• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 192.50 View price calendar

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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

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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 Fisherman's Wharf 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

Margaret K G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a great trip for our family of 4 (with 1 tween and 1 teen)!
Jessica, our guide for the day, was SUPER friendly, knowledgable and helpful! The afternoon portion of the tour, with the converted cable car, did not disappoint, and our driver Joan was amazing at navigating and dodging Friday afternoon SF traffic! My only complaint was that there was a little bit of wasted time. We were told to arrive by 7:45 am, and the first ferry to Alcatraz (which we were scheduled for and took) doesn't depart until 8:45 am. Had we known that, We could have arrived a bit later and been fine on time and not had to stand outside in the chilly wind for quite as long.

Andrea H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Robyn was great and I liked that we spent he right amount of time at each spot. Perfect San Fran day !

Danielle A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Highly recommended. We were able to see so much and learn so much. Be sure to book this well in advance (like several months in advance) as this tour is not a tour you can show up

Cheryl G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had an excellent day. Jessica was very informative and Joan was excellent at navigating the traffic and hills.

Roger S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was excellent in all respects. It was well organized and very enjoyable. Our guide and drive were particularly notable. They were very knowledgeable and helped make the entire tour informative.

Jeanine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We started our tour with Jessica who was great. She was very informative and thorough on what we needed to do and where to be by what time. She was very friendly and upbeat!!! The trolley part was absolutely a party!!! Kerry was the best !!! She kept us laughing the whole entire time while giving some great information as well! Joan was such a great driver maneuvering through tight spots and crazy hills!!! She was more than happy to take pics when I asked and suggested some other great pic spots. Overall it was def 10+. Oh and the music selection was fabulous!! Way to go girls !!!!

Jeff B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The young lady that was our tour guide was very friendly and helpful. Great lunch. Loved the stops made throughout the day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We absolutely loved this tour! Our guide was Jessica - and our driver was Joan. They were a phenomenal team - and we so enjoyed our day with them. Both sincerely wanted us to see EVERYTHING - and both had such a cute sense of humor. Plus, they were more than willing to take pics of us on our adventure. WE LOVED THIS TRIP!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This was my daughter's first visit to San Francisco and we wanted to see everything - but not rent a car sheesh, the rental and parking rates are crazy!. This was the perfect way to see Alcatraz and most of the city - and lots that I hadn't seen in my prior visits. Getting to Alcatraz on the first ferry is great - it definitely wasn't near as crowded as later in the day. We then had a nice al fresco lunch before getting on the cable car. Our tour guide, Jessica, was fabulous. She shared lots of info and history as we traveled around the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Palace of Fine Arts with a stop to wander, the Golden Gate another stop and short walk on the bridge, the Presidio, Fort Point another stop, North Beach/Pacific Heights/Billionaires Row, and Chinatown. We loved it!

Betsy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Alcatraz is an amazing place and I was very glad to be on the first boat before it got super crowed. The cable car ride was great and both the driver and the guide were very knowledgeable and did everything they could to please their guests! Great tour!

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