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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

By Gray Line San Francisco
Once a federal prison and now a national park, historic Alcatraz sits in the middle of the San Francisco Bay and is a must-see sight. Secure a hard-to-get ticket to the island for an audio-guided walking tour and visit other iconic San Francisco sights including the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, and Chinatown on this stress-free tour. All entrance fees are included.
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Ages 0-99, max of 55 per group
Duration:6h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Prebook so you don't miss your chance to go to Alcatraz, which sells out fast
  • Round-trip ferry ticket, admission, and audio tour of Alcatraz
  • A stress-free package ideal for first-time visitors 
  • Visit iconic sights including the Golden Gate Bridge and Chinatown

  • Alcatraz Admission Ticket (valued at $41.00 USD) including Ferry Ride & Cellhouse Audio Tour
  • Narrated Bus Tour of San Francisco
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach
  • Transportation to Pier 33 Alcatraz Cruise Port after City Tour
  • Plenty of stops with Photo opportunities
  • Entry/Admission - Alcatraz Island
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Any other services not specified
  • Hotel Pick up or drop off
  • Bus Transportation after the Alcatraz Tour is not included

This package is a combination of two tours in one. On this city tour, enjoy some of the highlights of San Francisco. Hop aboard an air-conditioned coach and cruise along the city’s waterfront, taking in views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay on your way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Spend the morning visiting the historic Palace of Fine Arts, a monumental structure from the 1915 World’s Fair; stop for pictures at the panoramic viewpoint on Twin Peaks; and explore neighborhoods including North Beach, Chinatown, the Presidio, and Fisherman’s Wharf. After your city tour, board a ferry bound for Alcatraz. Upon arrival, get a brief orientation on the maximum-security facility from a park ranger and pick up your self-guided audio tour. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates as you explore the cellblocks. When your audio tour concludes, hop back on the ferry to Pier 33.

Departure details
  • 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone Encore Cafe is next door. The bus will board from directly across the street. Arrive by 8:25 AM to check-in Bus Departs at 8:40 AM
  • 2805 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Departure Zone (2805 Leavenworth St) Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours is across the street (blue canopy). The Bus will board just in front. Arrive by 8:45 AM to check-in Bus Departs at 9:00 AM
Return details
  • Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Pier 33 concludes the bus transportation portion of tour. Pier 33 Alcatraz landing is where the Alcatraz portion commences. Upon conclusion of Alcatraz, customers will need to make their own way back from whence they came.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2660SFODLX3

  • Alcatraz reservations are first come first serve, all reservations are finalized (11) days prior to your departure date. No refunds or changes allowed after this date.
  • You must provide first and last names, along with ages of all passengers to confirm your reservation. If for any reason you do not provide this information within the window of time provided, your Alcatraz tour will be forfeited.
  • Date changes are not permitted once confirmation is received
  • The Alcatraz portion usually takes 2.5 hours to complete, with its audio tour consisting of approximately 45 minutes. You are advised to inquire on your arrival to the island as to what time the next guided tour will begin. There is no restriction on the amount of time you spend on the Island. The ferry boat service departs Alcatraz every 30 minutes and you can disembark at your own leisure
  • Pier 33 is the last stop and ends the bus transport portion of tour. Customers will need to make their own way back to their desired destinations after Alcatraz.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour?
How much is Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour?
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What is the Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour cancellation policy?
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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour is hosted by Gray Line San Francisco. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Gray Line San Francisco on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2660SFODLX3

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • Pass by
    Union Square
    Van Ness Avenue
    Cow Hollow
  • 1
    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    Golden Gate Bridge
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Presidio of San Francisco
  • 3
    Lands End
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Golden Gate Park
    Haight Street
  • 4
    Twin Peaks
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    The Castro
    Market Street
    Financial District
    Chinatown
    North Beach
  • 5
    Alcatraz Island
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Pier 33
    San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    Pier 33 concludes the bus transportation portion of tour. Pier 33 Alcatraz landing is where the Alcatraz portion commences. Upon conclusion of Alcatraz, customers will need to make their own way back from whence they came.
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Beautiful Tour
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Wine and lessons with Robyn
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Mark R
Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
Sep 2022
We only had 3 x nights in San Francisco before heading off to Hawaii, so we didn't have much time and had to choose something that would help us see as much as possible without taking up all of our time.

We really only booked this trip so we could see Alcatraz and we really were in for a surprise.

Well, Wow, I'm not sure what I had expected but, this excursion was excellent and great value for money. Firstly, the weather was glorious so the multiple vantage points we were taken to helped us get fantastic photos.

The Golden gate bridge, the views were spectacular. Beside this iconic bridge over looking the whole bay was really impressive.

