Alcatraz Day Tour & San Francisco Essential Big Bus Tour
Enjoy the Official Alcatraz Island Cellhouse Tour and a Big Bus Tour around San Francisco, where you can hop on or hop off at your favorite landmarks around San Francisco.
Alcatraz Island Tour
Board the Alcatraz Cruise ship on Pier 33 and travel 15 minutes across the bay to Alcatraz Island with live commentary. Tour the prison and the prison grounds, and learn of the famous inmates and historical events that shaped Alcatraz Island into today's iconic island. Alcatraz, or "The Rock," became home to the likes of Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelley, Robert "The Birdman" Stroud, and many more.
- Round Trip Ferry to Alcatraz
- The average tour duration is 2.5 hours.
- Enjoy the award-winning Cellhouse audio tour
- Optionally participate in daily programs and exhibits
- The audio tour is available in the following languages: English, German, Mandarin, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish.
- Receive a complimentary Alcatraz Penitentiary Book and Alcatraz the Prison Years DVD when stopping by our shop ($30.00 Value) on Pier 41.
- Alcatraz Cruises Ticket ($45.25 Value)
Essential Big Bus Tour
Explore the best of San Francisco on board a Big Bus Tour. We offer the most comprehensive tour with over 16 hop-on hop-off locations spanning from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. No need to switch buses – our one full city loop will take you to famous neighborhoods and attractions, including Pier 39, Chinatown, Little Italy, Painted Ladies Victorian Homes, Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood, Golden Gate Park, Lombard Crooked Street, Union Square Shopping District and an unforgettable journey across the Golden Gate Bridge. With over 16 stops, hop-on and hop-off at your leisure and experience San Francisco’s diverse culture, eclectic food, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, world-class shopping, and picturesque views.
Use your Big Bus Tickets before or after your Alcatraz Tour. Each day, the bus route begins at 9 am and ends at 5 pm. See the full timetable. Buses rotate stops about every 10-20 minutes. Your 1-Day (24-hour) access to this service begins when you board the bus for the first time. See a map of the Big Bus pick-up locations.
1 Day Hop-on, Hop-off
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See all the top landmarks
Guided Walking Tour
Alcatraz Tickets: The date and time you choose on the booking calendar indicate when the ferry to Alcatraz will be departing from Pier 33. When you book your tour, we will add your name(s) to the Alcatraz Island departure manifest.
Big Bus Classic Tickets: Big Bus tickets will virtually be sent to your email and phone 24-48 hours after your purchase. Please let us know if you need them sooner by emailing us at email@example.com.
Hours of Operation: COVID-19 has affected our hours of operation. We will be open each day we have customers going to Alcatraz. Please call or email us ahead of time if you want to visit us on a day that you are not going to Alcatraz.
Phone number: (800) 252-2872
Alcatraz cancellation requests are due in writing by 3pm (PST), 10 days prior to each departure date.
All sales are final within 10 days of the Alcatraz departure date, and no revisions, cancellations, or refunds will be allowed.