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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”!


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 holder


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 holder



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 holder



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
Alcatraz Island reopens for tours Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

The National Park Service has reopened Alcatraz Island for Day and Night tours, beginning on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 8:45AM, Pacific Standard Time. The National Park Service is allowing Alcatraz Cruises to add additional visitors onto the tour departures ONLY for those visitors who are holding tickets for tours beginning on Thursday, November 15 through Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Alcatraz Cruises may not be able to put you on the same departure as you are holding tickets for, but we will make every effort to accommodate those who were not able to visit Alcatraz Island due to the hazardous air quality, brought on by the Butte County fires, on their scheduled date.

At the time of this writing there is limited ticket availability for Friday, November 23, 2018 and Saturday, November 24, 2018. Please visit for current availability. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult week and we look forward to welcoming you to Alcatraz Island via Alcatraz Cruises. (updated as of November 20, 2018 5:15pm)

Air Quality indicator is Red (AQI 151 -200) “Unhealthy” & above (AQI 201+) “Very Unhealthy/Hazardous”) for San Francisco and Marin Counties, due to California fire activities. Visitors advised to plan accordingly. Visit for updates.

The Port of San Francisco, and its contractor, Power Engineering, began 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.

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