Purchase Alcatraz Tickets in Advance
Tickets for Alcatraz frequently sell out in advance, especially around holidays and weekends. Night tour tickets sell out even sooner, as much as a month or more in advance. Order your tickets up to 90 days in advance to avoid disappointment. More »
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 three or more weeks in advance. For schedules, prices, and to purchase tickets in advance please visit the Alcatraz Cruises web site or call 415-981-7625.
The weather on Alcatraz is unpredictable and liable to change unexpectedly, so be prepared by bringing along a light jacket or sweater no matter how nice the day starts out. The best advice is always to dress in layers. Wear rain gear during wet winter months. (Rain gear is available for purchase at the Island's bookstores.) Wear comfortable walking shoes with grip-type soles. Avoid wearing sandals, leather-soled shoes, high heels and open-toe shoes.
Note that there is no parking available at Alcatraz Landing. On-street parking in the Fisherman's Wharf area can be hard to find, and nearly every space has a parking meter. Most meters are time limited and unlikely to allow enough time for an Alcatraz visit. Commercial Parking Lots There are fifteen commercial lots with a five-block radius of Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33, with a total of more than 3,000 parking spaces. The closest and most convenient lot is at 80 Francisco at Kearny, just one block away, across the Embarcadero from Alcatraz Landing.We strongly recommend using public transit to get to Pier 33, which is on the Embarcadero south of the intersection of Bay Street. The historic streetcars of the MUNI F Line run right past the Alcatraz Landing. See transit.511.org for more information on public transportation.
Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33 in San Francisco is fully accessible. There is limited accessible parking at Pier 33, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals need to show their permanent or temporary disabled placard at the entry of Pier 33 to utilize the accessible parking spaces.
Complimentary tickets are available for special community and youth programs. See our Community Access Program page for additional information.
Did You Know?
Alcatraz Island, originally called ALCATRACES, was named after the Brown Pelican seen in the area by Spanish explorers. Today the Western Gull and the Brandt's Cormorant are the most common wildlife found on Alcatraz Island.