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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
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
$169.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
I enjoyed the whole trip....
I enjoyed the whole trip. The tour guide was excellent and very nice. I really enjoyed my time at Alcatraz.
Danielle_C, Oct 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 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
Visit of a lifetime
Norma_J, May 2021
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
There is not a single thing I did not enjoy! My best friend & business partner (my dad) always talked about visiting Alcatraz but He passed away from COVID last summer; physically he didn’t make it but I brought his pic, making it our trip. I arrived in character, an inmate, enjoying the day!!
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-4
Alcatraz
John_C, Oct 2021
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
Alcatraz was fantastic for a history buff like me. It was eerie walking through a place where Scarface and Machine Gun Kelly resided. The audio tour was very informative and I enjoyed being able to explore at my own pace.
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.
star-5
San Francisco 50th birthday!
Shevela_H, Sep 2021
Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour
After a few minor incidents with booking, mainly Alcatraz booking by viator we had the best experience
star-5
Anniversary Trip Tour
Blair_C, Sep 2021
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express By Deluxe Comfort Van
Alcatraz was amazing. Enjoyed history of Golden Gate Bridge. James was awesome and dropped us all off at our hotels and took the time to get to know us. Only wish thr Alcatraz cruise also went under GGB.
star-4
Great tour but not all as advertised
Alan_C, Aug 2021
Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz
The tour guide Kimmy was great. Very knowledgeable and a lot of information. The tour did advertise hotel pickup and drop off but we were told by our tour guide when we were dropped off at Fisherman’s Wharf that when we got back from Alcatraz Island we had to find our own way back to our Union Square hotel. This is not what was advertised so be prepared to navigate San Francisco if you are not familiar with the city.
star-4
Alcatraz & Chinatown
Evett_B, Aug 2021
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
Alcatraz is an amazing place to visit. Chinatown history was very interesting and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. There is a lot of walking though. Comfortable shoes are a must.

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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Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Alcatraz

Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Alcatraz

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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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