This page is about the Alcatraz ferry that allows you to walk around on the island and visit the old prison. For the boat cruise that goes around Alcatraz but does not land on the island, please click here.
Insiders Tip: From late Spring through early Autumn and on major holidays the Alcatraz ferries sell out WEEKS in advance, and on weekends year-round they sell out 10 days or more before their departure date, so BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY.
If it’s already too late and Alcatraz is sold out, click here for our page on how you can still find tickets.
Note: All visitors under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult to visit Alcatraz. Younger teens and children may not visit alone.
Alcatraz Ticket Prices
You can buy tickets directly from the only tour operator and ferry company licensed by the National Park Service for the basic Alcatraz visit by clicking here. As we’ve noted, other companies sell Alcatraz tours combined with tours of other San Francisco landmarks at competitive prices. You can also buy a cruise that goes around Alcatraz but does not land on the island.
Alcatraz Ticket Prices (Includes ferry trip from Pier 33)
|Updated November 7, 2016||Daytime||Nighttime||Behind the Scenes|
|Adults (Ages 18-61)||$35.50||$42.50||$87.50|
|Child (5-11)||$21.75||$25.25||Not Permitted|
|Infants and Toddlers (0-4)||Free||Free||Not Permitted|
|Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children)*||$107.50||NA||NA|
* The Family Ticket is only available by phone or at the Ticket Booth, not online through the Alcatraz Cruises website. No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to tour Alcatraz Island without being with an adult, who has to stay with them at all times while on the island.
Note that the National Park Service and Alcatraz Cruises can change these prices at any time.
You can buy all tickets except the family pack in advance at the Alcatraz Cruises website. During the summer we recommend you buy a few days in advance since some or all sailings often sell out well in advance of the tour date.
Note for National Park Service pass holders: technically there’s no entry fee for visiting Alcatraz and you just pay for the ferry ride. This means that the America the Beautiful passes that grant access to most National Parks cannot be used here, not even for a discount. The Golden Eagle/Access/Age passes (which are no longer sold but are still honored at National Parks) likewise cannot be used at Alcatraz.
Caution: If another company sells you a ticket to Alcatraz, check the price against the prices above, and watch our for special handling or convenience charges. Many websites that sell Alcatraz tickets have the same availability as the official Alcatraz Cruises site, but will add a markup of $6.00 to $8.00 (or more) per ticket without telling you they’re cheaper elsewhere. If they’re charging you more than indicated above and all that’s covered is the Alcatraz visit, they may be ripping you off.
Tour companies can combine a visit to Alcatraz with other tour sites and charge you just one price, and they then buy the ticket(s) on your behalf from Alcatraz Cruises. But they’re not supposed to increase the price for the Alcatraz trip above “face value” unless they give you their own special tour once you’re on the island etc. We cover this in depth on our tickets information page.