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Alcatraz

Multiple departure times available
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
$169.00 per adult
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Golden Gate Bridge and...
Golden Gate Bridge and Muir Woods were amazing. Loved the drive round downtown. Great tour guide in jake
Dan_C, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Good service
Brian_B, Aug 2021
Alcatraz Inside: The Bay Your Way! Make your own combo!
Activities were as described. Was able to see the aquarium before boarding the ferry to Alcatraz. The lines were very long at the aquarium due to social distancing. Recommend going when it opens as the lines are shorter or at least move faster. Lines at the ferry were organized and we were able to see all parts of Alcatraz.
star-5
Great tour!
Michele_S, Jun 2021
Alcatraz Muir Woods Express Deluxe Van with Golden Gate Bridge Visit
Guides were professional, friendly, and informative. We loved Muir Woods and Alcatraz was very interesting. I definitely would recommend this tour and the transportation was comfortable and clean.
star-5
Perfect combo with an excellent guide!
Jodi_J, Nov 2021
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express Visit By Deluxe Comfort Van
James was the perfect host and gave us very interesting and unique insight to the places we saw along the way. Alcatraz was fascinating and very educational. . What a great day! We would highly recommend this combo!
star-5
Alcatraz/Golden Gate Tours Worth the Visit
David_Y, Nov 2021
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express Visit By Deluxe Comfort Van
Audio part of Alcatraz was very good and informative; and process to get there went better than expected. Golden Gate experience with James was very good. James was very friendly and informative. Willing to take pictures of us and his video was fantastic. Would recommend this experience together or separately.
star-5
A tour to take!
Shawn_B, Nov 2021
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
I was traveling solo and was adopted by a Emily's family on the tour. It made an amazing experience even more amazing. Muir Woods is spectacular. Enjoyed Alcatraz and the ferry across. The guide was knowledgeable.
star-5
Great trip
David_D, Dec 2021
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
My wife and I came to San Francisco on vacation, and this was on our list to do. Alcatraz didn’t disappoint, very informative.
star-5
Chinatown/Alcatraz
Waukisha_S, Nov 2021
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
Maggie was an awesome tour guide. She made Chinatown come to life through her stories. Alcatraz was amazing as well....wld be better if we had a life tour guide but the audio was okay
star-4
Muir Woods and Alcatraz
Debra_M, Nov 2021
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
The tour was wonderful!! At Alcatraz there was a former prisoner who wrote a book and signed them for us!! We wish we would have had more time at Muir forest but it was beautiful and the lunch place was amazing!!
star-5
Easy! Smooth! Enjoyable!
Marissa_K, Oct 2021
Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
Super easy process. Well worth every penny! We really enjoyed Alcatraz. We were intimidated about bicycling across the Golden Gate Bridge but it was perfect!
star-5
Mother/Daughter trip
JULIE_M, Oct 2021
San Francisco City Highlights Experience with Official Alcatraz Tour
Second time for me, but first time for my 14 yr old daughter visiting Alcatraz. The park ranger guides were interesting and knowledgeable about the history. Overall it was exciting experience for the both of us. We didn't get to experience the City Highlights tour, because we were still walking around the Alcatraz grounds and missed getting on the ferry to be at the 4pm tour.
star-5
Alcatraz Island and Bay Cruise
Scott_H, Sep 2021
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise
Seeing first hand how rough it would’ve been to be a “resident” of Alcatraz. As well, seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from that vantage point was quite spectacular.
star-5
Great bike adventure...
Dave_D, Sep 2021
Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour
Great bike adventure across Golden Gate Bridge and our guide was very indormative. The trip to Alcatraz was enjoyable. Loved hearing about the history.

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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