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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour provided by San Francisco Helicopters

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour
Pilots will practice social distancing when greeting and/or loading passengers. Shuttle drivers will practice social distancing while checking ID and while loading both the shuttle buses and helicopters.
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Updated 06/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    San Francisco Bay
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Fisherman's Wharf
    Alcatraz Island
    Coit Tower
    Transamerica Pyramid
    Salesforce Tower
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    The Embarcadero
  • 1
    Fisherman's Wharf
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 2
    Alcatraz Island
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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Important Information
  • Pickup and drop-off for the helicopter tour at either Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf
  • Helicopter flight
  • Inflight narration
  • Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island (US$39.90 value)
  • Audio walking tour of Alcatraz
  • Entry/Admission - Alcatraz Island
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup and drop-off for Alcatraz tour
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Additional Info
  • Minimum of 2 passengers required per flight
  • All flights are taken in quiet, smooth and reliable Bell Jet helicopters seating 4 or 6 passengers
  • All Bell Jet helicopters are maintained by Bell factory-approved mechanics and are flown by Bell-trained, FAA-licensed pilots
  • The weight restriction for this flight is 300 lbs (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
  • The Alcatraz portion of this tour can be taken on the same day as the flight or the day after, depending on the selected departure time. Please contact the local supplier after booking to setup your Alcatraz departure time
  • For security purposes, a government-issued photo ID is required by all guests to board the Alcatraz ferry
  • Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on Alcatraz Island
  • Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean
  • You may leave Alcatraz Island at any time; ferries depart every 30-40 minutes
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Nate B wrote a review Mar 2020
Brisbane, Australia53 contributions46 helpful votes
Sensational !!!!! Memories to last a lifetime. I don't think it gets any better then seeing SF from the sky and a trip over AND under the golden gate bridge. Breathtaking. Whilst is expensive it is worth it. There was no upselling and the trip was as easy as a pick up from the
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2 Helpful votes
Response from cwong0327, Guest Relations Manager at San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Hi Nathan, Thank you so much for flying with us, We are glad you had a great time! We are glad to have Shepherd in our team, we also think he is hilarious! Ron is one of our most experienced pilots. We look forward to flying you next time!
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jonnysaxon wrote a review Dec 2019
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Loved it - first time in a helicopter and the bumpiness was at first unnerving, but the pilot was excellent and entertaining and soon eased my nerves! It was a windy day in San Fran. Flew over and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Worth every penny.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from Chelsea O, Director of Sales at San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour
Responded Dec 28, 2019
Thank you so much for flying with us! Glad you had a great time!
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Mike V wrote a review Nov 2019
13 contributions
Well, to say I enjoyed this would be an understatement! The helicopter trip was truly spectacular. From the pick up point we were taken to the airport where we met our pilot (Brock) who was already in the helicopter waiting for us. The trip around the city was amazing, and to
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Date of experience: November 2019
Lou Stelling wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
A must do if you are in San Francisco. Going over and under the bridge was pretty special. Amazing views over the city and surrounds. Brock and Shepherd were great hosts.
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Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from Chelsea O, Director of Sales at San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour
Responded Nov 15, 2019
Thank you so much for flying with us! We're so happy you had an amazing time!
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Justine H wrote a review Sep 2019
5 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I took this tour on 24th September as I had booked it for a surprise. We had a smooth pickup from Zephyr hotel by a wonderful guide called Shepherd who made us feel very welcomed. Our helicopter pilot Brock was calm and personable and we had the best experience of
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Chelsea O, Director of Sales at San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour
Responded Oct 2, 2019
Thank you for joining us on our Helicopter + Alcatraz package! Sheppard and Brock are great and we're so happy they were able to give you a great experience.
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About the operator

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By: San Francisco Helicopters
This is a must do experience – Spectacular views of the San Francisco area, Golden Gate and Bay bridges, and Alcatraz I
This is a must do experience. Great views of San Francisco, Alcatraz, and Flying under the Golden Gate Bridge We
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Robin H
Wonderful pilot
Brock was incredibly professional and caring. I absolutely recommend this activity. The flight under and over the G
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Best your of San Francisco
The whole family had a great time. Pilot was a great guide and teacher. We loved the stall and 360. Super fun! Will
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What a fabulous adventure! The pick up van was nice, driver was nice, helicopter was beautiful, pilot was knowledge
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SF helicopter tour
Breathtaking views in one of the best cities to do a helicopter ride. One of the best experiences of my life our mi
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Must do when in San Francisco
Thank you for an Amazing flight over San Francisco with my son and his wife we flew over Alcatraz and over and unde
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WOW!! What an awesome way to see most if not all of San Francisco, a truly outstanding tour worth every penny in my
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Amazing tour!
We had a fantastic experience with San Francisco helicopter tours. From the very start we were looked after by th
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Angie H
Awesome experience
Our pilot was friendly, personable, and knowledgeable. The 360 degree turn around and hover were super cool. We saw
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San Francisco
Flight was awesome. Guys are great. You can all chat to each other. We lucked out with only the 4 of us on the flig
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Lacy G
Highlight of our trip
Our pilot was knowledgeable and we felt completely safe during our ride. Our 10 year old loved the information abou
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Amazing experience
Highlight of our trip, van driver and pilot both lovely and gave us a laugh. Views were outstanding, well worth the
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Sisters Trip
From pick up to drop off.....this helicopter tour was awesome! Easy to find pick up point; driver was super nice (
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Flimsy arrangement
We were taken to the helicopter by bus and in the last five minutes were given a safety briefing by video. This nec
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Flight of a life time.
What a great experience, going under and over the Golden Gate Bridge. I would definitely recommend it to all, we we
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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