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Alcatraz Island Tour

Your Alcatraz experience includes:

  • Ferry to/from Alcatraz on a hybrid ferry
  • Walk around Alcatraz Island
  • Cellblock Audio Tour available in 10 languages
  • See the Golden Gate Bridge & city skyline from the bay

Day ticket prices:$30 adult/$18 child*

*Child rates are ages 5-11; kids 4 & under are FREE. Senior discounts available.
$7.50 handling fee per passenger will be applied. Night tour tickets also available.


Alcatraz Island Tour-BuildingsThe Alcatraz Island tour starts with a scenic 10-minute ferry ride from San Francisco’s Embarcadero. The tour of Alcatraz includes the 45 minute audio tour “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour” which features interviews and stories of prisoners and correctional officers who either worked on or were incarcerated in the United States Penitentiary-Alcatraz. An orientation video, ranger-led tours and docent tours are also available.

Alcatraz Tour Tickets

Tours: Daily, approx every 30 minutes
Departs: Pier 33 in Fisherman’s Wharf
(accessible by cab, hop-on hop-off bus, cable car, etc.)
Duration: Flexible: you choose your return!
Transport: Hybrid Ship
Activities: History, Family & Child-Friendly, Photography, Wildlife & Nature
Includes: Round-trip transportation to Alcatraz Island by hybrid ferry
Cellblock Audio Tour in 10 languages
Time to explore the Island
Not included: Meals
Gratuity (optional)

PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy

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Book your tickets today!

Though we cannot sell them alone, Alcatraz Island Tour tickets are available during the booking process of many of our tours!

How to book: Simply choose your tickets as an add-on during your tour reservation.

alcatraz-add-onThen, tell us when: Our system’s default is to order tickets for the day AFTER your Incredible Adventures tour, but you can go see Alcatraz first, or any time you want during your stay in San Francisco!
Please make sure to write your date & time request in the “notes” section of your booking, and a member of our sales team will be in touch to clarify available cruise times and confirm your tickets.

Day Cruise departure times are approximately every 30 minutes between:

- Mar 11-Oct 21: 8:45am-3:50pm Daily
– Oct 22-Mar 10: 8:45am-1:55pm Daily

Night Tours: Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco Bay are amazing at night! However, because of the limited departure times and high demand, these tickets are tough to get. Make sure you reserve your night tour tickets FAR in advance of your trip to San Francisco to guarantee your spot.

Night Tour departure times are as follows:

- Mar 11-Oct 21: 5:55pm & 6:30pm Daily (8:45pm & 9:30pm return)
– Oct 22-Mar 10: 4:20pm Daily (7:10pm return)

NOTE: Website promotions and additional discounts DO NOT apply to Alcatraz tours. Alcatraz tickets subject to availability. Alcatraz is the number one tourist activity in San Francisco and sells out regularly during the summer season.

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Suggested Gear & Things to Remember

  • The ferry departs from Pier 33 in Fisherman’s Wharf. You should arrive at least 30 minutes before departure time to ensure boarding.
  • You will need your printed proof of purchase (voucher) and a photo ID to pick up your tickets.
  • The approach to the main cellblock from the ferry landing is a steep incline. The path is 1/4 mile with a 12% grade. Assistance is available.
  • Warm coat or windbreaker (it can be VERY windy on the bay!)
  • Camera
  • Comfortable soft-soled shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sun protection (the glare from the water can cause sunburns even in foggy weather)

Frequently Asked Questions

What languages is the Audio Tour offered in?
The Cellhouse Audio Tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean.
What makes the Hornblower Hybrid “green”?
As the nation’s first hybrid ferry, the eco friendly vessel is powered largely by solar panels, wind turbines, and grid electricity. Carpet, countertops, and fixtures incorporate recycled and sustainable materials.
Will I get seasick?
Probably not. The ferry is large and stable enough that most people are not affected. If you are very susceptible, you may want to get a patch or seasick pills.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably and be sure to bring extra layers, the bay can be very windy!
How far in advance should I book?
We strongly recommend you purchase tickets in advance as cruises often sell out quickly. In the mid-summertime, tours are sometimes sold out months in advance. Don’t get stuck without tickets!
What is your cancellation policy?
PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy

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