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  • Address: Ferries depart from Pier 33 94123, USA
  • 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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Alcatraz Admission and Wine Country Bike Tour, San Francisco, null
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Alcatraz Admission and Wine Country Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 77 Reviews

Cover two of San Francisco's top highlights with a wine country bike tour and admission to Alcatraz Island. First, head up to Napa Valley, Dry Creek Valley or ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $195.00
Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour, San Francisco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25264 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 $103.99
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz, San Francisco, Bus & Minivan Tours
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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The historic Ferry Building and Alcatraz are two of San Francisco's most prolific attractions. On this not-to-be missed combo tour, you get to see them both in ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 1-hour food tour
Flexible time on Alcatraz

From USD $130.00
San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour, San Francisco, Food Tours
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San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

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See the highlights of San Francisco on this exciting tour that combines a 6-passenger seaplane flight with a ticket to Alcatraz. Start or end your adventure ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies; flight is 30 min

From USD $211.39
San Francisco 3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz, The San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussauds, San Francisco, ... 
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San Francisco 3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz, The San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussauds

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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 $105.45
San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour, San Francisco, Attraction Tickets
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San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 387 Reviews

This urban adventure in San Francisco takes you around the city in a safari-style open-air vehicle, then drops you off at Pier 33 for an afternoon ferry ride ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.50
San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour, San Francisco, Half-day Tours
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

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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 ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $230.50
Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay RIB Boat Experience, San Francisco, Helicopter Tours
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay RIB Boat Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 416 Reviews

Enjoy two adventures on San Francisco Bay with this combo experience that includes an Alcatraz tour and a sightseeing cruise by rigid-hulled inflatable boat ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $145.00
Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise, San Francisco, Day Cruises
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3375 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 $100.50
San Francisco City and Alcatraz Tour with Optional Bay Cruise and Ferry to Sausalito, San ... 
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San Francisco City and Alcatraz Tour with Optional Bay Cruise and Ferry to Sausalito

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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 $115.08

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