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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:Flexible

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

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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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 November 2015

Great experience! The pilot and the tour guide higly professional.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We originally booked this as a treat, as it was the only way to get to Alcatraz! We left it a bit late to book. So glad we did - it WAS a real treat. The way the timings worked out, we did Alcatraz one day and the helicopter ride the next. The weather was perfect and the over/under of the GGB was fun! Great overview of the city and the ride back to town was stomach-turningly fun too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic experience. The flight was only about 20 minutes, but well worth the money. We saw the city from a whole different perspective, were able to get great photos, and because the weather allowed for it were able to brag to our friends about doing a full 360-flight path under then over the Golden Gate Bridge. Not many people can say that.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great Exeperience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a great flight over the city... i would recommend to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic experience! Friendly team and great organisation. The best way to see San Francisco and take in all the sights from the air!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

loved every moment

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A fantastic tour, the helicopter gave us a bird's eye view of all San Francisco's major sights and took us under and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatraz was fascinating, so close to the city and yet so completely isolated from the rest of the world. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Truly a great experience to see the Beautiful Bay Area and surroundings in a Helicopter. If its your first time, it will be memorable...

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.

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