Benefit from significant savings and see more of San Francisco with this combined premium hop-on-hop-off ticket and Alcatraz Island visit. Enjoy 1…
Visit the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. Experience the beauty of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. This 12-mile guided bike…
Visit the notorious prison on Alcatraz island by ferry and learn its history on a cellhouse audio tour. Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge on a…
Take a 90-minute cruise that sails underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and circles Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, while listening to accounts of…
Experience 2 tours in 1 day. Explore inside Alcatraz, the world famous prison and take a 90-minute cruise through San Francisco Bay. See wildlife up…
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Enjoy early access to the world-famous Alcatraz and explore the former prison via an audio guide headset. Afterwards, embark on an exclusive city…
Top sights in San Francisco
Alcatraz is home to a Civil War military garrison, seabird colonies, and the West Coast's oldest working lighthouse. But if its walls could talk, they'd give a whole lot away about some of America's most dangerous criminals. Here's a quick overview!
Perhaps the most famous gangster of all time, Capone eventually ended up in cell 181 where, by most accounts, he was unable to cope with prison life.
The "Birdman of Alcatraz" actually became a respected ornithologist at his previous prison, Leavenworth. Alcatraz wouldn't let him keep animals!
Harvey Keitel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Cohen in "Bugsy." It was a fitting tribute to a man who invented every Hollywood mobster cliché!
Before he was one of America's most feared crime bosses, the notoriously brutal Bulger spent three years in Alcatraz. The bogeyman of Boston is currently incarcerated in Florida.
In 1962, these three cracked an intricate plan thought to be the only successful Alcatraz escape attempt. What happened to them after that is anyone's guess!
You can only reach Alcatraz by ferry, which sets off from Port 33 on the Embarcadero.
Alcatraz gets quite foggy during the summer months, so you'll experience the best weather at the end of spring or beginning of fall. May and June are ideal for bird activity.
It only really matters if you want to spend the whole day there, in which case you'll obviously want to get there as early as possible! There are a limited amount of people allowed on the island, which keeps crowds from getting out of hand - so be prepared to wait.
- When should I visit?Ferry departures from 9AM daily.
- Is it expensive?Ticket prices vary, from $30 for adults.
- Will I need a guide?Experience Alcatraz as part of a hop-on hop-off tour of other San Francisco sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, and save money - there'll be a guide giving you all the information you need for every destination.
- How to get thereAs Alcatraz is an island, the only way of reaching it is by ferry. You can do this on the F line of the Muni (bus).
- Additional information
- The island has some steep hills, so make sure to wear good walking shoes.
- Bring a jacket or sweater - it can get chilly near the coast!
What people are saying about Alcatraz
Friendly, informative tourguide/driver. Great stops for sightseeing and photos. Great tour of a great city. Alcatraz was extremely interesting. National park rangers and boat crew were friendly and helpful. I would strongly recommend this tour.
Loved that I found a tour group that had Alcatraz tickets included ! We loved how knowledgeable Patrick was about the history and culture of San Francisco. His trivia game was entertaining and his picture taking skills were post card worthy. At first I thought the price was a lot but after taking the tours it was worthy every penny !
Alcatraz - easy checking in, efficient transportation, very informative audio guide which conjured evocative atmosphere of the prison and how things must have been in its operational years. Not too long and no overkill. Segway - the company covered all aspects of health & safety in the pre-tour training and video. Christian and Tre were both humorous in delivery and genuine in their concern for our safety and enjoyment. The tour itself was excellent! Tre had superb local knowledge and made our time both fun and informative. Top marks all round and would highly recommend!
This was a wonderful experience packed with interesting information, beautiful sights, awesome music, and delicious chocolate!
It was easy to find Joseph, our guide and he did a great job of explaining logistics. The group was not too big, not to small. I was traveling alone and this was a fantastic way to get out and see a lot. Joseph was a friendly and knowledgeable guide, intent on ensuring a great experience for all of us.