Frequently Asked Questions

Other Companies Selling Alcatraz Tickets

Q. What should I know about people who are "scalping" Alcatraz tickets?
Q. Are there other companies that will take me to Alcatraz?
Q. Several tour companies offer packaged tours that include an Alcatraz ticket. Is this a legitimate way to get a ticket?

Q. What should I know about people who are "scalping" Alcatraz tickets?

A. Visitors are sometimes approached by individuals offering to sell them Alcatraz tickets at greatly inflated prices. This practice is called "scalping" and it’s illegal.

Purchasing tickets from scalpers is risky for several reasons. First, there is no assurance those tickets are actually valid for the Alcatraz tour. Second, buying a third-party ticket may actually delay your trip to the island. Visitors are required to show proof that they are the actual purchaser of a ticket, and if unable to confirm this ‘proof of purchase’ they may not be allowed on the boat.

Also, be advised that numerous web sites offer to sell Alcatraz tickets with disproportionately high “service charges” attached. Be sure to read all the charges listed in the small print.

As the Romans used to say, "Caveat Emptor"–"Let the buyer beware.

Q. Are there other companies that will take me to Alcatraz?

A. No. Alcatraz Cruises is the only commercial boat service authorized by the National Park Service to carry passengers back and forth to Alcatraz Island. Several other companies offer narrated cruises around the island, but they are not actually allowed to land at Alcatraz.

Q. Several tour companies offer packaged tours that include an Alcatraz tour. Is this a legitimate way to get a ticket?

A. In most cases, yes. There are many great tour operators in San Francisco. The portion of their packaged tour for the Alcatraz ticket must cost the same as if you purchased directly from this site. If the rest of their packaged tour is something you want to do, and it’s a good value, then you have a fair choice.

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