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Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock

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How to get there?

You can only reach Alcatraz by ferry, which sets off from Port 33 on the Embarcadero.

Best time of year to visit?

Alcatraz gets quite foggy during the summer months, so you’ll experience the best weather at the end of spring or beginning of fall. May and June are ideal for bird activity.

Best time of day to visit?

It only really matters if you want to spend the whole day there, in which case you’ll obviously want to get there as early as possible! There are a limited amount of people allowed on the island, which keeps crowds from getting out of hand – so be prepared to wait.

Good to know

When should I visit?

Ferry departures from 9AM daily.

How to get there

As Alcatraz is an island, the only way of reaching it is by ferry. You can do this on the F line of the Muni (bus).

Is it expensive?

Ticket prices vary, from $30 for adults.

Will I need a guide?

Experience Alcatraz as part of a hop-on hop-off tour of other San Francisco sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, and save money – there’ll be a guide giving you all the information you need for every destination.

What people are saying about Alcatraz

★★★★★ Alcatraz was excellent. We couldn’t ride the go cart.

We wish we could have gone on the go cart but time limitations, on us, did not allowed it.

★★★★★ Using a tour is the best way to see city

Our guide was very professional and gave us a lot of interesting facts about that we would not have known if we had not done a tour.

★★★★★ Visiting San Francisco by Segway was fabulous !!!!

We have particularly enjoyed our visit of San Francisco by Segway. It was fabulous and original !!!! And Melanie, our instructor, was so kind and interesting !!! Her positive behavior was very appreciated. Alcatraz visit was so instructive and mysterious...

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