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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'.


  • Helicopter and Alcatraz combo tour
  • Fly over San Francisco on a 15- to 20-minute helicopter ride
  • See the city’s famous landmarks from above, including the Bay Bridge, Ferry Building, Transamerica Pyramid, and Alcatraz Island
  • Ride the ferry across the bay to Alcatraz
  • Explore the prison with an audio tour that features commentary from former inmates
  • Complete both tours on the same day or over two consecutive days

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

Helicopter Tour

After pickup from Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square, travel to the heliport to board your flight. With a small group of three to five other passengers, you'll climb aboard your helicopter and fasten your safety belt for the 15- to 20-minute ride. During the smooth, quiet ride, enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and engaging commentary from your expert pilot. View Treasure Island, Angel Island, the Sausalito waterfront, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Financial District, the Ferry Building, the Embarcadero, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Your adventure ends back at the heliport, with drop-off at either Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf.

Alcatraz Tour

Arrive at Pier 33 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf to board the ferry to Alcatraz. Bring your camera to snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline on the 15-minute ferry ride out to the island.

Listen to a short history of the island, then don your headphones for the 2.5-hour audio tour, available in ten different languages. Learn about famous prisoners like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone, and hear about the various escape schemes that prisoners cooked up over the years. Explore 'the Rock' at your leisure, then board the ferry, which departs every 30 minutes, to return to Pier 33.

Please note: The Alcatraz portion of this tour can be taken on the same day as the flight or the day after, depending on the selected departure time. If you decide to take the later afternoon helicopter flight, you must take the Alcatraz tour on the following dayCheck the Important Info tab for more details.

Customer Reviews

Bruce W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Highly recommend this tour! It was a great experience and a highlight of our trip - especially flying under the Golden Gate Bridge!
Well organised and everything ran to time, from pick up to drop off.

Vanessa M C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The Helicopter tour was AMAZING, Totally worth the money. The helicopter tour was breathtaking and so incredible. If you can do it just once in your life - you should! Unfortunately our Alcatraz tour did not pan out, - The Alcatraz people NOT Viator oversold on tickets, so we were unable to take the actual Alcatraz tour. Despite being very upset at the moment, looking back - Viator and San Francisco Helicopter Tours, worked really hard to try and get us in, and make it right. We were still unable to go to Alcatraz, but the customer service of the Helicopter Tour company, and Viator was truly impressive! Great job. They may not have been able to get me into Alcatraz, but they made it right - the best they could. SO THANK YOU Viator, and San Francisco Helicopter Tours. I will do business with you again.

Marcos R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I loved everything. From top to bottom. They pick u up at exact time and drop you off. I recommend this at 100.

Linda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Terrific tour and amazing views!

Lindsay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved our tour. To be truthful, we only booked it because it was our only way to get into Alcatraz. But after taking the tour, we felt extremely lucky to have been able to fly over such incredible sights via helicopter. Extremely smooth ride and very informative. And then the Alcatraz tour...forget about it. One of the BEST tours I've ever taken. Highly recommend the audio tour. I could have stayed there for half the day. A photographer's dream. An awesome place for history buffs. I knew enough about Alcatraz before going, now I'm sort of obsessed. Great tour and excellent service by Viator. Thanks!

Dewayne E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great way to see the bridge and city!!

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome ride.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Worth every penny. The your was great and the entire process including pickup/transport/safety instructions was extremely smooth. Hymen our bus driver handled the group effortlessly and the pilot fave us a wonderful tour.

Teresa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My tour was amazing, very unique

Brenda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Amazing!!! Our whole family loved it....especially the flight under and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Definitely recommend.

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