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Alcatraz

Multiple departure times available
Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California, 94123

The Basics

Alcatraz is only accessible by tour and tickets often sell out well in advance. Lock in those high-demand tickets by booking a San Francisco tour that includes admission to the infamous federal penitentiary and a day of city sightseeing by bike, bus, boat, or Segway. Popular stops include Chinatown, North Beach, and the Ferry Building. Other options combine Alcatraz with cable car rides, bay cruises to Sausalito, or Marin headland adventures.

On the island, explore at your own pace with the self-guided cellhouse audio tour. You'll also find National Park Service exhibits, video presentations, docent- and ranger-led guided tours, and special programs that vary by season.

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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
$179.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Vibrant city with professional guide
Captain Roger was a fantastic travel guide for us! His enthusiasm and professionalism made the trip so enjoyable and comfortable. He brought the city of San Francisco Ali E for us!
Colette_L, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Worth the trip!
Andrea_C, Apr 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
This was a really fun and interesting tour. Excellent tour guide Dustin was very knowledgeable on the city and its rich history and was also very considerate of everyone and just plain fun! Went out of his way to make it awesome. Van was clean and comfortable Alcatraz is fascinating, Muir Woods magical Sausalito charming. Great tour! So much accomplished in one day! Highly recommend!!
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Alcatraz was smooth. No...
Jose_X, Aug 2022
Official Alcatraz Tour + 2 Hour City Bucket List Excursion
Alcatraz was smooth. No issues with process. 2 hour bucket list bus ride was well done and Brendan is a great guide , engaged and courteous .
star-5
Family Trip to San Francisco 2022
Joseph_M, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Inside Tour + Ferry + Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour (Classic)
Bus tour took us all around San Francisco and gave us great views of the city. Alcatraz was a highlight to see what the hype was all about.
star-4
lots of history
Gary_N, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
we both wanted to see Alcatraz and got to, learning of the fire was cool, and how they reclaimed the brick. Seeing the different spots in China town then returning to them later to shop was very enlightening fulfilling and worth the walk. Yes we would do this at a later date if we return to S/F.
star-5
A must do whilst in San Francisco
Andrea_B, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise
A well organised trip and a must do whilst in San Francisco…Alcatraz was good once you got over the smell of the seagulls
star-5
No time loss ...
Sandra_M, Aug 2022
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
No time loss Good view of city, golden gate, muir Woods, sauselito, and alcatraz Good memory Thanks!
star-5
Fantastic.
Rony_R, Aug 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
The picture at the Golde gate and Alcatraz. Was a fantastic day, I can recommend this tour. The driver was friendly and nice person.
star-5
Great Experience!
Euan_E, Jul 2022
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
Ro was an amazing tour guide, his down to earth, fun and charismatic personality really gave the tour a personal and fun experience. The pick up was exactly where it said it would be and on time, we were called out into our groups and off we went. Muir Woods and Alcatraz were both excellent places to visit neither of them were too busy either
star-5
Big Bus
Cynthia_W, Jul 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo
The history was great. Enjoyed Alcatraz and the bus ride.The weather was freezing and windy. But it was a enjoyable day
star-5
Best trip ever
Jerald_H, Aug 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
Roman was the best tour guide!! The trees were big and beautiful. Alcatraz is a must see. Will definitely be back to see this beautiful city again. 10/10
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Great trips
Leslyn_B, Aug 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
The boat rides to both the Bay and Alcatraz were quite smooth, even in the windy weather. My family and friends enjoyed both. We greatly appreciated the flexibility of the tour operators that allowed us to split our boat rides into two separate days.
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Bus tour and Alcatraz is a must do When visiting San Francisco
Shirley_P, Jul 2022
Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour
I really enjoyed the city bus tour, was thinking it would be a lot like the hop on hop off bus tour but it was so much more information and different places. Going to Alcatraz is a must see if you visit San Francisco
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Alcatraz tickets include round-trip ferry transportation and an audio tour; you can take any ferry back to the city and they depart roughly every half hour.

  • Bring a camera and a coat for the chilly but beautiful ferry rides.

  • You'll find a few snacks offered on the ferry and water available on the island.

  • Allow about 2.5 hours for the full Alcatraz prison experience, including both 15-minute ferry rides.

  • The walk from the ferry dock is steep and hilly; an electric shuttle departs from the dock twice an hour and the cellhouse has elevators.

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How to Get There

All Alcatraz Island tours depart via ferry from Pier 33 near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. There are several parking garages in the area with rates ranging from $25 to $50 per day, but prices typically double during special events. Public transport is a more cost-effective option and multiple Muni lines run through the area, including the F-Line trolley. Many tours include round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Alcatraz cruises typically depart every half hour between 9am and 4pm. The early-bird trip departs a little earlier, while the limited Alcatraz night tour allows visitors to stay on the grounds until 9:25pm and includes both live boat narration and a guided walk from the dock to the prison. Alcatraz tickets are hardest to come by in spring and summer.

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The History of Alcatraz Island

Originally established as a military prison in the mid-19th century, Alcatraz is perhaps best-known as the maximum-security facility that housed Al "Scarface" Capone and other notorious gangsters. After the prison closed in 1963, Native American activists occupied the island from 1969 to 1971. It was then opened to the public in 1973 and is now the site of an annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.

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