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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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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
star-4.5
US$159.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great way to experience the Redwoods and Alcatraz
We had a great time on the tour, Ben, our driver, was personable and informative and very helpful. Starting at Muir Woods, was a wonderful way to start the day and ending at Alcatraz allowed us to explore pier 39 after the tour.
Mark_C, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Great way to experience the Redwoods and Alcatraz
Mark_C, Jan 2023
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
We had a great time on the tour, Ben, our driver, was personable and informative and very helpful. Starting at Muir Woods, was a wonderful way to start the day and ending at Alcatraz allowed us to explore pier 39 after the tour.
star-5
Great time
Elizabeth_M, Jan 2023
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
Alcatraz was awesome and I would do the tour again. Boat tour was fun and everyone ws nice. Well worth the money.
star-4
Nature, shopping, and history
Anne_S, Jan 2023
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
Walking through the redwoods was awe inspiring and seeing Alcatraz as well as learning little known history was fascinating.
star-5
The best experience we have had...
Eduardo_C, Jan 2023
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
The best experience I've had. I got the tickes 2 or 3 days before by visit and they were very responsible. They kept me posted via email every moment and delivered Alcatraz tickets 2 days before; they were very punctual and everything was good according to what you exactly bought. Despite the heavy rain and bad weather, the visit and the service was the best. Highly recommended. Thank you for what you do and keep the great work.
star-5
Well organised tour, with great guide
Angela_M, Dec 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express Visit
Great time on this tour. We done Alcatraz island and audio tour then had time to walk around pier 39 before meeting James to see Golden Gate Bridge. James was very friendly and informative. We walked over part of the Golden Gate Bridge before returning back to pier 39.
star-5
Must see!
Charlene_L, Jan 2023
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
You can’t visit San Francisco with going to Alcatraz . . . It’s a very cool & interesting piece of history z . . Loved it!
star-5
Alcatraz is simply...
Maurcio_Z, Dec 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise
Alcatraz is simply amazing! Our family loved The visit and the history envolved on it. Absolutly spetacular!
star-5
Very well Organized
AFRAH_A, Dec 2022
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
I arrived on time and found my tour guide waiting for me & there were two couples were supposed to join us but they didn’t show up so we’ve decided to go on time. Tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and she helped me out with few recommendations during my stay in San Francisco & we ended up at the Ferry entrance to Alcatraz Jail Island which was amazing and must be visited when in San Francisco 👍🏻
star-5
Great Alcatraz Tour
Catherson_P, Nov 2022
Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!
Had a great day at Alcatraz. It was a very interesting tour, followed by a delicious lunch. I would definitely recommend
star-5
Great way to hit the highlights.
Jennie_R, Jan 2023
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
Dustin was a fantastic tour guide. Great communication prior to pick up. The smaller group allowed for lots of conversation with our guide who seemed knowledgeable about the city, its history and had great recommendations for other things to do, places to eat. Tour guides aren’t allowed to go to Alcatraz so for that part we were given our tickets and dropped off with instructions. I only had two days in the city so this was a great way to hit some highlights.
star-5
Fisherman’s Wharf your way to Alcatraz!
Christopher_T, Nov 2022
Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour
After searching through the many options for Alcatraz tours I settled on this one and it did not disappoint! I was extremely pleased with the tour portion as it was a quick, but informative tour of Fisherman’s Wharf. Our tour guide John packed in a huge punch of knowledge! He was witty and engaging and ensured we knew all the “go to” spots in the area. Scoma’s Seafood is MUST! Highly recommend this tour if you’re looking a quick tour option.
star-5
Alcatraz and Muir Woods
Sarah_A, Oct 2022
Alcatraz Tour Plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip
Great trip. The woods are stunning. Could do with another 30 mins or so in Sausalito but this is due to the timings of Alcatraz. If you’re not going Alcatraz you’re free to return on the ferry when you want. The staff were friendly and very helpful.
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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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Alcatraz
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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