Plan Your Visit

Welcome to Alcatraz Island!
Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Plan on spending at least a few hours on Alcatraz exploring the exhibits, checking out the video presentations or audio tours. Jr. Ranger books and programs are often available, and ranger tours are available every day! (Programs change according to the schedules of our busy rangers, the time of year, and other reasons for focus on certain subjects--there is no set program schedule.)
  • Check out Operating Hours & Seasons to see when you can visit the island.
  • Check out Fees & Passes to find out what park fees you should expect and where during your visit.
  • Check out Permit & Reservation if you are looking for weddings, picnics, filming, athletic events, festivals, photography, or even camping within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
  • Check out what places you can Eat & Sleep within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
  • Find out how you can better plan for your visit if you have Accessibility needs.
Alcatraz as seen from San Francisco

Ferry Access and Facilities

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 City Cruises LLC.

The other most important thing to know is that there is no food available on Alcatraz (other than dry snacks/candy from the bookstore)!


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 bookstores.) Wear comfortable walking shoes with grip-type soles. Avoid wearing sandals, leather-soled shoes, high heels and open-toe shoes.

Parking & Transportation

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 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.

Commercial Parking Lots Near Alcatraz Landing.

Last updated: April 27, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
B201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


United States Park Police Dispatch: Non-Emergency: 415-561-5505 Emergency: 415-561-5656

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