Alcatraz Day Tour
1-Day Alcatraz Experience
Explore San Francisco’s famous neighborhoods, enjoy over an hour in Muir Woods, then take the Official Alcatraz Day Tour in the afternoon.
Time & Duration
Departs daily at 8:00 AM
- Explore the top neighborhoods with your local guide and learn the stories, history, and diversity of San Francisco.
10 locations, 5 amazing photo stops including Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Golden Gate Bridge, and more!
- Spend over 75-minutes in Muir Woods and stand in awe of the famous redwood trees. (Additional $15 fee for entrance to Muir Woods for guests 16 yrs+).
- After your morning tour you can enjoy a leisurely lunch in Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy Pier 39’s famous sea lions.
- The Official Alcatraz Tour ferry will depart Pier 33 at approximately 3:00 PM.
Dylan’s Famous Tour with Alcatraz Day Tour – The best way to see it all in 1-Day!
Explore the city’s famous neighborhoods on a comfortable minibus tour of San Francisco. Spend over an hour in Muir Woods National Monument, and experience one of the last remaining, coastal redwood forests in the world. Then enjoy a relaxing lunch break in Fisherman’s Wharf, complete with the sights and sounds of Pier 39’s celebrated sea lions. In the afternoon, you will board the ferry for the Official Alcatraz Day Tour. This infamous former federal prison was once home to Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly and is a must-do while visiting San Francisco.
Please note this tour will sell-out throughout the year, especially during the spring and summer seasons. We highly recommend booking early to guarantee your spot!
This tour is the best way to “see it all” if you have only 1-Day in San Francisco.
See the itinerary and additional details below.
Are you spending multiple days in San Francisco?
Our 2-Day Alcatraz Island Tour explores even more neighborhoods in San Francisco and allows you a more leisurely experience on your 1st day. If you are here for multiple days and want to visit Alcatraz this is the tour for you.
8:00 AM – Depart Fisherman’s Wharf
Our guide meets you at our departure location shortly before 8:00AM. After a brief roll call, we board the bus and begin our adventure.
8:00 AM-1:00 PM – Explore Muir Woods and some of our favorite San Francisco neighborhoods!
We will board the minibus and head to Muir Woods where you will have 75-minutes to walk amongst some of the last remaining coastal redwoods in the world! After coming back across the Golden Gate Bridge you are treated to entertaining stories about the neighborhoods, as well as the history, diversity, and geographical nuances that make San Francisco one of the most unique cities in the world!
We exit the bus multiple times (10-15 minutes breaks) to soak in the neighborhoods and capture amazing photos! Please see “neighborhoods visited” (below) for details on each neighborhood, as well as where we stop for photos.
1:00 PM Drop-off in Fisherman’s Wharf
At the end of our adventure we will then drop you off in Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch and enjoy Pier 39’s infamous sea lions. Our guides provide plenty of recommendations for grabbing food and must see locations during your break.
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Depart for the Official Alcatraz Tour, Pier 33
After enjoying lunch you will take a walk over to Pier 33 to depart for Alcatraz. Upon arriving to Alcatraz Island you will take the official tour and have the opportunity to explore additional exhibits at your convenience.
6:30 PM – Return to Pier 33*
You will return by ferry from Alcatraz back to Pier 33 where you are free to enjoy the rest of your evening!
*Alcatraz—Used as a federal prison between 1933-1964, Alcatraz housed some of the most dangerous criminals of the time, including Al Capone, James “Whitey” Bulger and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Featuring unbelievable views of the San Francisco peninsula, a visit to the island is essential when in town.
*Muir Woods — Muir Woods National Monument is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful trees in the world. Many of our guests consider this stop to be the highlight of their trip.
Fisherman’s Wharf— One of San Francisco’s most popular destinations – from old shipyards, to Boudin’s Bakery and the smell of fresh clam chowder, Fisherman’s Wharf has it all.
