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Tickets for Escape from the Rock: Bay Cruise

Cruise through the history of Alcatraz, from escape attempts to infamous inmates

Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date
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Starting time: May-Oct: Daily at 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00, 10 June - 18 Aug: additional cruise at 17:00. Nov-Apr: Mon-Thu, 11:30; Fri-Sun, 11:30 & 15:45
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Audio guide: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish
Smartphone tickets accepted

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  • Enjoy an exciting 90-minute cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island
  • Listen to stories about escape attempts, life in the maximum security prison, and infamous inmates including Al Capone
  • Get an audio tour in your chosen language on your own WiFi-enabled device and take in the amazing San Francisco views


Wear something warm, because you might get goosebumps listening to tales of this prison's dark and creepy history. From escape attempts to infamous inmates, to legends of ghosts and hauntings, Alcatraz has it all! Bring your own phone and get ready to plug into a chilling slice of American history on the Escape from the Rock cruise.

Cruise around The Rock, home to Alcatraz, which operated as an official U.S. military prison from 1907 right up until 1933. You'll stay on your comfy boat the whole time, but you'll get a guided tour in the language of your choice just by tuning in through your own WiFi enabled device.

Sit back, relax, and be glad you're free and innocent as you hear about dirty dealings in the prison's tiny cells - some were only 5 x 9 feet!

Learn about Alcatraz's most famous inmates, including Al Capone, Billy Cook, and Clyde Johnson. Find out who tried to escape, who failed and why, and hear some of the terrible things witnessed by guards and officers, who also lived on the island with their families.

Chilling, eye-opening and exciting - a must-do in San Francisco.

Insider tip

Birdwatchers, don't forget the binoculars! Alcatraz is home to many birds like snowy egrets, black-crowned night herons, cormorants, orange-footed pigeon guillemots and western gulls, often seen flying around the island.



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What's included

90-minute cruise
Audio guide (please bring your WiFi enabled device to access the tour)
Complimentary headphones

What's not included

Stop at Alcatraz Island and admission to Alcatraz
Gratuities (optional)

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes are possible for this ticket


Please show your smartphone voucher at the Blue & Gold Fleet Box Office at PIER 39.


How to get there

Blue and Gold Fleet
Pier 41, 94133, San Francisco
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