that.
    star-5
    Birds eye view
    Jose_E
    , Feb 2022
    Amazing views of Alcatraz, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and the city. The young man that picked us up was super friendly and helpful. The pilot was a professional and made sure we had the best views. We flew under the Golden Gate Bridge, and after we landed we learned that this is the only company that’s allowed to do so! Would highly recommended!
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    We are in-fact the only helicopter company allowed to fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge which makes our tours a one of a kind experience! Thank you for your glowing recommendation and we hope that you share your wonderful experience with others!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Awesome Experience!
    pflannigan
    , Dec 2021
    My partner and I have taken several helicopter tours in New York City and Sydney to name a few. By far, the pilot was superb and skilled, the flight UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge was majorly exciting, and then the standing still 360-rotation above San Fran was extremely cool. The best of them all. Recommend to anyone. Don't be afraid.
    star-5
    Great experience
    Maira_V
    , Nov 2021
    Everyone was super friendly and the flight was absolutely amazing! We went under the Golden Gate Bridge, which was very cool
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
    Thanks, it makes us so happy when we receive reviews like this! Happy Holidays, the staff at SF Helicopters!
    star-5
    Great time
    Joseph_R
    , Oct 2021
    Great ride shuttle there and back was very friendly and the helicopter ride was very fun will go again and recommend to friends!
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    Thank you for the recommendation. Our drivers and pilots are great and will pass on your comments. Teri

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