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San Francisco, United States
San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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icon20 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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
Inflight tour narration
Gratuities
Souvenirs
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

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)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

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)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
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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.
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Coit Tower
See Coit Tower from above.
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Salesforce Tower
See the Salesforce Tower from above.
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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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour.

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star-5
Breath taking!
Lucia_M
, Sep 2021
Breath taking experience! We had the time of our lives my husband and two children loved it! Thank you for the experience!
star-5
Fun times
Richard_P
, Aug 2021
Very fun experience. Shuttle driver was fun and entertaining also. I would recommend it to friends and family.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the recoomendation.
star-5
once in a lifetime experience
William_S
, Jul 2021
highly recommended, everything was as expected, pick up was right on time, a little delay at pick up pad, nothing major, view were spectacular, Justin, the designated chauffeur was very helpful and professional, Adrian the Pilot made our day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
I will pass it on to Justin and Adrian. Thanks for taking the time to review and glad you enjoyed the flight!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was fantastic
Larry_L
, May 2021
Super fun, my wife has always wanted to go on a helicopter so it was a blast and we totally recommend it
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks for the review; we appreciate you recommending it.
star-5
Amazing and breath taking views
Richard_A
, May 2021
Shuttle driver was extremely nice and kept everyone well entertained as well as safe. The flight was amazing too which was to be expected.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
It is fun ! I'll pass your comment on to the pilot and shuttle driver. Thanks
star-5
10/10 Experience
Yasmiin_D
, Nov 2020
The tour guide was very entertaining and professional. I got to snap plenty of pics with the helicopter while waiting for the first flight to finish. My flight was smooth and beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
We're so glad you had a great time! Thanks for flying with us!
star-4
Heli ride traveling to Sf
Tom
, Jul 2020
Flight starts from Oakland and flies over to San Francisco. It even got to spend a couple minutes at SF.
star-5
Superb
binodkumal
, Jan 2020
It was an amazing experience, no words to explain it. I look forward to go again. Maybe it would be amazing if the flight was little longer.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for flying with us and we hope to fly you again in the near future. We also offer our Vista Grande Tour (25-30 minutes) as well as private custom charters if you are looking for tours longer than 30-minutes. Thanks again for sharing your experience!
star-5
Amazing Experience!!
chilgenberg
, Nov 2019
It was the best money we spent during our visit. The flight was on time and very smooth. Great way to see a lot of San Francisco in a short amount of time. Would definitely recommend to friends and family!
star-5
Wonderful experience !
skishasta1
, Nov 2019
My husband booked this flight without my knowledge and I was terrified once I knew what was in store for me! However, from the pickup time to the actual flight was absolutely amazing! Every person related to this experience was so wonderful and I (we) had a great time! I have been to SF many times but never from above...I would so recommend this to everyone..

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