Plan Your Trip

Make Your Visit An Unforgettable One!
The what, where, and how of your Alcatraz Island visit.

Plan ahead for an enjoyable and comfortable experience by following these links to learn when to purchase your Alcatraz Island tour tickets, what to wear for a comfortable experience, how to get to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, typical weather, food & drink options, and fun things to do after your tour!

There are several tools to help you plan – three descriptive videos and individual topics with detailed information below:

Ticketing & Tour Information
Preparing To Visit Alcatraz Island

Your Visit To Alcatraz Island 

Tour Tips & Information

Maximize your Alcatraz experience and enjoy the process beginning with purchasing your tickets and understanding a couple Island restrictions.

Public Transportation

Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing is conveniently located along San Francisco’s waterfront promenade, The Embarcadero, with many transportation options from trains, ferries, buses, & historic streetcars.

Driving Directions

Maps and directions to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing from the North, South, and East side of San Francisco Bay area.


Know your parking options before you come to the busy waterfront area.


Plan out your trip in advance for accessible options to comfortably experience Alcatraz from parking to exhibits to ferries.


Alcatraz Island sits in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, and the climate is unpredictable…check out our recommendations.

San Francisco Bay Ferry Services

Connect to routes and schedules for ferry service across San Francisco Bay. Ferries terminate at the historic Ferry Building or Fisherman’s Wharf with convenient access to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing.

Food & Beverage

Plan ahead for an Island picnic or enjoy a last-minute healthy snack on board any of the Alcatraz City Cruises vessels.

What to Wear

Stay comfortable all day and be prepared for a change in the weather.

After Your Tour

Walk to nearby San Francisco cultural and culinary sites, then explore wine country and oceanside destinations.