Visit Alcatraz in San Francisco
Helpful advice from us and our travellers so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.
How early should I book an Alcatraz Tour?
Tickets are available for purchase as early as 90 days before your desired visit date, so the smart thing is to grab them as early as possible or as soon as you can as they can sell out pretty quickly.
When does Alcatraz open to the public?
Alcatraz is actually open to the public every day, except Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's day. As far as departures go, times vary depending on the kind of tour your taking: The earliest tour (Early Bird) leaves at 8:45, while the latest tour (Night Tour), returns at 20:45 (21:25 on some dates).
How long does it take to visit Alcatraz?
The whole experience of visiting Alcatraz will take about 3 hours, comprising the ferry ride to the Island, taking the audio tour, exploring the rest of the former prison and returning to Pier 33.