Jaw-Dropping Helicopter Flights and Tours in Switzerland

You’ve hiked the trails, skied the slopes, swam the lakes, and jumped the cliffs. You’ve done all there is to do in Switzerland, right? Not quite. When you feel that the sky’s the limit for adventures in Switzerland, it’s high time for a helicopter ride.

The crisp and fresh Swiss air is not exempt from being another outdoor playground in Switzerland. Paragliding and Bungee Jumping give a taste of being suspended in midair, but you haven’t done the ultimate experience yet. With no lack of breathtaking scenery, travelers can take rides and airborne thrills aboard a helicopter from many locations in Switzerland.

Here’s a list of what you can do depending on your thirst for adventure.

Scenic Helicopter Rides and Tours

There is a really long list of locations and destinations to choose from for a scenic ride above lakes and amidst mountains. Check out the full lists from Swiss Helicopter or Helicopter Flight to find tours taking off from all possible locations in Switzerland.

A ride can take anywhere from 20 minutes to a full day, depending on your route and your budget. Some of the more popular locations are:

Helicopter Flights and Tours in Switzerland

Zermatt Matterhorn

  • Route: Around the world famous Matterhorn
  • What to expect: A scenic ride that will surely take your breath way to see the perfect peak of the Matterhorn from all angles
  • Take-off point: Zermatt
  • Book online:
    • Air Zermatt: CHF 220 for 20 mins; CHF 320 for 30 mins; CHF 420 for 40 mins

Bernese Oberland

Engadin Valley

  • Route: Engadin Valley and the Graubünden range
  • What to expect: View from above of the mountain village of Samedan; Piz Bernina, the only 4,000-meter-high peak in the Swiss canton of Graubünden; Peak of the 3,308-meter-high Piz Badile mountain; views of the Sils and Silvaplana lakes
  • Take-off point: Samedan/St. Moritz
  • Book online:

Basel

  • Route: Basel City
  • What to expect: A view of Basel City in the border triangle of Germany, France, and Switzerland
  • Take-off point: Basel
  • Book online:

Lucerne

Zurich

  • Route: Five Lakes Tour from Zurich
  • What to expect: A tour through the Swiss Alps, passing over five lakes surrounding Zurich including Lake Zurich and Lake Walen
  • Take-off point: Zurich
  • Book online:

Helidiving

A scenic flight is amazing, but it may be too relaxing. After taking in the views of the great Swiss Alps, strap yourself on to an instructor and take a dive.

Helicopter Flights and Tours in Switzerland

The most popular helidiving location is Interlaken. Its location amongst the Swiss Alps Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau is perfect for a helidiving adventure since there aren’t too many obstacles to navigate. Passing over lakes before landing back in Interlaken is a huge plus.

  • Route: Swiss Alps Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau
  • What to expect: Introduction and practical exercises before take-off, a quick scenic ride around the Swiss Alps, and a jump-off at 14,000 ft – 15,000 ft at 200 to 220 km/h
  • Take-off point: Widerswil/Interlaken
  • Book online:

Heliskiing

Topping off your helicopter tour with a ride down the slopes is a dream come true for many adventurers. A heliski tour involves a scenic ride from various destinations towards some of the most gorgeous snow-capped peaks of the alps. Some tours require a short hike, but every experience is sure to be worth the trip.

Helicopter Flights and Tours in Switzerland

For this kind of adventure, Swiss Helicopter seems to be the only operator who offers this package tour. Most of the flights just serve as “shuttle rides” from one location to a popular ski region. Some flights, however, take you to some mountain peaks for a downhill run. Here’s a list of some of those locations:

Erstfeld

  • CHF 1,440: Flight to Hüfifirn, downhill run to Linthal and Schächental valley
  • CHF 1,210: Flight to Sustenlimmi, downhill run to Steingletscher and Voralptal

Gsteigwiler-Interlaken

  • CHF 310: Flight to Ebnefluh, downhill run to the Lötschenlücke. Then past the Hollandia Hut via the Lang Glacier and through the Lötschental to Blatten
  • CHF 310: Flight to Petersgrat, downhill run through the Faflertal Valley to the Lötschental Valley

Samedan/St. Moritz

  • CHF 765: Flight to Fuorcla Chamuotsch, tracks in virgin snow and downhill run through Val Suvretta or Valetta dal Güglia

Sky’s the limit in Switzerland

There seems to be no end to how much you can enjoy nature in Switzerland. Might as well, too, if you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by some of nature’s most beautiful wonders. Prices of helicopter rides can be much steeper than usual, but if you have the budget, it is definitely an experience you dare not pass on.

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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