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Alcatraz, the former federal prison that once held notorious criminals Scarface Al Capone and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly, is today a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tour the remains of the maximum-security facility on small and windy Alcatraz Island, aptly nicknamed 'The Rock,' to scope out the grounds and cellhouse; hear stories from former inmates; and pass by the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Angel Island on your 1.25-mile (2-km) ferry rides in and out.

The Basics
Alcatraz is only accessible by tour, and tickets sell out days (sometimes weeks) in advance. Lock in high-demand tickets by booking a San Francisco city tour that includes admission to the infamous federal penitentiary and a day of sightseeing via bike, bus, boat, or Segway. City tours typically cover highlights such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, North Beach, the Presidio, and the Ferry Building, while other booking options combine a hard-to-snag Alcatraz tour with a cable car ride, a bay cruise to Sausalito, or a multi-day adventure into the Marin headlands, wine country, or Muir Woods.

Once on the island, visitors can explore at their own pace with the self-guided cellhouse audio tour (included in admission). You'll also find National Park Service exhibits, video presentations, docent- and ranger-led guided tours, and special programs that vary by season. Allow about 2.5 hours for the full Alcatraz prison experience, including both 15-minute ferry rides.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Alcatraz tickets include round-trip ferry transportation (take note of the assigned departure time printed on your ferry ticket). You can take any ferry back to the city, available every half hour or so.
  • 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.
  • The walk to the prison from the ferry dock is steep and hilly; an electric shuttle departs from the dock twice an hour for visitors requiring assistance. While wheelchairs are not provided or loaned at the prison, the cellhouse does have elevators.
How to Get to Alcatraz
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 from $25 to $50 per day, but prices typically double during special events, so consider taking public transportation. Multiple Muni lines run through the area, including the F-Line trolley. To arrive in style, consider booking a Viator VIP experience aboard an exclusive cable car.

When to Get to Alcatraz
Alcatraz cruises depart every half hour between 9am and 4pm. The early-bird trip departs at 8:45am, 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.
Address: Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California 94123, USA
Hours: Multiple departure times available
Admission: Varies
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Viator Exclusive: Alcatraz and Aquarium of the Bay Combo Pass

Viator Exclusive: Alcatraz and Aquarium of the Bay Combo Pass

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Visit two San Francisco Bay attractions with this combo pass for Alcatraz Island and Aquarium of the Bay. You'll take the ferry across the bay to Alcatraz, the former prison that was once home to criminals like Al Capone, where you can explore with the provided "Cellhouse" audio tour. Then head to the aquarium to see more marine animals such as sting rays, river otters, sharks, and sea stars.
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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City TourCity Tours

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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this two-in-one tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy a coach tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day TripDay Trips

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

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Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
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  • 7 hours
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Alcatraz Island by Ferry and Guided Audio TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

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Alcatraz Island by Ferry and Guided Audio Tour

Book your tickets now for Alcatraz Island. Tickets sell out months in advance, so please book ahead of your trip. Alcatraz Island Tour tickets are available now from San Francisco Tour Agency. Book your Alcatraz Tour tickets at any time and you will receive confirmation immediately.Round Trip Ferry Tickets and Admission to Alcatraz Island, and an Audio Tour are included.Tickets will be sent to you by email and / or text message / SMS before your departure date.
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with AlcatrazHistorical & Heritage Tours

Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay CruiseDay Cruises

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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

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Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.
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Alcatraz and One Day Bike RentalBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Alcatraz and One Day Bike Rental

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Get two classic San Francisco experiences—a bike ride starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz—in one combined tour package. Take a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you can explore at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour. Use the flexible one-day bike rental on the day of your choosing and enjoy a safe ride with a helmet included.
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  • 3 hours
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing TourDay Trips

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. You’ll head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
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Alcatraz Tour with Relaxed LunchWater Tours

Alcatraz Tour with Relaxed Lunch

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Guarantee your visit to Alcatraz when you book in advance. In addition to an organized departure time, your package also includes admission to the prison, along with an award winning audio guide.  Relax in complimentary round trip ferry transportation and return at a time of your choosing. Afterwards, use your $15 food credit at a preselected restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour and Alcatraz Upgrade OptionWalking Tours

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour and Alcatraz Upgrade Option

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If you're looking to see the sights on San Francisco's waterfront—but you don't have hours to tour the city—this quick walking tour is the perfect fit. Follow your guide to top attractions including Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. History fans enjoy a quick look at the cable cars, and the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine. To make the most of your day, upgrade with Alcatraz tickets to see San Francisco's infamous former prison.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Cable Car TicketCultural Tours

Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Cable Car Ticket

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This tour of Alcatraz Island and Chinatown lets you explore two quintessential San Francisco attractions without worrying about complicated travel logistics. Ideal for busy travelers who want to fit in the top sites without spending time booking tickets and arranging details, this tour includes pre-booked ferry and cable car tickets, plus a walking tour of Chinatown.
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Big Bus San Francisco Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island ComboDay Trips

