• 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


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!

Lionel K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Amazing trip which I would definitely recommend everyone to take! Among my fellow travelers, there are too many who regret not going to Alcatraz and those who went to Alcatraz definitely had the time of their life! Learning about the history of the place and getting a feel of Alcatraz relative to San Francisco is amazing as it makes you ponder how one would ever escape from this island!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was excellent! Even a bit of time to walk around after the tour.

Keith E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Such an amazing tour. It is so worth the extra money to have the early access to Alcatraz. The cable car sightseeing tour was superior! Our tour guides Jessica and Chesley made it so fun and interesting. We saw and learned about things I never even knew existed in San Fran. Lots of recommendations on places to eat and see. I highly recommend this tour. It really highlights the city in a short amount of time.

wanda m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a great way to see Alcatraz and tour the city Jessica was our guide and she did a amazing job. Riding in a a open cable car with wheels was fun even the lunch was good

Shazia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour. Highly recommended.

Tomas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Had a great time on Alcatraz really good tour. The cable car was really good to see the city and stops to get some great pictures.Five

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

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