Twin peaks. The views, overlooking the city were incredible.

The coach stops multiple times at various locations allowing you to take in the spectacular views, use any restrooms available, stretch your legs.

The City tour gave us a great understanding of where places were in relation to our hotel location, Chinatown, Pier 39 (distance, walkable or taxi etc.).
Our tour guide, Joseph, was great and was brilliant help with directions and tips for how best to get around, cable cars, buses taxis etc.

Shout out to our driver, Lee, too.

Oh, and then we were dropped off at Pier 31/33 for the Alcatraz leg of this day out. We thought it was brilliant.

Honestly, if you are like us and had never been to San Francisco before, I cannot recommend this excursion enough.

Thanks a million for making our trip to SF so incredibly memorable.

Cheers,
Mark, from Ireland.
Written September 23, 2022
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Amanda M
Dear MarkrG, It was great to hear that you enjoyed San Francisco City Tour. We really appreciate your detailed review and the fact that you had a great time with us. Your review made our day! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, but we can only do it thanks to amazing customers like you. We hope to serve you again soon.
Written September 23, 2022
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Rhiannon
Edmonton, Canada18 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
This is a great tour to take when you are in the city for a short period, our guide was very knowledgeable. People on the tour mentioned they used to live in the city and were amazed with the facts that she discussed and the places we visited. Pick up is easy and organized, this was definitely a highlight of our vacation.
Written November 16, 2022
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Amanda M
Dear Rrose, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our San Francisco City Tour and it was the highlight of your vacation. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We really appreciate it. We hope to serve you again soon.
Written November 17, 2022
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David W
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK111 contributions
We booked this combo tour before leaving the uk and are so glad we did . We were picked up just along from our hotel and taken to the main office to get our tickets for the city tour and Alcatraz tour before we started .
Our driver was called Rich and if you do the tour and get him as your driver , you will thoroughly enjoy his commentary.
We started off round the city then headed out to and across the golden gate bridge before a short stop for loo's , pictures etc . We then headed off towards Lands End , going through various neighbourhood's which our driver described as we went . Even given us a guide as to rental prices which are ridiculously high !!!
At Lands End we again stopped for loo's and pictures with a chance to look around the shop or have a snack . Cookies here are amazing!!
If you fancy a souvenir picture to hang at home , get it here as a lot cheaper than at fisherman's wharf area .
We then headed up to Twin Peaks area with another stop with breathtaking views of the city and the bay area before heading down towards market street and finishing off by fisherman's wharf for our Alcatraz tour .
Have to say a huge thank you to our driver Rich , who made the tour interesting and fun with a few jokes thrown in .
Written March 1, 2020
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Dear davidwK4861VV, Thank you for such a positive review on our tour! I am delighted to know you fully enjoyed the day visiting the highlights of the city in our tour as well as Alcatraz island. I will certainly share your commentaries with Rich, who for sure will be happy to hear from you. We really hope you enjoyed tour time in San Francisco! Sincerely, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written March 2, 2020
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Mindy
Daphne, AL1 contribution
We booked this trip mainly for the Alcatraz tickets, but also was excited for our kids to go on a tour of San Francisco . My husband and I had visited San Fran a few years back and took a wonderful tour of the city with lots of interesting facts about the city. Here was our issues with this tour:
1. Our tour guide was very very kind and helpful however he was very difficult to understand. I would say we only understood a little over half of what he said.
2. The tour was mostly pointing out places along the way and did not give much background information on the sites. It really lacked any interesting information and I found myself falling asleep a few times on the bus. Overall, it was a boring few hours, except for a few stops where we could take pictures. By the end of the tour I was wishing we would have just skipped the tour of San Fran all together.
Written July 18, 2021
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Hello Trail21150739327 Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry your tour was not as enjoyable as you expected. We strive to give all our customers top-quality experiences, and we regularly review the storytelling of our guides to make sure they meet the standards we want to achieve We'd love to have the opportunity to know further about your experience, so we can learn from it and improve our product for the coming guests. Please call us at 415-850-8917. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
Written July 19, 2021
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Peter M
1 contribution
The city tour in the morning was very good, however, when we were dropped off for the Alcatraz ferry, our host told us to be at the pier 1.30pm prompt for a 2pm ferry crossing to the island.
On arrival at the ferry reception we showed our tickets, but were told that our tickets were for the 1.35pm ferry and we were too late to board.
This was hugely disappointing as visiting Alcatraz was to be the highlight of our trip to San Francisco.
Written November 10, 2022
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Amanda M
Dear Peter, We are so sorry about for the misunderstanting as Alcatraz changed their schedule for the low season. Our customer service is getting in contact with you. Sincerely, Gray Line.
Written November 10, 2022
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Celine
Calgary, Canada39 contributions
Amazing city bus tour with Alcatraz to finish it off!! The tour is on a chartered bus - Lee was our driver and did amazing. The tour was very informative with history, recommendation and recent changes. They gave strict 15 minutes stops and multiple destinations.
The tour took us from 8:30am and we returned from Alcatraz on our own around 5pm. It was a full day but well worth it! The only major downfall was the Golden Gate Bridge was pretty fogged in so not much of a view (I understand fog is VERY common in SF).
I would highly recommend taking this tour if you want to see all the prime spots of SF with out renting a vehicle.
Written July 1, 2022
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Hi Celine! Thanks for the kind and detailed feedback! And yes, it is quite common for the fog to shows up, especially during the summer months. Fun Fact: Fog is so common here in San Francisco that it even has a name and an Instagram account: Karl the Fog :) Thank you for trusting our service and we hope to see you again! Isabela Vieira, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Gray Line of San Francisco
Written July 11, 2022
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Jen L
Floyds Knobs, IN16 contributions
This was a great tour and a great way to see a lot of city highlights in half of a day. You don’t get to spend a ton of time at any one place, but it’s mostly enough for some great photo-ops. We especially loved the Lands End portion and wish we could’ve had a little more time to actually walk down by the water. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and the driver was a champ!

