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Best helicopter tours in Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee, has one of the most gorgeous skylines in the country, and it’s just getting better.

Locals and visitors alike fly high in the skies to get a bird’s eye perspective of the city- after all, a heli tour is the best way to experience what the Music City has to offer.

Since it is an important part of your holiday experience in Nashville, it is best to find out about all the available helicopter tours in the city, their cost, discounts, timings, duration, departure helipads, weight restrictions, etc., before booking your time above the Music City.
15-minute Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville

Cheapest and most popular aerial tour
/ person
What to expect
15 mins in the air
Several flight times daily
On-board live commentary
Instant confirmation

Premium Downtown Nashville Helicopter Experience

Most value for money heli ride
/ person
What to expect
15 mins in the air
Personalized route
Private chopper tour
Immediate confirmation

River and Nature Helicopter Ride in Nashville

Luxury flight over city’s landscape
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What to expect
30 minutes in the air
Flight over scenic hills and valleys
Convenient flight times
Live commentary
Instant confirmation

Cost of helicopter tours

Helicopter tour over Nashville, TN

The cheapest and most popular Nashville heli ride costs US$99 per person.

And at the higher end, the tickets can go up to US$216 per person.

Prices of sightseeing flights in Nashville depend on three factors.

  1. Amount of time you spend in the air
  2. The time of flight. For instance, night flights tend to be more expensive.
  3. If the chopper ride is part of a combo tour. For example, a helicopter tour with a complimentary lunch/dinner.

Image: Nashville skyline – Flyhelistar.com

Things to know before booking your tour

Ticket Inclusions

Besides a ride in a state-of-the-art helicopter with a cabin with climate control, you also get free inflight narration.

If different passengers request more than two languages on the same flight, the audio commentary defaults to English.

All local taxes and service fees are part of the tour cost.

Ticket Exclusions
  • Gratuities (which are optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before your tour date. 

If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, a 100% percent cancellation fee is applicable.

No changes are allowed within 24 hours of the experience’s start time.

Helicopter tours require good weather. 

If the tour is canceled due to poor weather or non-fulfillment of the minimum number of passengers, you may be offered a different date or a full refund.

Helicopter tour timings

Nashville chopper tours are operational on all days of the week between 10 am and 9.45 pm.

The 15-minute Downtown heli tour takes off in slots from 10 am to 9.45 pm.

Premium Downtown heli experience and Premium river and nature heli experience run in slots from 10 am to 9 pm.

Christmas light tour is a special tour functional only during the months of December and Christmas and departs in slots from 4.30 pm to 9 pm.

Heliports & helicopters

From where do helicopters take off

How to reach the heliports

Are the heliports and helicopters accessible?

Which helicopter tour is best for you?

If you are on a budget
Go for: Downtown Nashville Helicopter Tour
Air time: 15 mins
Pilot’s narrative: Yes
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This tour has received Viator’s Badge of Excellence for consistently being rated 5/5 by travelers. Choose from a variety of departure slots. You will see all the sites that the city is known for, including Nashville Parthenon, Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Stadium, The Stage on Broadway, Ryman Auditorium, Nissan Stadium, Tennessee State Capitol, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, etc. 

If you want value for money
Go for: Premium River and Nature Helicopter Experience
Air time: 30 mins
Pilot’s narrative: Yes
/ person

Premium River and Nature helicopter ride in the Music City is what every photographer desires to capture on camera. Beautiful landscape marked by sprawling greenery, rivers, and other landmarks unfurl beneath you to win you over. You will see Cumberland River, Natchez Trace Parkway, and the city from a whole new perspective.

If you want customizability
Go for: Premium Downtown Nashville Helicopter Experience
Air time: 15 mins
Pilot’s narrative: Yes
/ person

Premium Downtown Nashville offers a private helicopter experience personalized to your preferred route. Gaze upon over the Music City in all its splendor with its surrounding rivers, mountains, and valleys. You will also get an aerial view of  the most famous strip in Nashville, the Broadway, Vanderbilt University, Nissan Stadium, and much more.

Restrictions strictly followed

  • Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable aerial rides over Nashville.
  • No passenger must exceed 300 lbs/ 136 kgs.
  • 15-minute Downtown Nashville heli tour allows maximum per passenger weight up to 275lb (125kg) and total passenger weight up to 600lb (272kg).
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of three passengers are required on these tours, failing which, it will be canceled.
  • Infants and children are allowed onboard, but infants must sit on the caregiver’s lap throughout the flight.
  • A valid photo ID is required.
  • No pets are allowed onboard except service animals.
  • Check-in at least 30 minutes early.
  • Flight times are approximate based on winds, weights, and conditions.
  • Seating arrangements may often be in the hands of the tour organizers for a safe and stable flight.

Want to fly over celebrity houses in Nashville?

Hover over some of Music’ City’s elite artists from the vantage point that makes you feel like a celebrity yourself. Prepared to be starstruck at the sight of opulent celebrity homes and witness the beautiful nature of Nashville, downtown skyline, and the famous Tennessee State Prison where several movies have been filmed.

Cost of the tour (2+ years): US$274 per person

Fancy a flight over Nashville bathed in Christmas glow?

Imagine flying over the scintillating Nashville skyline as the city is illuminates the Christmas joy. Be a bird of the night as you take it to the skies with this air tour in the sundown hours. Behold the twinkling spread of ground from the above and bring your own spiced cider to make it a romantic night!

Cost of the tour (2+ years): US$216 per head

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions visitors usually ask before taking a Nashville heli tour.

The cost can vary widely depending on the duration, time, and season of the tour, facilities like hotel transfers and food and drinks, add-ons, customizations, the tour provider, and the package. Private tours can cost significantly more as they are more tailor-made and personalized experiences where you have a whole aircraft to yourself.

Booking in advance is usually recommended, particularly during peak tourist seasons. Some tours might require booking a few weeks in advance.

The best time depends on personal preference. Some prefer morning for the soft lighting, while others prefer afternoon for the bright, clear views. Some choose the evening for a sunset or night view.

This depends on the tour operator. Some tours might be flexible with their routes, while others will have a set path.

English is standard in all heli tours in the city, and some companies might have guides who speak other languages. It’s best to check in advance.

While there’s usually no specific dress code for a heli tour, it’s recommended that you dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Loose items like hats and scarves might need to be removed for safety reasons. Footwear should be comfortable and secure as you will be climbing in and out of the helicopter.

It’s typically recommended that passengers arrive at least 30 minutes to 45 minutes before their scheduled Nashville heli tours. This allows for check-in, safety briefings, and any last-minute instructions.

Most aerial tours last between 15 and 30 minutes.

A minimum of two and a maximum of three passengers are required on these tours, failing which, they will be canceled.

Reputable helicopter companies adhere to strict safety regulations, including regular maintenance checks, safety briefings before each flight, and ensuring pilots are well-trained and licensed.

All pilots operating commercial helicopter tours in Nashville should be properly licensed and trained. Most companies will provide information about their pilots’ experience.

Yes, taking photos or videos is usually allowed and encouraged. However, selfie sticks and large camera equipment may not be permitted for safety reasons.

Usually companies provide headphones to all passengers. These often serve the dual purpose of reducing noise from the helicopter’s rotor blades and allowing passengers to hear information from the pilot during the tour.

Still have more questions? email us at travel@thebettervacation.com

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