• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: Flexible
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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'.

Highlights

  • 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

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

jobsonthebeach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing views of the city. Having done helicopter tours in Vegas , was expecting maybe a little more organisation and structure at Air-side but not an issue . More a problem for the company as no gift shop with opportunities to by photos, dvds etc

webb845

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The helicopter ride is the best city tour I have done. You are so clean set to all the amazing city sights and landscapes, plus on good days like ours we flew under the Golden Gate Bridge . This experience was excellent. Alcatraz is a visit not to be made seed boats run on time it is efficient and once you get there the tour is excellent definitely a must on any visit to San Francisco. Overall excellent tour.b

webb845

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The helicopter ride is the best city tour I have done. You are so clean set to all the amazing city sights and landscapes, plus on good days like ours we flew under the Golden Gate Bridge . This experience was excellent. Alcatraz is a visit not to be made seed boats run on time it is efficient and once you get there the tour is excellent definitely a must on any visit to San Francisco. Overall excellent tour.b

Tom L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

After a short walk from our cruise ship to the hotel where we were picked up we were taken to the SF Airport helicopter pad. We were able to check off Helicopter ride from my wife's bucket list as well as the trip to Alcatraz. I'm glad we did it. The exhilarating helicopter ride over and under the Golden Gate Bridge as well as looking down on areas of SF was fun. My wife got to ride in the front with the pilot and got some good shots. Later we went over to be ferried to Alcatraz. Good tour with head phones that guide you through the prison. We were lucky that the ship had sold out the Alcatraz tours so we searched the Internet and found Viator, called and made reservations. I think the cost was actually less than the ship would have been. I'll check them out again. The flight and the tour were money well spent.

Louise K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The best day ever!!! Helicopter was amazing... Alcatraz was also fantastic. We had a brilliant time and would and have recommended it to everyone I have seen since.

Alicia J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Well run, organized and spot on with time. Our shuttle driver was friendly, pilot Brock was awesome and provided information during our flight - including a trip under and over the Golden Gate bridge! Alcatraz was interesting. Definitely a highlight of our trip, and highly recommended.

Adriaan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Brock was the best, we had a great and adventurous flight, my highlight was that the pilot had
Us over and under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Steven R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Brilliant helicopter trip, to fly under and over Golden Gate Bridge was pretty special......

Waing S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Both Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour are highly recommended.
The pick up service is also nice.
The staffs are the best and helicopter pilot is very nice.

Genus D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great trip. From the pickup to the ride itself and drop off our family loved it. We went over and under the bridge, saw everything. The staff at the executive airport where we took off from were exceptional! It's not cheap but WELL worth the price. We were late trying to get Alcatraz tickets and stumbled into this - what a great combo.

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