Alcatraz Tours

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Alcatraz, the former federal prison that once held notorious criminals Scarface Al Capone and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly, is today a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tour the remains of the maximum-security facility on small and windy Alcatraz Island, aptly nicknamed 'The Rock,' to scope out the grounds and cellhouse; hear stories from former inmates; and pass by the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island on your 1.25-mile (2-km) ferry rides in and out.

The Basics
Alcatraz is only accessible by tour, and tickets sell out days (sometimes weeks) in advance. Lock in high-demand tickets by booking a San Francisco city tour that includes admission to the infamous federal penitentiary and a day of sightseeing via bike, bus, boat, or Segway. City tours typically cover highlights such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, North Beach, the Presidio, and the Ferry Building, while other booking options combine a hard-to-snag Alcatraz tour with a cable car ride, a bay cruise to Sausalito, or a multi-day adventure into the Marin headlands, wine country, or Muir Woods.

Once on the island, visitors can explore at their own pace with the self-guided cellhouse audio tour (included in admission). You'll also find National Park Service exhibits, video presentations, docent- and ranger-led guided tours, and special programs that vary by season. Allow about 2.5 hours for the full Alcatraz prison experience, including both 15-minute ferry rides.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Alcatraz tickets include round-trip ferry transportation (take note of the assigned departure time printed on your ferry ticket). You can take any ferry back to the city, available every half hour or so.
  • 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.
  • The walk to the prison from the ferry dock is steep and hilly; an electric shuttle departs from the dock twice an hour for visitors requiring assistance. While wheelchairs are not provided or loaned at the prison, the cellhouse does have elevators.
How to Get to Alcatraz
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 from $25 to $50 per day, but prices typically double during special events, so consider taking public transportation. Multiple Muni lines run through the area, including the F-Line trolley. To arrive in style, consider booking a Viator VIP experience aboard an exclusive cable car.

When to Get to Alcatraz
Alcatraz cruises depart every half hour between 9am and 4pm. The early-bird trip departs at 8:45am, 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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Address: Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California 94123, USA
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Viator Exclusive: Alcatraz and Aquarium of the Bay Combo Pass

Visit two San Francisco Bay attractions with this combo pass for Alcatraz Island and Aquarium of the Bay. You'll take the ferry across the bay to Alcatraz, the former prison that was once home to criminals like Al Capone, where you can explore with the provided "Cellhouse" audio tour. Then head to the aquarium to see more marine animals such as sting rays, river otters, sharks, and sea stars.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo

This combo package allows you to see all of San Francisco's top sights and attraction. Ride the open top double decker bus for One full day, hopping on and off at over 20 stops around the city. Learn about North Beach, Chinatown, and Barbary Coast neighborhoods with a personal tour guide as they take you on a walking tour through these three historical districts. Choose between a Panoramic Night Tour and see beautiful San Francisco lit up at night on OR Take a Sausalito Tour and explore the quaint sea-side town of Sausalito. Cruise across the bay to the infamous prison known today as the Rock and explore the infamous Island Jail.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Viator Exclusive 3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz, San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussauds

Visit three of San Francisco’s best attractions on the same day; this combo pass includes ferry transport to Alcatraz Island and access to the island itself, admission to the word famous Madame Tussauds wax museum plus The San Francisco Dungeon. The San Francisco Dungeon is a unique and immersive theatrical attraction that brings to life the dark history of San Francisco. Marvel at stunningly lifelike figures of athletes, celebrities and politicians at the wax museum including famous San Franciscans. Finally, catch a ferry from Alcatraz Landing across San Francisco Bay to ‘The Rock’ where you can explore the prison cells that once held America’s most-wanted criminals during a self-guided audio tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. You’ll head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chinatown, North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Twilight Bay Cruise

Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

See Alcatraz from above and explore the island prison on foot with this seaplane flight and Alcatraz combo tour. On a 30-minute aerial tour from Sausalito, you’ll see San Francisco landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Trans-America Pyramid. Then take the Alcatraz Island ferry across San Francisco Bay, where you’ll tour the cellblock via the included audio tour. Choose the time of your Alcatraz tour when booking, and take the seaplane tour in the morning of the same day.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

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 three different flight times and two 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'.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Tour

Explore San Francisco on this 2-day combo, including a bike tour and admission to Alcatraz Island. On Day One, enjoy an all-day bike rental and a 3- or 4-hour tour departing from Fisherman’s Wharf. Cycle the city streets, head across the Golden Gate Bridge or take an evening tour as you experience the iconic city on two wheels. On Day Two, venture to the infamous prison to hear audio commentary about former inmates like Al Capone.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Combo Tour

Explore Alcatraz and sip some of San Francisco's tasty craft brews on this 8.5-hour combination tour. Visit Alcatraz, the city's infamous prison, to learn about the fascinating criminal history contained there. After returning to the mainland, follow your guide to 3 bars in the North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf neighborhoods. Taste some of the city's locally produced craft beers, accompanied by snacks or dinner (depending on the date of your tour). This small group tour operates with 12 beer- and history- loving participants, ensuring personal attention and an intimate atmosphere. Round-trip ferry transportation and admission to Alcatraz is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and Three Hour City Segway Tour

Ride the ferry to Alcatraz Island for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious former prison, and take a city Segway tour of San Francisco the following day. This combination package offers a comprehensive look at famous city attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and Washington Square Park. The Segway tour — offered in the morning or afternoon — is limited to eight passengers for a small-group experience with a personable guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this 4-hour urban adventure. With your small group, limited to 10 people or fewer to ensure an intimate experience, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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San Francisco's National Treasures Tour: Alcatraz and Muir Woods plus Madame Tussaud or the Dungeon

