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  • Address: Ferries depart from Pier 33
  • Hours: Multiple departure times available
  • Admission: Varies
For almost 150 years, Alcatraz has given chills to the innocent and cold sweats to the guilty. Having once served as the nation's first military prison, it was then a forbidding maximum-security penitentiary. Now, Alcatraz is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and open to the public as one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco.

The roster of former Alcatraz inmates includes A-list criminals such as Chicago crime boss Al 'Scarface' Capone, dapper kidnapper George 'Machine Gun' Kelly and hot-headed Harlem mafioso 'Bumpy' Johnson. Though Alcatraz was considered escape-proof, in 1962, the Anglin brothers and Frank Morris infamously floated away on a makeshift raft and were never seen again. No wonder that first step off the ferry and onto 'The Rock' seems to cue ominous music.

A visit is more than just seeing the inside of an old prison, as the scenic ferry ride includes the epic panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island, also known as the Ellis Island of the West. Alcatraz is extremely popular and space is limited, so pre-purchasing a ticket that combines the experience with a city tour or sunset cruise is recommended.

Practical Info

Alcatraz is accessible via a ferry that leaves from Pier 33 near Fisherman's Wharf upwards of 15 times per day, running to Alcatraz as early as 9:10am and returning to the pier as late as 6:30pm. Early-bird trips depart at 8:45am, while night tours allow visitors to stay on the island as late as 9:25pm. Allow about 2.5 hours for the full trip, including both ferry rides. Tickets sell out days and sometimes weeks in advance, so consider purchasing well before your planned visit. Be sure to bring along a sweater or windbreaker, as it is much cooler out on the water. The ferry has a limited beverage and snack bar; water is available on the island.

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Walking Tour of Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach with Cable Car Ride and optional Alcatraz Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Take this guided walking tour and see the best that San Francisco has to offer! Visit the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, take in fantastic views of the Golden ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $52.00

Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1982 Reviews

Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 899 Reviews

Contrast the brutal austerity of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito on this enthralling day trip from San Francisco. It's a whole day ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

Rock 'n' Roll Combo: Alcatraz and Magic Bus San Francisco Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Get the most out of your stay in San Francisco with this combo tour, which includes two iconic experiences in one day. Hop aboard the Magic Bus and travel back ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2-hour bus tour
Flexible time on Alcatraz

From USD $87.29

San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and GPS-Guided GoCar Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 66 Reviews

Explore Alcatraz and then whiz through San Francisco at your own pace aboard a GPS-guided GoCar on this combo tour. Hop on the ferry and take a fascinating ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $91.06

Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 343 Reviews

Explore the best of San Francisco Bay on this great-value Alcatraz and sunset cruise combo in the summer months or hop aboard the twilight cruise in the winder ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.40

Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

See all of San Francisco's top attractions over two or three consecutive days with this special Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour and combo package. Create your own ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 or 3 days

From USD $99.00
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San Francisco 3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz, The San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussauds

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Madame Tussauds, San Francisco Dungeon, and Alcatraz are three of San Francisco’s most intriguing attractions. On this exciting combo tour, you’ll have the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $102.95

Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Capture highlights of San Francisco on a full-day tour that combines admission to Alcatraz with a beer-themed bike tour through neighborhoods like SoMa, the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

San Francisco City and Alcatraz Tour with Optional Bay Cruise and Ferry to Sausalito

4 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

You'll start your thrilling day with a trip to Alcatraz! You'll hop the ferry to Alcatraz Island for a fascinating audio walking tour of the notorious former ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $112.58

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