Grand Theft Auto V Online has hundreds of vehicles, from fast cars and motorcycles to armored vehicles and planes. However, there is no other vehicle as useful as the Helicopter. In this list, we have found the 8 best helicopters in GTA 5 Online. From the fastest helicopters in GTA Online to the best-weaponized helicopters in GTA 5, there is a helicopter for every-player and every playstyle.
Without further ado, let’s fly!
Speed: 156.50 mph (251.86 km/h)
The Buckingham Swift, or Swift for short, was added to GTA Online as part of the 1.16 SA Flight School update, and quickly became one of the best helicopters in GTA 5 Online. The Swift is designed after the AgustaWestland AW109, Bell 222.
You must head to Elitas Travel to purchase this premium helicopter, which will be stored with Pegasus Vehicles or in your personal Hangar. Once fully upgraded, you will be able to reach the top speed of 156.50 mph.
Speed: 144.50 mph (232.55 km/h)
The Savage is a flying death machine, with weaponized capabilities. Originally, it was added to GTA Online as part of the 1.21 Heists DLC update and modeled after the Military MI-24 Hind, Model D. The powerful weapons system of this helicopter makes it one of the best helicopters in GTA Online.
You must purchase the Savage from Warstock Cache & Carry, and can likewise store it in your personal Hangar, or failing that with Pegasus Vehicles. The lower speed of this helicopter is made up by the PvP capabilities and utility Online making it one of the best helicopters in GTA 5.
Speed: 154.25 mph (248.24 km/h)
The Havok is another weaponized helicopter added to GTA Online as part of the 1.41 Smuggler’s Run update. Fast and formidable, the Havok is one of the best helicopters in GTA 5 as of 2023. Originally modeled after the Heli-Sport CH-7, it is sleek and sporty.
You must either purchase the Havok or acquire it as an Online Bonus Reward. You should have a personal Hangar to store this vehicle, or you will need to have it delivered through the Interaction Menu. Additionally, you will need to fully upgrade the Havok to reach the top speed of 154.25 mph.
Speed: 161.25 mph (259.51 km/h)
The Buckingham Volatus, or Valatus, was added to GTA Online as part of the 1.34 Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update. Modeled after the Airbus Helictoper H160, it is the second fastest helicopter in GTA Online, and on this list.
You will have to purchase the Volatus from Elitas Travel and can store it within your personal hangar, or have it delivered. Furthermore, you must fully upgrade the Volatus to benefit from the top speed of 161.25 mph.
Speed: 141.50 mph
The F1-Hunter is as impressive as it looks, being one of the best helicopters in GTA 5 Online, you’ll not want to be hunted by anyone with this vehicle. Added as part of the 1.41 Smuggler’s Run update, and modeled after the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche, it is weaponized and armored.
To obtain this helicopter, you must first purchase it from Warstock Cache & Carry and have it delivered through the Interaction Menu. However, if you have already purchased a Hangar, you can have it permanently stored there.
Speed: 157.25 mph (253.07 km/h)
Mother Russia’s rebuttal to the F1-Hunter: The Akula. The Akula was added to GTA Online as part of the 1.42 The Doomsday Heist update. There is no other helicopter that matches the Akula’s military capabilities, making it one of the best helicopters in GTA Online. Especially considering it is one of the fastest helicopters in GTA Online. Modeled after the Kamov KA-50 “Black Shark”, the Akula can enter Stealth Mode making it invisible on the minimap.
Similarly, you will need to purchase the Akula from Warstock Cache & Carry and have it delivered through your Interaction Menu. However, if you have a Hangar, you can benefit from the Hangar Aircraft Workshop and fully upgrade the Akula.
Speed: 168.75 mph (271.58 km/h)
The Sparrow is one of the most popular helicopters among GTA 5 Online players, due to it being the fastest helicopter in GTA Online. Therefore, it is without a doubt one of the best helicopters in GTA 5 Online. Additionally, it was added in the 1.52 Cayo Perico Heist update, and modeled after the Bell Model 47.
You must purchase the Sparrow from Warstock Cache & Carry, but it does not come weaponized. You will need to customize it as one of the dedicated vehicle Workshops. Once fully upgraded, it will not only reach top speeds of 168.75 mph but have a mounted .50 Cal Minigun and Homing Missiles.
Buzzard Attack Chopper
Speed: 145.00 mph (233.35 km/h)
The Buzzard is one of the most iconic helicopters in GTA Online, and as such rightfully belongs at the top of our list of best helicopters in GTA 5. Modeled after the AH-6 Little Bird, it is extremely popular, not for its speed but its utility in PvP and PvE.
You will need to head to Warstock Cache & Carry to purchase the Buzzard. Furthermore, it is possible to store it in any personal hangar, but it can not be modified, unlike other helicopters. However, what makes Buzzard special is the utility it has in PvP.
If you’re registered as a CEO/VIP you will be able to have your Buzzard delivered directly to you at a moment’s notice, already fully armed. Therefore, it is perfectly balanced between price, speed, and utility, making it the best GTA 5 helicopter.