The average cost of a helicopter ride depends on several factors, including the type of helicopter to be flown, the departure and destination point, the number of traveling passengers, and the date and time of the intended flight. Employing a second pilot may also incur additional cost. A helicopter ride for amusement and touring purposes significantly cost less than a chartered helicopter ride.
Renting a private helicopter typically costs more than a thousand dollars. The New York helicopter charter from Midtown Manhattan to Newark Airport, for example, charges $1,750 for a Jet Ranger that is good for four to six people. A Long Ranger plane flying one-way from Manhattan to Martha's Vineyard may cost $6,700 for six people or $4,950 for a four-passenger Jet Ranger. The 2015 charter prices do not include the landing fees and may involve other additional expenses depending on the flight requested.
Helicopter tours and rides are usually cheaper. A Las Vegas strip helicopter tour, for example, costs $124 per person inclusive of the fuel surcharge fees. The ride just takes 12 to 15 minutes of flying over Las Vegas megaresorts and the New York-New York skyline. A 15-minute helicopter ride over New York City costs $119 per person. A grand helicopter tour charges $195 and takes about 25 minutes. All the prices are as of 2015 and subject to change.