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A former federal prison that held notorious criminals Al “Scarface” Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Alcatraz is now a national historic landmark and one of the most sought-out (and sold-out) attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Highlights include touring what’s left of the maximum-security facility, hearing stories from former inmates, and sailing past the Golden Gate Bridge to reach the craggy isle.

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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
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Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit
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Alcatraz Inside with Fisherman's Wharf Lunch Credit

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Guarantee your visit to Alcatraz when you book in advance. Relax aboard your ferry transportation and return at a time of your choosing. Afterward, use your food voucher at a preselected restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise

Alcatraz with San Francisco Bay Cruise

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You will explore INSIDE the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island with America’s most ruthless criminals, including Al Capone. The ferry will leave on time at the specific time you booked. You have to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time at Pier 33. Walk, bike, take public transportation, or drive (as a last resort as it can be challenging to find parking), with easy access from anywhere around the Bay! On the island, follow the Cellhouse audio tour “Doing Time” (45 minutes) available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Also included is an amazing 60-minute SF Bay Cruise Adventure. Sail past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline.You have the flexibility to go on your cruise on any day at any available departure. You will receive the schedule for this tour. Those are 2 separates tours.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$139.00
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

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Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise

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Enjoy a relaxing outing on San Francisco Bay with a cruise. Take in panoramic views of the city skyline, marvel at Alcatraz Island, and journey beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose to sit indoors or savor cool bay breezes from an outdoor deck and experience San Francisco in a whole new way from the water. You can even learn about the sights that you're seeing from a free audio tour—available on any personal wifi-enabled device. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

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Learn stories behind the Bay Area's most notorious former federal penitentiary on a fascinating 'Escape from the Rock' cruise. Board a boat for a journey through the bay while listening to audio recordings (available in several languages) from ex-prisoners and guards about daily life on 'The Rock.' Learn about the Birdman of Alcatraz and the infamous 1962 'Alcatraz Escape,' and come to know why Alcatraz instilled fear into the hearts of even the worst-of-the-worst criminals. Tours are accessible on any of your own wifi-enabled iPads, smartphones or other devices. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental
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Alcatraz Inside and One Day Bike Rental

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Get two classic San Francisco experiences—a bike ride starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz—in one combined tour package. Take a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you can explore at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Use the flexible 1-day bike rental on the day of your choosing and enjoy a safe ride with a helmet included.
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  • 3 to 10 hours
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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
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Alcatraz with Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

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Combine three of the Bay Area's top attractions—Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, and Sausalito—in a single tour from San Francisco. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a luxury tour van, which includes a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, allowing you to focus on the scenery instead of driving and directions. Your Alcatraz admission includes the ferry ride and the audio tour, and independent travelers will love the free time to explore both Muir Woods and Sausalito.
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  • 7 hours
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Alcatraz and Muir Woods Express Package
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Alcatraz and Muir Woods Express Package

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Combine an Alcatraz prison visit with a same day Express deluxe van visit to Muir Woods. This one day excursion gets you the iconic SF must sees in an economical hassle relaxing way. No frills...just thrills! No spiels...just deals! The driver will just drive and let you relax! Charge your cell phone and enjoy the views and quiet time! The day will typically start with a morning Muir Woods excursion by deluxe comfort van. Guests will experience a narrated video on the way to Muir Woods. When we arrive to the park guests will be able to experience 1.5 hours in the national park full of red woods. The excursion will end with return transportation to San Francisco Pier 33 to experience same day inside Alcatraz Island cellhouse visit. Alcatraz is often the last portion and is in late afternoon slots. However, some days events may be reversed based on Alcatraz time slots with Alcatraz in morning and Muir Woods in afternoon.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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Alcatraz Island Tour - Package Deal

Alcatraz Island Tour - Package Deal

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Combine a full-day bike rental with tickets to Alcatraz in a single package. Head out to Alcatraz on the ferry with your prepaid ticket; buying in advance avoids sold-out days or times, which are frequent. Tour the island with your included 3-hour audio tour, then head back to San Francisco where you can explore further on your own via bicycle.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations in the city, including Chinatown, Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf, and Haight Ashbury, with plenty of stops for photo ops. Enjoy a hike through the beautiful redwood trees in Muir Woods. Take the ferry to Alcatraz Island where you can explore with an award-winning audio-guided tour of the former federal prison.
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  • 7 hours
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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise

Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Bay Boat Cruise

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Enjoy two Classic Same Day San Francisco experiences in one day — a visit inside Alcatraz Island and an additional same day sightseeing Golden Gate Bridge Boat Cruise. Take an assigned time ferry ride to Alcatraz and on the SAME DAY experience to venture under the Golden Gate Bridge by boat. Guests will be allotted enough time to experience both attractions. Our tour is designed to be an easy package to experience two of the most popular attractions in one day. Relax as we pass along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, passing under the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz! Learn the history of San Francisco Bay with open-air viewpoints and observe local marine life such as sea lions, pelicans, whales and more. Audio narration is provided. Guests will be assigned to either an Alcatraz/afternoon boat or Boat Tour/afternoon Alcatraz based on our reserved voucher times. Golden Gate Cruise (roughly 1-1.5 hours) will be provided on various open air boat companies within our network.
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  • 3 hours
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Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express By Deluxe Comfort Van

