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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 prisons.


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, 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 TripAdvisor COE multi-year
APPROVED #1 landmark in the U.S. TripAdvisor ribbon
APPROVED TripAdvisor Travelers Choice multi-year
APPROVED #8 landmark in the world TripAdvisor ribbon
APPROVED TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

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Travel Advisory
The partial Government Shutdown, which began at 12:01AM on Saturday, December 22, 2018 affects select tours to Alcatraz Island. Those visitors with Alcatraz Day Tour tickets will be able to visit Alcatraz Island during the shutdown and will not be affected. However, as long as the Government Shutdown is in effect, there will be no Behind The Scenes Tours or Night Tours. Visitors with tickets on Behind The Scenes Tours and Night Tours will automatically receive a refund for those tickets if purchased with a credit card. For those who paid cash for Behind The Scenes or Night Tours, please come to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing Ticketbooth to receive a refund. We apologize for the inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding. (updated 8:30AM January 22, 2019)

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