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Nashville helicopter tours – cost, timings, what to expect


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 Nashville- after all, a helicopter tour is the best way to experience what the Music City has to offer.

There are four different types of guided helicopter excursions available in Nashville, all of which provide breathtaking views.

In this article, we explain everything you must know before booking your Nashville helicopter tour.

15-minute helicopter tour of Downtown Nashville

This tour is the cheapest way to see Nashville from the air, which is what makes it the second-most popular helicopter tour of the city. 

It has received Viator’s Badge of Excellence for consistently being rated 5/5 by travelers. 

The choppers take off all through the day, so you can opt for a time slot that’s convenient for you. 

You will see all the sites that Nashville 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. 

Timings: 10 am to 9.45 pm, every 15 minutes

Cost of the tour: US$99 per person

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Premium Downtown Nashville Helicopter Experience

This helicopter tour over the Music City has everything you’re curious to see about Nashville.

Gaze upon Downtown Nashville in all its glory 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.

Timings: 10 am to 9 pm, every 15 minutes

Cost of the tour: US$95 per person

Premium River and Nature Helicopter Experience

This tour is what every photographer seeks.

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 of Nashville from a whole new perspective.

Timings: 10 am to 9 pm

Cost: US$190 per person

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What to expect on a Nashville helicopter tour

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From where do helicopters take off

Helistar Aviation and AeroLuxe Aviation are the best helicopter tour operators in the city, and all their tours start from the John Tune Airport on the west side of town.

The Nashville airport is at 110 Tune Airport Dr, Nashville, TN 37209. Get Directions

Note: The tour operators are located in a brick building with a blue tin roof and three flags out front. There is a free parking lot attached.

After your sightseeing trip is over, you will land at the same place from where the helicopter took off.

Restrictions strictly followed

Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable helicopter 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.

Accessibility to the tour

The tours are completely accessible to guests with disabilities.

The aircraft, transportation, and surfaces are completely wheelchair accessible, preventing any inconvenience for the guests.

Cancellation policy

Even though the helicopters and pilots are available for taking off throughout the day, the experience requires good weather. 

If your trip above Nashville gets canceled due to inclement weather, you will be given the option of rescheduling or receiving a full refund.

Some heli excursions have a minimum number of passengers.

If the minimum doesn’t get fulfilled, you will be given the option to pick an alternate date/experience or a full refund.

Cancel at least 24 hours before the adventure begins to receive a full refund.

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