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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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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
$179.00 per adult
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See it all in one day
If you are short on time this is the best tour for you. You get to see all the highlights of San Francisco in one day. Our tour guide Sully was wonderful, you could tell he was very passionate about his job and very knowledgeable. I love that he would take his time and allowed us to stop and take pictures and even offered to take them for us. Muir Woods and Alcatraz were my favorites.
Midanya_V, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

Worth the trip!
Andrea_C, Apr 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
This was a really fun and interesting tour. Excellent tour guide Dustin was very knowledgeable on the city and its rich history and was also very considerate of everyone and just plain fun! Went out of his way to make it awesome. Van was clean and comfortable Alcatraz is fascinating, Muir Woods magical Sausalito charming. Great tour! So much accomplished in one day! Highly recommend!!
Need to come back to Dan Fran
Lawrence_A, Jun 2022
Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
We felt the mood of actually being at Alcatraz.. it was so incredibly quiet in the Redwood forest. Good strong coffee at the forest store
Great way to spend the day in San Francisco
Teveka_M, Jun 2022
Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express Visit
What a great way to spend the day in San Francisco. The boat ride to Alcatraz was smooth and quick. The audio tour was interesting and informative. Our van tour to the Golden Gate Bridge was awesome!! James was a great host with exceptional communication, insight and had cool facts and stories about our route to the bridge as well as the Bridge itself. It really is so impressive to be on the Bridge and see it in all its glory. Our family had a blast!
Love the Painted Ladies
Brandy_L, Jun 2022
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
Muir Woods was fantastic! And of course the Painted Ladies! There was so much to see! Our tour guide Ro was a pleasure to spend the day with. We added Alcatraz to the day, it was a perfect was to end the trip. And Ro had a great recommendation for a spot to have dinner in China town at R & G Lounge!! Would do it all again!
Fabulous walking tour of China town, North Beach and Alcatraz it’s a must!
Hazel_S, Jun 2022
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
Maggie our tour guide was fabulous. She was so knowledgeable and full of fascinating information we loved the tour and the highlight was Alcatraz it was amazing and so much more. Thank you walks tours for an amazing trip we will never forget it.
The Wrights San Francisco trip 2022
LaTrelle_W, Jun 2022
Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise
This was a wonderful trip to Alcatraz THE ROCK. I'm thinking of how to travel with my grands for a visit.
Wonderful tour guide and good driver. Full city tour lots of information
Marion_M, Jun 2022
Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour
Seeing lands end (Pacific Ocean) with breathtaking view of the ocean and the coast. Final stop Alcatraz which is over the top. You have to see it.
Was a good overview of...
Howard_C, Jun 2022
Alcatraz Inside Tour + Ferry + Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour (Classic)
Was a good overview of the city. Better instructions needed when booking online regarding where to go to find your nearest pick up stop, and how to get your tickets for the Alcatraz Ferry and where to get on.
Great tour
Kenneth_S, Jun 2022
Alcatraz Muir Woods Express with Golden Gate Bridge Visit
Our guide James was very knowledgeable. He gave us interesting historical facts of each place. The tour was well paced and the arrangement for Alcatraz half a day and the rest on the other half worked well
A great tour!
Brian_L, Jun 2022
Alcatraz Muir Woods Express with Golden Gate Bridge Visit
What a great tour! Alcatraz was awesome. And our driver James went above and beyond as our tour guide, as he took us to Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Muir Woods. He even dropped us off at the Giants game afterwards, so we wouldn’t be late! Top notch service!
Very nice.
Blaine_J, May 2022
Alcatraz Muir Woods Sausalito Express with Brunch!
Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Alcatraz were all very nice. Driver James was knowledgeable. Enjoyed the day.
Visiting the Rock is a must!
Jesse_S, May 2022
Official Alcatraz Tour + 2 Hour City Bucket List Excursion
I’ve wanted to take the Alcatraz tour for years and finally made it to San Francisco so I had to schedule it. The tour did not disappoint. Learning about the day to day lives of the inmates makes you understand why some of the inmates tried to escape. Very eerie to walk those halls abs see the conditions. Definitely worth taking the time to go see. I liked that it was abs open tour and you could stay as long as you wanted to see all of the different areas.
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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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