Visiting Alcatraz Island is one of the most rewarding experiences of any trip to San Francisco. However, visitors who wish to visit the prison and island grounds must secure reservations. For over a decade, the National Park Service has implemented a reservation system, which is much different from the ways past generations accessed the Alcatraz Island. The National Park Service strongly recommends making advanced ticket reservations. Reservations secured far enough in advance allow visitors to visit and also eliminate the need to wait in line to purchase tickets.
America the Beautiful Passes
Please note that as there is no federal entrance fee to visit Alcatraz. Therefore the America the Beautiful Annual/Senior/Access passes do not apply to the price of a ferry ticket for Alcatraz (which includes the cellhouse audio tour).
Last updated: June 1, 2023