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Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California, 94123

The Basics

Alcatraz is only accessible by tour and tickets often sell out well in advance. Lock in those high-demand tickets by booking a San Francisco tour that includes admission to the infamous federal penitentiary and a day of city sightseeing by bike, bus, boat, or Segway. Popular stops include Chinatown, North Beach, and the Ferry Building. Other options combine Alcatraz with cable car rides, bay cruises to Sausalito, or Marin headland adventures.

On the island, explore at your own pace with the self-guided cellhouse audio tour. You'll also find National Park Service exhibits, video presentations, docent- and ranger-led guided tours, and special programs that vary by season.

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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
$179.00 per adult
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Everything was great,...
Everything was great, particularly the driver/tour guide Patrick. He was knowledgeable and friendly. He had a fun city related music trivia. The amount it time we had at each stop was good and did not feel rushed anywhere. Patrick also took pictures for us. I would recommend this to others.
Stephanie_A, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

Worth the trip!
Andrea_C, Apr 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
This was a really fun and interesting tour. Excellent tour guide Dustin was very knowledgeable on the city and its rich history and was also very considerate of everyone and just plain fun! Went out of his way to make it awesome. Van was clean and comfortable Alcatraz is fascinating, Muir Woods magical Sausalito charming. Great tour! So much accomplished in one day! Highly recommend!!
Great trip, accommodated us last minute!
Moore_M, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise
Alcatraz ferry tickets were sold out, these guys got us last minute tickets with the bay cruise. We had a wonderful time!
Tons of fun. Excellent experience.
Raul_T, Aug 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
Did Alcatraz in the morning and did the cruise of the bay in the evening. It was great. Beautiful sights beautiful views. Excellent experience.
Amazing experience we...
Lilian_L, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Inside Tour + Ferry + Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour (Classic)
Amazing experience we enjoy with my family the view the Alcatraz the city everything completely recommended.
Seeing the inside.
Wayne_B, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
We had been to Alcatraz once before but only from the bay. Thie time we were able to take the journey into the facility and we are so glad we did. Being in Law Enforcement I had seen jails, some modern and some old. This was beyond old. Truly enjoyed the history.
Views from Alcatraz were amazing at dusk
Robert_F, Aug 2022
2-Day Alcatraz Night Tour and Silicon Valley Tech Tour Package
Views from Alcatraz were amazing at dusk. We learned a lot about the history and many things that I didn’t know before.
Alcatraz was smooth. No...
Jose_X, Aug 2022
Official Alcatraz Tour + 2 Hour City Bucket List Excursion
Alcatraz was smooth. No issues with process. 2 hour bucket list bus ride was well done and Brendan is a great guide , engaged and courteous .
Family Trip to San Francisco 2022
Joseph_M, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Inside Tour + Ferry + Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour (Classic)
Bus tour took us all around San Francisco and gave us great views of the city. Alcatraz was a highlight to see what the hype was all about.
Biking from downtown to Sausalito
Ignacio_s, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Island Tour - Package Deal
Alcatraz is the best And the bike tour is even better ! The gentleman who managed the bikes was super nice and helpful
lots of history
Gary_N, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
we both wanted to see Alcatraz and got to, learning of the fire was cool, and how they reclaimed the brick. Seeing the different spots in China town then returning to them later to shop was very enlightening fulfilling and worth the walk. Yes we would do this at a later date if we return to S/F.
My family and I enjoyed...
Jeremy_A, Aug 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
My family and I enjoyed The tour of Alcatraz and the tour of the bay, I would recommend to anyone booking a tour through Viator, or was very easy.
There were many, many...
Karen_L, Aug 2022
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
There were many, many flies at Alcatraz and on ferry and in line waiting for ferry. This made the experience very unpleasant.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Alcatraz tickets include round-trip ferry transportation and an audio tour; you can take any ferry back to the city and they depart roughly every half hour.

  • Bring a camera and a coat for the chilly but beautiful ferry rides.

  • You'll find a few snacks offered on the ferry and water available on the island.

  • Allow about 2.5 hours for the full Alcatraz prison experience, including both 15-minute ferry rides.

  • The walk from the ferry dock is steep and hilly; an electric shuttle departs from the dock twice an hour and the cellhouse has elevators.

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How to Get There

All Alcatraz Island tours depart via ferry from Pier 33 near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. There are several parking garages in the area with rates ranging from $25 to $50 per day, but prices typically double during special events. Public transport is a more cost-effective option and multiple Muni lines run through the area, including the F-Line trolley. Many tours include round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Alcatraz cruises typically depart every half hour between 9am and 4pm. The early-bird trip departs a little earlier, while the limited Alcatraz night tour allows visitors to stay on the grounds until 9:25pm and includes both live boat narration and a guided walk from the dock to the prison. Alcatraz tickets are hardest to come by in spring and summer.

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The History of Alcatraz Island

Originally established as a military prison in the mid-19th century, Alcatraz is perhaps best-known as the maximum-security facility that housed Al "Scarface" Capone and other notorious gangsters. After the prison closed in 1963, Native American activists occupied the island from 1969 to 1971. It was then opened to the public in 1973 and is now the site of an annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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