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Alcatraz

Multiple departure times available
Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California, 94123

The Basics

Alcatraz is only accessible by tour and tickets often sell out well in advance. Lock in those high-demand tickets by booking a San Francisco tour that includes admission to the infamous federal penitentiary and a day of city sightseeing by bike, bus, boat, or Segway. Popular stops include Chinatown, North Beach, and the Ferry Building. Other options combine Alcatraz with cable car rides, bay cruises to Sausalito, or Marin headland adventures.

On the island, explore at your own pace with the self-guided cellhouse audio tour. You'll also find National Park Service exhibits, video presentations, docent- and ranger-led guided tours, and special programs that vary by season.

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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
$179.00 per adult
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Amazing Day Tour!!!
Absolutely amazing tour! Our guide Patrick kept us thoroughly entertained through his extensive knowledge of the city, experiences and humor. We got to see so much in one day, that I really feel like I saw most of San Fran. The hike in Muir woods, lunch in Sausalito and Alcatraz were my fav!
jazzwimberly, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Worth the trip!
Andrea_C, Apr 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
This was a really fun and interesting tour. Excellent tour guide Dustin was very knowledgeable on the city and its rich history and was also very considerate of everyone and just plain fun! Went out of his way to make it awesome. Van was clean and comfortable Alcatraz is fascinating, Muir Woods magical Sausalito charming. Great tour! So much accomplished in one day! Highly recommend!!
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Amazing Day Tour!!!
jazzwimberly, May 2022
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
Absolutely amazing tour! Our guide Patrick kept us thoroughly entertained through his extensive knowledge of the city, experiences and humor. We got to see so much in one day, that I really feel like I saw most of San Fran. The hike in Muir woods, lunch in Sausalito and Alcatraz were my fav!
star-5
Capt Roger rules!!
pattyfourj, May 2022
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
Our guide, Capt Roger, of the non-Alcatraz portion of the tour, was fabulous! Very funny & lively, but also full of many insider tips & local knowledge. He made the trip even more memorable! As for the Alcatraz portion, I would highly suggest downloading the official Alcatraz app onto your own device & using that audio tour instead of the one downloaded onto the remote unit provided onsite. The app version had more detailed info & I found it easier to use/control.
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Loved the guide!...
Alfredo_R, May 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
Loved the guide! Knowledgeable and funny. Made it a great experience. Loved Alcatraz and the amazing Muir Woods was a refreshing day!
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Alcatraz and the trip to...
Joe_F, May 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
Alcatraz and the trip to it was great. The 2nd part of the excursion for the Bay cruise had a hard time getting the tickets to download so that could be done better.
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It was a great experience...
Maria_M, May 2022
Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour
It was a great experience to see the history of Alcatraz and hear the stories with self guided tour.
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We love the Alcatraz...
Enaxi_p, May 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
We love the Alcatraz tour. We weren’t happy with the bay cruise. There was no clear instructions were to where to go for the cruise. According to voucher, we were supposed to go to pier 39 but it’s actually at pier 41. We would have almost missed the cruise. We caught the last cruise for the day.
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Very nice.
Blaine_J, May 2022
Alcatraz Muir Woods Sausalito Express Van with Brunch!
Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Alcatraz were all very nice. Driver James was knowledgeable. Enjoyed the day.
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Visiting the Rock is a must!
Jesse_S, May 2022
Official Alcatraz Tour + 2 Hour City Bucket List Excursion
I’ve wanted to take the Alcatraz tour for years and finally made it to San Francisco so I had to schedule it. The tour did not disappoint. Learning about the day to day lives of the inmates makes you understand why some of the inmates tried to escape. Very eerie to walk those halls abs see the conditions. Definitely worth taking the time to go see. I liked that it was abs open tour and you could stay as long as you wanted to see all of the different areas.
star-5
Absolutely fabulous 👌
Deborah_B, Apr 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise
Fabulous trip to alcatraz all very well organised and boat trip just as good we had a great time seeing golden Gate Bridge close up
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N.C. “ Gas-house” family visited Alcatraz
Arthur_H, Apr 2022
Alcatraz Inside Tour + Ferry + Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour (Classic)
Had great smooth boat ride to Alcatraz on April 22, 2022. The History of the island during the period of the native, the civil war era & during the time it became a prison. It’s a great tourist attraction a must see , especially on one side you can see the bay bridge & on the other side you can see the Golden Gate Bridge & in the middle is the view of the city . The main attraction is a must visit.
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TheRock
Laura_E, May 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
The history of Alcatraz. I like the way they preserved as it become a national park.. perfect for a family.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Alcatraz tickets include round-trip ferry transportation and an audio tour; you can take any ferry back to the city and they depart roughly every half hour.

  • Bring a camera and a coat for the chilly but beautiful ferry rides.

  • You'll find a few snacks offered on the ferry and water available on the island.

  • Allow about 2.5 hours for the full Alcatraz prison experience, including both 15-minute ferry rides.

  • The walk from the ferry dock is steep and hilly; an electric shuttle departs from the dock twice an hour and the cellhouse has elevators.

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How to Get There

All Alcatraz Island tours depart via ferry from Pier 33 near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. There are several parking garages in the area with rates ranging from $25 to $50 per day, but prices typically double during special events. Public transport is a more cost-effective option and multiple Muni lines run through the area, including the F-Line trolley. Many tours include round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Alcatraz cruises typically depart every half hour between 9am and 4pm. The early-bird trip departs a little earlier, while the limited Alcatraz night tour allows visitors to stay on the grounds until 9:25pm and includes both live boat narration and a guided walk from the dock to the prison. Alcatraz tickets are hardest to come by in spring and summer.

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The History of Alcatraz Island

Originally established as a military prison in the mid-19th century, Alcatraz is perhaps best-known as the maximum-security facility that housed Al "Scarface" Capone and other notorious gangsters. After the prison closed in 1963, Native American activists occupied the island from 1969 to 1971. It was then opened to the public in 1973 and is now the site of an annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.

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