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San Francisco, California Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Distance from attraction: 15.3 miles
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Sail Away to Alcatraz Island on San Francisco Bay

A popular San Francisco attraction, Alcatraz Island lets visitors get up close to where many of the country's most infamous criminals resided. Both beautiful and eerie, this former federal penitentiary is accessible by ferry on the San Francisco Bay. Tours set sail from morning until night, and there are different excursions available, including a combo tour to Angel Island. Audio tours around the island let visitors listen to the actual voices of former prisoners and guards talking about their life on the Rock. Get your cameras ready, as the island is now filled with beautiful plants, flowers and marine life.
 

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Prices -

 Tours vary in price depending upon time of sail. Adult prices for day trips begin at $35.50 and night tours at $42.50. Children prices range from $21.75 to $25.25. Toddlers (0-4) are Free.
 

Hours -

Hours of operation vary. Day departures begin at 8:45 am are run every half hour throughout the day. Evening tours begin at 5:55 pm and the combined Angel Island - Alcatraz Island tours being at 9:30 am. Alcatraz is open every day except Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's day.
 

Events

  • Guided Tours
  • Private Events
  • Cruises
 
 

Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic Views
  • Tours
  • Photography
  • Ferry Rides
 

FAQs

  • How long are Alcatraz tours?

    Tours are approximately 2.5 hours for a regular trip to Alcatraz Island. If you are taking the combo Island Tour, plan on about 5.5 hours. Throughout the various tours guests will hear audio logs and recordings of prisoners, guards and historians about the unique history of the island and prison.
  • Where do Alcatraz tours leave from?

    The ferry boats leave from Pier 33 on the San Francisco Embarcadero at Fisherman's Wharf. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to check in and ensure their spot. The temperature on the boat and the island can be brisk depending on the weather, so plan ahead and dress accordingly.
 

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