Alcatraz City Cruises Ferry to Alcatraz Island (Round Trip) Includes the Cell House Audio Tour – available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
Please arrive at least 30 minutes early. All guests over age 18 must present a government issued photo ID.
The Ferry ride from Pier 33 takes 10-15 minutes to get to Alcatraz.
This is the infamous prison – where you can even go inside cells and experience the cold and stark surroundings firsthand. Alcatraz served as a federal penitentiary from 1933 to 1963, where notorious criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly were held. The award-winning 45-minute cell house audio headset tour will captivate you with escape attempts, riots, bizarre characters, and much more. Displays include prison life, guard controls, and how three men made their famous “Escape From Alcatraz.”
Alcatraz remains extremely popular.
Video History Presentation – No Charge
Audio Tour includes sound effects, interviews with prisoners and guards, and historic details
Bookstore with information in many languages
Visit the prison Recreation Yard, talk with Park Rangers, and walk the Perimeter Trail
Unlimited photo opportunities and great views looking back at the City or out to the Golden Gate Bridge
Look for additional history or contemporary exhibits
Hop off the bus at any of 20 stops, to see great attractions and neighborhoods. Walk around at your leisure. Then hop back on another bus coming by and continue the loop.
Primary Loop Operates: Daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Every 30 minutes (subject to change). Route is 2.5 hours. Last Bus returns to Fisherman’s Wharf circa 7:30 pm.
Start on any day you like, but your ticket is valid only on that day.
You will travel over the Golden Gate Bridge where you can get off at the north end Vista Point stop. Walk out on to the bridge at your own pace, or just stay for a quick, but spectacular view.
Live Narration is in English. You can also choose recorded narration in multiple languages on the primary red line loop.
Select stops are located at or near: The Haight/Ashbury district, Victorian homes, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, Financial District, Golden Gate Park, City Hall, the Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, and more.
1-Day Essential ticket also includes Chinatown walking tour option.
Upon purchase, you will receive an email Voucher showing your purchase
Show this Voucher to a Big Bus agent.
Your ticket starts when you first show your voucher and get on any bus and it lasts for the rest of that day and the next day.
You can begin your bus tours from Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, or any stop along the Big Bus route.
The Big Bus red line primary loop takes roughly 2.5 hours if you stay on the bus; Each time you hop-off will add to the length of your trip.
Walking Tours must be used within 7 days of Hop-Hop-off Activation.