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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

Product ID: 161895
Soar over San Francisco on this stunning 15-20 minute helicopter flight then take a ferry to explore "The Rock", America's most famous prison, on a fully narrated tour of the island. This unique combination tour of both sea and air shouldn't be missed!
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Starting time 10:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
Once purchased, you’ll receive booking confirmation from the tour operator.
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

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  • Enjoy a 15 to 20 minute scenic helicopter flight over the gorgeous San Francisco Bay
  • Visit the notorious Alcatraz Island prison with an audio tour included
  • Learn the history of "The Rock" and the famous prisoners once held there
  • Experience sweeping vistas of San Francisco's most famous landmarks
Full description
Helicopter Tour

Take in an amazing bird’s-eye view of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area on an amazing helicopter flight. Choose from three different departure times and pick-up at either Union Square, Nob Hill, or Fisherman’s Wharf and relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard the Bell Jet helicopter and launch into the air for an unforgettable vista of the world-famous city.  

Admire the unique landscape of the city, which spans the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. With informative narration from your expert pilot, view both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. For the ultimate thrill, and when weather conditions permit, fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Alcatraz Tour

Cross San Francisco Bay on a journey to the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. This world-famous prison served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman. Take the award-winning 45-minute Cellhouse audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived in Alcatraz.

Return Ferry's depart every 25-35 minute, so take your time experiencing the island and return at your own convenience. Alcatraz tour can be taken on the same or consecutive days.
  • Alcatraz ferry ticket
  • 15-20 minute helicopter flight of San Francisco Bay
  • Guided, in-flight Narration
  • Alcatraz Island ticket ($39.90) and self-guided audio tour
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up from Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf or Nob Hill to heliport
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities, optional
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to and from Pier 33 for Alcatraz tour

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Alcatraz Tours cannot be cancelled and are non-refundable after confirmation
• In order to confirm your Alcatraz reservation, the first and last name of all members of your party must be confirmed more than 5 days in advance
• Tour operation is subject to safe local weather conditions. Tour may be altered to account for seasonal fog if views are obscured
• Minimum of 2 passengers required per flight
• The weight restriction for this flight is 300lbs (136 kg) per person. All passengers must be able to properly use standard aircraft safety belts
• Due to National Park Regulations, your exact departure time cannot be confirmed more than 2 days before the tour. Instructions for confirming the departure time will be provided in the voucher information after booking. Wait time between Helicopter Tour and Alcatraz Tour may be between 1 to 4 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 95 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Wonderful day out

We are not the kind of family that normally splashes the cash on this kind of activity but I am so glad we did. It was a truly wonderful day out. The mini bus was waiting at the pick-up point when we arrived and we made a few stops to pick up other people. The journey out to the heliport took around 30 minutes and a safety video was shown on a screen in the bus. There were 6 guests on our helicopter. Our pilot Brock was amazing. He put us at our ease and he was extremely engaging and funny as he gave us a totally memorable bird’s eye view of San Francisco. After the flight we were dropped off at Pier 33 to collect our tickets for the ferry to Alcatraz. We were allocated a 3:50pm ferry departure which meant a bit of a wait at Fisherman’ Wharf but we passed the time with a leisurely lunch and a walk around. Alcatraz itself is really interesting.

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July 23, 2019

Amazing experience

Our pilot was really aknowable and experienced. We felt safe with him all way long. Would recommend everyone to do this tour as the view was spectacular. The coolest moment was once we flight under and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Also another driver brought us to the ticket box where we got our Alcatraz tickets. Well organized. Big thanks!

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July 23, 2019

Unforgettable impressions

A great excursion package! Hotel pickup, flight and return went smoothly. We had booked the flight for morning - the tickets were reserved for the last ferry at 3:50 p.m. The late reservation for Alcatraz is due to the fact that the helicopter flight could be postponed due to the weather and otherwise Alcatraz would not run out. Very wise decision - the tour is definitely going well at this time too! Both activities were THE highlights of our SF stay - you can really recommend it. Unforgettable impressions!

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June 26, 2019

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Product ID: 161895