What to know when buying Alcatraz Tour Tickets

Finding out where to buy Alcatraz tickets can be a complicated and 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 will be the company that ultimately provides the tour experience. The boats depart to Alcatraz Island from Pier 33 in San Francisco.

Where can I buy tickets to Alcatraz?

You can purchase tickets in 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 online travel agents is a great way to ensure a great experience.

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 purchase your tickets a week (or more) ahead of time.

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