Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island, San Francisco - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

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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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 Ticket 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 reach 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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  • What a neat place to visit. I only wish I could go back during different times of the day and pick the brains of all the guides. The prison is fascinating and the walking audio tour is top notch. The stories from the famous prison quarters are worth the trip alone but you quickly find there is more to the island than just a prison camp. There is a ton of history to discover. A TON.

  • Wow! What a historic place. I highly recommend you take the self walking tour with the headphones. The tour takes almost two hours. Start out the day with a nice boat ride to the island. Have your camera ready for great shots of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oakland Bay Bridge. After the tour spend the time walking around the island.

  • Our family had a great time during this experience. The boat ride to and from the island gave us excellent opportunities to enjoy the Bay on the water along the way which is included in the price and saves a lot money from not having to pay for an additional excursion by another company for this. We we're welcomed on the island by presenters who explained your entire time on the island. The history is explained through a private audio tour headset complete with sound effects which you are able to pause at your will if you wish to spend a little more time in a particular area. We were a little disappointed that the only area you get to tour is the actual prison and not any of the family quarters but the views of the city and Golden gate bridge made up for it. The return trip is at your discretion with a boat arriving every 30 minutes for your return to the main port. Everyone was friendly and helpful with any questions. We went during a holiday weekend and it was extremely crowded however we never felt the impact as they are very organized in their operations. A must visit whether you enjoy the history or just want views of the city you cannot get with any other company offering tours.

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  • The history, the scenery, the views... Everything is incredible. I went on a cold day in January and even then it was worth it! It's clean and very informative. They give you nice head sets that take you back in time and tell you the history of the place, and they don't miss a single detail. This is an excellent place that people of all ages can enjoy and learn from. I highly recommend Alcatraz to everyone!

  • If you are visiting San Francisco this is a must!!! It was by far the best part of my trip!!! The place is beautiful, it is hard to believe it used to be a supermax prison. The views of San Francisco from the island are breath taking and it makes you wonder how the prisoners must have felt seeing it but never able to touch it. I did the 9:10 am Alcatraz tour and when I got to the island one of the rangers was doing a walking tour. He was amazing. He has worked there over 20 years and still loves his job and it really shows. If you have the time and the ability (I'm not sure how often the walking tour is provided) you should definitely do it. He took us to places the general public are not able to go as well. The audio tour was unbelievable as well. Add the beautiful landscaping on top of all that and it is a trip to always remember. I spent about 4 hours on the island and it was well worth every moment.

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