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Alcatraz Early Bird Tour

First Tour, Least Crowded

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This is the first Alcatraz Island tour of the day. While the Early Bird Tour is the same as the Day Tour, you get a head start on your Alcatraz Island adventure and avoid the crowds arriving later in the day.

Early Bird Tour

Pricing & Information

Ticket TypeAgePrice
Toddler4 and underFree
Family Pack2 Adults and 2 Child (ages 5-11)$120.25

Family Pack Alcatraz tour tickets can only be purchased by phone at 415.981.ROCK (7625) or in person at the Ticketbooth located at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing.

* Prices subject to change without notice

Tickets Include

  • Round-trip ferry ride to Alcatraz Island
  • Award-winning Cellhouse audio tour
  • Daily optional programs and exhibits

You can stay on Alcatraz Island as long as you like, but allow at least three (3) hours to cruise to the Island, take the Cellhouse audio tour, explore the rest of the Island and its historic exhibits, and return via ferry to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. It is recommended that you arrive at least one half hour prior to your departure time. For more information visit the Departure and Return schedules.

Please note: The roads and walkways on Alcatraz are steep. The distance from the dock to the Cellhouse is approximately 1/4 mile (.4km) and the elevation change is 130 feet (40 meters), the equivalent of walking up a 13-story building. The roads and walkways are wide with several places to stop along the way to rest and take in the breathtaking views. Comfortable athletic or walking shoes are strongly recommended. If you have mobility concerns, please see our Sustainable Easy Access Transport (S.E.A.T.) Tram information.

Programs Offered

for Early Bird & Day Tours

Join National Park Service Rangers & Docents for thematic guided walking tours around less-traveled areas of Alcatraz Island. Guided tours are offered throughout the day and generally start either at the dock or the lighthouse and may involve walking moderate distances. Topics may include Famous Inmates, Escapes, Hollywood’s Rock, the Victorian Gardens, 200 Years of Alcatraz History, or Fortress Alcatraz, to name a few.

These tours generally last 45 minutes to an hour. Tours and times vary daily, please check the program board when you disembark at the Island dock. Program boards are also found at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. No reservations are required, and all programs are free.

For an up-close look at the restored historic gardens of Alcatraz, join a garden docent to learn about the softer side of “The Rock”. Tours leave the Alcatraz dock at 9:45AM every Friday and Sunday. There is no additional charge for Alcatraz Island garden tours.

Be sure to check out the visiting and permanent exhibits during your visit to Alcatraz Island.

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Cellhouse Audio Tour Included

“Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”

Tour the Cellhouse at your own pace with the award-winning audio presentation “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour”. Stop to picture yourself in a dark solitary confinement cell, hear the stories of life inside from former inmates, and feel the intensity of a prison breakout from correctional officers who lived and worked on the Island.

No one can tell the Alcatraz tale quite like the men who lived it. Hear both sides of life in the Island prison including such famous events as escape attempts, “The Battle of ’46”, “Food Riots”, and “Surviving Solitary Confinement”.

The Cellhouse audio tour is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Please note: Audio tour refunds are available for Alcatraz Day Tours only. There are no audio tour refunds available for Alcatraz Night Tours. If you prefer not to take the Cellhouse audio tour, we will be happy to refund the audio program portion of the Alcatraz tour ticket price. Please inquire with a supervisor at the entrance to the Cellhouse for refund amount. Audio tour refunds are not given through the Alcatraz Cruises Ticketbooth or the central reservations office.

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