I’ll share my only “complaints/FYIs”: if you’re doing the combination tour with Alcatraz, there’s really not enough time in between the tour and the boat leaving to get anything to eat. That was a little disappointing since it was definitely a long day. However, there was some food and beverages available on the boat, so it ended up being okay. I didn’t see that in other people’s reviews, which is why I wanted to mention it. Also, the boat ride and dock area required masks, which we didn’t know. Nobody seemed to really enforce it on the way back, though, which made the whole thing seem kind of pointless—especially being outside. You could buy masks at the ticket window if you didn’t have one of your own.
Written June 10, 2022
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Hello, 67jenl! Thank you so mush for taking the time to write your review on our tour. We will take your comments into account so that we can improve our customers' experiences. We hope to see you again soon!! Isabela V., Gray Line of San Francisco
Written June 15, 2022
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Dawn W
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
We did the Alcatraz Combo Tour and it was amazing. We started the day by visiting a few places around San Francisco. Our driver was called Rob ( I think). If he had recently retired and then came back then it’s him I’m referring to. He was very factual, gave information about everything we past and I actually left the coach with some knowledge about San Francisco. In addition to his facts , his humour was 10/10. He made the journey and made us laugh throughout, and him knowing so much about the city suits why he does it for a job. Thank you, Rob!

Alcatraz was amazing! It was everything I ever dreamt of and I’ve waited 11 years to go. It’s worth doing the audio tour as you hear all about it and at some points you’re treated like a prisoner: stay and walk to the left!.

Overall the trip is well worth doing. We travelled from England and didn’t have a good start to the holiday as we missed our flight From London to San Fran, but this trip really made up for it and It will be an experience I’ll talk about forever.
Written February 19, 2020
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Dear dawnwM4501CY, Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write this superb review! It is wonderful to learn you had such a great time with us and we contribute to create beautiful memories to take home with you about your visit to San Francisco! I am sure it was a pleasure taking the tour with Rob! He is an amazing professional! I will pass your comments to him and I am sure he will be thrilled to hear from you! We hope to welcome you back soon for another delightful experience! Best regards, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written February 20, 2020
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Rosana P
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
The visit to Alcatraz was excellent, but time for lunch was too tight. The city tour was good but it was somewhat boring and there was one unnecessary stop at the top of the mountain in front of the ocean. I would have made one stop at the central park instead.
Written March 9, 2020
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Dear PRrosana, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am truly glad to learn you had an excellent experience on board our tour and I hope you took beautiful memories with you. I regret you felt rush during your lunch and did not fully enjoy the stops selected during the tour. I will transfer your constructive feedback with both our operations and reservations team in order to see whether there is room for improvement. We hope to welcome you back soon for another excellent experience. Best regards, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written March 12, 2020
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Tara H
5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
This was a great tour! Ben was our guide and was very knowledgeable. It didn’t sound like he was just rattling off facts; he really knew the history and stories behind San Francisco! Gordon was an excellent driver as well. The only hiccup was when we left the bus tour, the Alcatraz ticket office seemed a little confused. But it all worked out. And Alcatraz was awesome but VERY cold! Be sure to layer if you go out there. It was an overcast day in late October. Very worth the trip and money.
Written October 31, 2022
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Amanda M
Dear Tara, We’d just like to thank you for taking the time to write this review of San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz. We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour and everything went well. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
Written October 31, 2022
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