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Alcatraz Cruises

Boat or Ferry and Harbor / Marina
Northern Waterfront, San Francisco
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  • Rosaline
    "Loved learning above the history of Alcatraz."(21 Tips)
    C B.
    "... trip, fun time! Get tickets in advance and don't forget to bring layers especially..."(12 Tips)
    Crystal H.
    "Night tour is best!"(4 Tips)
    Rob G.
    "Audio tour is the best one of its kind - a must do!"(8 Tips)
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  • Matt
    Matt2 weeks ago
    Boat infested with flies. The "eco" part of it looked like a scam too. Sounded like a diesel prop to me.
  • Chad
    ChadJuly 24
    They're good at what they do, but the free market proponent in me wishes there was a little more competition. Book online a month in advance or be here at 6 AM for a same day ticket.
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • Ninah R.
    Nice cruise with cafe/bar on board to buy snacks and things. Can get really crowded so be sure to get there early for boarding
  • Lewando J.
    Lewando JayMarch 26
    Nice audio tour !
  • Ann L.
    Ann LopezFebruary 25
    We had so much fun! Definitely one of our favorites to do in san Francisco!
  • Serhii L.
    Serhii LutskoJanuary 14
    Better to buy tickets in advance
  • Elana Z.
    Perfect day trip
  • Maya B.
    Maya ByrneDecember 26, 2016
    Cheap beers on the return from Alcatraz
  • Kevin E.
    Kevin EnnisOctober 30, 2016
    Pouring rain and they made guests stand where the awning drips. The ship captain suggested people "rethink their plans" rather than offer ponchos. Good thing they have exclusive rights on the tours.
  • Alex V.
    Alex V.October 26, 2016
    It's pretty cool to know a place that has already been used several times as part of several movies.
  • Elisabeth L.
    Elisabeth LongshoreOctober 16, 2016
    They serve food and drinks. Also, you can take any boat back from Alcatraz, so you can stay as long or little as you want.
  • Gaby B.
    Gaby BeasOctober 13, 2016
    Abordando!!!!
  • Erin K.
    Erin KlingbergOctober 1, 2016
    Great tour! Allow couple of hours to see the island. Gift shop is average - better range at the gift shop/cafe back at the Pier/boat dock
  • Caroline B.
    Caroline BlackSeptember 13, 2016
    Go early! We were on the second boat out and was great to try and beat the crowds. An hour later and we found it much harder to really appreciate the cell house.
  • Cristina
    CristinaJuly 22, 2016
    Fast way to get to Alcatraz
  • Patty H.
    Patty HicksJuly 16, 2016
    Scenery was beautiful. Must see!
  • David S.
    David StoyJune 20, 2016
    Awesome ride to Alcatraz and back
  • Sophie H.
    Sophie HebdidgeJune 18, 2016
    Great day out with a lot of interesting history. The view back over San Francisco makes it even more worth it
  • Lee T.
    Lee TrollopeApril 18, 2016
    If you can get a ticket, take the night tour. The sunset view of San Francisco is amazing.
  • Gyozo N.
    Gyozo NagyMarch 24, 2016
    We took the top level of Islander on the way to the Alcatraz and the front of the other boat on the way back. Nice experience.
  • R Alexandra A.
    R Alexandra AoyamaMarch 20, 2016
    The boat is really nice. It's electric too.
  • R Alexandra A.
    R Alexandra AoyamaMarch 20, 2016
    Make sure you buy tickets in advance. It usually sold out 7-10 days in advance.
  • Nasser M.
    Nasser MMarch 3, 2016
    Get your ticket from www.alcatrazcruises.com by $ 31 .. Tickets are quickly sold out .. Refresh and check their website every now and then and don't give up .. New slots get released regularly ..
  • Moe S.
    Moe ShehataFebruary 26, 2016
    It's a great cruise to there, not that expensive. Reasonable price
  • Elise W.
    Elise WhiteJanuary 22, 2016
    Make sure to listen to sounds of the slammer. Show up at a minimum of 20 min early no later than that. Showing up an hour early isn't useful.
  • Crystal R.
    Crystal RighettiJanuary 14, 2016
    The trip is super fast, the top can get pretty windy.
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GJanuary 11, 2016
    Good service! Drink a beer & cider before departure!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJanuary 4, 2016
    People start lining up to get in the boat for their tour ~30 minutes in advance.
  • Mohammad A.
    Mohammad AliDecember 22, 2015
    History and nature
  • Fi V.
    Fi VeiNovember 12, 2015
    Not the best views, but it accomplishes its objective of taking you to the rock...
  • Rosaline
    RosalineNovember 7, 2015
    Loved learning above the history of Alcatraz. Steep walk to the top of the building. Great spot to spend the day.
  • Fahad A.
    Fahad AlqattanNovember 4, 2015
    Take evening tour
  • Alan M.