Big Bus San Francisco Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island Combo

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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.
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and AlcatrazHistorical & Heritage Tours

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide, then visit Alcatraz on this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz TourHelicopter Tours

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

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Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
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Alcatraz Island Tour - Package DealCity Tours

Alcatraz Island Tour - Package Deal

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Combine a full-day bike rental with tickets to Alcatraz in a single package. Head out to Alcatraz on the ferry with your prepaid ticket; buying in advance avoids sold-out days or times, which are frequent. Tour the island with your included 3-hour audio tour, then head back to San Francisco where you can explore further on your own via bicycle.
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San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz TourAttraction Tickets

San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

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Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this 4-hour urban adventure. With your small group, limited to 10 people or fewer to ensure an intimate experience, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
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Alcatraz with Bay CruiseAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz with Bay Cruise

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You will explore the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island with America’s most ruthless criminals including Al Capone.The ferry will leave on time at your specific time scheduled. You have to be 30 minutes before time of departure at Pier 33 . Walk, bike, ride public transportation, or drive (as a last resort)…easy access from anywhere around the Bay!When you are on the Island, follow the Cellhouse audio tour “Doing Time” (45 min) available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.With that you have another ticket for an amazing SF Bay Cruise Adventure of 60min. You can use the SF Bay Cruise any day at any departure every 40-60min from 10am to 6pm. Sail past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline.
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San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and Three Hour City Segway TourSegway Tours

San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and Three Hour City Segway Tour

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Ride the ferry to Alcatraz Island for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious former prison, and take a city Segway tour of San Francisco the following day. This combination package offers a comprehensive look at famous city attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and Washington Square Park. The Segway tour — offered in the morning or afternoon — is limited to eight passengers for a small-group experience with a personable guide.
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Alcatraz Tour Combo: Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Alcatraz Island TourAttraction Tickets

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Alcatraz Tour Combo: Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Alcatraz Island Tour

Explore the best of San Francisco Bay on this great-value Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bay Cruise combo! Start the afternoon with a trip to the notorious Island prison of Alcatraz before rounding it off in style with a relaxing hour-long cruise on the bay.The tour package includes guaranteed Alcatraz tickets and entry on the award-winning audio tour of the prison, as well as the Red and White Fleet's historic hour-long bay cruise.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with AlcatrazCity Tours

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations with plenty of stops for photo ops, plus take a self-guided tour to Alcatraz Island. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument, and listen to commentary about San Francisco's culture, history, and other places to check out on your own.
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Alcatraz and Muir Woods Tour Including Madame Tussauds or the DungeonDay Trips

Alcatraz and Muir Woods Tour Including Madame Tussauds or the Dungeon

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Visit two world-famous San Francisco attractions, Alcatraz and Muir Woods, in just one day. Venture into the Cell House of Alcatraz for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious former federal penitentiary. Then stroll under towering old-growth redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument before walking around the waterfront town of Sausalito. Enjoy admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum or the San Francisco Dungeon as part of your package. Hotel transport plus ferry to Alcatraz Island included.
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San Francisco Shore Excursion: Alcatraz Island & San Francisco Grand City TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

San Francisco Shore Excursion: Alcatraz Island & San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Next time you're in port in San Francisco, why not spend your day touring the city's top attractions? Board a ferry for Alcatraz, and at the Rock, hear the stories and legends associated with the infamous penitentiary on a self-guided audio tour. Then, travel by coach to renowned sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, and Chinatown. Hotel pickup is available from select San Francisco hotels.
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Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco with this 2-day combo: a 3-hour guided bike tour plus admission to Alcatraz Island. Venture to the infamous prison in the afternoon to hear audio commentary about former inmates like Al Capone. On the prior day, cycle along the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito via the car-free national park bike path. Your tour includes a full-day bonus bike rental.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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San Francisco All-Day Alcatraz and GoCar Adventure PackageCultural Tours

San Francisco All-Day Alcatraz and GoCar Adventure Package

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Visit the former prison cells of Alcatraz Island and then motor through San Francisco streets in your very own GPS-guided GoCar. This combo experience includes a ferry ride across the bay for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious penitentiary. On the same day or another day, take a 2-hour drive in your private GoCar, preloaded with more than 50 must-see attractions and landmarks including the Presidio, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, and Lombard Street — the most crooked street in the world!
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  • 2 hours
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Ultimate Bay Area Package: Alcatraz with Muir Woods and San Francisco City TourAttraction Tickets

Ultimate Bay Area Package: Alcatraz with Muir Woods and San Francisco City Tour

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See the San Francisco Bay Area’s top attractions on a two-day tour that combines three sightseeing highlights. Depart Fisherman’s Wharf on day one to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy the towering redwood trees before continuing to the bayside town of Sausalito. Then return to San Francisco for a coach sightseeing tour that includes photo stops at Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks. On day two, take the ferry over to Alcatraz Island and take an audio tour of the historic prison. Due to popular demand, this package is likely to sell out. Advance reservations are required.
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