Open Hours:Fall and winter: Ferries leave at 9:30a, 10:15a and every half hour until 2:15pm Spring and Summer: Ferries leave at 9:30a, 10:15a and every half hour until 4:15p
Phone:+1 (415) 561-4900
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- 98%History Buffs
- 71%Family Travelers
- 70%Local Culture
- 63%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 59%Adventure Travelers
- 53%Budget Travelers
User Reviews (363 Reviews)
- Alcatraz Island
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jan 30, 2014
Great tour, worth every penny!
Ferry takes off from Pier 33. We were told to buy our tickets well in advance as they are usually sold out if you try to go the day of, so we purchased online. After a short ferry ride, you're on the island, briefed and then released to explore on your own.
The audio cell house self guided tour was really good. Lots of information and very interesting. Make sure to bring your camera! There were MANY with DSLR cameras (myself included). You can get great shots on the island as well of the views from the island and from the ferry boat.
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 1Jan 28, 2014
Perhaps an obvious tourist destination, but worth going to see. Whatever your views on crime and punishment you should see this place for yourself.
- Alcatraz IslandAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Jan 17, 2014
Another classic landmark of San Francisco, Alcatraz was the infamous island prison that no prisoner ever escaped from. Long in history and conspiracy, Alcatraz is definitely a spot all tourists need to visit.
- Alcatraz IslandNov 20, 2013
This is one of the tourist requests from friends visiting and one visit is sufficient. I'm a firm believer of why pay to see a prison, when you can commit a crime and go for free. All kidding aside, this was an informative historical excursion and you experience first hand how claustrophobic each cell is minus the scary prisoners.
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Nov 16, 2013
Alcatraz was one of my favorite things in SF.
I took the night tour, which makes it creepier and definitely colder, so whenever you go, take a jacket!
The audio tour is priceless, it is narrated by ex-cons and guards, people who were really there to tell the story and the audio effects are awesome.
The visit is self paced, so you can take your time, but if you have special sessions going on afterwards, keep track of time, otherwise you'll miss them all.
- Alcatraz IslandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Nov 14, 2013
It's a must see when visiting San Francisco, however, I wouldn't feel too guilty about missing it. The audio tour informative. The inside gets very crowded with people, but you can take things at your own pace. I found the scenery outdoors to be more enticing.