Behind The Scenes Tour
Tunnel Through. Dive Into History.
Discover areas previously not available to the public. Join a group of 30 people or fewer on a ranger-guided adventure to explore clues to the Island’s fascinating past…a tunnel here, an underground jail there, and special gardens with stunning views. Stories, artifacts, and hidden doorways will satisfy your passion for Alcatraz secrets.
Behind The Scenes Tour
Pricing & Information
* Prices subject to change without notice
- Round-trip ferry ride to Alcatraz Island
- On-board narration during round-trip ferry ride
- Exclusive Behind the Scenes ranger-guided tour
- Award-winning Cellhouse audio tour
- Optional programs and exhibits
- Docent guided tours and talks
It is recommended that you arrive at least one half hour prior to your departure time. The tour departures from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing will be the last two departure times of the day and visitors can return on either of the scheduled night boats. For more information see the Departure and Return schedules.
Please note: The roads and walkways on Alcatraz are steep. The distance from the dock to the Cellhouse is approximately 1/4 mile (.4km) and the elevation change is 130 feet (40 meters), the equivalent of walking up a 13-story building. The roads and walkways are wide with several places to stop along the way to rest and take in the breathtaking views. Comfortable athletic or walking shoes are strongly recommended. If you have mobility concerns, please see our Sustainable Easy Access Transport (S.E.A.T.) Tram information.
For Behind The Scenes Tours
Experience the many moods of Alcatraz Island with an evening visit. Enjoy the beauty of a sunset silhouetting the Golden Gate Bridge and hear compelling stories about the Island’s history and residents. Evening talks may include topics such as the life of a colorful inmate, books authored by former residents, sports enjoyed on “The Rock” and notorious and not so notorious escape attempts.
The Alcatraz Night Tour is a unique program limited to just a few hundred visitors per evening. It includes special programs, tours and activities not offered during the day. Be sure to check out visiting and permanent exhibits during your visit to Alcatraz Island.
The new Behind the Scenes Tour includes all the Night Tour activities, plus additional guided tour opportunities that take you further into hidden rooms, passageways, and underground cells of an Alcatraz Island long forgotten.
Please note: Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the Behind the Scenes Tour. Please do not purchase tickets for children under the age of 12 for this tour as they will not be able to board the vessels for the tour and refunds will not be available.
Cellhouse Audio Tour Included
“Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”
Tour the Cellhouse at your own pace with the award-winning audio presentation “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”. Stop to picture yourself in a dark solitary confinement cell, hear the stories of life inside from former inmates, and feel the intensity of a prison breakout from correctional officers who lived and worked on the Island.
No one can tell the Alcatraz tale quite like the men who lived it. Hear both sides of life in the Island prison including such famous events as escape attempts, “The Battle of ’46”, “Food Riots”, and “Surviving Solitary Confinement”.
The Cellhouse audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Please note: Audio tour refunds are available for Alcatraz Day Tours only. There are no audio tour refunds available for Alcatraz Night Tours. If you prefer not to take the Cellhouse audio tour, we will be happy to refund the audio program portion of the Alcatraz tour ticket price. Please inquire with a supervisor at the entrance to the Cellhouse for refund amount. Audio tour refunds are not given through the Alcatraz Cruises Ticketbooth or the central reservations office.