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Millbrae Alcatraz at California


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Golden Gate National Recreation AreaSan FranciscoCalifornia
Category: Attractions
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Alcatraz Island in San Francisco

Once the home of a Civil War fortress, the West Coast's first lighthouse and a bird sanctuary, Alcatraz Island is probably best known as the infamous and inescapable federal penitentiary immortalized in hundreds of movies. Visitors can explore the old federal prison buildings, learn more about the 1970's Indian occupation of the island and enjoy the beautiful gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and views of the city and Bay during a tour of this popular San Francisco attraction.


Hours -

Alcatraz Ferries depart every half hour, beginning at 9am daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Prices -

Entrance to Alcatraz is free however visitors must purchase a Ferry ticket. Ferry tickets range from $17-$60 each, depending on visitor age and tour type.

Events -

Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering, movie filming, corporate events.


  • Cell house audio tours (self-guided)
  • Night tours (docent-led)
  • Secrets of Alcatraz GPS tour
  • Alcatraz gardens
  • Island exhibits

Alcatraz Tours

The Alcatraz tour begins with a 15-minute ferry ride from Pier 33 to Alcatraz Island. Once on the island, visitors are greeted by National Park Service staff and have the opportunity to enjoy a self-guided audio tour of the buildings and grounds (offered in eight different languages). Allow at least two to three hours of time to fully explore and enjoy the island and the audio tour.

Alcatraz Ferry

The Alcatraz Ferry is provided by Hornblower cruises and is a state-of-the-art hybrid ferry that uses a combination of alternative and diesel energy for its power. The ferry features comfortable, cushioned indoor seating, open-air deck seating, food concessions, a full bar, and restrooms.


  • How much are tickets?

    Ticket prices for the Alcatraz ferry and tour range from $17-60 each, depending on visitor age and tour type. Family tickets are available for $85, and include tickets for up to four guests. Children under age four ride the ferry to Alcatraz free. During the summer months, tickets tend to sell out, so advance purchase is recommended.
  • Where does the ferry leave from?

    The Alcatraz Ferry leaves daily from Pier 33 at the Hornblower Alcatraz Landing. Ferry boats leave every half-hour starting at 9am.

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