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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
US$179.00 per adult
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Great day
We had a fantastic day with Dylans Tours. Sully was a fantastic guide. So informative. Would definitely recommend this tour.
Susanne_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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!!
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.
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.
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.
Great day!
Malinda_P, May 2022
Alcatraz Muir Woods Express Deluxe Van with Golden Gate Bridge Visit
The ride was comfortable and we enjoyed chatting with James. Very beautiful sites. 😊 stopped at both sides of the bridge and spent plenty of time at the woods. James also played videos for us about Alcatraz which were very informative!
Best tour I’ve ever been on
Natasha_W, May 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express Visit By Deluxe Comfort Van
Loved the video your and he has phone chargers in the van which you will need after the morning at Alcatraz. You will absolutely not want to miss Muir Woods. Spectacular photo opportunity and fun gift shop. This tour is the way to not waste a day wandering around San Francisco by yourself. Book now! Highlight of my trip!!!!
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
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.
Alcatraz and Muir Woods
Andrew_B, May 2022
Alcatraz Muir Woods Express Deluxe Van with Golden Gate Bridge Visit
Fabulous tour. James was friendly, informative, and made our trip hugely enjoyable. This trip makes visiting both Alcatraz and Muir Woods very convenient. The excellent weather also helped! Thanks.
Great must do trip
rachael_b, Apr 2022
Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
Fantastic trip and great value. Alcatraz is so interesting and this trip is fab, we biked over the bridge to a gorgeous little village then biked back. We got fabulous photos and made some amazing memories loved it
Fun, safe, scenic day
Julie_L, Apr 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo
Alcatraz was the highlight of the day! The bus ride was great also, friendly safe drivers. But since we couldnt pick our Alcatraz tour time (at 1100), by the time we returned to the wharf & had lunch, we only had about 3.5 hours to do the entire bus route which was not very much time.
Wonderful trip to Alcatraz, followed by a nice lunch.
Amy_B, Apr 2022
Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!
Such a neat experience to visit Alcatraz. Then followed with a great lunch and a nice lunch credit provided. Company was very friendly and helpful when I had questions.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
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