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Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz is one of San Francisco's most fascinating attractions. Ride the ferry from Pier 33 across San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island, a historic landmark and once the most dreaded federal penitentiary in the country. Site of the first lighthouse on the West Coast and a former Civil War fort, Alcatraz Island once caged the nation's most notorious criminals and mobsters, including Al Capone. Alcatraz offers self-guided walking tours, a cell house audio tour and an evening tour with live narration. See videos and exhibits that highlight the island's cultural and natural history, or discover the island's beautiful gardens, tide pools, bird colonies and breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay.


Hours -

Alcatraz is open every day except Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Ferry departures are every half hour starting at 9:00am. Hours vary by season.   This is the only SF tour that sells out ahead of time so be sure to book tickets several weeks in advance.

Prices -

Alcatraz Cruise with Day Tour: Adult: $28; Child: $17; Senior: $26.25


  • Daily Park Ranger Activities
  • Special Events
  • Specials Exhibits - "Alcatraz: Stories From the Rock"


  • Walking Tour & Cell House Audio Tour
  • Evening Tours
  • Guided Ranger Tours & Outdoor
    Interpretive Walks
  • Orientation Video & Outdoor Exhibits
  • Bird Watching
  • Exploring Gardens & Tide Pools

Alcatraz Day Tours

Discover Alcatraz on the free self-guided walking tour, with audio narration, exhibits and videos on Alcatraz's storied history. Take the Alcatraz Cell House Audio Tour, included with your ferry ticket, where history comes alive through the voices of the inmates and correctional officers who lived on the Rock during the infamous Federal Penitentiary days between 1934 and 1963. National Park Service Rangers offer 45-minute guided tours with anecdotes on famous inmates, legendary escapes and the history of Alcatraz that spans 200 years.

Alcatraz Night Tours

Experience the mysteries of Alcatraz on the thrilling Evening Tour. As the evening ferry ride to Alcatraz circles the island, you’ll hear live narration about the history of Alcatraz. Then you take a guided tour from the dock to the cell house level and hear gripping tales about the Island's history and infamous residents. The Alcatraz Night Tour offers special guided tours, activities and cell door demonstrations not available during the day tour. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline at sunset are spectacular!


Where does the Alcatraz Ferry depart from?

Alcatraz Cruises departs from the Hornblower Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33 near Fisherman’s Wharf. There are 15 commercial parking lots within a five-block radius of Pier 33, so parking is easy.

Where can I get tickets?

The best tour and place to get tickets is Alcatraz Cruises, which offers the nation’s first hybrid ferry. You can buy tickets at http://www.alcatrazcruises.com. Alcatraz Tickets also offers Alcatraz Tours and San Francisco City Tours at www.alcatraztickets.com. San Francisco CityPASS® includes a ticket to Alcatraz Island. Since Alcatraz is a popular San Francisco attraction and frequently sells out, you should purchase your ferry tickets at least one week in advance.

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