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Alcatraz

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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
Don’t miss this tour
This tour offered many awesome places and sites. Our tour driver was full of knowledge of the localities we visited or seen by traveling. Highly recommended day tour.
Patricia_M, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Great tour!
Michele_S, Jun 2021
Alcatraz and Muir Woods Express Package
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!!
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SAN FRANSISCO HIGHTLIGHTS
Dlmorrera, Jul 2021
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
Faycal was a wealth of knowledge and humor, prone to car sickness, yet his expert driving prevented any issues. Muir Woods was peaceful and a bit mystical. Lunch in Sausalito was sublime. Finally Alcatraz island was informative and very sad. A piece of history one should take time to explore.
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Alcatraz + bike
Carlos_P, Jul 2021
Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
All perfect, no complains, tickets for Alcatraz and outspoken bike rental is very good, nice bikes, perfect service!!
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Great trip!
Shannon, Jul 2021
Alcatraz Island Tour - Package Deal
Kind and helpful employees. Always able to contact and communicate with them. Alcatraz is amazing. Will use their services again.
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Highly recommend
Tammy_E, Jul 2021
Best Alcatraz Prison Tickets & San Francisco Combo Tour
Highly recommend this trip for anyone wanting a good overview of San Fran. Our driver was amazing and tailored the tour to our pace. He was also a wealth of information when it came to explaining the city history and landmarks. The fact that all Alcatraz arrangements were made as part of this tour was an added bonus. Wonderful day!
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Nice day!
Andrea_H, Mar 2021
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
It was a really beautiful day!. Glad we could get tickets even after they were all sold out on the website. Alcatraz provided headphones for the cell block tour but it was a little shorter than usual, I'm assuming because of covid. We got 30$ off Applebee's lunch where there was a view of the bay. It was nice!
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Boat Yes - No Jail
Lori_L, Jul 2021
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise
Boat tour to the bridge was great. Alcatraz was smelly, not much to see and could have just cruised around it.
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Alcatraz and city tour
Anne_T, Jul 2021
San Francisco City Highlights Experience with Official Alcatraz Tour
It was a great tour! Taking the ferry to Alcatraz is nice and then you are free to visit Alcatraz on your own. You get a cassette to hear all the details about this jail. Interesting! The tour guide was very good, from England with the English humor! He knew so much history. A great tour!
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Great day at Fisherman's Wharf
Tanya_L, Jul 2021
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
We had a GREAT time! The cruise was informative and Alcatraz was AWESOME! We had no issues getting our ticlets for either. The communication before hand and day of excursion was great and allowed us to plan our day at Fisherman's Wharf.
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Great time.
JN17, Jul 2021
Alcatraz and California Sunset Guided Bike Tour
Enjoyed the bike ride, Adam was a great guide. We also had fun on Alcatraz, it was an unforgettable experience.
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Alcatraz/San Francisco Tours
Thomas_B, Jul 2021
San Francisco City Highlights Experience with Official Alcatraz Tour
Great tours. Alcatraz is fascinating and seeing it up close was nice. Also loved the San Francisco city tour. Brendan is very knowledgeable and funny. I’d recommend this tour to anyone.

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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