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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
US$179,00 per adult
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Amazing and must do trip!
The trip was unbelievable! Great trip and Aaron our tour guide was amazing! Muir Woods, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Park of Fine Arts were quite a treat.
Suzie_P, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
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!!
star-5
Great experience!
Keith_L, Jun 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express Visit
The van to the bridge was better than expected! The tour guide was super friendly and kind. He gave lots of history to and from which helped us learn a lot. I liked that the Alcatraz tour was self guided. Then you could always hear what the guide was saying.
star-4
Fort point, Alcatraz, and...
Debra_A, Jun 2022
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
Fort point, Alcatraz, and the views of the Golden Gate Bridge were incredible. Enjoyed the ferry ride too.
star-5
Wonderful tour guide and good driver. Full city tour lots of information
Marion_M, Jun 2022
Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour
Seeing lands end (Pacific Ocean) with breathtaking view of the ocean and the coast. Final stop Alcatraz which is over the top. You have to see it.
star-5
The Wrights San Francisco trip 2022
LaTrelle_W, Jun 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
This was a wonderful trip to Alcatraz THE ROCK. I'm thinking of how to travel with my grands for a visit.
star-4
Was a good overview of...
Howard_C, Jun 2022
Alcatraz Inside Tour + Ferry + Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour (Classic)
Was a good overview of the city. Better instructions needed when booking online regarding where to go to find your nearest pick up stop, and how to get your tickets for the Alcatraz Ferry and where to get on.
star-5
Perfect
Jose_R, Jun 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
Seeing and stepping on to Alcatraz it's a unique experience and just feels amazing going inside it's an experience of it's own
star-5
It was a great to learn...
Rebecca_B, Jun 2022
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
It was a great to learn the history of Alcatraz. They provided a “phone” so you can do the audio tour. I would recommend your own ear phones
star-4
Alcatraz tour was super...
Elyse_S, Jun 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
Alcatraz tour was super interesting. Bay City Cruise was a little confusing on how it worked. Wrong link was sent toe but we got it straightened out. Just know that you need your confirmation to go to the booth to get the tickets for the scheduled cruise you want.
star-5
Very nice.
Blaine_J, May 2022
Alcatraz Muir Woods Sausalito Express with Brunch!
Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Alcatraz were all very nice. Driver James was knowledgeable. Enjoyed the day.
star-5
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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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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