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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car with this combo Viator VIP experience, available nowhere else. You’ll head to Alcatraz early for priority entry to this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chinatown, North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.


  • Early-bird ferry to Alcatraz and exclusive cable car sightseeing tour
  • Experience San Francisco like a VIP insider with this Viator tour, available nowhere else!
  • Beat the crowds and be the first to Alcatraz for a fascinating award-winning audio tour
  • Admire fantastic city views aboard a cable car bus, a converted cable car with wheels for mobility
  • Snap photos of Chinatown and North Beach, and cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy lunch from the famous Alcatraz Cafe

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Getting on one of the first ferries out to Alcatraz is the ideal way to explore the infamous prison – it is so quiet out there, and you arrive before the large tour groups. Plus, sightseeing around San Francisco on a converted classic cable car is a really amazing experience!

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

See San Francisco's iconic sights by motorized cable car

This exclusive Viator VIP experience in San Francisco combines one of the city’s top attractions, Alcatraz, with a tour of famous neighborhoods and sights. You’ll start in the early morning at Union Square to board your motorized cable car, a converted but still authentic version of this San Francisco icon that allows you to traverse more of the city than the limited cable tracks.

Drive through North Beach and Chinatown, enjoying a light breakfast as you make your way to Pier 33 to board an early ferry to Alcatraz. This priority ferry provides admission to the island prison before most other visitors are allowed, so you can enjoy a more tranquil experience. When you arrive, tour the cellblock and other areas independently using the award-winning audio guide, which includes commentary from former inmates and guards. Learn what life was like inside the jail cells of notorious criminals like Al Capone.

When you return to San Francisco, get back on the cable car with your guide to continue your city tour. You’ll receive a boxed lunch on board from Alcatraz Cafe; while you eat, cruise up and down the hills to admire views of Victorian homes and the bay. Then cross the Golden Gate Bridge and make a stop for photos at Vista Point.

End your tour with the ride back to Union Square, where you’ll be dropped off to continue your day at your leisure.

Customer Reviews

Robert J S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really enjoyed this tour. Alcatraz is a must see if in San Francisco. The audio system is very informative. The cable car sightseeing tour was a great way of seeing all the sights and our driver made it all very enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an awesome tour! We were picked up at our hotel and the tickets were waiting for us. Going early helps with crowd at Alcatraz. The headset tour was perfect... I didn't think I would like it as well as following a tour guide but, I liked it better because I could go at my own pace.

Geraldine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I would highly recommend this trip and our guide Pete was both funny and knowledgeable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

One of the best excursions that we have ever taken. The narration by past inmates and employees made the experience so realistic. The instructions for proceeding through the prison kept everyone completely organized. This trip is a must see.,., great job Viator..
Thank you!

Jane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

An excellent trip all round. The guide 'Pete' was very helpful, informative and made the day good fun. I would highly recommend this trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

An exciting way to tour the city and get to Alcatraz. Commentary all the way to the harbour and then the self guided tour at your own pace using headphones. Quite a place. Then back
on the tram with our supplied packed lunch and more sights snd stops around the city.

Alison H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well worth the money. The guide was exceptional. Definitely recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide, Pete, was amazing. Great knowledge of San Fransisco and the various sites.

Joguar3 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The early access was the best way to go on this tour. Alcatraz self guided tour was very interesting and worthwhile. The crowds to visit are huge. You must have a reservation to be sure you can visit. The cable car tour was excellent. You will ride through all the neighborhoods and the commentary by the local guide Arturo was terrific. We stopped under the Golden Gate Bridge and at several other spots to see aspects not done by other tours. Only disappointment was the box lunch was not from the Boudin Bakery as expected. It was still good.

Maureen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great way to see alcatrz

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