The 20 Best Alcatraz Tours

Posted on May 18, 2018 |

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Alcatraz is arguably one of the most famous landmarks in or around San Francisco. Getting to the infamous former prison can be tricky. There’s only one company allowed to bring travelers to the island — Alcatraz Cruises.

During the height of busy tour season, from around April through October, tickets to Alcatraz sell out. Fast. We’re talking *months* in advance.

Good news is that even though there’s only one company bringing people to Alcatraz Island — tour companies around San Francisco have official partnerships with Alcatraz Cruises. Which means, even if Alcatraz Cruises has sold out tickets to Alcatraz, there are San Francisco tours that bundle Alcatraz tickets!

We want to share with you 10 of our favorite San Francisco tour companies that offer official Alcatraz tickets with their Muir Woods tours and San Francisco tours. AKA the best way to get sold out Alcatraz tickets!

It is important to note that Alcatraz Cruises requires San Francisco tour companies to provide the names of all travelers over 18 four days before the tour. Unfortunately this means that day-of tickets or next-day tickets to Alcatraz will not be available.


Dylan’s Tours

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz & Famous Tour

Adult Tickets: $159 for anyone 12 and older

Kids Tickets: $149 for children 11 and younger.

Dylan’s signature tour for travelers who only have two days in San Francisco. Traveling with Dylan’s Tours on the Alcatraz & Famous Tour means exploring with a company with the most 5 star reviews on Google, TripAdvisor and Yelp.

We are reliable, honest and guarantee to have your Alcatraz tickets — as well as over an hour in Muir Woods and lunch along Sausalito’s waterfront. For a more relaxed city tour we always suggest Dylan’s Famous Tour on your first day in SF and then a separate Alcatraz tour the next day.


SF Excursions

Alcatraz Tour: Ultimate Day in SF with Alcatraz and Muir Woods

Adult Tickets: $139 per adult

Kids Tickets: $99 per child

 

Alcatraz Tour: San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz

Adult Tickets: $129 per adult

Kids Tickets: $99 per child

Ever heard of a sister company? Well SF Excursions is a Dylan’s Tours brother company. As in, it’s Dylan’s brother Brendan who runs SF Excursions! Just like the founder of Dylan’s Tours, Brendan is a San Francisco native showing off his hometown, Muir Woods and Alcatraz all in one Ultimate Day.


Hornblower Classic Cable Cars

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

Adult Tickets: $192.50

Kids  Tickets: $152.50

Did you know you can explore San Francisco on trolley tours made from modified cable cars?

Back in the 1950s cable cars from the California line were being auctioned off when a local San Franciscan purchased one of them. That cable car was converted into a motorized vehicle — creating the first cable car tour ever!

With Hornblower Classic Cable Cars (one of the best hop on hop off tours in San Francisco) you can get an Alcatraz combo tour with one of their trolley tours for a unique San Francisco tour.


SF Adventure Tours

Alcatraz Tour: Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

Adult Tickets: $175.00 — use promo code 8Y9SR1IY for 15% off this 4 hour San Francisco city tour!

Kids  Tickets: $132.00  — use promo code 8Y9SR1IY for 15% off this 4 hour San Francisco city tour!

We’ve previously ranked SF Adventure Tours as one of the 25 Best San Francisco Tours because this one is led from a modified safari style pick-up truck!

You can now combine their four hour open-air tour with Alcatraz Island tours. You won’t have to worry about how to get to Alcatraz because your tour will end at Pier 33 where you can catch the Alcatraz boat tour to the The Rock.

It’s not just us who think SF Adventures has one of the best tours in town, just check out their Alcatraz tours TripAdvisor reviews!


Vantigo

Alcatraz Tour: San Francisco City and Alcatraz Combo

Adult Tickets: $125 for anyone over 12

Kids Tickets: $85 for kids 11 and under

What happens when someone with a passion for tintering on vintage VW combines that with a passion for meeting new people? Vantigo is what happens! These beautifully restored VWs can go where bigger tour buses cannot — Coit Tower, the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, Golden Gate Park and the Sutro Bath Ruins.


Bay Voyager

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz and Touch of Gold Combo

Tickets: $155 per person

TripAdvisor’s #1 Bay Tour in San Francisco! Explore the San Francisco Bay up close and personal in the water on a 28 footer RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with Bay Voyager.

Seriously, this is such a unique experience — and it looks like it could be a part of a ride at Great America! This is just might be one of the most unique Alcatraz combo tours out there.


Electric Tour Company

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz & SF Hills Segway Tour

Adult Tickets: $150.00 — use promo code “Dylan10off” for 10% off Public Segway & Electric Scooter Tours

Kids  Tickets: No riders under 12 allowed on segway tours.

Electric Tour Company is another one of our top picks for the Best San Francisco Tours who also happens to have one of the best Alcatraz tours.

