Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz Cruises

Boat or Ferry and Harbor / Marina · Northern Waterfront
Pier 33 On The Embarcadero (Bay St.), San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Open until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

Alcatraz Cruises is the official and only ferry service to and from Alcatraz Island. Also visit our Facebook page:

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    "Buy your ticket in advance!"(9 Tips)
    Crystal H.
    "Night tour is best!"(3 Tips)
    Rob G.
    "Audio tour is the best one of its kind - a must do!"(7 Tips)
    Joan H.
    "Book your tickets online, WELL IN ADVANCE!!!"(16 Tips)
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  • Marvin

    Buy your ticket in advance!

    Marvin · 5 hours ago
  • Pettran

    10 minutes boat ride to Alcatraz 🚢

    Pettran · 2 weeks ago
  • Liz .

    Book your tickets at least a month in advance! They have 50 tickets on the day of for the first boat at 8:45am. Get there by at least 6am to get in line (they start selling at 7:30am)

    Liz 🐲 · 3 weeks ago
  • Jorge P.

    Es gratis el transporte a la isla de alcatraz solo se paga la entrada al parque nacional hay que reservar para que no te quedes sin lugar al tomarlo tendrás excelentes vistas de la bahía

    Jorge Padilla · September 8
  • Autumn M.

    Buy your ticket in advance. We bought ours at least a month before our trip. Bring good walking shoes. Suggest the audio tour. It's free. Very informational. Can walk at your own pace.

    Autumn Marie · August 30
  • Culera C.

    Book your visit way before you come here, otherwise you'll have to make line at 5am or earlier to have a chance to get tickets for the dame day.

    Culera Connor · August 22
  • Scott B.

    Checkout the power source for your cruise ship! Every ship has hundreds of solar panels lining the awnings and roof of the boat! Way to go NPS for being Sustainable!

    Scott Byerly · August 22
  • Scott B.

    Take advantage of the audio tours! Available in 11 languages! And it is included with your ticket price.

    Scott Byerly · August 22
  • César B.

    Great service, well organized and always on time. Buy your tickets on line, is the best option.

    César Blue · August 4
  • Drew M.

    Remember sunscreen. Also if you have a refillable bottle bring it there are drinking fountains on the island for refills.

    Drew Matthews · July 20
  • Julia S.

    Сегодня 19 июля, а следующая свободная дата путешествия 17 августа. Пошла в алькатрас кафе заливать горе вином 😂😂😂

    Julia Sergeeva · July 19
  • Alita H.

    Do the night time tour and book months ahead

    Alita Hawksworth · July 15
  • C B.

    Great trip, fun time! Get tickets in advance and don't forget to bring layers especially for tours towards the sunset hour

    C Bailey · June 30
  • Gurmukh P.

    Nice enough boat, it's warmer inside

    Gurmukh Panesar · June 21
  • Yousef A.

    Try to book your ticket online. It's more convenient than standing in line.Also it gets crowded in the weekend.

    Yousef Algiaan · June 15
  • Ryan S.

    Tour was great!

    Ryan Sandefur · June 12
  • James G.

    Walking tour is free and the best. Book cruise months early

    James Giordano · June 12
  • Hendrik G.

    Unbedingt eine der ersten Touren am Morgen buchen. Wird schnell voll auf der Insel. Auf der Bootsfahrt lassen sich schöne Bilder schießen.

  • Kate T.

    Get there EARLY if you're looking to buy a ticket, otherwise- just get one online.

    Kate Turk · May 23
  • Tristan T.

    A must do when you visit SF! Really interesting stuff. Was also very surprised that they didn't make a big deal of us missing our scheduled boat and just let us jump on the next one.

    Tristan Tran · May 23
  • Guilherme N.

    Gostei. Vale a pena.

    Guilherme N · April 6
  • Joshua C.

    Great crew! Very nice and pleasant!

    Joshua Chaney · March 17
  • Wayner B.

    Amazing. Great trip!

    Wayner Bechelli · March 5
  • Alan x.

    Compren los boletos con anticipación!!

    Alan x el mundo · February 26
  • Puu K.

    Make sure you get to shot a video of the boat leaving the pier, as if you're going to prison and never coming back.

    Puu Kampolratana · February 21
  • Jasmine P.

