The 10 Best Alcatraz Tours

Posted on May 18, 2018 |

Note: this post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are our own. 

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.


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.


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!


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.


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 🍻


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!


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.


Extranomical Tours

WonderGey via TripAdvisor

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.


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.


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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