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Our most recommended San Francisco Air & Helicopter Tours

San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

1. San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

Take a 35-45 minute flight that starts off with a fly-over downtown Oakland, along the Bay Bridge, and over the Embarcadero, into San Francisco. From there your pilot navigates all the landmarks San Francisco has to offer including Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This flight takes place as the sun sets and the skies highlight the Bay in beautiful orange and red hues. Witness nightlife waking up as the city lights light up all the main roads and buildings, and the first stars of the night greet you from above.

San Francisco: Scenic Helicopter Flight

2. San Francisco: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Get bird’s-eye views of San Francisco and the Bay Area on a popular helicopter flight above the city. Choose from 3 different departure times and enjoy a free shuttle transfer to the heliport from Union Square, Nob Hill or Fisherman’s Wharf. Listen to a safety briefing at the launch pad, and then climb aboard and glide up into the air for unforgettable views of the city and California coast. Hover over landmarks such as Alcatraz Island and the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building. Continue over Ghirardelli Square and see the Coit Tower and AT&T Park from above. Benefit from an informative narration from your pilot along the way. Hear about the Bay Bridge and other attractions. Sit back and listen to inspiring background music as you fly over Sausalito and Tiburon in Marin County. Get the ultimate adrenalin rush and fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge, weather permitting.  

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

3. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

Take off from the waters of the San Francisco Bay and fly high above this gorgeous city of tall buildings, steep hills and trolly cars. Choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane base in Mill Valley or book a roundtrip shuttle from Fisherman's Wharf. Cruise around and over the Golden Gate Bridge and make sure you snap some stunning pictures to amaze your friends. Fly over Fisherman's Wharf and look down on the chic restaurants and shops below. Fly over Angel Island and Alcatraz before heading over the picturesque towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. Finally, land back on the water and taxi up to the dock in Sausalito.

San Francisco: Bay Area Airplane Scenic Flight

4. San Francisco: Bay Area Airplane Scenic Flight

Take a 40-minute flight over San Francisco for the best views of the city and bay. You will fly directly out to the Pacific Coast, and to the Golden Gate Bridge. After flying over the bridge, continue your flight over Downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39. The flight continues to Alcatraz, around Angel Island, and along the towns of Tiburon and Sausalito. Experienced staff assist in a custom private flight just for you! This tour lasts approximately 40 minutes, and the experienced pilots will make the flight unforgettable. Your flight takes place in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk with 4 seats (3 passengers and one pilot). You will depart and return to the Hayward Airport, located approximately 30 minutes from central San Francisco.

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

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

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.

San Francisco: Sightseeing Airplane Flight Over San Fran

6. San Francisco: Sightseeing Airplane Flight Over San Fran

You haven't discovered San Francisco until you've seen it from the air! On this 1-hour scenic flight over the city and bay, you will get amazing views from a truly unique perspective. Your journey begins at Hayward Airport as you climb aboard a small Cessna 172 Skyhawk, with seats for 3 passengers in addition to the pilot. Fly directly out to the Pacific coast, and soar over the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue your flight over Downtown San Francisco and along the waterfront. Look down at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, and continue over Alcatraz. Fly around Angel Island, and along the coast, admiring the towns of Tiburon and Sausalito as you tour. Experienced pilots will make the flight truly unforgettable, giving you plenty of opportunities to take stunning aerial pictures of the sights of the beautiful bay city as you fly over them.

San Francisco: Greater Bay Area Seaplane Tour

7. San Francisco: Greater Bay Area Seaplane Tour

This 45 minute flight includes all the sights described in the Golden Gate Tour flight, but brings you the additional delights of the Bay Area’s dramatic coastline. This flight will begin with a take off from the sea base in the lovely bayside village of Sausalito just across the Golden Gate Bridge. You will then fly right over the Golden Gate National Reserve and out along the coast beyond the Golden Gate. This coastline has been sculpted by fantastic geologic forces over hundreds of millions of years, making the San Francisco Bay Area one of the most active seismic zones in the world. Fly out to the wide, sandy beaches of Stinson Beach, then over the majestic and ancient redwoods of Muir Woods and finally back over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge itself. Then, continue on above Crissy Field, downtown San Francisco, AT&T Park - home of the Major League Baseball World Champion the San Francisco Giants and over the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Finally, your flight will be completed with a pass by the historic Angel Island - the immigrant gateway to the west and a smooth landing back in Sausalito’s Richardson Bay. At checkout, you may choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane Base in Mill Valley or you may choose to book a roundtrip shuttle service from Fisherman's Wharf.

San Francisco: Seaplane Flight with Champagne

8. San Francisco: Seaplane Flight with Champagne

Have you come to San Francisco with that special someone and you're looking for a fun and exciting adventure to share together? Take a premium flight for your special occasion over the romantic and iconic Golden Gate Bridge. After you're airborne, the champagne will flow, and as you sip your Mumm's Champagne, we'll fly directly south along the Pacific Coast and directly over the Golden Gate Bridge. Nothing is more romantic than the history and iconography of this lovely city, and this adventure will be something truly special. After flying over the bridge, we head around the bay, pointing out Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and Aquatic Park. We then head east towards the State Park of Angel Island. You'll be sure to see all of the beauty down below out of our huge viewing windows. Land back on the water so you can sip your final glass of champagne, after having also seen the beautiful towns of Tiburon and Belvedere Peninsula

San Francisco: Blue Angels Air Show Boat Tour

9. San Francisco: Blue Angels Air Show Boat Tour

Soak up views of the Blue Angels Air Show from the best seats in the house on a boat tour of San Francisco Bay. Pass by iconic landmarks and witness the Fleet Week Navy ships. Start your tour at PIER 39 and travel west towards the central bay. Pass by PIER 39's famous sea lions before arriving at the viewing location, just a few yards away from the designated plane runway box. Watch as the planes fly overhead and get so close you can feel them as they take off. After the show, enjoy a quick tour of the city's waterfront landmarks, including some of the US Navy ships that will be in town for Fleet Week.

Sausalito: Norcal Coastal Tour

10. Sausalito: Norcal Coastal Tour

This deluxe 60 minute flight will begin with a take off from the sea base in the lovely bayside village of Sausalito just across the Golden Gate Bridge. Traverse the lovely Marin county on your way out over Tomales Bay where Sir Francis Drake himself likely landed over a century ago.  Then, it's on to Point Reyes National Seashore, looking for frolicking porpoise and whales along the way until you round the breathtakingly scenic Point Reyes Lighthouse. Continue along the incredible Northern Californian coastline above Highway 1 and finally back over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge itself. Fly above Crissy Field, downtown San Francisco, AT&T Park - home of the Major League Baseball World Champion San Francisco Giants and then over the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Finally, your flight will be completed with a pass by the historic Angel Island - the immigrant gateway to the west and a smooth landing back in Sausalito’s Richardson Bay. At checkout, you may choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane Base in Mill Valley or you may choose to book a roundtrip shuttle service from Fisherman's Wharf.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Super individually designed sightseeing flight, super nice staff and a chance to really get a general overview of San Francisco and especially the peculiarity of the golden Gate Bridge. I would definitely do GG again!

fantastic service and our driver was the spirit of San Francisco, dancing while we were boarding the helicopter. very professional and I felt comfortable the entire trip. FANTASTIC experience!!!

Perfekte Organisation, entspannter , professioneller Flug, der auch als Rundflug über SF ausreicht mit dem Event Flug unter Golden Gate. Vergisst man nicht.

A must for everyone who wants to take great pictures of the bay, we had great weather and great fun! I would book again in a heartbeat!

A super experience with a breathtaking view! Definitely worth it.