Tour the infamous former maximum-security penitentiary on Alcatraz Island. Nicknamed The Rock, this small island in the San Francisco Bay is now a national park. After taking a ferry to the island, follow the audio guide, available in ten languages. You'll go through the inside of the old prison's facilities, which include a lighthouse, military fortifications, and cellblocks. Though long considered escape-proof, the prison suffered an irreparable blow to its reputation in 1962, when three inmates mysteriously disappeared using a makeshift raft. Explore the protected recreation area with a park ranger, who can enhance your visit with little-known information about the island's current inhabitants: the black-crested night herons and western gulls. Using our custom trip planner, San Francisco attractions like Alcatraz Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Tours to Alcatraz Island
Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $104
Duration: 6 hours
Alcatraz Island Reviews
The prison tour (self-guided) was very informative - I never thought of children living there as families of the guards. There are also interesting gardens being maintained by volunteers, in stark con... more »
My husband and I did the Alcatraz Island tour as part of our honeymoon in October 2019. This was one of the best parts of our trip. We did the standard daytime tour departing at 1030am. The check in p... more »
If you take the ferry you won't regret it. It's highly recommend to purchase your ticket in advanced. Once you get to the Island, take your time to explore the entire prison. I also suggest you take the audio tour, it's very interesting and informative. It will give you another perspective and insight. Taking the audio tour and walking around 90% of the island will take you about 2 hours.
Intriguing spot to visit. The sound visit is dynamite. Make certain to book tickets ahead of time. Ship ride is truly speedy. You can remain as long as you need and jump on any returning ship. Figure on going through around three hours all out.
Places to stay near Alcatraz Island
Plan your trip to San Francisco
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Hidden gems in San Francisco
Parks in San Francisco
View all >
View all >
Nearby attractions in San Francisco
Plans to Alcatraz Island by other users
18 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in United States, Mexico, Caribbean & South America BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium