Alcatraz Day Tour + San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

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  • TransportationHybrid Ferry to Alcatraz Island, Biodiesel Ship for the Sunset Cruise

Alcatraz Day Tour & San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise | The Details

Alcatraz Island is the #1 attraction in San Francisco, and you can see it for yourself! Make your way to The Embarcadero and Pier 33 where you can pick up your tickets and explore Alcatraz Island.

Later that evening, board a biodiesel-powered ship for a relaxing and fun-filled cruise of the San Francisco Bay, with sunset views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, the San Francisco skyline, and more! Join us for a perfect day on the Bay!

About Your Alcatraz Tour 

Alcatraz is a must-see for any traveler visiting San Francisco.

You’ll take the ferry out to the island, with amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island.

Upon arrival, you’ll learn a brief history of “The Rock” and then head up to the prison. You’ll be equipped with an audio tour titled “Doing Time”, in which you’ll hear interviews from former inmates and learn more history about Alcatraz. You may explore for as long as you want (the ferry departs for the mainland approximately every 30-40 minutes).

The tour generally takes people about two and a half hours. Don’t forget your jacket – it can get chilly out on the bay!

Alcatraz Tour Info:

For security purposes, a government-issued photo ID is required for all guests to board the Alcatraz ferry
Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean
You may leave Alcatraz Island at any time; ferries depart every 30 to 40 minutes; the last departing ferry is usually 6:30pm
Alcatraz tickets are subject to limited availability, so book your tickets today!


Alcatraz Island Tour departures begin ~ 10 a.m., depending on the day. Check the ferry times before you go! The Sunset Cruise departs between 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. depending on the season. Both tours will depart from Fisherman’s Wharf.


  • Alcatraz Tour Tickets
  • San Francisco Skyline and Waterfronts
  • Float under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise past Sausalito/Angel Island
  • Enjoy live music, food and drink

Price Includes

  • Alcatraz Island Tour Tickets
  • Bay Cruise (2 hours)
  • Audio headphone narration in 12 LANGUAGES (Alcatraz)
  • Round-trip transportation on biodiesel ship (cruise)
  • Full snack and drink bar available onboard (cruise)
  • Appetizers & 1 Drink (cruise)
  • Live guitar music (cruise)

Price Excludes

  • Transportation to/from Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Additional food/drink
  • Guide Gratuity(customary 15-20% of tour cost as per TripAdvisor tipping guide)

Why We Love This Tour

“This is my favorite way to introduce out of town guests to San Francisco. There is nothing like sailing under the Gate Bridge at sunset, then enjoying skyline views as you return to the city to start the evening.”

Dan Katzen
Finance and Business Development Manager

Alcatraz Tour and SF Bay Sunset Cruise Itinerary

**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to conditions outside of our control (special events, traffic), it is sometimes necessary to alter your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **

When it’s time for your Alcatraz Cruise, make your way to Pier 33 in Fisherman’s Wharf to pick up your Alcatraz tickets from the Group Services Window and meet the ferry. You may pick up your tickets any time the day of your tour, but they MUST be claimed no later than 30 minutes prior to the tour departure. You will need a valid ID and your paid voucher to pick up the tickets.

Departing for Alcatraz

Board your ferry and ride across the San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. See the San Francisco Skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Angel Island from the ferry! Depart the ferry at Alcatraz and follow your guide up into the prison.

On Alcatraz Island

Enjoy the audio tour “Doing Time” with commentary from inmates and guards that experienced the prison when it was operational. You may take as much time as you’d like on the island; the ferries return to SF approximately every 30-40 minutes.

The Bay Cruise

Head to Pier 41 to board your the ship. Be there at least 15 minutes early to guarantee entry. Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, this cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for 70 years. Sail along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and closely around notorious Alcatraz Island. On route, discover San Francisco’s history and world famous landmarks through personal headphone audio in 12 languages. During the cruise, frequent wildlife encounters include seagulls, pelicans and sea lions. At times, you may see even dolphins and whales. So be alert! Departing from Pier 43 ½ in the heart of Historic Fisherman’s Wharf, sail past the San Francisco skyline, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime Park, and numerous other exciting sights. On the Sunset Cruise, enjoy spectacular sunset views, live guitar music and a hearty appetizer buffet that includes a variety of sandwiches, salads, fruit, and dessert, as you sail on beautiful San Francisco Bay with its amazing waterfront of modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, and natural beauty. A full bar with drinks, snacks and merchandise is also available aboard.Come and cruise the bay with us!


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SF & International: (415) 642-7378
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