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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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    "sure to get tickets in advance"(11 Tips)
    Crystal H.
    "Night tour is best!"(4 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!!!"(15 Tips)
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  • Lee T.
    If you can get a ticket, take the night tour. The sunset view of San Francisco is amazing.
    Lee Trollope · April 18
  • Gyozo N.
    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.
    Gyozo Nagy · March 24
  • R. Alexandra A.
    The boat is really nice. It's electric too.
  • R. Alexandra A.
    Make sure you buy tickets in advance. It usually sold out 7-10 days in advance.
  • Nasser M.
    Get your ticket from 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 ..
    Nasser M · March 3
  • Moe S.
    It's a great cruise to there, not that expensive. Reasonable price
    Moe Shehata · February 26
  • Elise W.
    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.
    Elise White · January 22
  • Crystal R.
    The trip is super fast, the top can get pretty windy.
    Crystal Righetti · January 14
  • Eduardo G.
    Good service! Drink a beer & cider before departure!
    Eduardo G · January 11
  • Allison K.
    People start lining up to get in the boat for their tour ~30 minutes in advance.
    Allison Kasic · January 4
  • Mohammad A.
    History and nature
    Mohammad Ali · December 22, 2015
  • Fi V.
    Not the best views, but it accomplishes its objective of taking you to the rock...
    Fi Vei · November 12, 2015
  • Rosaline
    Loved learning above the history of Alcatraz. Steep walk to the top of the building. Great spot to spend the day.
    Rosaline · November 7, 2015
  • Fahad A.
    Take evening tour
    Fahad Alqattan · November 4, 2015
  • Alan M.
    Great tour , cheap beer
    Alan Mazur · October 14, 2015
  • Marvin
    Buy your ticket in advance!
    Marvin · October 6, 2015
  • Pettran
    10 minutes boat ride to Alcatraz 🚢
    Pettran · September 19, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Scott B.
    Take advantage of the audio tours! Available in 11 languages! And it is included with your ticket price.
    Scott Byerly · August 22, 2015
  • César B.
    Great service, well organized and always on time. Buy your tickets on line, is the best option.
    César Blue · August 4, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Gurmukh P.
    Nice enough boat, it's warmer inside
    Gurmukh Panesar · June 21, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Ryan S.
    Tour was great!
    Ryan Sandefur · June 12, 2015
  • James G.
    Walking tour is free and the best. Book cruise months early
    James Giordano · June 12, 2015
  • Kate T.
    Get there EARLY if you're looking to buy a ticket, otherwise- just get one online.
    Kate Turk · May 23, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Joshua C.
    Great crew! Very nice and pleasant!
    Joshua Chaney · March 17, 2015
  • Wayner B.
    Amazing. Great trip!
    Wayner Bechelli · March 5, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • Jasmine P.
    Buy your tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets get sold out on days especially during summer!
    Jasmine Pang · February 11, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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

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