How Much Does a Helicopter Cost?

Updated on September 25, 2019
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Have you ever wondered how much a new helicopter costs? Here's the low-down.
Have you ever wondered how much a new helicopter costs? Here's the low-down. | Source

5 Popular Helicopters From Cheapest to Most Expensive

Have you ever wondered how much a helicopter costs?

I have too. In fact, I’m sure lots of people have wondered about the price of a helicopter. I decided to do some research and write this article to give people a realistic ballpark price range for common and popular helicopter models. I’m going to start with the cost of a basic, low-end helicopter, then work up to some of the more advanced and expensive helicopters.

Generally, the first thing to decide if you are looking at the cost of a helicopter is whether you are after a smaller two-seater or a larger multi-passenger model. One of the most popular brands in the world when it comes to helicopters is Robinson. Although at one time, Bell manufactured more helicopters than any other company (primarily due to the popularity of their B206 JetRanger), Robinson helicopters are now renowned for costing less to buy and run. Read on for a price comparison chart and additional info about some of the most commonly purchased helicopters available to the public.

Helicopter Prices by Model

Model
Price
1. Robinson R-22
$250,000
2. Robinson R-44 Raven I
$340,000
3. Robinson R-44 Raven II
$415,000
4. Bell B206 JetRanger
$700,000
4. Eurocopter EC120 Colibri Hummingbird
$1,700,000
The lightweight and responsive R-22 is a popular choice for those seeking a lower-cost helicopter.
The lightweight and responsive R-22 is a popular choice for those seeking a lower-cost helicopter. | Source

1. Robinson R-22

Considered by many to be one of the world’s most economical helicopters, the R-22 carries a base list price of about $250,000 brand new. There are also plenty of excellent deals to be found on good-quality used R-22s, usually starting from around $100,000–$150,000.

Due to the R-22’s cheap operating costs, it is often used as a training helicopter. This lightweight two-seater has very low inertia which allows it to be extremely responsive to flight control inputs. In short, it is fun to fly. However, the R-22 is not very forgiving of pilot-error or sluggishness and as such is not recommended for beginners or those without much flying experience.

Price: Approx. $250,000

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The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven I.)The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven II.)
The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven I.)
The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven I.) | Source
The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven II.)
The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven II.) | Source

2–3. Robinson R-44 Raven I & II

The Robinson R-44 Raven line is a very popular choice among flying experts. Many argue it is the worlds best model for personal ownership regardless of price. It has four seats and comes in two models, the Raven I and the Raven II.

The Raven models are heavier than the R-22, which allows them to fly through wind gusts and turbulent air more solidly. They are also much safer to fly as "training helicopters" because they allow pilots several additional seconds to activate autorotation, a feature used to land during an engine failure.

Price:

  • Raven I: Approx. $340,000
  • Raven II: Approx. $415,000

Bell's B206 JetRanger can seat five people including the pilot, but comes at more than twice the cost of Robinson's Raven I.
Bell's B206 JetRanger can seat five people including the pilot, but comes at more than twice the cost of Robinson's Raven I. | Source

4. Bell B206 JetRanger

The five-seater Bell B206 JetRanger is another very popular helicopter, both with military personnel and civilians. It has a two-blade main rotor and a two-blade tail rotor. This model and all of its variants are what have kept Bell Helicopters on par with the Robinson line in terms of popularity. It costs considerably more than the R-44, but is also a little larger.

Price: Approx. $700,000

By far the most expensive helicopter on this list, the lightweight EC120 Colibri Hummingbird has a 5-passenger capacity and comes equipped with a variety of high-end safety features.
By far the most expensive helicopter on this list, the lightweight EC120 Colibri Hummingbird has a 5-passenger capacity and comes equipped with a variety of high-end safety features.

5. Eurocopter EC120 Colibri Hummingbird

The Eurocopter EC120 is a very quiet and comfortable helicopter, but it does come with a high price tag that reflects its advantageous features. Considering it has five seats and a single-engine and rotor, it is a relatively light helicopter. It is also equipped with numerous crash-resistant technology systems involving both the seats and the fuel system.

Price: Approx. $1,700,000

What's Your Helicopter Price Range?

