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Tour code: 3538ALC

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from 3 different flight times and 2 pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'. 


  • 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

Helicopter Tour

After pickup from Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square, travel to the heliport to board your flight. With a small group of 3 to 5 other passengers, climb aboard your helicopter and fasten your safety belt for the 15- to 20-minute ride. During the smooth, quiet ride, enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and engaging commentary from your expert pilot. View 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. Your adventure ends back at the heliport, then enjoy drop-off at either Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf.

Alcatraz Tour

Arrive at Pier 33 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf to board the ferry to Alcatraz. Bring your camera to snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline on the 15-minute ferry ride out to the island.

Listen to a short history of the island, then don your headphones for the 2.5-hour audio tour, available in ten different languages. Learn about famous prisoners like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone, and hear about the various escape schemes that prisoners cooked up over the years. Explore 'the Rock' at your leisure, then board the ferry, which departs every 30 minutes, to return to Pier 33. 

Please note: 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 dayCheck the Important Info tab for more details.

Customer Reviews

Brenda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Amazing!!! Our whole family loved it....especially the flight under and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Definitely recommend.

Adam Z

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!

Sara N

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.

Regina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great Exeperience!

Chris J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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

Joanne T

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!

roy j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

loved every moment

Julie G

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.

Andres M

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...

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