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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 Boudin Bakery

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

Jonas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Vi ångrar ingenting med denna utflykt, allting var och gick perfekt! Vår guide var jätterolig och trevlig. Hjälpsam med allt och informativ angående alla resmål, både Alcatraz och Golden Gate bron. Rekommenderas varmt av både mig och min familj. Vi hade dock lite otur med vädret..

Cathy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really enjoyed the day. Alcatraz a must do in San Francisco. Thought the city highlights was good too

John M W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour of the city and Alcatraz. Our guide Arturo was excellent, knew the city. Highly recommend the VIP tour. It was several tours in one and the price was affordable.

kathryn p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wow this sightseeing tour was amazing and we loved every minute. Jaime was a fantastic tour guide warm funny and so knowledgeable and our experience aboard Bernard was awesome and so much fun. Jamie took diversions to avoid heavy traffic giving us such good value showing us parts of San Francisco we would not otherwise have seen . We were so glad we booked this amazing trip in advance and really appreciated the early access as it was so much easier to access the Island and have personal attention from guides in the prison. Alcatraz is such an interesting place to visit and definitely not to be missed.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great day out and a fantastic way to see the sights of San Francisco.
Full points to Jamie, our trolley driver/ guide for this tour. She was educational and entertaining all rolled into a ball of enthusiasm.
My only change would be an added hour to Alcatraz as there is so much to see, but that wouldn't work for everybody.
You should note the Lunch from Boudin Bakery is just that 'from', not in, as you eat across the road in the wharf area.

Steven C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was the perfect mix of sightseeing and a great introduction to the city. Alcatraz was great and having the comfort of the cable car was excellent. Our guide, Arturo, was super knowledgeable and a great person in general. I would recommend this.

Yvonne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Arturo was well-organized tour guide. This was my husband's favorite part of our vacation. The tour of Alcatraz was amazing, and the city tour afterwards was a great way to end the day. We were able to get a close view of the Golden Gate Bridge and briefly visit the Palace of the Fine Arts.

Bogdan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Mark K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Tenoria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was amazing!!!

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