San Francisco Bay Cruise + Alcatraz Night Tour

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  • Day Tour
  • Pick Up Location(s)Alcatraz Cruise - Pier 33 in Fisherman’s Wharf, Bay Cruise - Pier 43 1/2
  • Duration 8 hr approx
  • TransportationHybrid Ferry to Alcatraz Island
    Biodiesel Ship for the Sunset Cruise

A Day Cruise in San Francisco Bay and an Alcatraz Night Tour

Alcatraz Island is San Francisco’s #1 attraction, and you can see it for yourself on an unforgettable night tour! The night experience is incredible for numerous reasons, from the eerie ambiance to the exclusive access you have to parts of the island closed during the daytime.

But before you visit ‘The Rock’, you can enjoy a wonderful day cruise in San Francisco Bay! Glide along the city’s breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and get your first taste of the notorious Alcatraz Island from the water.

En route, you will discover more about San Francisco’s history and world-famous landmarks. During the cruise, frequent wildlife encounters include those with seagulls, pelicans, and sea lions. At times, you may even see dolphins and whales!

If you have any questions about this Alcatraz Night Tour and San Francisco Bay Cruise package, please get in touch for the answers you need.

Would you prefer to reverse these experiences? Look no further than our Alcatraz Day Tour and San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise package!

About Your Alcatraz Tour

Alcatraz is a must-see for any traveler visiting San Francisco. After collecting your tour tickets at Pier 33, you’ll take the ferry out to the island. The journey offers 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. The tour generally takes people two to three hours. Don’t forget your jacket – it can get chilly out on the bay!

For security purposes, a government-issued photo ID is required for all guests to board the
Alcatraz ferry.

The Alcatraz audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portuguese and Korean. Alcatraz tickets are subject to limited availability, so book your tickets today!

You can find even more options for visiting ‘The Rock’ by browsing our full range of Alcatraz tours, including the Two-day San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz Tour and the Muir Woods, Sausalito, Aquarium, and Alcatraz Night Tour.

Alcatraz Night Tour and San Francisco Bay Cruise Departure

  • Bay Cruise departs at 11:00am or 1:00pm from Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman’s Wharf.
    • Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure for check-in.
  • Alcatraz Island Night Tour night departs at 5:55pm from Pier 33.
    • Please arrive 30 minutes early for check-in.
  • Ferries depart Alcatraz Island 8:40pm & 9:25pm and return to Pier 33.

Day Cruise in San Francisco and Alcatraz Night Tour Highlights

  • Alcatraz Night Tour Tickets
  • Cruise past historic Fort Point
  • San Francisco Skyline and Waterfronts
  • Float under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise past Sausalito/Angel Island

Price Includes

  • Bay Cruise (1 hour)
  • Alcatraz Night Tour tickets

Price Excludes

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

Why We Love This San Francisco Bay Cruise and Alcatraz Night Tour

“This is one of the best audio tours I’ve ever experienced. They really take you back in time and make you feel like you were actually there. It is such an incredible experience, and the view of the SF skyline from the island can’t be beat!”

Lauren Chouinard
Digital Marketing Manager

Day Cruise in San Francisco and Alcatraz Night Tour Itinerary

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.

10:30am/12:30pm:

Head to Pier 43 1/2 at Fisherman’s Wharf to board the ship. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.

11:00am/1:00pm:

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.

Afternoon:

Back on land, you’re free to do as you wish until your Alcatraz departure! Grab some delicious seafood at a local restaurant, go shopping, or see the sights.

5:55pm:

Your Alcatraz Night Tour departs from Pier 33 in Fisherman’s Wharf. You must make your own way 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.

8:40pm & 9:25pm:

Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. 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! Take a loop around the island for exclusive views. Depart the ferry at Alcatraz and follow your guide up into the prison.

Departing for Alcatraz

San Francisco sunset cruises are always special, but prepare for something truly extraordinary. 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! Disembark 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.

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