    Alan MazurOctober 14, 2015
    Great tour , cheap beer
  • Marvin
    MarvinOctober 6, 2015
    Buy your ticket in advance!
  • Pettran
    PettranSeptember 19, 2015
    10 minutes boat ride to Alcatraz 🚢
  • Liz .
    Liz 🦎September 9, 2015
    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)
  • Autumn M.
    Autumn MarieAugust 30, 2015
    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.
  • MissConnor
    MissConnorAugust 22, 2015
    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.
  • Scott B.
    Scott ByerlyAugust 22, 2015
    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 B.
    Scott ByerlyAugust 22, 2015
    Take advantage of the audio tours! Available in 11 languages! And it is included with your ticket price.
  • César B.
    César BlueAugust 4, 2015
    Great service, well organized and always on time. Buy your tickets on line, is the best option.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MatthewsJuly 20, 2015
    Remember sunscreen. Also if you have a refillable bottle bring it there are drinking fountains on the island for refills.
  • C B.
    C BaileyJune 30, 2015
    Great trip, fun time! Get tickets in advance and don't forget to bring layers especially for tours towards the sunset hour
  • Gurmukh P.
    Gurmukh PanesarJune 21, 2015
    Nice enough boat, it's warmer inside
  • Yousef A.
    Yousef AlgiaanJune 15, 2015
    Try to book your ticket online. It's more convenient than standing in line.Also it gets crowded in the weekend.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SandefurJune 12, 2015
    Tour was great!
  • James G.
    James GiordanoJune 12, 2015
    Walking tour is free and the best. Book cruise months early
  • Kate T.
    Kate TurkMay 23, 2015
    Get there EARLY if you're looking to buy a ticket, otherwise- just get one online.
  • Tristan T.
    Tristan TranMay 23, 2015
    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.
  • Joshua C.
    Joshua ChaneyMarch 17, 2015
    Great crew! Very nice and pleasant!
  • Wayner B.
    Wayner BechelliMarch 5, 2015
    Amazing. Great trip!
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 21, 2015
    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.
  • Jasmine P.
    Jasmine PangFebruary 11, 2015
    Buy your tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets get sold out on days especially during summer!
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 26, 2015
    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.
  • Kathryn K.
    Kathryn KeelingOctober 8, 2014
    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.
  • Mason B.
    Mason BatleySeptember 25, 2014
    Book in advance as there is high demand.
  • Praveen S.
    Praveen SharmaSeptember 21, 2014
    Back to the Shutter Island days!!
  • Chris O.
    Chris OSeptember 16, 2014
    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.
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoSeptember 12, 2014
    Book your tickets weeks in advance or you may not get in.
  • AK
    AKSeptember 8, 2014
    Be sure to get tickets in advance online, as yours fill up VERY quickly
  • AK
    AKSeptember 8, 2014
    If you miss your time slot, your ticket is valid for the next 48 hours for stand-by only.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 13, 2014
    The distance between the pier and Alcatraz is 1.6 miles
  • Begum T.
    Begum Tekin CiftciAugust 10, 2014
    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.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Great tour
  • Chuck B.
    Chuck BullinsJuly 15, 2014
    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...
  • Carol C.
    Carol CecilJune 13, 2014
    Book tickets well in advance! The audio tour is narrated by former Alcatraz corrections officers and inmates. The audio tour is informative and entertaining.
  • 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.
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PerryMay 28, 2014
    Tickets sold out? Scalp extras from tour directors near the entrance.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeibleMay 6, 2014
    If you bought your tickets through the official site, and forgot them, they can re-print them for you! Nice staff!
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MillsApril 7, 2014
    Make sure to get there 30 mins early as the line will have formed already.
  • Nikki M.
    Nikki McBrideMarch 27, 2014
    Buy your tickets online!
  • Ramona
    RamonaMarch 16, 2014
    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.
  • k5wong K.
    k5wong K WongMarch 12, 2014
    Reserve online and pick up your ticket here.
  • Patrícia T.
    Patrícia TavaresMarch 10, 2014
    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!!😓
  • Sarah Beth J.
    Sarah Beth JenningsMarch 2, 2014
    I highly recommend the hot chocolate.
  • Juliana H.
    Juliana HeilmanJanuary 31, 2014
    We loved the cruise to Alcatraz! The boat is awesome and the views are sooo beautiful!
  • Brett B.
    Brett BertolinoJanuary 31, 2014
    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!
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HDecember 2, 2013
    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.
  • John S.
    John SchromNovember 25, 2013
    If you're trying to take a picture at dusk or night of something in the distance, turn your flash off. Flash only works for things a few feet away.
  • Esra S.
    Esra SokmenOctober 23, 2013
    Very delicious and big sized breakfast, consider sharing if not so hungry. they serve a lot of fresh fruits
  • Esra S.
