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Alcatraz

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4,623 Reviews
Multiple departure times available
Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California, 94123

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.

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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental

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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
$150.00 per adult
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This was our first booking using Viator, and we were very pleased. Communication and reliability were terrific. There was a minor hiccup when picking up the bikes, but Sean stepped in with outstanding professionalism and helpfulness—quite impressive.
David_P, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Visit of a lifetime
Norma_J, May 2021
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
There is not a single thing I did not enjoy! My best friend & business partner (my dad) always talked about visiting Alcatraz but He passed away from COVID last summer; physically he didn’t make it but I brought his pic, making it our trip. I arrived in character, an inmate, enjoying the day!!
star-5
Great day!
Rebecca_J, Jun 2021
Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip
Beautiful scenery and a charming driver full of fun information. The woods were definitely worth the time and Alcatraz was awesome! Great day!
star-4
Great way to explore
Cindy_G, Jun 2021
Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
Enjoyed the tour and the biking. It was the only Alcatraz tickets available for our day. The bikes were a great way to explore.
star-4
Nice day!
Andrea_H, Mar 2021
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
It was a really beautiful day!. Glad we could get tickets even after they were all sold out on the website. Alcatraz provided headphones for the cell block tour but it was a little shorter than usual, I'm assuming because of covid. We got 30$ off Applebee's lunch where there was a view of the bay. It was nice!
star-5
Great San Fran bay introduction
John_R, Jun 2021
Alcatraz with Bay Cruise
I actually booked this package for the Alcatraz tour, but so glad that I did both that and bay cruise. Both trips were a great introduction to San Fran bay and really enjoyed both!
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Well worth it!
Dayna_A, Jun 2021
Alcatraz Inside: The Bay Your Way! Make your own combo!
Well worth the money spent to see the historic prison. My husband and I enjoyed our time touring Alcatraz. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area. The view of the city from Alcatraz is also amazing!
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Happy Anniversary
Jacqueline_M, Jun 2021
Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!
Enjoyed the boat ride and interesting tour. The information about the Indians a Alcatraz educational. Next time dress warm
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Alcatraz Trip
Ryan_S, Jun 2021
Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
Had a great visit to San Francisco. Loved the trip to Alcatraz and then the meal option plan. Honestly, a little more pricey than buying through other sites, but at least we were able to make some great memories!
star-5
1 day fun.
Glenda_F, May 2021
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo
We were in San Francisco one day and did the Red Bus and Alcatraz tour. So informative and interesting. Got to see much of the city without worrying about driving and parking.
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Great!
Darcey_S, May 2021
Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour
Chet was friendly, knowledgeable and walks at a quick pace! Got us to the alcatraz line just in time ☺️
star-5
Amazing tour!
Grace, May 2021
Alcatraz Inside and City Tour Express
The whole experience was amazing! The bus tour was awesome so much to see with enough time.. and what can I say about Alcatraz, it was simply amazing and so awesome!!!
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Great weekend memories
Kristen_S, Apr 2021
Alcatraz Inside with One Day Bike Rental and Lunch Credit
Seeing Alcatraz was amazing. The whole package was great, everything was organized and easy to access.

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.

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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.

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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.

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