San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz in San Francisco, CA

Fogcutter Tours*HOTEL PICK-UP ONLY*San Francisco, CA 94108
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Alcatraz is intriguing from San Francisco, but San Francisco is spectacular from Alcatraz! Book this San Francisco and Alcatraz tour and understand the city's stunning beauty, from its artistic scenes and landmarks– and from the ex-prison island itself– all the while learning about its unique culture and history from a knowledgeable local perspective.

up to 7 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Tour includes landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, and Alcatraz and through neighborhoods like North Beach, Pacific Heights, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, and the Embarcadero.
  • Hotel pickup is available.
  • Food is not included in the tour.
  • Drop off is not included in the package. Plan accordingly for transportation from the pier to your next adventure.
  • Dress in layers and bring relevant items such as sunblocks and ponchos, as San Francisco weather is unpredictable.
  • Blankets and heavy jackets are available on the bus for use.
  • Guide, ferry ticket, and island admission is included in the package.


from San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz
Discover San Francisco - a city known for a vintage feel, innovative cuisine, gorgeous scenery, public art, diverse cultures, daily unique happenings, and the inescapable Alcatraz Island!

Fogcutter Tours crafts one four-hour adventure to capture the essence of San Francisco each morning. Each day is built just for the small group and unique goings on in the City that day. The itinerary is open - the tour always stops at San Francisco's classic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. It typically rolls through neighborhoods like North Beach, Pacific Heights, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, and the Embarcadero.

The tour may also leave the big buses behind may explore street-art alleys in the Mission, mosaic stairways in the Sunset, the laid-back vibe of the Presidio, Beaux-Arts City Hall, famous "Painted Ladies" at Alamo Square. And go down the real crookedest street in San Francisco (not Lombard). It all depends on what's best just that day.

There is no food service on Alcatraz or at the ferry. Midway through, you'll stop at a local market where the group can get a quick lunch and do some local people watching.

At the end of the city tour, you'll be dropped off at the Alcatraz ferry landing. There your ferry tickets to "the Rock" will be waiting for you. Explore the island at your leisure (most guests take two to three hours) and return on any of several ferries back to the City. From there, you can explore Pier 39 and the Fisherman's Wharf area and return to your hotel on foot, by taxi/rideshare, or by cable car.

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Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz

How long is this San Francisco sightseeing tour?

This San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz combo tour is approximately 7 hours long.

Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee?

If you will be driving in or using a taxi or rideshare, plan to meet at the Hotel Zephyr at 250 Beach Street in Fisherman's Wharf. There are several flat-rate lots in the area where you can leave your car while you are on tour and be close by when you finish up at Alcatraz.

What should I wear?

The weather in San Francisco is variable, and the sides of the van are open, so dress accordingly. Sunglasses and sunblock are recommended. Dress in layers that you can add or subtract over the course of the day. We have blankets and heavy jackets on the bus for your use.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Children of all ages are welcome. Children under five will need a car seat. Please bring your own or contact us to arrange something. When there are kids on board, we try to take special care to spark their interest with stops at neighborhood parks or other places of interest.

Is transportation included? If so, where is the pickup spot, or how do I arrange it?

Generally, pickup will be in the morning between 9 am, and 9:45 am, but the time changes depending on the number of pickup stops and where your location is on the route. Please note that Fogcutter Tours will contact you at your hotel the day before to advise an exact time. They will be dropping you off at the pier to take the boat out to Alcatraz, where you can visit at your leisure, returning on any of the boats running every 30-minutes. You will make your own way back to your accommodation. When you return to the pier there are many transportation options to make your way back to your hotel or out to dinner. Fogcutter Tours will not be waiting at the pier for transportation.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, lots of amazing photo opportunities.

What's included in my ticket/experience?

Each day the tour is different and tailored to what is going on in the city and what guests are interested in. The Tour will always visit the Golden Gate Bridge and a great viewpoint like Twin Peaks and typically roll through neighborhoods like North Beach, Pacific Heights, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, Mission, and the Embarcadero. The tour includes a professional guide, hotel pickup in San Francisco, a ferry ticket to Alcatraz Island, full access to the island and inside the cell house, and an award-winning cell house audio tour.

Can I bring my own food/beverages?

You are welcome to bring snacks on tour. The tour will make a stop at a well-stocked market where you can buy lunch, snacks, coffee, and more before heading out to Alcatraz on tour. Alcohol is not allowed on Alcatraz Island.