How do you get to Alcatraz

is there a ferry that takes you over? Is all tour only ? Do you just show up or do you make reservations?


City: San Francisco

State: California

Country: United States


Hi Judy,

Yes, there is a ferry that leaves from Pier 33 in San Francisco. You definitely need to make reservations if you have limited time for this. Occasionally you can just show up and get a ticket, if you have flexibility. You'll want to plan on about 2-1/2 hours for this excursion. The tour is partially on your own..there are movies, a small museum, a bookstore and then there is a taped tour of the cell block that lets you go at your own pace. The ferry ride is about 10 minutes each way.

Hope that's of some help.

Susan D.
Call at least two days ahead for reservations. It's required, especially during the summertime. I have my tour groups pick up their tickets at Will Call when they arrive.

by boat
Here is the website to order your tickets for the tour to Alcatraz Island (). The tour rate is about $26.00 per adult. Enjoy your stay in San Francisco!
It looks like you have all your answers already. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the ten minute ride. I thought it was longer than that. Also, it is 10-15 degrees colder on the island so make sure you take a jacket. The view at night is gogeous (esp. at X-mas time), but again, make sure you have warm clothes if you are there when it gets dark.

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