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Alcatraz Tours

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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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Cruise Around the Alcatraz Island + Bike Across the Golden Gate BridgeMountain Bike Tours

Cruise Around the Alcatraz Island + Bike Across the Golden Gate Bridge

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Two popular San Francisco activities in one! The first tour includes a 60-minutes Bay Cruise Adventure that takes you around the Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge. The cruise includes an audio tour in different languages. The second part of this tour package includes the use of a bicycle to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge (self-guided). Each bike rental includes helmet and lock. Both activities can be done on the same day or on different days. Bay Cruise: Multiple departures daily from Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf (1-hour) Bike Rental: Start any time between 9am-6pm (up to 1-day) *Note: This is NOT to go INSIDE the Alcatraz.
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day, 2-tour combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco all electric bike tour. The date you book is the date you'll visit Alcatraz Island, and get access to the former federal prison. Go on a self-guided audio tour of the grounds, and stay as long as you like during opening hours. The date prior to your Alcatraz tour, you'll enjoy a guided electric bike tour. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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Alcatraz and Golden Gate Park Guided Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Alcatraz and Golden Gate Park Guided Bike Tour

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Combine two top activities in San Francisco with one package that includes tickets to Alcatraz Island and a bike tour of Golden Gate Park. When booking, select the date desired for your Alcatraz Island visit, which includes ferry ticket, admission, and self-guided audio tour. Your bike tour takes place the day before your Alcatraz reservation, and you can keep the bike until evening to explore more after the guided tour.
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Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip plus Alcatraz Tour and Aquarium AccessWine Tasting

Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip plus Alcatraz Tour and Aquarium Access

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Enjoy San Francisco’s most popular activities with this 2-day tour that combines admission to Alcatraz, a ferry ride on San Francisco Bay, a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and a Napa and Sonoma wine tour. The first day, explore the former prison on Alcatraz Island, listening to true inmate stories via the audio walking tour and get all-day access to the Aquarium of the Bay. The next day, head to wine country on a minicoach tour that includes tastings at four to six wineries and an open-air tram tour of the biodynamic vineyards at Benziger Family Winery. Lunch is included on Day 2.
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San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

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See the San Francisco Bay Area from the air on a 40-minute seaplane flight from Sausalito. Enjoy views of iconic landmarks in the soft afternoon light as you soar over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Angel Island and Tiburon. See the Transamerica building and downtown skyline, and the tall silhouette of Twin Peaks as your pilot shares informative commentary about the sights. Your flight includes a glass of champagne, and you’ll return to Sausalito in time to head out for dinner.
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Elite Flight Tour over San Francisco

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San Francisco Bay Air Tour

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Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo

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Big Bus San Francisco Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island Combo

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Alcatraz Combo: Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Alcatraz Island Ticket

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Alcatraz City Sail

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Muir Woods and Sausalito with Ferry, Aquarium, and Alcatraz Night Tour

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Experience some of the Bay Area’s most fascinating sights on this day and night tour. See giant Redwoods at Muir Woods, visit the seaside town of Sausalito, and relax on a scenic ferry ride to San Francisco. Then head back out in the evening for a special nighttime tour of Alcatraz Island and tour the prison. This tour offers visitors a unique look at the Bay Area’s culture and history.
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2-Day Alcatraz, Muir Woods with Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour with Aquarium ticketDay Trips

2-Day Alcatraz, Muir Woods with Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour with Aquarium ticket

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Visit top California destinations over two consecutive days on this combo tour from San Francisco. On day one, ride the ferry to Alcatraz, take a self-guided audio tour of the prison, and see Aquarium of the Bay at your leisure. On the second day, head across the Golden Gate Bridge to the redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, then continue to Sonoma County for wine tastings. Also, have lunch at a winery or in Sonoma Plaza, and make a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Book your Alcatraz tickets and explore inside the Silicon Valley tech industry on this 2-day tour from San Francisco. Skip the hassle of booking notoriously difficult-to-get tickets to Alcatraz, and then enjoy easy ferry transportation and a guided audio tour of the island. The next day, head through Silicon Valley on a fully-narrated coach tour that includes entrance to the Computer Museum and top tech campuses like Apple and Facebook.
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2-Day Alcatraz Night Tour and Silicon Valley Tech Tour Package

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Experience this classic San Francisco "Sanpler" express! Combine Inside Alcatraz prison with an Express van visit to Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco side) by deluxe ride from Fisherman's Wharf. Relax with time for walking and photos at the bridge! Pass by Ghirardelli Square as you taste the chocolate sample provided! See the Palace of Fine Arts as we drive by on the way back! Tour ends at Pier 39 to enjoy an included light fare snack food voucher. View the sea lions before walking one pier over to board your Alcatraz ferry. This Half day experience gets you the iconic SF must sees in an economical hassle free way. No frills..just thrills! Total time is 5 hours (3 hours at Alcatraz/30 minutes at Bridge/30 minutes each way driving time and one hour Pier 39 lunch time.) Tour will typically start in Fisherman's Wharf mid morning and end at Pier 39. Alcatraz is often the last portion and is in late afternoon slots. Some days events may be reversed based on Alcatraz time slots.
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Take a combo tour from San Francisco that visits several top northern California destinations over two consecutive days. On the first day, hop the ferry to Alcatraz for a self-guided audio tour, and visit Aquarium of the Bay anytime during the day. On day two, cross the Golden Gate Bridge to walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then taste premium local wines on a Sonoma County wine tour. Enjoy lunch at a Sonoma winery or in the plaza, and also stop for photos from Golden Gate Bridge.
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If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of great photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup from your hotel by one of our friendly, local guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable and spacious vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel 10:30 AM – Check out the legendary Painted Ladies 11:00 AM – Explore Union Square 11:45 AM – Catch of view of Alcatraz from Pier 39 12:00 PM – Walk around Fisherman’s Wharf 12:30 PM – Lunch time 1:00 PM – Explore Ghirardelli Square 2:00 PM – Awe at the view from the Golden Gate Bridge 2:40 PM – Stop by Golden Gate Park 3:10 PM – Get a picture at one of SF’s Hidden Gems (16th Avenue Tiled Steps) 3:30 PM – Overlook the whole city at Twin Peaks Viewpoint 3:45 PM – Return to hotel 4:00 PM – Arrive at hotel
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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⭐San Francisco Walking Instagram Private Tour: Most Iconic SpotsCity Packages

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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
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