If you are interested in purchasing your own helicopter, then you're probably looking at a price tag of anywhere from $250,000–$1,700,000. Depending on whether you want a small, responsive two-seater or a spacious five-seater with state-of-the-art safety features, you could be spending anywhere from a quarter-million to almost two!

Obviously there are numerous factors to consider (training costs, operational costs, storage costs, etc.), but hopefully you now have a realistic idea about the upfront cost associated with purchasing a new helicopter. Whether you were just curious or are seriously considering buying one, now you're in the know!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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        Apostle Alonge 

        4 weeks ago

        I love the five seater and its features mainly for my ministerial assignment on crusades others. Trusting God for it shortly.

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        Kumar 

        6 weeks ago

        I will buy on credit card & will pay EMI uptill my next births coming....

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        samuel 

        6 weeks ago

        If I bring a client do i get a commission ?

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        Mantas 

        6 weeks ago

        So either this... Or a lamborghini look out Jake Paul is about to get a helicopter license

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        King khan 

        7 weeks ago

        How I am buy it?

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        AYUSH SINGH RAJPUT 

        2 months ago

        I AM BUY A HELICOPTER ONE DAY

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        Adîl mirza 

        2 months ago

        One day i will buy .

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        Raj kumar jaiswal 

        2 months ago

        I like one day flying

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        Ranjit Kumar 

        2 months ago

        It's my dream one day I will buy

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        Daniel 

        4 months ago

        Thanks for the information

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        Vivek singh 

        5 months ago

        How I want buy

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        sultanumer.can@gmail.com 

        5 months ago

        i will buy one day

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        bahaddin 

        5 months ago

        Hello could you explain to me about final price and shipping

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        Harrison 

        5 months ago

        Thanks for the information

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        RAJESH KUMAR 

        6 months ago

        we are not for helicopter but helicopter is for us

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        Survesh tripathi 

        6 months ago

        Its 1.20 cr. To 6 cr. So can be buy. But first i will find need, then i buy. Because passion is only for some day but need is for forever.

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        Stuti tiwari 

        6 months ago

        My dream is buy a helicopter & one day I will buy......

        U.P.

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        Usman khan 

        8 months ago

        I want to fly but i have no Helicaptor

        some one please gift me

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        james 

        8 months ago

        I need a 2 seat helicopter

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        sunil 

        8 months ago

        my dream is to buy some types of chopper in my whole life

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        Virendra Kumar Yadav 

        9 months ago

        Dharasuna cholapur Varanasi u.p. India

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        K-air 

        9 months ago

        Helicopter pics are super cool...

        http://www.k-aircharters.com/

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        J man 

        9 months ago

        We will buy 1 day

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        anil Kumar 

        10 months ago

        1 day i Will buy

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        mukisa henry 

        10 months ago

        am looking for a used four seats helicopter but the price is starting at how much in us dollars?

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        Sachin verma 

        10 months ago

        I was thinking about that first of all question is arise every one .what is the cost of it.

        I want to fly in the sky

        This is my dream

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        kyle\ 

        11 months ago

        nice ariticle

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        Steve B 

        13 months ago

        It's about time someone put this list together. I've been chopper-shoppin' for months and couldn't find a good resource to compare the different makes and models. I was going to buy the Raven I, but I don't want to look cheap.

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        sunil jaiswal 

        13 months ago

        can i buy a helicopter personally.

        how much it cost in indian rupees

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        Kenneth Tetteh 

        13 months ago

        This article is great

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        Najeebsanni 

        14 months ago

        I want to be an aeronautic engineering please god help me with a helicopter

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        Braiden 

        14 months ago

        I like helecopters

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        md saif 

        14 months ago

        Insha Allah one day i will buy hlocptr

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        Sihail bhai 

        14 months ago

        Helecoptare

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        ali 

        15 months ago

        can u gift me a Helicopter.....

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        Anil kumre 

        16 months ago

        It's my dream please God help me

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        Francis 

        17 months ago

        We need this type of helicopter to fight crime in our country.

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        Arap Thuo 

        17 months ago

        This is the nearest i have come to understanding the cost of buying a helicopter...How about operational cost like fuel, insurance and tax?

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        Olan 

        18 months ago

        Thank you very much,

        finally a clear article about this topic.

        Good Flight at averyone !

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        MEL 

        18 months ago

        Tuesday, May,29.2018 - GOOD JOB, Tomsum ! I was looking for these information and I found your research on google.

        Really HELPFUL ! BE BLESSED !

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        Levi Tucker 

        19 months ago

        How much is a Agustawestland AW139 Turbine Helicopter.

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        teensavage 

        19 months ago

        most likey buying a helicopter in the future they are so affordable not even funny one would think they are expensive

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        Guadalupe Jurado 

        19 months ago

        Why does this cost so much to rent one

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        Afzal Hussain 

        19 months ago

        Very nice I like a bell206 jetRanger

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        José tafur 

        20 months ago

        Cicare helicopters from 80.0000 to 150.000 from Meza Arizona

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        Rajesh Aggarwal 

        21 months ago

        I always dreamt about buying a "Flying Bird".. Definitely its a great information very helpful to achieve my "Goal". Of course there are certain reservations also like pilot salary Hanger charges License etc... anyway all the information is really "Great.... atleast one can dream to have one

        Rajesh Aggarwal

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        India 

        22 months ago

        Wow it's reasonable cost. I will buy in future

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        GYAN 

        2 years ago

        Wow... My dream may be fulfilled in near future because of its price range..

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        Rahul raikwar 

        2 years ago

        My dream that i want to buy any one of them in future

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        venky 

        2 years ago

        My ever dream to buy this collibri humming bird is very nice.please help me god to make it occupied

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        Pakistan 

        2 years ago

        I will buy ;) ;)

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        Heidar Rasteh 

        2 years ago

        Thank you Tomsum, your research on helicopter prices was useful for me.

        Kindly yours

        Heidar

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        vitaliabits 

        4 years ago

        How lovely how nice?

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        Josie 

        5 years ago

        wow! i want to buy the Colibri Hummingbird. it looks like my style!!

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        Muktar Hossain 

        5 years ago

        wow!! Its a great..................lol

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        Faizan 

        5 years ago

        Actually, firstly when i

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        Abdillah Mabrouk 

        5 years ago

        thank you,i always wondered ,how much these things cost!

        only wishies were horses.........!

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        nakesh nair 

        6 years ago

        It's very beautiful but no prices in Indian currency

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        geoenvirons 

        6 years ago

        hi , kamal are u buying one and thinking it to take nepal..i am from nepal too..its too expensive..but we are crazy to buy it...so plz let me know i want to know..how u goin to decide...

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        Denni 

        6 years ago

        Ask and it is given.

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        Raby 

        6 years ago

        this is it

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        KAMAL 

        7 years ago

        CAN WE BRING IT TO NEPAL

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        Rose 

        7 years ago

        Thanks.Though thinking more on the line of a Sikorsky, an S-76 or S-92.They look more stable and secure,what do you think?

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        mrrainp 

        7 years ago

        I want to buy the latest one

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        bob 

        7 years ago

        thank you, this was very helpful!

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        rodrigo 

        7 years ago

        Very cool

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        John Janiszewski 

        7 years ago from Flushing, Michigan

        cool hub! you can build your own home built experimental helicopter for about 65K. Just google "rotorway helicopter". It has a FEDEC controlled piston engine. If I was rich I would buy one :)

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        Emma 

        8 years ago from Houston TX

        Thanks for article. atleast it will help most of us who have interest in buying it.

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        tomsum 

        8 years ago from Australia

        @Money Glitch - Thanks!

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        Money Glitch 

        8 years ago from Texas

        Congrats on being selected as a HubNugget nominee. :)

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        tomsum 

        8 years ago from Australia

        @wendy87 - Yeah the yellow one is my favourite too :) Thanks for your comment!

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        wendy87 

        8 years ago

        the yellow helicopter in your hub is cool!!!!!! unique hub voted up

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        tomsum 

        8 years ago from Australia

        @ripplemaker - Wow, this is a really great surprise! Thanks a lot :)

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        Michelle Simtoco 

        8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

        tomsum, that's a pretty good question. Come to think of it, I never thought about asking coz I never thought of buying one. :) But now I know .. just in case! LOL

        Congratulations to your Hubnuggets nomination. Yes, your hub has been nominated in the Autos category. Yehey! This link will take you there: https://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Hubnuggets-in... If not, just grab a helicopter and follow me!

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