Your trip to Alcatraz will be combined with their SF Hills Tours, which leads you to the top of Lombard for photos of the famous “Crooked Street”. A fun option for last minute Alcatraz tours for anyone wondering how to visit Alcatraz when official Alcatraz tickets are sold out.

Be sure to check out Alcatraz tours reviews on TripAdvisor to see how many people loved it!


City Segway Tours San Francisco

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz & City Segway Tour

Adult Tickets: $113.35

Kids  Tickets: No small children allowed on segways.

City Segway Tours has a two day Alcatraz tour experience.

On your first day, spend as long as you like while you visit Alcatraz. Just be sure to check the Alcatraz ferry schedule for departure times back to the city, they run about every 30 minutes. Only the Alcatraz night tours have limited ferries back to the city.

The very next day you’ll join City Segway Tours to explore San Francisco.


Avital Tours

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz Tickets and North Beach Food Tour Package:

Tickets: email info@avitaltours.com for pricing

Avital Tours is one of TripAdvisor’s top ranking food tours in San Francisco — and they are *kinda secretly* offering combo food tours with tickets to Alcatraz.

It’s kinda secret because you can’t really find their special combo Alcatraz tour. You need this secret link to book their 4 course North Beach Culinary Experience with official Alcatraz tickets!


Green Dream Tours

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz and Wine Country Tours

Drinking Age Tickets: $169 for those 21+

Youth Tickets: $149 for 20 and under

Military or Hostel Tickets: $159

Senior Tickets: $169

Green Dream Tours is kinda like if Dylan’s Tour did Wine Country tours. They have local guides leading tours on minibuses. You’ll discover two wineries and enjoy lunch in Wine Country before being dropped off for your Alcatraz Ferry.


SF on Tap

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Tour Combo

Drinking Age Tickets: $117

Drinking Age Military Discount Tickets: $112

What’s the best cure for the Alcatraz blues? Beer! Spend your morning exploring Alcatraz and then spend the afternoon visiting three local craft breweries around San Francisco 🍻


Edible Excursions

Alcatraz Tour:  Ferry Building & Alcatraz Tour

Adult Tickets: $148.00

Kids  Tickets: $148.00

We think everyone visiting San Francisco would benefit from a visit to the Ferry Building. We usually suggest for travelers to catch the F Market Streetcar to explore the Ferry Building.

This expansive and beautifully restored ferry terminal is perfect for DIY San Francisco food tour. But, with Edible Excursions you can enjoy a local guide to lead you through the Ferry Building getting to know some of the stand-out local food vendors.

Trips to Alcatraz will begin afterwards at Pier 33, which is within walking distance so you won’t have to worry about missing your Alcatraz tour times.


Incredible Adventures

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz (Day or Night) Tour + Silicon Valley Tech Tour

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $199 for those 12 and older

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $179 for anyone 11 and under

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $209 for those 13 and older

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $189 for anyone 12 and under

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz (Day or Night) Tour + Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour + Aquarium 

Drinking Age Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $235 for those 21+

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $219 for anyone 12-20

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $209 for those 11 and younger

Drinking Age Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $242 for anyone 21+

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $225 for those 12-20

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $215 for anyone under 11

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz (Day or Night) Tour + Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Tour + Aquarium

Drinking Age Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $255 for those 21+

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $205 for anyone 12-20

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $185 for those under 11

Drinking Age Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $232 for anyone 21+

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $212 for those 12-20

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $192 for anyone under 11

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz (Day or Night) Tour + Yosemite Day Tour + Aquarium

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $260 for those 12+

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $225 for anyone under 11

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $269 for anyone 12+

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $239 for those under 11

 

Alcatraz Tour: Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour with Ferry + Alcatraz Night Tour + Aquarium

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $159 for anyone 12+

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $99 for 11 and under

 

Alcatraz Tour: Hop on Hop Off San Francisco City Tour + Alcatraz (Day or Night) Tour

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $150 for those 12+

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $120 for anyone under 11

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $157 for anyone 12+

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $127 for those under 11

*** Please note that hop on hop off tours are not the best experience during the busy summer season. These double decker buses can’t maneuver around traffic and will skip stops if the bus is too crowded. Don’t believe us? Just check out what some of their past guests have said on Google, TripAdvisor and Yelp ***

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz (Day or Night) Tour + San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $99 for those 12+

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Day Tour: $75 for anyone under 11

Adult Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $109 for anyone 12+

Kids Tickets with Alcatraz Night Tour: $85 for those under 11

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz Day Tour Tour + San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

Adult Tickets: $110 for those 12+

Kids Tickets: $85 for anyone under 11

Incredible Adventures is the biggest, small tour company on our list. This is great in terms of having a better chance of finding sold out tickets to Alcatraz with them! Alcatraz tours are combined with your choice of: Muir Woods, Wine Country, Sailing Tours and Silicone Valley tours.

