Plan Your Visit
The most important thing to know when planning a trip to Alcatraz is that all access to the island is through a private ferry company under contract with the National Park Service, Alcatraz Cruises LLC. As tickets are limited we STRONGLY recommend advance purchase - in summer and around holidays we frequently sell out up to a week in advance. For schedules, prices, and to purchase tickets in advance please visit the Alcatraz Cruises web site.
Discover some little known secrets of Alcatraz with your GPS and our GPS tour. Download this file, print it out and bring it with you with your GPS to learn the location of the original prison, the escape route of Doc Barker in 1939, the location of the 1882 Army hospital, and more!
Did You Know?
U.S. Penitentiary Alcatraz had a complete hospital in the cellhouse which was staffed by medical personnel from the Public Health Service in San Francisco.