San Francisco

Big Bus San Francisco Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island Combo

San Francisco, United States
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From $123.30

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 days (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Check off two top destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to walk through the pristine redwood forest at Muir Woods, then visit Alcatraz Island on an excursion that includes round-trip ferry tickets and a self-guided audio tour of the island and prison.
  • Hear live onboard commentary from the driver
  • See Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island in one day
  • Includes Muir Woods and Alcatraz admission tickets
  • Great for first-time visitors

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is one of the few combo tours to visit only Alcatraz and Muir Woods in 1 day.

What's Included

  • Admission to Alcatraz and return ferry transfers from Pier 33
  • Award-winning self-guided audio tour at Alcatraz available in 10 languages
  • Transportation to and from Muir Woods National Park and 1.5 Hours of leisure time
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 99 Jefferson St
    99 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Please arrive at 8.40am at the Big Bus Tours Visitor Center at 99 Jefferson Street (corner of Jefferson and Mason Streets)

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • The date you choose at checkout will be the date your Alcatraz Tour is confirmed. After purchase, please email us to confirm your selected Alcatraz visit date, please do this as soon as possible. This must be done no later than 10 days before tour date.
  • To receive your Alcatraz Ticket you must check into the supplier office (on voucher) one day prior to the Alcatraz Tour date or before 9am on the date of your Alcatraz Tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if you require wheelchair assistance
  • The Muir Woods Tour departs at 9:00AM and 1:00 PM from the Big Bus Tours Visitor Center at 99 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133. Please arrive 20 - 30 minutes before your departure time to allow time for check in & bus boarding.
  • Please provide each passenger’s first and last names as they appear on Photo ID, as well as anyone’s age, that is under the age of 18 marked next to their name.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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      Q:Is Admission to Muir Woods included in the Big Bus Muir Woods Tour?

      A:Yes, park admission is included.

      Mar 2021

      Q:How long is the drive from San Francisco to Muir Woods during the Big Bus Muir Woods Tour?

      A:The drive is approximately 45 minutes in each direction, taking you over the Golden Gate Bridge and up the Marin County headlands. The return journey takes you through the seaside town of Sausalito.

      Mar 2021

      Q:How long will I have to explore Muir Woods during the Big Bus Muir Woods Tour?

      A:You will have approximately 1.5 hours to explore Muir Woods on your own.

      Mar 2021

      Q:How do I arrange my Alcatraz visit during the Big Bus San Francisco Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island Combo?

      A:After booking, our team will get in touch with you to confirm your preferred Alcatraz tour date and time. This must be confirmed at least 10 days in advance of your visit.

      Mar 2021

      Q:When can I pick up my Alcatraz ticket?

      A:To receive your Alcatraz Ticket you must check into the office (address on your booking confirmation) one day prior to the Alcatraz Tour date or before 9 am on the date of your Alcatraz Tour.

      Mar 2021

      Q:Where does the Alcatraz portion of the tour depart from?

      A:The Alcatraz ferry departs from Pier 33. Important Note: you MUST redeem your ticket at the Big Bus Welcome Center (99 Jefferson Street) at 9 am on the date of your Alcatraz visit.

      Mar 2021

      Q:Do I need ID for the Big Bus San Francisco Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island Combo?

      A:Yes - ID is required for all guests over the age of 18 who are visiting Alcatraz.

      Mar 2021

      Q:Can I change my Alcatraz tour date/time once it has been confirmed?

      A:Unfortunately, no. Alcatraz bookings cannot be changed once a time has been allocated and confirmed.

      Mar 2021

      Q:Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island Combo?

      A:No pets are allowed onboard the bus, except ADA service animals.

      Mar 2021

      Q:Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus San Francisco Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island Combo?

      A:No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.

