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!"(10 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)
    Emiliy M.
    "Book your tickets weeks in advance or you may not get in."(2 Tips)
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  • Fi V.

    Not the best views, but it accomplishes its objective of taking you to the rock...

    Fi Vei · 2 weeks ago
  • Rosaline

    Loved learning above the history of Alcatraz. Steep walk to the top of the building. Great spot to spend the day.

    Rosaline · 2 weeks ago
  • Fahad A.

    Take evening tour

    Fahad Alqattan · 3 weeks ago
  • Alan M.

    Great tour , cheap beer

    Alan Mazur · October 14
  • Marvin

    Buy your ticket in advance!

    Marvin · October 6
  • Pettran

    10 minutes boat ride to Alcatraz 🚢

    Pettran · September 19
  • 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 🐲 · September 9
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Joshua C.

    Great crew! Very nice and pleasant!

    Joshua Chaney · March 17
  • Wayner B.

    Amazing. Great trip!

    Wayner Bechelli · March 5
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • k5wong K.

    Reserve online and pick up your ticket here.

    k5wong K Wong · March 12, 2014
  • Patrícia T.

    Terrible girl who takes care about the cruiser's gate!!😡 she saw we tried to run to pass throw the gate and closed it on our face!!😳 when a ask why? She turned her face for me!!👎 shame on you!!😓

    Patrícia Tavares · March 10, 2014
  • Sarah Beth J.

    I highly recommend the hot chocolate.

    Sarah Beth Jennings · March 2, 2014
  • Juliana H.

    We loved the cruise to Alcatraz! The boat is awesome and the views are sooo beautiful!

    Juliana Heilman · January 31, 2014
  • Brett B.

    Still need a ticket for the Rock? Buy your CityPASS here and get a ticket to Alcatraz, unlimited pass for the Muni & cable cars, Exploratorium, Aquarium of the Bay & more! It's a good deal!

    Brett Bertolino · January 31, 2014
  • Crystal H.

    Night tour is best! Be sure to bring comfy shoes and bring warmer layers. Lots of walking and is much colder in the evening. Beautiful views if you ride on the top.

    Crystal H · December 2, 2013

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