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Millbrae, CA 1375 El Camino Real, Millbrae, California 94030
Millbrae Alcatraz, California
Millbrae Alcatraz, California


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Golden Gate National Recreation Area,, San Francisco California
Category: Activities
Take the ferry from Pier 33 across the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. A former Civil War fortress and site of the first lighthouse on the West Coast, Alcatraz Island is a historic landmark and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The rocky islet of Alcatraz was America's most dreaded high-security prison and held the nation's most wanted criminals, including famous mobsters like Al Capone. Alcatraz offers self-guided walking tours, an evening tour with live narration and the cell house audio tour. Alcatraz Island offers videos and exhibits that highlight the island's history.  Explore natural gardens and tide pools and enjoy views of San Francisco Bay.


Open: Departures are about every half hour throughout the day beginning at 9:00am. Hours of vary with the season.
Price: Alcatraz Island Ferry & Day Tour - $36.00


  • Day Tour With Audio & Alcatraz Night Tour
  • Alcatraz Exhibits & Videos
  • Natural Gardens, Tide Pools
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • San Francisco City Tours & San Francisco Bay Cruises
Before you go


Hornblower Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33 offers parking on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also metered street parking in the Fisherman's Wharf area, for a max of 4 hours, and 15 commercial parking lots within a few blocks of Pier 33.

Local Tips

The Alcatraz Island Ferry and Tour takes about 2.5 hours. Wear comfortable shoes (no sandals or heals), sunglasses, sun block, and rain gear or jackets in the winter. Please don’t feed the birds.


How do I book my tickets?
The Alcatraz Island ferry/tour frequently sells out, so it’s strongly recommended that you purchase your tickets up to a week in advance. Admission is free, however there is a charge for the ferry service to and from the island. Tickets may be purchased at and For a full day of sightseeing in San Francisco, try the City Tour with Alcatraz.

From what location does the ferry depart?
The Alcatraz Ferry and Alcatraz Cruises depart from Hornblower Alctatraz Parking at Pier 33, starting at 9 AM.


Driving Direction to Alcatraz From GET DIRECTIONS or Millwood Inn & Suites
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SF Local

They run tours almost everyday to the rock. Be sure to call ahead and get reservations during peak season, as the tickets do sell out.
by Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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