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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

Graham D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Alcatraz is everything you want it to be and well worth going to. Enjoyed the trip and had a good guide.

Gordon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The driver and tour director were awesome. He gave us come little know facts of San Francisco and Alcatraz. Getting to Alcatraz early, without the crowds, was amazing. We finished the tour of Alcatraz in plenty of time to enjoy the city tour after lunch. We went on the tour on Sunday morning which was great because there was very little traffic. I would highly recommend this tour.

Erin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Truly enjoyed everything this tour had to offer. Riding around in a cable car for the day was a fun way to get the true San Fran vibe. The tour had some great stops and the guide was very informative. The lunch provided was delicious and the Alcatraz audio tour is a must if you are in the area. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would! All in all, a great overview of San Fran!

Tracy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic tour! Great to beat the queues and be on first ferry to Alcatraz. Very informative guide as we did the city tour. Fun way to see the sights in a converted cable car. Highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is a must to do. The pick up with the Cable Car which included snacks and the tour after seeing the amazing prison was fantastic. Our tour guide was fantastic too!
Only problem was the tickets at the dock couldn't be found for some time which was a worry - better organization by Viator required here!

Colleen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was an incredible trip. Our guide was extremely informative and we saw sites we would not have if we didn't take this tour. Highly recommend. On another note, we took a couple tours offered by Viator, we were very pleased. The narrators/guides were extremely knowledgeable and it was evident they knew there towns. Enjoyed the excursions we took in San Francisco so much that we chose Viator for ALL our excursions in our coming trip to New Orleans.

Sherri C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour! Great tour guide! Loved being the first into Alcatraz and avoiding the crowds!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly recommend this tour. We had a lot of useful information to make our experience very enjoyable. Love having a local tour guide that can show you best places to see and have a meal at. Special thanks to our guide Arturo.

Larry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We really enjoyed our Alcatraz tour. Arturo was simply the BEST!!

a u

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wow Wow Wow, now this is what prisons should be like today!! Met with one of the book authors in the gift shop whilst on the rock and he had plenty of information to give. A busy trip and glad we had the first boat out in the morning before the crowds appeared at the rock! The rest of the day was very informative and lots of areas of the city were shown that other tours wouldn't have. Antonis the tour guide was native to SF and was informative about parts of the city that is not found in books, personal touch! Had a great day and would highly recommend this VIP trip above other Alcatraz tours when coming to SF:

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