Basic Information

Alcatraz Island
37.8267° N, 122.4233° W
San Francisco, CA 94122

The Alcatraz Ferry Terminal is located on The Embarcadero near the intersection of Bay Street at Pier 33.

Alcatraz Island

Access to Alcatraz Island is by commercial ferry service - see for more information. Tickets are sold by date and time. Once on the island you can stay as long as you wish up to the last ferry, which changes seasonally. Alcatraz is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Be aware that Alcatraz often sells out in advance. In summer and around holidays tickets can sell out a month or more in advance. Tickets go on sale 90 days in advance.

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The climate on Alcatraz is unpredictable and can change suddenly. Cold, foggy mornings may give way to sunny afternoons, which in turn can shift quickly back to more fog and blustery winds. The most pleasant weather usually occurs in spring and fall. Summers tend to be cool and foggy, winter is our rainy season. Temperatures on Alcatraz seldom rise above 75°F (24°C) or fall below 38°

Entrance Fees:

Adult Day Ticket (Ferry plus audio-tour) - $37.25

A daily scheduled ferry to Alcatraz has a round-trip fee. Reservations are strongly recommended as we often sell out. See for reservations, and ticket types and pricing.

Adult Night Ticket (Ferry plus audio tour) - $44.25

A daily scheduled ferry to Alcatraz has a round-trip fee. Reservations are strongly recommended as we often sell out. See for reservations, and ticket types and pricing.

Dock Ranger Station and Theater

Near the dock on Alcatraz is a ranger station which is staffed at all times. A short way up the road is Building 64, built as part of the Civil War era fortress, it now houses a bookstore, an orientation film in the main theater, and additional exhibits behind the theater about Alcatraz's wildlife and the American Indian occupation of the island which took place in 1969-71.

Aerial view of Alcatraz with San Francisco in the background.

NPS / Frank Schmidt


Welcome to Alcatraz Island!

Alcatraz is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is one of more than 400 national park units across the country. Plan on spending at least a couple of hours on the island, exploring the island's particular points of interests. If time permits, consider participate in a Junior Ranger program, attend a ranger-led program, or explore any of the other locations within the Golden Gate.

Here are the basics:

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.


The hours of operation vary with the season - departures are available about every half hour throughout the day beginning at 9:00am. Evening tours and combined Angel Island - Alcatraz Island tours are also available seasonally. Alcatraz is open every day except Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's day. Alcatraz frequently sells out in advance, as much as a week or more in summer and near holidays. For schedules, prices, and to purchase tickets in advance please visit the Alcatraz Cruises website.


Reserving Tickets

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 15 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 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.

Special Community & Youth Programs

Complimentary tickets are available for special community and youth programs. See our Community Access Program page for additional information.

Last updated: March 3, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
B201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-4900

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