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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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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
$159.00 per adult
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Roman was a great tourist guide! These tours were amazing and very educational! So much history and beauty everywhere!
Saundra_G, Nov 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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
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.
Great tour!!!
Lori_W, Nov 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
This was a great tour. Enjoyed walking through Alcatraz. The Bay cruise was very nice. So nice to see everything by boat.
Nice time!
Lisa_L, Nov 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express Visit
Great tour but should note visit to Alcatraz is unguided. Good time spent at the golden gate bridge.
Awesome day trip!
Deborah_R, Nov 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
This was a great tour! Our guide Roman was informative and humorous. A great way to see Muir Woods, Sausalito and Alcatraz all in one day. We highly recommend this trip.
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.
Excellent experience
Tracy_B, Oct 2022
Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!
We really enjoyed the audio guided tour of Alcatraz. The ferry ride was on time, and went smoothly. The views from the ferry were awesome.
Alcatraz really interesting but walk a little short
Tony_B, Oct 2022
Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour
The guide John Hurst was very knowledgeable and informative but the tour length at 75 minutes was a little short and really only covered the fisherman's wharf area. The trip to Alcatraz was really interesting particularly the audio guide whilst walking around the cell block.
The Alcatraz life
Paul_A, Nov 2022
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
Walking thru the cell house and hearing the stories. Learning about life on Alcatraz . The escape attempts and the riot
Unfortunately we were unable to do both tours due to lack of time at Alcatraz
Samantha_M, Oct 2022
Alcatraz Inside Tour + Ferry + Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour (Classic)
We really enjoyed Alcatraz wonderful tour. But due to lack of time we were not able to do the bus tour. We believe that it should be a two day tour or start earlier
A must do !
Amanda_J, Oct 2022
Alcatraz Inside: The Bay Your Way! Make your own combo!
Brilliant! Very well organised trip - very informative tour provided with a personal phone set which you can pause at any time. Alcatraz itself is a very steep climb but a golf cart was available every 15 mins to take people up if unable to walk. Fantastic views of the city. Prompt boat shuttle back whenever you wanted to return do no time limit
Best way to see San Francisco
Steven_B, Oct 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo
The big bus and Alcatraz were both great. I loved getting right to the top of the bus for the best view and the audio tour was awesome.
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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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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