Angel Island State Park

Angel Island - U.S. Immigration Station (USIS)

Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour

California State Parks and the National Park Service offer a seasonal tour including both Angel Island State Park and Alcatraz Island. This combination tour is offered by Alcatraz Cruises and runs during the Spring and Summer season.

The combination tour takes about 5 ½ hours to complete. Tickets include the ferry rides to both islands, a one-hour historic tram tour on Angel Island, and the cellhouse audio tour on Alcatraz. The tour of the Immigration Station is not included in the Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour.

Book the combination tour from this website or call Alcatraz Cruises Reservations at 415-981-7625. For more information, email

If booking the combination tour for a group of 15 or more, please contact Alcatraz Cruises Group Services Department at (415) 438-8361 or email

Information about regularly scheduled transportation to Angel Island State Park without Alcatraz is listed below. While these activities are available at Angel Island State Park, they are not included in the Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour.

Immigration Station Guided and Self-Guided Tours

United States Immigration Station (USIS)

Angel Island is known as the “Ellis Island of the West”. Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, immigrants that came to America’s West Coast were processed at Angel Island. They were detained for days, sometimes months or years, while waiting to enter the country. The United States Immigration Station on Angel Island is now a newly renovated museum that offers visitors a chance to learn about this important part of U.S. history.

The museum is open for self-guided tours between 11:00am to 3:00pm, Wednesday-Sunday.

Angel Island - U.S. Immigration Station (USIS)

Getting to the USIS

The Alcatraz & Angel Island Combination Tour is offered seasonally. 2015 tour dates run from March through October only. To visit Angel Island State Park on your own, please visit or for departure locations and times.

The ferry ride is the beginning of your journey to the USIS. Once on the island, visitors must travel about one mile to the grounds of the USIS. There are three different options to get to USIS:


The shortest route is to walk up the Northridge Trail (trail head at Ayala Cove dock area). The trail starts off with 140-trail stairs. Turn left when you reach the paved Perimeter Road and travel approximately one mile along the road to the USIS. The USIS is on the right side and there are signs to direct you down the hill into the site.

Approximate walking time: 30-40 minutes

To avoid the stairs, walk towards the Visitor Center in Ayala Cove and follow the road up the hill, turning left when the road 'T's, the walk is approximately 1.5 miles.

Approximate walking time: 1 hour


Follow the green "Bike Route" signs from Ayala Cove up to the Perimeter Road, make a sharp left (U-turn) at the top of the bike trail and continue on the Perimeter Road until you reach the USIS. Visitors should expect to bike 1½ miles to the USIS. Bicycles must be secured at the top of the hill into the site. Due to steep terrain and vehicle traffic, bicycles are not permitted on the USIS grounds.

Approximate biking time: 20 minutes

Immigration Shuttle

Immigration shuttle service to and from Ayala Cove (ferry landing) and the USIS is available for a fee of $5.00 per person. Children 5 and under are free if sitting on an adult’s lap. The shuttle is designed to get you there in time for scheduled tours and pick you up after the tour is completed.

Contact the Cove Café at or 415-435-3392 for cost and schedule of the shuttle, segway rental and bike rental information.
(Don't confuse the shuttle with the tram! The tram is a one-hour tour around the island; the shuttle is a ride to the USIS.)


A majority of the detention barracks museum are shown by guided tour only. Contact the Cove Café at 415-435-3392 for cost and availability of tours.

Tour times are 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm.

Room #105 Visitor Center on the first floor is open for FREE self-guided tours.

The US Immigration (USIS) Grounds are open to the public during park hours 8:00am-Sunset daily. Visitors are encouraged to view the interpretive displays on the Grounds.


Individual tickets are purchased on a first come, first served basis at the Cove Café on Angel Island.

For information on group tours, please call 415-435-5537 or email

Reservations can be made up to seven months ahead and must be made at least two weeks in advance. Groups must have between 5 and 30 people to make a reservation. (K-12 school groups have a maximum of 40 people per tour.)

Ferry Services

Ferry schedules are subject to change and not all ferry service can accommodate every tour time. Check the tour times and ferry schedule carefully, and contact the ferry company for more details.


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