How Much Does a Helicopter Cost?

Updated on March 10, 2018

Have you ever wondered, ‘How much does a helicopter cost?'

Me too. In fact, I’m sure lots of people have wondered about the cost of a helicopter. So I decided to do some research and write this article to give people a realistic ballpark figure on how much a helicopter actually does cost to buy. No more vague hand-waving gestures from friends or family members as they yell things ranging from thousands to millions. I’m going to start with the cost of a basic low-end helicopter and then work up to the more advanced and expensive helicopters. I will focus on the cost of a brand new helicopter and may give a rough estimate of the cost of used models, but that will obviously vary depending on size, price, and year.

Generally, the first thing to decide if you are looking at the cost of a helicopter is whether you are after a 2-seater or a larger multi-passenger model.

One of the most popular brands in the world when it comes to helicopters is the Robinson. Although Bell Helicopter at one time made more helicopters then any other company in the world (although this was primarily on the strength of the B206 JetRanger), Robinson helicopters are renown for costing less to buy and run—and being generally more economical whilst not detracting from quality.

Helicopter Prices by Model

Model
Price
Robinson R-22
$250,000
Robinson R-44 Raven I
$340,000
Robinson R-44 Raven II
$415,000
Bell B206 JetRanger
$700,000
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri Hummingbird
$1,700,000
Robinson R-22
Robinson R-22

Robinson R-22

Considered one of the world’s most economical helicopters, the R-22 carries a base list price of about $250,000 brand new. But there are many excellent deals to be found for good quality used R-22s, often starting from around $100,000 - $150,000. Due to the R-22’s cheap operating costs, it is often used as a training helicopter. The R-22 is a two-seater, making it light and giving it a very low inertia, allowing it to be extremely responsive to flight control inputs. In short, it is fun to fly. However, the R-22 is not forgiving of pilot error or sluggishness and is not recommended as a training helicopter due to this.

Cost: USD $250,000

Robinson R-44
Robinson R-44

Robinson R-44 Raven

The Robinson R-44 Raven line is a very popular choice among flying experts. Many argue it is the worlds best for personal ownership, regardless of the price. It has four seats and comes in two models, the Raven I and Raven II (with the Raven II being more expensive). It is heavier than the R-22 allowing it to ride through wind gusts and turbulence more solidly than the R-22. It is also much safer to fly as a ‘training helicopter’ for numerous reasons, but specifically, because it gives you several more seconds to activate what is called autorotation (used to land during an engine failure) which can only be a good thing.

Cost:

  • Raven I – USD $340,000
  • Raven II – USD $415,000

B206 JetRanger
B206 JetRanger

Bell B206 JetRanger

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

Cost: USD $700,000

EC120 Colibri Hummingbird
EC120 Colibri Hummingbird

Eurocopter EC120 Colibri Hummingbird

The Eurocopter EC120 is a very quiet and comfortable helicopter, but it does come with the appropriate price tag that reflects its positives. With five seats and a single engine and rotor, it is a relatively light helicopter. It also implements numerous crash resistant systems for the seats and the fuel system.

Cost: USD $1,700,000

So in conclusion, if you're interested in getting a helicopter, then you are looking at anywhere from USD $250,000 – $1,700,000, depending if you want a little two-seater or want to go all the way up to a five-seater. Obviously there are numerous other factors to consider (training costs, operational costs, storage costs, etc), but hopefully you now have a good and realistic idea the upfront cost! Whether you were just curious, or are seriously considering buying one, it’s always a fun bit of trivia to know.

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      Najeebsanni 

      4 days ago

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

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      Braiden 

      10 days ago

      I like helecopters

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      md saif 

      11 days ago

      Insha Allah one day i will buy hlocptr

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      Sihail bhai 

      12 days ago

      Helecoptare

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      ali 

      4 weeks ago

      can u gift me a Helicopter.....

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      Anil kumre 

      2 months ago

      It's my dream please God help me

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      Francis 

      3 months ago

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

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      Arap Thuo 

      3 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 

      4 months ago

      Thank you very much,

      finally a clear article about this topic.

      Good Flight at averyone !

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      MEL 

      4 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 

      5 months ago

      How much is a Agustawestland AW139 Turbine Helicopter.

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      teensavage 

      5 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 

      5 months ago

      Why does this cost so much to rent one

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      Afzal Hussain 

      5 months ago

      Very nice I like a bell206 jetRanger

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      José tafur 

      6 months ago

      Cicare helicopters from 80.0000 to 150.000 from Meza Arizona

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      Rajesh Aggarwal 

      7 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 

      8 months ago

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

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      GYAN 

      11 months ago

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

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      Rahul raikwar 

      12 months ago

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

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      venky 

      14 months 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 

      14 months ago

      I will buy ;) ;)

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      Heidar Rasteh 

      16 months ago

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

      Kindly yours

      Heidar

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      adeydaryor michael 

      2 years ago

      all wat i tink in life is to bcom a pilot but i do'nt see d person dat we help me i luv helicubter but my prayer evry day is bee a pilot if u can help me my number is 09036061043 i am 25 years old am study at kwara state college of technology offa

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      vishnu aghav IND.MH44 

      3 years ago

      VERRY NIC 1DAM GAWDHAL....

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      tashik 

      3 years ago

      it's my day dream to by a helecopter.plz god help me.

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      vitaliabits 

      3 years ago

      How lovely how nice?

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      Josie 

      4 years ago

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

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      Muktar Hossain 

      4 years ago

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

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      Faizan 

      4 years ago

      Actually, firstly when i

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      Abdillah Mabrouk 

      4 years ago

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

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

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      nakesh nair 

      4 years ago

      It's very beautiful but no prices in Indian currency

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      geoenvirons 

      5 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 

      5 years ago

      Ask and it is given.

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      Raby 

      5 years ago

      this is it

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      KAMAL 

      6 years ago

      CAN WE BRING IT TO NEPAL

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      Rose 

      6 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 

      6 years ago

      I want to buy the latest one

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      bob 

      6 years ago

      thank you, this was very helpful!

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      rodrigo 

      6 years ago

      Very cool

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      John Janiszewski 

      6 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 

      7 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 

      7 years ago from Australia

      @Money Glitch - Thanks!

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on being selected as a HubNugget nominee. :)

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      tomsum 

      7 years ago from Australia

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

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      wendy87 

      7 years ago

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

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      tomsum 

      7 years ago from Australia

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

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 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: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Hubnuggets-in-... If not, just grab a helicopter and follow me!

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