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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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Alcatraz Island Tour Package Summer 2020

It is common knowledge that Alcatraz tickets are hard to find for same-day and next-day tours. Here at Alcatraz Bikes and Tours we have them available on a first-come first-serve basis. Hurry to call and reserve your ticket with us now! The famous Alcatraz Island where many notorious criminals, including the likes of Al Capone who have served prison time in, is now a once in a life time must-see museum to visit and explore. Alcatraz Island better known as “The Rock” offers Alcatraz audio tours of the prison that thoroughly explains the full history of the prison.
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Step back in time and experience the legendary Alcatraz Prison that was a Civil War fort, a military prison and one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries in US history. On the Island, you will know everything about its historical importance before and after becoming one of the most legendary prisons in the world. Also, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and capture the unique details of this remarkable bridge as you make your way to one of California's oldest redwood forests on the new Muir Woods Tour. At the Muir Woods National Forest, you will be provided with park entrance tickets and you will have 1.5 hours to explore on your own. Complete your experience with a scenic drive through the Marin Headlands and Sausalito. Tickets to Alcatraz are included in order to bring the best experiences in a single tour package. There are no surcharges on the official ticket price for Alcatraz Island, which is $ 39.90 per adult. Tickets are issued in the name of the client.
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