Alcatraz prison facilities in San Francisco, USA
Alcatraz prison facilities in San Francisco, USA

Alcatraz Tours and Tickets

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A former federal prison that held notorious criminals Al “Scarface” Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Alcatraz is now a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Highlights include touring what’s left of the maximum-security facility, hearing stories from former inmates, and sailing past the Golden Gate Bridge to reach the craggy isle.

  • Multiple departure times available
  • Ferries depart from Pier 33, San Francisco, California, 94123

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Heather_V, Nov 2023
It's a Real San Francisco Treat!
The tour was great. We got great views and pictures of the area. Lots of information and stops along the way. We did do the Alcatraz tour and definitely worth the money.
Simone_T, Nov 2023
Great experience and a must see in San Francisco
Great customer service - booked the tour for Thanksgiving, got immediately a call back and offers for a different date / time and tickets to my cell, so I didn’t have to waste time for a pickup of tickets. Enjoyed Alcatraz a lot- the self guided audio tour is very interesting and well done. Boat cruise can be flexible added at a later time.
Candy_V, Nov 2023
Alcatraz was interesting
We were pleasantly surprised by the history associated with Alcatraz. The audio tour was very informative.
Patricia_G, Oct 2023
A part of history everyone should see.
Great experience! The views are amazing. I learned a lot Alcatraz and I see it in person was a dream of mine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are Alcatraz hours of operation?
Alcatraz hours of operation: Multiple departure times available. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
People Also Ask
Q:How long is ferry ride to Alcatraz?
A:The ferry ride over to Alcatraz is about 12 to 15 minutes, but keep in mind the ride back will also be the same amount of time, making it a 30-minute round-trip. The great part about the ferry ride to Alcatraz is that you’ll take in some awesome views of San Francisco.
Q:Does Alcatraz have bathrooms?
A:Yes, the good news is that Alcatraz does have bathrooms for public use. There are two on the island with one conveniently located near the ferry terminal. Plus, most of the ferries that take visitors to and from the island also will have restrooms for public use.
Q:What time of day is best to visit Alcatraz?
A:During the day is the best time to visit Alcatraz—particularly the early morning— because you’ll get to see places that aren’t available to nighttime visitors. Plus, booking onto the earliest tour of the day makes you the first group on the island. For those looking for a spooky time, nighttime visits may be best.
Q:Can you go to Alcatraz without a tour?
A:No, you cannot visit Alcatraz without a tour. All tours include tickets booked through Alcatraz City Tours. The Alcatraz docks only offer access to this company and so you have to book in advance to be able to visit the historical prison and the island it calls home.
Q:Can you take pictures at Alcatraz?
A:Yes, you can take pictures at Alcatraz and on the island. In fact, Alcatraz is a very popular place for travelers to take their selfie photos. The only exception to taking pics is during some special events that take place on the island such as the Native American Sunrise Ceremony.
Q:Can you eat on Alcatraz Island?
A:Yes, you can eat on Alcatraz Island, but you can only eat on the dock. There is even a designated picnic area on the dock especially for those who want to stop at eat before or after their tour. All food and drinks must stay in that area with the exception being bottled water.