Fair warning though, hop on hop off tours during the busy summer months is not the most fun experience.

These big double decker buses get snarled in traffic which results in long waits at the bus stops — which someone get skipped over if their bus is too crowded.


San Francisco Helicopters

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Alcatraz Tour: Helicopter Ride & Alcatraz Tour

Adult Tickets: $243.00

Kids  Tickets: $198.00

A helicopter tour of the Bay has got to be one of the most unique ways of seeing San Francisco.

Begin your day sightseeing with an incredible birds-eye view of the city skyline, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Tickets to Alcatraz are available the same day or the day after your helicopter ride. If you’re looking for the most unique San Francisco tours to Alcatraz, this San Francisco Helicopter Tour is for you!

This might be the most luxurious tour offering, but the Alcatraz tours price is well worth it for a breathtaking experience on the helicopter.


Magic Bus Experience

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz & Magic Bus San Francisco Tour

Adult Tickets: $123

Kids  Tickets: $113

The Magic Bus Experience is a unique San Francisco tour because it was created by the same director who put together the Alcatraz audio tours!

Enjoy an immersive two hour “trip” in a technicolor school bus that has been converted into a mobile movie theatre that allows guests to time travel to 1967.

Pair your official Alcatraz tours with one of the best San Francisco tours and enjoy music from the Summer of Love and a hippie hostess with flowers in her hair.


Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz & San Francisco E-Bike Tour

Adult Tickets: $139

Kids  Tickets: No kids under 13 on these San Francisco bike tours.

You can get tickets to an Alcatraz day tour with one of the best bike tours in San Francisco when booking a two day tour with Bay City Bikes.

Spend your first day exploring Alcatraz Island at your own pace.

How long is the Alcatraz tour? The audio tour itself is about two hours and most travelers spend 2-4 hours on the island. On the next day, you’ll join Bay City Bikes and choose between three different e-bike tours of San Francisco!


Tower Tours

Alcatraz Tour:  Alcatraz & Muir Woods (Plus Madame Tussaud or SF Dungeon)

Adult Tickets: $150

Kids  Tickets: $115

One of the most comprehensive San Francisco tour offerings comes from Tower Tours, another one of the best San Francisco tours.

These two day Alcatraz tour packages include tickets to Alcatraz Island, a visit to Muir Woods National Monument and tickets to either Madame Tussaud’s or SF Dungeon. We’re big fans of two day tours because you won’t have to worry about the Alcatraz tour length if you don’t have another tour to catch after.


Extranomical Tours

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Alcatraz Tour: Bay in a Day Tour

Adult Tickets: $149 for anyone 12+

Kids Tickets: $113 for those under 11

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz with Total Yosemite Experience

Adult Tickets: $207 for those 12+

Kids Tickets: $173 for anyone under 11

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz with Redwoods and Wine Country

Adult Tickets: $167 for anyone 12+

Kids Tickets: $142 for those under 11

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz with Wine Lover’s

Adult Tickets: $213 for anyone 12+

Extranomical is another “big” small tour company. Even though their Muir Woods Alcatraz Tour sounds an awful lot like our Muir Woods Alcatraz Tour — they are still a great resource for Alcatraz tickets when they are sold out everywhere else.

Please note their Escape from the Rock tour DOES NOT GO TO ALCATRAZ! It only sails *around* Alcatraz.


Gears and Grapes

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz and Wine

Drinking Age Tickets: $202 for adults 21+

 

Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz and Beer

Drinking Age Tickets: $112 for adults 21+

Ever wanted to ride bike through Wine Country? How about biking brewery tour of San Francisco? Well, with Gears and Grapes you can combine either their wine or beer bike tours with official Alcatraz tickets!


Gray Line San Francisco

Alcatraz Tour: Half Day Alcatraz & San Francisco Tour Combo

Adult Tickets:

Kids  Tickets:

Even though Grey Line is possibly the most corporate of all San Francisco bus tours, they do get to the top of Twin Peaks (one of our favorite photo stops on Dylan’s Famous Tour) to view the city skyline.

This brief San Francisco city tour takes you through Golden Gate Park and over to the Golden Gate Bridge for photos. Ending your tour at Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing, so you can catch the ferry for an Alcatraz day tour.


We’re convinced that going through an official Alcatraz partner is the best way of getting sold out tickets to Alcatraz. We can’t, in good conscious, suggest going through a scalper. The National Park Service takes illegally reselling Alcatraz tickets very seriously.

Rest assured though, all Alcatraz tickets combined with San Francisco tours with the companies we’ve listed above are all official and legitimate tickets to Alcatraz. That being said — even these San Francisco tours will sell out. The best practice when it comes to getting Alcatraz tickets; get them as soon as you can!

If you’re still trying to figure out how to get sold out Alcatraz tickets, without also taking a tour, take a peek at our article on “What to do if Alcatraz tickets are sold out” for some ideas.

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