We have lived in the Bay Area for many years, but have never made it over to Alcatraz. We finally decided to do it on our upcoming trip to the Bay Area from SoCal (late July). We will be staying in Sauaslito/Mill Valley area and will be going on a Monday. We are not morning people and will likely go for a 1PM or so ferry from pier to Alcatraz. I imagine we will stay a couple hours then head back. I assume traffic over the Golden Gate Bridge gets pretty terrible starting around 4 (?). So, I was wondering:
1.) Instead of driving from Sausalito to the pier, is there a shuttle bus or ferry to avoid driving, parking, and/or dealing with bridge traffic?
2.) Any advice on the best time to visit? I realize that the earlier the better probably applies here, but we just can't do it that day.
3.) If we have a 1PM ferry reservation to Alcatraz, what time should we plan on leaving Sausalito (not familiar with the route and parking)??
4.) Any other advice on visiting or planning the visit?
Thanks!Edited: 5:02 pm, May 31, 2018