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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

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.

Adam Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great experience! The pilot and the tour guide higly professional.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We originally booked this as a treat, as it was the only way to get to Alcatraz! We left it a bit late to book. So glad we did - it WAS a real treat. The way the timings worked out, we did Alcatraz one day and the helicopter ride the next. The weather was perfect and the over/under of the GGB was fun! Great overview of the city and the ride back to town was stomach-turningly fun too!

Sara N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic experience. The flight was only about 20 minutes, but well worth the money. We saw the city from a whole different perspective, were able to get great photos, and because the weather allowed for it were able to brag to our friends about doing a full 360-flight path under then over the Golden Gate Bridge. Not many people can say that.

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