    Esra SokmenOctober 23, 2013
    Very impressive! must do in San Francisco.
  • Paul I.
    Paul IsaacsonSeptember 21, 2013
    Get there at least half an hour early. We got there 40 minutes before and perfect timing.
  • Kunal P.
    Kunal PatelSeptember 5, 2013
    Grab tickets weeks in advance
  • Raul D.
    Raul D.E.August 14, 2013
    Try and buy your tickets a month in advance (3 weeks before might not work) if you can't get a hold of them, queuing from 5am should do the trick. and you will get on the boat to Alcatraz!
  • Adeline T.
    Adeline TongAugust 12, 2013
    Tickets sold out weeks ahead so do remember to get it in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Laura S.
    Laura SchmidtJuly 30, 2013
    Get there before 6am if you need tickets. Line starts at 3a
  • Michele B.
    Michele BrownJuly 12, 2013
    Get here early so you can be the first in line!
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MclaughlinJune 24, 2013
    Awesome tour! The audio tour is well worth the money.
  • Scott P.
    Scott P.June 8, 2013
    Heading to prison!
  • Ahmad M.
    Ahmad MesawaJune 1, 2013
    Its a shame that we had to buy a $97 Bus Tour tickets to be able to do ALCATRAZ tour on the same day, other wise we have to wait for 4 days to do the tour, corrupted business I say.
  • Patrick
    PatrickMay 30, 2013
    Boat drinks on the way back from the rock
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GMay 4, 2013
    So much fun... a must do while in San Fran!!
  • Rob G.
    Rob GradyApril 28, 2013
    Audio tour is the best one of its kind - a must do!
  • Ian M.
    Ian MillsApril 25, 2013
    I'm on a boat
  • Denise C.
    Denise CrownApril 18, 2013
    Always take a jacket. Buy tickets in advance. Try the night tour.
  • Giovani F.
    Giovani FirmoMarch 31, 2013
    Tickets are always sold out, but keep calm and arrive 6:30am next day for extra tickets!
  • Anton C.
    Anton CloeteMarch 23, 2013
    Never pet a burning dog
  • Corey
    CoreyMarch 23, 2013
    Wear a warm coat!
  • Gaby D.
    Gaby DomMarch 16, 2013
    Be very clear with the cashier if he/she doesn't understand repeat it all over again or they will charge you twice!!!!
  • Archana N.
    Archana NagabushanamMarch 15, 2013
    Watch out for some rude folks placing the jacket for reserving every corner seat possible!
  • Cristian S.
    Muy entretenido paseo a la isla de Alcatraz. Si o si deben bajarse en la isla.
  • Fernando S.
    Tour muy didáctico, las audio guías son de gran ayuda y están en todos los idiomas
  • Fabio d.
    Fabio de LizDecember 24, 2016
    Passeio incrível, vale cada minuto... nota 1000
  • Monica C.
    Monica CaballeroMarch 30, 2016
    Padrisimo el audiotour.
  • Santiago E.
    Santiago EdoMarch 10, 2016
    Ir no primeiro horario é melhor porque depois fica cheio demais.
  • Priscilla B.
    Priscilla BulnesMarch 9, 2016
    Compra los boletos con anticipación online y directamente con ellos. Son la única empresa que te lleva sin intermediarios a Alcatraz.
  • Guilherme 梅.
    Guilherme 梅田October 13, 2015
    Esse passeio é obrigatório!! Visitar Alcatraz e ver como funcionava a prisão é sensacional!
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PadillaSeptember 8, 2015
    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
  • Julia S.
    Julia SergeevaJuly 19, 2015
    Сегодня 19 июля, а следующая свободная дата путешествия 17 августа. Пошла в алькатрас кафе заливать горе вином 😂😂😂
  • Hendrik G.
    Hendrik GebhardtJune 6, 2015
    Unbedingt eine der ersten Touren am Morgen buchen. Wird schnell voll auf der Insel. Auf der Bootsfahrt lassen sich schöne Bilder schießen.
  • Guilherme H.
    Gostei. Vale a pena.
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoFebruary 26, 2015
    Compren los boletos con anticipación!!
  • Franciane L.
    Franciane LimaNovember 24, 2014
    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.
  • Tanja
    TanjaOctober 4, 2014
    Unbedingt schon vor der Reise online Tickets kaufen - vor Ort gibt es erst Tickets für spätere Tage.
  • Laila K.
    Laila KJune 17, 2014
    سبحان الله وبحمدهِ عدد خلقهِ ورضى نفسه وزنة عرشه ومداد كلماته.(يقولها ثلاث مرات إذا أصبح. رواه مسلم)ثلاث مراتfc
  • Logan M.
    Logan MezaJune 4, 2014
    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!!!
  • Stefy B.
    Stefy B.June 3, 2014
    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.
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