What to know when buying Alcatraz Tour Tickets

Finding out where to buy Alcatraz tickets can be a confusing process especially in the popular tourism months.

Don’t worry though! We are here to help answer all your questions about the tours to Alcatraz island. Here's an overview to understand the process.

Who operates the tour to Alcatraz?

The official Alcatraz tour operator is a company called Alcatraz Cruises - Their boats are the only way to go to and from the island and they are the company that provides the tour experience. The boats depart to Alcatraz Island from Alcatraz Landing (Pier 33) in San Francisco.

Where can I buy tickets to Alcatraz?

You can purchase tickets from a variety of sources and here is how it all works:

Alcatraz Cruises is the official provider of tickets and is often a great place to buy. However, it’s common their tickets to sell out, causing everyone to look for alternative sources.

Alcatraz Combo Tours is an Online Travel Agency and we are an authorized seller because we have been given an official allotment of Alcatraz tour tickets to sell on behalf of Alcatraz Cruises. Using our website or other authorized vendors is a great way to ensure a spot on the boat to Alcatraz.

There are a couple things to note with Online Tour Agents.

1) Official agents must sell their Alcatraz tickets 4+ days in advance. So be sure to plan ahead purchase your tickets in advance. Sometimes you need to book a whole month in advance!

2) We must sell Alcatraz tickets within a tour package. This is why you see our Alcatraz tours combined with other tours.

Last Minute Tickets to Alcatraz

If you need tickets within 3 days or same day then we recommend waking up early and get to Pier 33 by 7 am (or earlier) because Alcatraz Cruises has 100 tickets they can sell each day, but you are competing with all the other travelers eager to see “The Rock."