Our picks for the 8 best Alcatraz Tours in San Francisco, so you can enjoy the most popular sight in the city and spend less time planning.
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.
The 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 our picks for the 8 best Alcatraz Tours and the 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.
There are also no private Alcatraz tours available because Alcatraz hours are limited to the official ferry times with Alcatraz Cruises.
Alcatraz Tour: A Day in the Bay 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 A Day in the Bay 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 (even when official Alcatraz tickets sold out already) — 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.
We might be a bit biased, but we think this is a pretty ideal option for the best Alcatraz tour company to go with that’s affiliated with Alcatraz Cruises.
Alcatraz Tour: Ultimate Day in SF with Alcatraz and Muir Woods
Adult Tickets: $139 per adult
Kids Tickets: $99 per child
Alcatraz Tour #2: 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 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 with their Alcatraz combo tickets.
Hornblower Classic Cable Cars
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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.
It’s one of the best Alcatraz packages on offer in the city.
SF Adventure Tours
Alcatraz Tour: Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour
Adult Tickets: $175.00
Kids Tickets: $132.00
We’ve previously ranked SF Adventure Tours as one of the best tours in San Francisco 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 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 and you’ll see that it’s a highly rated Alcatraz combo package!
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 tinkering 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.
They’re a great option to go with if Alcatraz sold out already on the official website and you want a 60s-themed (aka very San Francisco) tour of the city.
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 just might be one of the most unique Alcatraz combo tours out there, and one of the top Alcatraz tours for those who want more of an adventure.
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 kind of like if Dylan’s Tours 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.
If you’re looking for Alcatraz combination tours that get you exploring outside of the city as well as Alcatraz, this is the perfect option.
Gears and Grapes
Alcatraz Tour: Alcatraz and Wine
Drinking Age Tickets: $202 for adults 21+
Alcatraz Tour #2: Alcatraz and Beer
Drinking Age Tickets: $112 for adults 21+
Ever wanted to ride bike through Wine Country? How about a 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!
It’s truly a win-win.
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 way to get Alcatraz tickets is to 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.