Where to purchase ticketsAdvance ticket sales are strongly recommended. Tickets to Alcatraz may sell out several weeks ahead during summer months and around holiday weekends. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Alcatraz City Cruises.
When are the ferry departures?Departures from San Francisco are available throughout the day beginning at 8:45am. The ferry, operated by Alcatraz City Cruises, runs approximately every thirty to forty minutes to and from Alcatraz. You may return to San Francisco on any ferry. The island closes for the day at 6:30pm in the summer, and 4:30pm in fall, winter and spring. For schedules, prices, and to purchase tickets in advance (recommended) please visit the Alcatraz City Cruises website.
What's the ferry crossing time from the East Bay and Oakland?The Alcatraz crossing is about 10 minutes and half hour, depending on the time of year and traffic. There is a reduced crossing during weekday off-peak hours, midday on weekends, long weekends and holiday weekends, as well as on national holidays.
How to get from the ferry to the cellhouse.While on the ferry, The cellhouse is the last building on the left side of the dock. There is a wooden staircase that will bring you to the entrance located on the middle of the island. Follow the signs to the cellhouse. d2c66b5586