Alcatraz Inside and Golden Gate Bridge Express By Deluxe Comfort Van

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Enjoy Two classic San Francisco experiences — a round trip express excursion to the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco side only) by deluxe van from Fisherman’s Wharf with a same day visit inside Alcatraz Island cell house. Take an assigned time ferry ride to Alcatraz and on the same day experience the Golden Gate Bridge without the hassle of bikes or double decker buses! Golden Gate van portion package is 1.5 hours long (30 min to bridge/30 minutes stop for pictures/30 minutes to return) We stop on the San Francisco bridge side only and guests may then walk the bridge. There is also an option to upgrade in advance to visit the other side of the bridge by van instead of your San Francisco side stop. No spiels! Just deals! No spokes! No jokes! No frills! Just thrills! Our basic non narrated tour is designed to be economical and for those in a hurry! Guests are not required to participate in Golden Gate portion if Alcatraz portion is their focus. We do not offer split day tours.
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  • 3 hours
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Alcatraz Inside: The Bay Your Way! Make your own combo!
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Alcatraz Inside: The Bay Your Way! Make your own combo!

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See the bay your way when you make your own Alcatraz combo. Start your day by choosing one adventure from our preselected Fisherman's Wharf activity. Certain days have access to attractions such as zoos, museums, aquariums, transportation tours, and family fun adventures. End your day with a visit to Alcatraz Island. Go inside the prison and experience the audio tour on your personal cell phone. Enjoy the island as long as you would like and return on any boat. Your Alcatraz time slot will be assigned by us and guests do not have to do the Wharf attraction if they just want the Alcatraz portion. Some guests will experience reverse order: Start at Alcatraz/end at Wharf attraction.
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  • 5 hours
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Alcatraz Inside with California Wine Tasting and Light Fare

Alcatraz Inside with California Wine Tasting and Light Fare

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Skip the drive to wine country and instead enjoy a wine tasting paired with a trip to Alcatraz. Perfect for history buffs and wine lovers, this package combines a self-guided tour of Alcatraz with a wine tasting right in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf—near where your ferry departs for Alcatraz.
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  • 4 hours
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San Francisco City Highlights Experience with Official Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco City Highlights Experience with Official Alcatraz Tour

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Enjoy San Francisco’s main highlights without worrying about the logistics on this 2-for-1 tour. Start your day at one of the most notorious prisons, Alcatraz, and take a self-guided audio tour. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of city neighborhoods including Chinatown, North Beach to see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies.
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  • 5 hours
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San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour
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San Francisco Small Group City Sightseeing and Alcatraz Tour

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Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this half-day urban adventure. With your small group, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
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  • 7 hours
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Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!

Alcatraz Early Morning Access Tour with Lunch Credit!

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Set out for Alcatraz Island in the morning, before the crowds arrive, on this early-access tour. Ride the ferry from Pier 33 and then embark on the award-winning audio tour that tells the tales from inside the prison. After returning to the wharf, use your included credit to purchase lunch at select food vendors.
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Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Guided Walking Tour
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Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Guided Walking Tour

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Take away the stress and uncertainty from booking an Alcatraz tour with this package that includes Alcatraz ferry tickets and a 90 min tour of Chinatown. Get practical tips from your guide on visiting Alcatraz then follow them through the heart of the largest Chinese community in the Western World. This is the perfect way to spend half a day in San Francisco enjoying some of its quintessential experiences with the help of a local who is on hand both to guide you and sort out logistics.
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  • 4 hours
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San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise

San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views, then board a boat on San Francisco Bay for a sunset dinner cruise. This combo tour allows you to see the best of the city from the air and the water, including multiple views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz. Pickup from select hotels is included.
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2 Hours Private Sailboat Charter for up to six people in San Francisco Bay

2 Hours Private Sailboat Charter for up to six people in San Francisco Bay

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Imagine sailing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and seeing wildlife. Celebrate your special event under the romance of sailing. Private sailboat cruises are a great way to celebrate your special event. All the events can be customized for you! There will be just you and your group on the boat.
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San Francisco Bay Air Tour
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San Francisco Bay Air Tour

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A breathtaking tour that will take you over San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Half Moon Bay and Alcatraz. Best completed at sunset or night. NOTICE: All our Pilots have received the Covid-19 Vaccine!
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Alcatraz hours of operation?
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Alcatraz hours of operation: Multiple departure times available. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Alcatraz tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Alcatraz can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 63 Alcatraz tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Alcatraz 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Alcatraz costs USD 34.00. Guided Alcatraz tours start around USD 34.00 per person. See all 63 Alcatraz tickets and tours on Viator.
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