Visit the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. Experience the beauty of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. This 12-mile guided bike…
Enjoy significant savings and see more of San Francisco with this combined premium hop-on hop-off ticket and Alcatraz Island visit. Enjoy 1 day of…
See San Francisco at your own pace on a hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Maximize your time in the 'City by the Bay' and experience the city on…
Sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island. Discover San…
Take in views of San Francisco's iconic skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge like never before on this 1.5-hour catamaran adventure.…
Glide around the hilly streets of San Francisco on a self-balancing Segway. You'll swoop serenely past Fishermen’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and…
Top sights in San Francisco
Alcatraz is home to a Civil War military garrison, seabird colonies, and the West Coast's oldest working lighthouse. But if its walls could talk, they'd give a whole lot away about some of America's most dangerous criminals. Here's a quick overview!
Perhaps the most famous gangster of all time, Capone eventually ended up in cell 181 where, by most accounts, he was unable to cope with prison life.
The "Birdman of Alcatraz" actually became a respected ornithologist at his previous prison, Leavenworth. Alcatraz wouldn't let him keep animals!
Harvey Keitel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Cohen in "Bugsy." It was a fitting tribute to a man who invented every Hollywood mobster cliché!
Before he was one of America's most feared crime bosses, the notoriously brutal Bulger spent three years in Alcatraz. The bogeyman of Boston is currently incarcerated in Florida.
In 1962, these three cracked an intricate plan thought to be the only successful Alcatraz escape attempt. What happened to them after that is anyone's guess!
You can only reach Alcatraz by ferry, which sets off from Port 33 on the Embarcadero.
Alcatraz gets quite foggy during the summer months, so you'll experience the best weather at the end of spring or beginning of fall. May and June are ideal for bird activity.
It only really matters if you want to spend the whole day there, in which case you'll obviously want to get there as early as possible! There are a limited amount of people allowed on the island, which keeps crowds from getting out of hand - so be prepared to wait.
- When to visitFerry departures from 9AM daily.
- What is the price?Ticket prices vary, from $30 for adults.
- Will I need a guide?Experience Alcatraz as part of a hop-on hop-off tour of other San Francisco sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, and save money - there'll be a guide giving you all the information you need for every destination.
- How to get thereAs Alcatraz is an island, the only way of reaching it is by ferry. You can do this on the F line of the Muni (bus).
- Additional tips
- The island has some steep hills, so make sure to wear good walking shoes.
- Bring a jacket or sweater - it can get chilly near the coast!
What People Are Saying About Alcatraz
The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the city and the Segway's were so much fun.
Really enjoyed the segways. Emma was a great guide. A good time was had by all We will come play again for sure
Biking through the city hills was challenging but very rewarding with fantastic views. Biking the Golden Gate bridge was great. The enthousiastic guide provided interesting background information. The boattrip to Alcatraz from Fiesherman's Warf Pier 33 the next day was fun and very interesting. Excellent combination!!
Only did Alcatraz which was fantastic. The stories were well done and the flora and fauna was lovely. The birds were unaffected by our presence.
The tour guide was absolutely brilliant great depth of knowledge and very friendly, we tucked all our must sees off on this fantastic guided tour