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Alcatraz Island in California

Alcatraz Island

San Francisco, California, 94133 Distance from hotel: 46.90 miles Visit Website Category: Attractions

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco: Ferry Rides & Tours

Touring Alcatraz Island is an inescapable activity for San Francisco visitors. Housing notorious convicts such as Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alcatraz Island is steeped in lore and mystery. Take one of the Alcatraz Island tours with a scenic ferry ride across San Francisco Bay before exploring "the Rock." Although the federal prison has long-been decommissioned, the prison's main cell block is still intact. Through a narrated, Alcatraz self-guided tour, you'll enter the dark cells, tour the mess hall and visit "the black holes" of solitary confinement. You'll learn about daily life at the prison, its history and its infamous inmates. The grounds also offer walking trails with amazing views of San Francisco and the Bay. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience near our SoMa hotel.


Prices -

Day Tour: $35.50 Adults, $21.75 (ages 5 to 11), Night Tour: $42.50 (adults), $25.25 (ages 5 to 11)

Hours -

Departures start at 9:30 a.m. from Pier 33 and run every half-hour throughout the day.


  • Special Exhibits
  • Private Events
  • Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering


  • Self-Guided Tour
  • Ferry Ride
  • Flowers of Alcatraz
  • Sightseeing
  • Lighthouse


  • What tours can I take of Alcatraz?

    Alcatraz Cruises, the National Park Service's official tour provider for the island, offers a ferry boat ride and a self-guided day tour or night tour. The day tour offer views of the island’s gardens, tide pools and the Bay, but the night tours are a more intimate experience with a narrated boat tour, sunset views and the eerie quiet of the prison after dark.
  • Do I need to book tours of Alcatraz Island in advance?

    Touring Alcatraz Island is a very popular activity so booking in advance is recommended, especially during the spring and summer months and on holidays. Ferries depart from the Hornblower Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33 in Fisherman's Wharf every 30 minutes, and you can choose a particular time to depart through the Alcatraz Cruises' website. This works for all Alcatraz tours including self-guided, day and night tours.

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