    Buy your tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets get sold out on days especially during summer!

    Jasmine Pang · February 11
  • Lydia B.

    Really well organised. A bit expensive. Once on board, stay at the back where you can get nice pics of the town from the sea.

    Lydia Berkennou · January 26
  • Franciane L.

    Compre seu ticket com antecedência e aproveite seu dia conhecendo a história de Alcatraz. Leve algo para comer por lá Pq não tem onde comprar, somente no catamarã. Um dos passeios mais legais.

    Franciane Lima · November 24, 2014
  • Kathryn K.

    Incredible day, stunning views! Super informative audio tour and we got to meet Bill Baker, an ex inmate. Even on a hot day you should take a jacket for the island, it gets really chilly.

    Kathryn Keeling · October 8, 2014
  • Tanja

    Unbedingt schon vor der Reise online Tickets kaufen - vor Ort gibt es erst Tickets für spätere Tage.

    Tanja · October 4, 2014
  • Mason B.

    Book in advance as there is high demand.

    Mason Batley · September 25, 2014
  • Praveen S.

    Back to the Shutter Island days!!

    Praveen Sharma · September 21, 2014
  • Chris O.

    These fill up way in advance so make sure you book well ahead (2+ wks). Departure and return times are frequent enough. I have heard if you line up pre 7am they do have limited day of spots.

    Chris O · September 16, 2014
  • Emiliy M.

    Book your tickets weeks in advance or you may not get in.

    Emiliy Marino · September 12, 2014
  • AK

    Be sure to get tickets in advance online, as yours fill up VERY quickly

    AK · September 8, 2014
  • AK

    If you miss your time slot, your ticket is valid for the next 48 hours for stand-by only.

    AK · September 8, 2014
  • Jeremy K.

    The distance between the pier and Alcatraz is 1.6 miles

    Jeremy Krantz · August 13, 2014
  • Begum T.

    Tickets for the island sell out 1 months in advance in the summer so book online a month ahead. Limited number of tickets are also available in the mornings but you get there by 6:00am to have them.

    Begum Tekin Ciftci · August 10, 2014
  • Dirty B.

    Great tour

    Dirty Bird · August 9, 2014
  • Chuck B.

    I hear those boats horns blowin', they're floatin' on the bay, I ain't seen sunshine since yesterday, well I'm stuck in Alcatraz Prison, time keeps passin' by...

    Chuck Bullins · July 15, 2014
  • Laila K.

    سبحان الله وبحمدهِ عدد خلقهِ ورضى نفسه وزنة عرشه ومداد كلماته.(يقولها ثلاث مرات إذا أصبح. رواه مسلم)ثلاث مراتfc

    Laila K · June 17, 2014
  • Carol C.

    Book tickets well in advance! The audio tour is narrated by former Alcatraz corrections officers and inmates. The audio tour is informative and entertaining.

    Carol Cecil · June 13, 2014
  • Estefanía L.

    The earlier in the day, the fewer people there will be on the island. Don't miss the audio guide: it is not the usual, boring talk! I was really impressed.

    Estefanía López Deflory · June 13, 2014
  • Logan M.

    Compra tu ticket por internet para cuando ya tengas programadas tus vacaciones. Es fácil y rápido... Y te evitas de que este lleno tu viaje!!!

    Logan Meza · June 4, 2014
  • Stefy B.

    Es muy buena la visita. No dejen de hacer la misma guiada con audio y en su idioma. También vean la película que pasan en el subsuelo, es un documental muy interesante. Todo muy preservado.

    Stefy B. · June 3, 2014
  • Jeremy P.

    Tickets sold out? Scalp extras from tour directors near the entrance.

    Jeremy Perry · May 28, 2014
  • Jennifer L.

    If you bought your tickets through the official site, and forgot them, they can re-print them for you! Nice staff!

    Jennifer Leible · May 6, 2014
  • Jamie M.

    Make sure to get there 30 mins early as the line will have formed already.

    Jamie Mills · April 7, 2014
  • Nikki M.

    Buy your tickets online!

    Nikki McBride · March 27, 2014
  • Ramona

    Make sure that u search for Pier 33 embarcadero if u use a GPS to reach there, otherwise u may end up in a wrong place like us! And another thing is that u should look for parking around pier 23.

    Ramona · March 16, 2014

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