Alcatraz Island

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About Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

The Alcatraz Island, a.k.a, the Rock, is an infamous historical prison island, built in 1868. Many famous people have been imprisioned here, and it played an important role in American history, so much so that it was declared as a National Historic Landmark. The places of interest on the island include the Former Military Chapel, Baker Beach, Building 64, the Boat Dock, the Lighthouse, the Main Lighthouse, the New Industries Building, the Officers Club, the Wardens House, and the Main Cellhouse. The island is also the natural habitat to Californian Slender Salamanders, Black Crowned Herons and Western Gulls. Migratory birds use the numerous cliff tops for the breeding and roosting. Also to see are the historical gardens planted by the family of the resident defence personnel, and especially the almost extinct Welsh Rose.

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Alcatraz Island Information

  • Ticket prices depend on tour timings and age. It’s more expensive in the night.
  • Visitors must reach the island through ferry rides from Pier 33 on Fisherman’s Wharf, operated by Alcatraz Tours.

Alcatraz Island Tickets Prices

  • The ticket prices depend on the tour operator you choose.
  • The ticket prices for Day tours and night tours are variable.
  • Approximate ticket prices: Adult (18-61): 31, Junior (12-17): 31, Child (5-11): 20, Senior (62+):30, Toddlers (0-4): Free

Alcatraz Island Opening and Closing Hours

  • Departure times are after every 20 minutes from 9 pm to 1.30 pm.

How To Get To Alcatraz Island by Public Transport

  • Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco Bay

Restaurants Near Alcatraz Island

  • Greens
  • Alioto’s Restaurant
  • Kokkari Estiatorio


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Address: San Francisco, CA 94133, United States

Phone: +1-4155614900

Ticket Price: 30 USD

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 24-hrs Details

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  • Had a wonderful time! Always wanted to go and finally had the chance.Took my high school and college age kids and we all really enjoyed it. We took the "Behind the Scenes Night Tour" and got to stay there until the last ferry left and had the chance to wander around the island on our own too. Had a very informative tour guide and a park ranger with us to show and teach us about the island. Would recommend to anyone whether by yourself or with your family.

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  • A must for when you visit San Francisco, the experience is surreal. They provide you with an audio guided tour (which is included in the price) and the tour is a timely manner where you follow a story throughout the prison. You hear what it was like while being in the prison! You will not regret this trip! It's recommended to purchase the tickets online and in advance. Depending if you would like good lighting for photography, better to go during the day time, however the night tours offer more of a spooky feel to it! Note: The audio tour comes in many different languages

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  • My Father and I took a trip to San Francisco and this was one of our stops while we were here. We had so much fun! From the ferry to walking around the island there is tons of information. We thought the audio tour was really well done and provided so much information that we would never have imagined. Get your tickets as soon as you can because they do sell out fast. We had a blast coming up with our own theories after listening to the tape. I would definitely suggest this to anyone staying in the area.

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  • Plan in advance and buy tickets for the ferry. This old prison is a fortress with astounding history behind it. Do not forget to buy a souvenir from the island. Additionally, take good pictures of the island and the city from preferable vantage points. I have added my pictures to this review, do take a look for better understanding before you visit this prison island.

  • If you have only one day in San Francisco, I would rather go to this place than spend it at the city. Why? Have you ever been in a jail cell before? Prison? Famous prison? Beside this, the audio tour is truly amazing, gave me chills! One of the remarkable things about this island is the views, San Francisco at its finest. My best advice is to go before sunset, we took the 3:50 pm and left the island around 6:20, we watched the sunset on the cruise, amazing experience, not a windy day, not a footy day, just a perfect day. Bring some food, bring some water, be ready for annoying mosquitoes (octuber 2017) We might be back for the night your, we’ve heard it’s unbelievable. Have fun and enjoy this unique experience.

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