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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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San Francisco, United States
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icon30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
  • Scenic helicopter tour over San Francisco
  • Spectacular views of San Francisco's famous landmarks, districts, and coastline
  • Fly over Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Coit Tower
  • Entertaining and informative commentary
  • Choice of morning and afternoon flights
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco locations
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San Francisco pickup from two central locations
25-30 minute helicopter flight
Inflight tour narration
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is provided from the following pick-up locations:
Hotel Zephyr at 250 Beach Street San Francisco, CA 94133 (for passengers in the Fisherman's Wharf area)
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)

Following pickup from a central San Francisco location, transfer to a quiet, comfortable Bell Jet Helicopter for your aerial tour of the city.

Sit back, strap on your seatbelt and enjoy the musical accompaniment as the helicopter flies over the Mission, the Castro, Chinatown, and the Presidio neighborhoods. See iconic landmarks like the Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower from above.

Continue your flight by heading out into the greater Bay Area. With informative narration from your expert pilot, view both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge, as well as Alcatraz and the Marin Headlands. Fly over Angel Island before returning to your San Francisco landing pad.

Please note: The helicopter can accommodate four or six passengers. There is a minimum of four people required to operate this flight.
Itinerary
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San Francisco Bay
See the city skyline and San Francisco Bay from above.
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Marin Headlands
See the Marin Headlands and California Coast from above.
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Presidio of San Francisco
See the Presidio from above.
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Golden Gate Park
See Golden Gate Park from above.
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Fisherman's Wharf
See Fisherman's Wharf from above.
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Golden Gate Bridge
See the Golden Gate Bridge from above.
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Coit Tower
See Coit Tower from above.
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Transamerica Pyramid
See the Transamerica Pyramid from above.
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Salesforce Tower
See the Salesforce Tower from above.
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The Embarcadero
See the Embarcadero from above.
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
See the Bay Bridge from above.
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Angel Island State Park
See Angel Island from above.
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Alcatraz Island
See Alcatraz 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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 12 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:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Francisco Vista Grande 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 Grande Helicopter Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Francisco Vista Grande 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 Grande Helicopter Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Francisco Vista Grande 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 Grande Helicopter Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the San Francisco Vista Grande 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 Grande Helicopter Tour?
A:
The flight is approximately 25-30 minutes covering approximately 90 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande 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 Grande Helicopter Tour?
A:
No food or drinks are allowed on the helicopters.
Apr 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "The 30 minute flight my not seem long but, your have plenty of time to see everything." See review
  • "We love to take Helicopter tours and have taken many all over the country." See review
  • "I can recommend this tour to anyone who like flying" See review

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star-3
Average ride
KSP
, Jun 2021
After helicopter tour of Grand Canyon, no chopper tour seems worthy. This one was ok and short. Not even being able to get a good shot of GGB.
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star-5
Would recommend these services to anyone!!
Genaro_A
, May 2021
The entire experience was great. Flying under and then over the Golden Gate was probably the highlight of the flight. The personnel es exceptional and very accommodating. Will do this again in the future.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks we appreciate your review !
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star-5
Tamara’s 40th birthday
Lamar_M
, Apr 2021
My daughter definitely enjoyed her surprise helicopter ride dor her 40th birthday and says that she will do it again.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks we look forward to return customers!
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star-5
Great experience want to come back again
Edgar_C
, Nov 2020
When we pass under the bridge was exciting 💙🇺🇲💙🇺🇲💙 but in general everything was good the explanation excellent in general it was all very good
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for flying with us! We're happy you had a great experience!
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star-5
Excellent
HENDA_C
, Oct 2020
Shephard drived us to Oakland airport he was amazing. The tour is Fontastic with Ron. Ron get with helicopter under the GGB and this was impressive. Thank for this nice trip !
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're so happy you were able to fly with us!
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star-5
Best experience
Hector_C
, Oct 2020
The best experience ever I took my wife for our anniversary and she did love it a helicopter ride is the way you wanna go
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thanks for flying with us and happy anniversary to you and your wife!!
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star-5
just gorgeous
Ronald_D
, Aug 2020
Loved every moment of this tour my pictures came out perfect and it's a moment ill share and never forget
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We're so glad you had a great time! Thank you for sharing your experience!
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star-2
Wasted time and money
Jorge_J
, Jul 2020
The pilot only take us under the golden gate bridge missing the wiew from above the bridge and that view is the real deal. Very disappointed. I do not recomend this tour 👎
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star-5
Loved It!
Patrick_M
, Jul 2020
This was a great experience and well worth the price. Going under & over the Golden Gate bridge was pretty amazing. That was my favorite part...but a close second was the 360-view that the helicopter performed, turning around so that we could see all of San Francisco. I would definitely do this again and already have plans to take my daughter on a special father/daughter date!
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The whole experience was amazing
Leah_R
, Mar 2020
A+ service from start to finish. Our shuttle driver was kind and allowed us to leave a large umbrella in the shuttle. Brock our pilot was awesome! He is informational and fun. He made sure we knew what to expect while flying in a helicopter and we felt safe through the entire experience.
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