5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  Flexible
See the best of San Francisco by combining a helicopter flight above the spectacular cityscape with a tour of one of its top landmarks. Spend up to 20 minutes soaring over the city and bay, admiring the Embarcadero, Angel Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and other attractions. Then take a ferry out to Alcatraz to explore the infamous prison with its award-winning audio tour. This tour can be completed over two days. Choose from three different flight times with pickup from two locations.


  • Helicopter and Alcatraz combo tour
  • Fly over San Francisco on a 15- to 20-minute helicopter ride
  • See the city’s famous landmarks from above, including the Bay Bridge, Ferry Building, Transamerica Pyramid and Alcatraz Island
  • Ride the ferry across the bay to Alcatraz
  • Explore the prison with an audio tour that features commentary from former inmates
  • Complete both tours on the same day or over two consecutive days

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

The Alcatraz portion of this tour can be taken on the same day as the flight or the day after, depending on the selected departure time. If you decide to take the later afternoon helicopter flight, you must take the Alcatraz tour on the following day. Check the Important Info tab for more details.

Helicopter Tour:

After pickup from either Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf, your combo tour begins at the heliport, where you’ll board your 6-passenger Bell Jet helicopter, a comfortable chopper that provides a smooth ride above the City by the Bay.

Your 15- to 20-minute flight provides you with amazing aerial views of the city’s famous sights and attractions: Alcatraz, Treasure Island, Angel Island, the Sausalito waterfront, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Financial District, the Ferry Building, Embarcadero, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

While you marvel at the vistas, enjoy listening to a musical soundtrack and expert pilot commentary through your headset. Your adventure ends back at the heliport, from where you’ll be returned to either Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf.

Alcatraz Tour:
You may take the Alcatraz tour on the same day as the helicopter tour or on the following day — it’s your choice.

The Alcatraz ferry departs from Pier 33 on the Embarcadero, which is an easy walk from Fisherman’s Wharf. Hop aboard and enjoy the ride across San Francisco Bay to the island, admiring views of the Golden Gate Bridge and city skyline along the way. The Alcatraz tour is independent and audio-guided; when you arrive, simply pick up your headset and begin your exploration of the historic prison.

The award-winning Cellhouse audio tour provides fascinating commentary about life inside the world’s most notorious penitentiary. Walk inside a cell, see where prisoners ate and spent their time, and learn about the legendary criminals who ended up there. Leave the island at your leisure; ferries depart frequently to return you to Pier 33.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My family of six did this tour and it was fantastic! We had a great time seeing the San Francisco from above. The highlight was definitely the over and then UNDER the bridge! Great experience from the shuttle over to the return shuttle.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Don't just look at the Folden Gate bridge or cross it on a bike, fly under and over it in a comfortable helicopter with skilled and knowledgable pilots! An unforgettable experience for my family of four. Worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Incredible. Worth every dollar. Going under the Golden Gate Bridge was something I'll never forget.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We loved this tour! I had been to Alcatraz befoe, but the boat is much nicer than you would expect, and they don't fill them to where you can't move. The helicopter was my favorite! It was our first time ever, and we flew under the golden gate!! We had just gotten engaged the night before too!:-)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was more than what I expected. It is more than amazing.

George C
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was my highlight off my holiday worth every penny. I can now say I've been UNDER, OVER and across the Golden Gate bridge. Views were stunning. Excellent pick and return. Save and save to take this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This was truly a very special Valentines Day gift! My husband is a pilot and has always wanted to ride in a helicopter, so I thought this trip to San Fran would be the perfect opportunity. What made it even more special was the loop under and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Truly an experience for us adrenaline junkies!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was Amazing!!! The staff was great! so welcoming and willing to make our experience unique.. thanks guys..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Awesome experience! Highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was the highlight of the holiday.Amazing views from heli tour,staff very polite and very informative.
Alcatraz was fascinating and got to meet an Alcatraz inmate!
Strongly recommend to do it!

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