North Beach— Voted as one of the USA’s “ten great neighborhoods”, North Beach is best known as the home of Little Italy. From delicious restaurants to authentic sidewalk cafes and bakeries, you will feel the charm of San Francisco as soon as you arrive.
Chinatown— Boasting the largest Chinatown in the United States, this 24-block mecca is bustling with energy, amazing food, and unique and colorful shops that give this area its charm.
*City Hall— This beautiful Beaux-Arts monument epitomizes the high-minded American Renaissance of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The site of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s marriage in 1954.
*Pacific Heights— Offering one of the most scenic outlooks in all of Northern California, Pacific Heights is home to Billionaire’s Row, featuring the estates of politicians, tech titans and other San Francisco celebrities (includes Mrs. Doubtfire house!)
Presidio— Former military base, now a beautiful park that includes Crissy Field, Fort Point, Lucasfilm’s (George Lucas) headquarters and the Walt Disney Museum.
*Fort Point— Located just beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point gives you a front row seat to the Bay and is a great photo stop. This former military fortification was used during WWII.
Golden Gate Bridge— Declared “one of the 10 wonders of the modern world,” the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized symbols of San Francisco. Simply stunning!
If you only have 1-day to visit San Francisco take this tour! "Our cruise had 1-day in San Francisco and this was really the best way to see it all. In the morning we covered some of the best-known San Francisco neighborhoods, along with tons of photo stops along the way. Our guide had plenty of fun stories and history along the route, which dropped us right back in Fisherman’s Wharf. My family grabbed a quick lunch and enjoyed Pier 39’s sea lions before our afternoon Alcatraz Tour. My kids loved the Alcatraz ferry and the audio tour; I loved the fact that I didn’t have to worry about any of the logistics - Thank you Dylan’s!”Kate S.
The most amazing 1-Day tour package, beautiful scenery, perfectly organized! "Everything was exactly as advertised. Our bus was waiting, on time and ready to go. Our tour guide was absolutely awesome. Tons of photo ops. You get to see a lot of the key points in the city, like the bridge, Haight-Ashbury, Little Italy, etc., so much history. After enjoying lunch in Fisherman’s Wharf we explored Lombard Street by foot (as our guide told us the best way to see it), before heading to Alcatraz. No line-ups, no hassle and tickets were ready for us when we arrived. Worth every penny! Total class act!”Moe T.
Comprehensive and interesting, 5 Stars "We chose this tour because we only had 1 day in San Francisco as part of a honeymoon tour of the USA. It was perfect, great weather, and our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole tour very casual. Lunch in Fisherman’s Wharf was excellent per the recommendation of our guide. Alcatraz was also highly enjoyable. Overall a wonderful way to get a feel for the Bay Area and know where to come back to. We also took plenty of memorable photos!”Andrea T.
Does the 1-Day Alcatraz Experience come with an Official Alcatraz Island visit?
Yes! Our 1-Day Alcatraz Experience includes the Official Alcatraz visit in the afternoon!
What does the Official Alcatraz Island visit include?
The visit includes round-trip ferry and the 90-minute audio tour of the island. You can also see additional exhibits on the island as well. We find most of our visitors spend 2.5-3 hours during their stay.
Can I just take the Alcatraz tour without going on a tour?
Unfortunately not. All companies offering Alcatraz tickets must offer a tour package, per our contract with Alcatraz Cruises.
How far in advance should I book a tour that includes Alcatraz?
During summer season and holidays we recommend booking as soon as you can as these tours will sell-out!
What is Muir Woods?
Muir Woods National Monument is located 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge and is home to some of the oldest and tallest living trees in the world.
This popular destination is part of the United States National Park service and is considered to be one of the most peaceful destinations in the Bay Area.
Why Choose Dylan’s minibus tours?
1. Small Groups:
With Dylan’s, you aren’t just a number. Our minibuses are the perfect size to make sure you are comfortable, well looked-after, and are having FUN!
