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Alcatraz Cruises is the official concessioner to the National Park Service, offering tickets and transportation to Alcatraz Island. Do not be fooled by unauthorized sellers offering Alcatraz tickets at inflated prices. Alcatraz Cruises cannot be responsible for tickets purchased through other sources.

Experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz Island on San Francisco Bay. You will be astounded by what you see and learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The complete historical experience

Experience it all on “The Rock”!

1934-1963

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand

Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to “The Rock”. The presence of infamous inmates, like Al “Scarface” Capone and the “Birdman” Robert Stroud, helped to establish the Island’s notoriety. Yet, many people are unaware of the historical significance before and after it was one of the world’s most legendary prisons.

1969-1971

The 19th Century

Civil War-era buildings, cannons, and subterranean rooms give insight into the 19th century when the Island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. As you dock at Alcatraz Island, visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation, which began in 1969 and ended in 1971, remains etched on “The Rock”, recognizing an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.

Today

Today

Today, restoration of the first lighthouse on the Pacific Coast, the historic gardens, and the recently renovated Model Industries Building shed new light on an abundance of stories still locked away. Alcatraz Cruises’ selection of tours reveal those insights directly from the legends.

 

 

Departures to Alcatraz Island

Directions to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing

All Alcatraz Island tours depart from and return to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, located along San Francisco’s northern waterfront promenade, on The Embarcadero near the intersection of The Embarcadero and Bay Streets. We are located approximately 1/4 mile from San Francisco’s beloved Fisherman’s Wharf. Walk, bike, ride public transportation, or drive (as a last resort)…easy access from anywhere around the Bay!

Alcatraz Island Named #1 Landmark in the U.S.

in 2015 & 2018 by TripAdvisor Reviews

APPROVED COE multi-year
APPROVED #1 landmark in the U.S. ribbon
APPROVED TC multi-year
APPROVED #8 landmark in the world ribbon
APPROVED Hall of Fame

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Important Travel Advisory

On Monday, September 24, 2018, the Port of San Francisco, and its contractor, Power Engineering, begins wharf stabilization work at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, your departure location for your Alcatraz Island tours. The Port of San Francisco is preparing the wharf for future embarkation facility improvements. During this first 6-12 week phase of wharf stabilization there will be 2 on-site accessible parking spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis; no other individual vehicle parking is available. Motorcycle parking will not be available and bicycle parking will be limited during this phase of the construction. The wharf stabilization project will not affect your visit to Alcatraz Island, although egress areas to the Landing will change. Signage will direct you to the proper locations for ticketing and boarding. Public transportation, taxis, ride sharing and drop offs are the easiest ways to get to Alcatraz Landing. We appreciate your understanding during this construction. On behalf of Alcatraz Cruises, along with our National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy partners, we look forward to your upcoming visit.

During the months of August - October, Kelp/Cormorant Flies are found in large numbers on Alcatraz Island, on Alcatraz Cruises boats, and occasionally at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. Please be aware that while these flies may become a significant annoyance, they are a normal part of the ecosystem and do not bite or pose a health risk to visitors. Efforts to decrease the number of flies are currently underway by the National Park Service, yet visitors should still expect to encounter them.

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