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Hop on with Big Bus Tours San Francisco for a once-round panoramic bus tour of the city, then hop off and board the boat to Alcatraz for a tour of San Francisco's infamous island penitentiary.

Explore Alcatraz

Discover the world's most infamous prison.

Also known as 'The Rock', the federal prison once established on Alcatraz Island is synonymous with notorious bank robbers and murderers like Al Capone, 'Machine Gun' Kelly, and the 'Birdman of Alcatraz', Robert Stroud. Now empty, and managed by the National Park Service, you can hop on a ferry to visit Alcatraz for yourself. Once you arrive, you'll have hours to explore the infamous facility with a personal audioguide. Learn about the lives of prisoners and guards alike, inspect the cells, and take in magnificent views of surrounding San Francisco Bay.

Alcatraz Need-to-Know

Important information about visiting Alcatraz.

This ticket includes admission to Alcatraz and return ferry transfers from Pier 33. After booking, please email [email protected] with your booking reference, preferred Alcatraz tour date and time, lead guest name, and names for all other guests included in the booking (and ages if they are under 18). This must be confirmed at least 10 days in advance of your visit. Same-day bookings are not available. Please redeem your e-tickets at our Pier 41 Marine Terminal Information Center between 9:30am–5:30pm on the day before your Alcatraz visit, or between 9:30am–10:00am on the date of your Alcatraz visit. Note that Photo ID is required for each adult in the group over the age of 18. Please note that Alcatraz tour times cannot be changed and are considered confirmed tickets once a time has been allocated. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Pre-recorded Commentary

Available in 10 languages.

Pre-recorded commentary is available in 10 languages on all Red Route buses via complimentary headphones that you can keep when you hop off the bus. Languages featured include English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Cantonese.

Panoramic City Tour

Board our open-top bus for a once-round, panoramic tour of San Francisco!

This ticket includes a panoramic, once-round pass for our San Francisco bus tours. Simply board the bus, sit back and relax from our top deck - our tour passes all the famous sights of San Francisco, and includes a spectacular return journey over the Golden Gate Bridge! Please note that you will not be able to use this ticket to hop on and hop off the bus tour.

Free Mobile App

Now with live bus arrival times!

Download our free mobile app for the perfect pocket companion to your sightseeing adventure. Our live bus arrival times feature lets you spend a little longer sipping that latte, browsing at the museum or taking that all-important selfie, so you can simply arrive 5 minutes early at the bus stop. In addition to live bus arrival times, you'll also get detailed maps and route information, live bus tracking, walking directions, facts about famous landmarks and attractions, ticket offers and more. Save memory-making minutes on your city adventure with Big Bus Tours.

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Flexible Ticket

If your circumstances change and you need to amend your ticket, we’ll need to know at least 72 hours before your tour.

The quickest way to make changes to your booking is by downloading the Big Bus Tours app and chatting with our friendly Customer Service team.

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Our San Francisco Sightseeing Routes

One of the undeniable highlights of our San Francisco Bus Tour is the journey across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, with top-deck views across the bay. However, with its diverse neighborhoods, lively entertainment hub and bustling shopping district, there are so many other great areas of the Golden City to explore. Hop on with us to discover the best of San Francisco.

  • Alcatraz Island
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Railway Museum
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Cartoon Art Museum
  • Chinatown Walk
  • African American Art & Culture Complex
  • Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
  • Opera House
  • Symphony Hall
  • Night Tour
  • Sea Lions
  • Beat Generation Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Exploratorium
  • Maritime National Historic Park / Hyde Street Pier
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Cable Car Museum
  • De Young Museum
  • Asian Art Museum
  • City Lights Bookstore
  • The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Cable Car
  • Fort Point
  • Madame Tussauds & San Francisco Dungeon
  • St. Peter and Paul’s Church
  • Maritime Museum
  • U.S.S. Pampanito Submarine
  • Lombard Street
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Red and White - 1-Hour Bay Cruise
  • Treasure Island
  • Washington Square
  • Civic Center
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Haight Ashbury
  • North Beach, Little Italy
  • Alamo Square Park
  • Embarcadero
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Painted Ladies
  • Coit Tower
  • DeYoung Museum & Legion of Honor Museum
  • Fishermen's Chapel
  • Presidio Park
  • Ferry Building
  • Players Arcade and Luau Lounge Secret Tiki Bar
  • Pier 39
  • Chinatown
  • Marina District
  • Union Square

Big Bus Tours is the largest operator of open-top bus sightseeing tours in the world, providing sightseeing tours in 22 cities across four continents.

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City San Francisco
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Strapline Hop on with Big Bus Tours San Francisco for a once-round panoramic bus tour of the city, then hop off and board the boat to Alcatraz for a tour of San Francisco's infamous island penitentiary.
Includes Panoramic bus tour (once-around) , Alcatraz entry , Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, See all the top landmarks, Pre-recorded commentary, Flexible Ticket
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NON Includes 1-hour Night Tour, Hop-on, hop-off day tour, Guided city walking tour, Bike rental offer, 1-hour bay cruise, Aquarium of the bay entry
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