      Mar 2021

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      Traveler Tips

      You are expected to walk up the hill unless you have a mobility issue, which prevents you from walking but there is a tram you can take if you have mobility problems.
      19 reviews
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      CHRISTOPHER_M, Aug 2022
      Be warned that you will receive many emails, texts, and your YouTube will be filled with Viator commercials if you use Viator. The trip itself was run by Big Bus Tours and they did a great job.
      Great time and WONDERFUL...
      Maria_O, Jul 2022
      Great time and WONDERFUL tour guide to Muir Woods! He was very knowledgeable, patient and fun! Highly recommended.
      Amazing time!
      Kym_S, Mar 2022
      We had an awesome time on our tour. It was on time, great customer service and our tour guide was delightful!!!!
      James is Awesome!!
      Toni_A, Nov 2019
      First don’t book if you’re not sure! They are really not flexible at the front desk in the AM and that’s disappointing! But The actual tours ( Alcatraz and Muir Wood) was great! James our tour guide really is what made me post my comments. Because you can do these tours on your own but he brought history and personality to this tour and this company that is what their desk was missing! Customer service.
      Great tour
      Suzanne_K, Aug 2019
      My only complaint is that the driver to Muir Woods talked nonstop there and back. Needed to give us a little beeak.
      Do It!!!
      Louise_S, Aug 2019
      From the online booking, in office confirmation and advice to the tour guide (Wendy), the service was well explained, friendly and impeccable. Alcatraz was a great experience, the audio was clear and enough history. Muir Woods. .. absolutely beautiful and awe inspiring..... I love nature
      Great experience
      beaujacque, Jul 2019
      Loved this excursion. Everything was just like they said it would be. It was on time and driver was excellent and very informative. Would definitely recommend this to everyone.
      San Francisco
      Sandra_C, Jun 2019
      Great tour but the times were off by 2 hours which was not cool. We kept getting told we left Alcatraz early so we wouldn’t miss the Muir Woods then ended up waiting
      Awesome trip - must do when visiting San Francisco!
      Julie H, Jun 2019
      We had an awesome time on this trip. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting San Francisco. This was a great way to see major icons while here. We got to see not only Alcatraz and Mir Woods, but also the Golden Gate Bridge, Salsalito, and a bit of San Francisco. Well worth the money it cost. Our tour guide was awesome and shared some special insite with us on everything as we passed by or visited each sight. This was a full day for us, with a bite of time here and there in between to fill with a bit of store shopping, eating, or relaxing. An awesome trip for us all!
      Wonderful time
      Odyssey04016782311, May 2019
      My boyfriend and I had a great time in Alcatraz and the woods. There was enough time in between both to eat lunch and catch the bus. James our bus driver was funny and knowledgeable of the area. We had a great time!!
      Few issues with Big Bus Tours, but it was a great tour
      Gay_W, May 2019
      we received an email that we had to pick up our Alcatraz tickets the day before our tour, which meant an extra trip down to the waterfront . We attempted to call their office twice and we were unable to talk to a real person, which was very annoying. When we got to the Big Bus Tour office on the day of the tour, we discovered that It was not necessary to come the day before. Not great Big Bus Tours! Having said that, we enjoyed both segments of the trip. We went to Muir Woods in the morning with a great guide named Charles. He gave us lots of history along the way, which was very informative and he manoeuvred the windy road up to the woods with ease. The trip through Muir Woods is a self guided tour and you are given plenty of time to explore. Muir Woods is magnificent and there are some very large redwood trees. It is a quiet place to reflect on the magnificent beauty around you. I enjoyed it immensely! We returned to Fisherman’s Wharf and we had several hours before our boat left for Alcatraz. There are lots of restaurants to find lunch and then it is about a half kilometre walk to Pier 33, where the boat leaves for Alcatraz. This is another self guided tour. There is about a 20 minute ferry ride to the Island and when you arrive, a ranger gives you a bit of an introductory talk. You have to walk uphill to the cell block where the Audio tour starts. You are expected to walk up the hill unless you have a mobility issue, which prevents you from walking but there is a tram you can take if you have mobility problems. The Audio Tour of the cell block was fascinating and the views of San Fransisco and the bridges are breathtaking. The walk down was easy and there were stops along the way, where you could take pictures. You can also stay as long as you want and the Ferry back leaves about every 15 minutes. I would highly recommend this tour.
      Single Day Combo was Great
      Michael_S, Jan 2019
      We did Alcatraz in the morning and then Muir Woods in the afternoon. Single-day combo tour worked out very well. Had adequate time at both venues with a leisurely walk between Pier 33 (Alcatraz) and the Muir Woods tour bus pick-up point. Would highly recommend visiting both locations if you’re in the San Francisco area. Our driver/tour guide for Muir Woods, Vlad, was excellent.