Visit two world-famous San Francisco attractions, Alcatraz and Muir Woods, over the course of two sightseeing days. Venture into the Cell House of Alcatraz for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious former federal penitentiary. Then stroll under towering old-growth redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument. You’ll visit the waterfront town of Sausalito followed by a ferry ride back to the city, with your choice of admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum or the San Francisco Dungeon. Hotel transport plus ferry to Alcatraz Island included. Due to popular demand, this ultimate package is likely to sell out; advance reservations are required.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise

Sure. You can hop on the standard ferry to Alcatraz and explore the prison with the rest of the tourists. Or you can catch a ferry over to Sausalito and see a few parts of the Bay. But this combo-tour tour combines best of both worlds. The 'Bay Voyager' is a ship that takes you closer to the sights than any other ship. Make use of complimentary wet-weather gear in case you get a little too close to Mother Nature. After your RIB Boat experience, head  over to Pier 33 to join the famous Alcatraz Prison tour and see the grounds and the notorious solitary confinement wing.*You must submit all passenger names on checkout to redeem your Alcatraz Cruise tickets
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Alcatraz and Hills of San Francisco Segway Tour

For a well-rounded San Francisco experience, combine admission to Alcatraz, one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, with a Segway tour of this famously hilly city. During the day, explore sights such as Lombard Street and North Beach on your personal Segway, and take a ferry over to Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of this legendary penitentiary and National Historic Landmark District.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco All-Day Alcatraz and GoCar Adventure Package Including Lunch

Visit the former prison cells of Alcatraz Island and then motor through San Francisco streets in your very own GPS-guided GoCar. This combo experience includes a ferry ride across the bay for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious penitentiary. You'll also receive a fabulous lunch from Get Fresh SF where you'll have your choice of a sandwich, wrap, or Asian bowl. On the same day or another day, take a 2-hour drive in your private GoCar, preloaded with more than 50 must-see attractions and landmarks including the Presidio, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and Lombard Street — the crookedest street in the world!
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

Visit Alcatraz and go on a beer-themed cycling tour through some of the city's hippest neighborhoods. This full-day excursion combines San Francisco's history; a ferry ride to Alcatraz and an audio tour of 'The Rock', with its modern craft brewing scene; a bike tour of the city's breweries and bars. With a local guide and a small group limited to 12 people or less, you'll enjoy personalized attention. Use of a bike and helmet is included, as well as one pint of craft beer.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco Shore Excursion: Alcatraz and City Tour

Next time you're in port in San Francisco, why not spend your day touring the city's top attractions? Board a ferry for Alcatraz, and at the Rock, hear the stories and legends associated with the infamous penitentiary on a self-guided audio tour. Then, travel by coach to renowned sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, and Chinatown.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Viator Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour

Prebook this Alcatraz and North Beach tour with this exclusive experience only found with Viator. Both Alcatraz and North Beach are destinations rarely left off a San Francisco itinerary. With an Alcatraz admission ticket and food tour combo, you’ll get to visit both in one day, making this an ideal choice for visitors with limited time. Spend the morning at Alcatraz’ island prison and then ferry back to San Francisco for a behind-the-scenes North Beach food tour. Your guide takes you to off-the-grid restaurants where you’ll sample food and wine, and learn about local history from chefs and owners.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off and Alcatraz Combo Tour

With a hop-on hop-off bus tour and pre-booked Alcatraz ticket, you can cover all of San Francisco’s top attractions. You’ll enjoy convenient transportation to the Alcatraz ferry landing, where you’ll head across San Francisco Bay to tour the island prison with an included audio guide. Choosing between a 24-hour or 48-hour Hop On Hop Off tour provides easy sightseeing across the city, from Golden Gate Park to Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf. Plus, listen to live commentary on board the bus to learn fun facts about San Francisco.
  • Duration: 2 days
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San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz - Includes Official Alcatraz Tour

Explore more of San Francisco on a full-day tour that combines a city tour by bus in the morning with an afternoon audio tour of Alcatraz. See the city’s main attractions by bus including districts such as Chinatown, North Beach, and The Mission. Make photo stops at City Hall, Twin Peaks, and the Painted Ladies; see the Golden Gate Bridge from two points; and travel by ferry to Alcatraz.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Alcatraz Tour with Relaxed Lunch

Guarantee your visit to Alcatraz when you book in advance. In addition to an organized departure time, your package also includes admission to the prison, along with an award winning audio guide.  Relax in complimentary round trip ferry transportation and return at a time of your choosing. Afterwards, use your $15 food credit at a preselected restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour Combo

Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this full-day tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Then, with a knowledgeable local guide, learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide, then visit Alcatraz on this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Alcatraz and Ripley's Believe It or Not! VIP Package

Visit Alcatraz Island and Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Francisco with this combo tour package. To reach Alcatraz, you'll take a ferry ride across San Francisco Bay; then explore the cellblock with the award-winning audio tour. At the Fisherman's Wharf area, near Pier 39, check out the array of attractions at Ripley's Believe It or Not!, including the Marvelous Mirror Maze, Impossible LaseRace, and the Odditorium. (Note, the ferry ride is assigned by Alcatraz; you'll be notified of time after confirmation.)
  • Duration: 3 days
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