2. Local Guides:
Each of our tour guides are Bay Area locals who love their city. From in-depth knowledge of SF to the best restaurant recommendations, they are energetic and invested in making each tour special.
3. Great Value
Our minibus tour are priced to give our guests the best possible locations in the shortest amount of time without feeling rushed.
4. 100% Refund Guarantee:
Change of plans? Feeling under the weather? We are happy to refund your entire tour with 24 hours advance notice.
5. Independently Owned:
We aren’t one of the big San Francisco bus tour companies, and it shows. Dylan’s is owned and operated by San Francisco native Dylan David.
6. Your Experience is our Top Priority:
From our convenient meeting location to each stop on your tour, our goal is to make your tour fun and enjoyable. We have thought of the small things so you don’t have to.
What minibus tour should I take?
Dylan’s Famous San Francisco Tour (3 hours)— We recommend this tour for those who are short on time but still want to see the best San Francisco neighborhoods.
Dylan’s Famous Tour with Muir Woods (7 hours)— San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods – all of the must-do’s in Northern California! Your day will truly fly by as you explore these 3 awesome destinations.
1-Day Alcatraz Experience (7 hours)— If you only have 1-day in San Francisco this is the tour for you! See Muir Woods and San Francisco’s best neighborhoods in the morning, then take the Official Alcatraz Tour in the afternoon.
The 2-Day Alcatraz Experience (2-Days)— If you are visiting for multiple days we highly recommend this tour! Enjoy San Francisco, Sausalito and Muir Woods on your 1st day, then take the Official Alcatraz Tour on Day 2.
Where does the minibus tour pick-up and drop-off?
Pick-ups: Our minibus tours pick-up in a convenient location in Fisherman’s Wharf, across from 710 Beach Street.
Drop-offs: Depending your tour we can drop you off in Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, North Beach, or Chinatown.
Is there a parking garage near the starting point?
Yes, there are several parking garages located near our meeting point.
How does the hotel pick-up work?
We are proud to now offer hotel or AirBnB pick-up to any location in the San Francisco area for just $20. We utilize both ride-share and tour bus pick-ups depending on location in San Francisco; please be ready 45-minutes prior to your tour time if you do opt-in for the pick-up option.
Can I make changes to my reservation?
There are many websites across the internet where you can book a tour with us. They all have different terms. When possible, we request that you book directly here on our website. This enables us to not only provide you the best pricing available, but it also enables us to provide a much more customized level of service. Just give us 12 hours notice, and it’s our pleasure to accommodate any possible changes to your tour.
**Please note Alcatraz tours must be changed 7-days in advance.
What is your cancellation policy?
Payments: Please note our site is secure and offers SSL security on all credit card purchases.
Cancellations: We offer a 100% refund if you cancel at least 12 hours (or more) in advance of your scheduled tour**. All tours cancelled within 12 hours of scheduled departure are non-refundable. We also offer rescheduling options for a future tour date without penalty.
**Please note for any tour including Alcatraz we require 7-days notice.
- Duration: 7 hours
- Departure Time: 8:00 AM
- Departure Location: Fisherman’s Wharf, 710 Beach Street
- Price Per Person:
- Adult (12 yrs+) $159
- Child (0-11yrs old) $129
- Hotel pick-ups from all San Francisco Bay Area locations
- All purchases 100% refundable up to 7 days prior.
- Tour price includes Alcatraz entrance fee ($39.90 – Adult, $23.90 – Children). Anyone over 18 must have a government issued ID for ferry.
We are not a big bus company! It’s very common to see large hop-on, hop-off buses around San Francisco, but we take a much more personal approach. Our guides not only have intimate knowledge and unmatched enthusiasm for the Bay City, but we also use specialized minibuses which are built specifically for city tours. We can literally take you where the big buses can’t go.
Our minibuses have large windows for full view of the city as we conduct the tour and are climate controlled with plenty of room for everyone. We stop several times and provide many photo opportunities.