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2 hr GoCar Rental
Max 2 persons per car
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GoCars are easy and fun to drive. They're guided by GPS (Global Positioning System), which means that the car always knows where you are, even if you don't. As you drive, it tells you where to turn and what you're passing, and it waits patiently if you want to stop. This is the most exhilarating, entertaining and enlightening way to tour San Francisco.
The GoCar ride is only half of your journey on this tour! Take a trip to the Rock - Alcatraz Island. The infamous and notorious prison which home to the likes of Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelley, and Robert "The Birdman" Stroud. Enjoy an orientation video with historical footage, self-guided walks, exhibits and Ranger-interpretive talks on topics such as "Famous Escapes." Also featured is an award-winning audio tour in the prison cell house with actual interviews of former guards and inmates.
GoCars and the cell house audio tour are available in several different languages including: English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS A MAXIMUM OF TWO PERSONS PER GOCAR. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU NEED 3 TICKETS TO ALCATRAZ YOU WOULD NEED A TOTAL OF 2 GOCARS.
**No minors under the age of 18 are allowed to tour Alcatraz Island without the accompaniment of an adult. An adult must be present with minors at all times while on Alcatraz Island.
Length: Allow at least 4.5 hours total
9:00 am GoCar tour
~ during the winter months, your tour will be scheduled for 12:45 pm, 1:20 pm or 1:55 pm
~ during the summer months, your tour will be scheduled between 12:35 pm & 3:55 pm
~ Alcatraz tour time will be scheduled for you and will be displayed on your eticket.
Summary: 48 HOUR MINIMUM ADVANCED BOOKING REQUIRED. This tour does not include hotel pick up. Alcatraz Tours depart from Pier 33. Ticket confirmations are sent 10 to 30 days prior to your tour. If your order is less than 10 days prior, we will make every effort to send your ticket confirmation within 72 hours from receipt of your order. Alcatraz Tickets must be picked up by the cardholder. If you are purchasing tickets as a gift, please note that in the Comments section. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free, but they do not receive audio headsets. Alcatraz asks that you arrive one hour prior to your departure time. Please reserve online. Call 888-478-1465 for more information.
There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.
Your trip to Alcatraz departs on a ferry from Pier 33. The ferry across the San Francisco Bay takes about 10 minutes. Alcatraz Island is a 25-acre island located just 1 1/4-miles from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Upon arrival, a National Park Ranger will provide a brief welcome and orientation. You are then free to explore the island and the prison at your own pace. We recommend that you stop at the theatre to see the Alcatraz video following the orientation. The video provides an excellent overview of what you will see. The 35-minute audio headset tour of the Alcatraz cell block is a real highlight. This tour is available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. During the tour, you will hear stories from former inmates and prison guards as you walk through the cellblock. After the Cell Block tour, there is time to see all the sites around the island and visit the Alcatraz museum and bookshop.
To reach the Cell House, you walk from the wharf up the steep hill on the old service road. The Cell House is at the top of the island. Along the way, you can stop and visit exhibits, see a variety of buildings that were used for various prison uses, and enjoy the views. Access: SEAT (Sustainable Easy Access Transport), is available for wheelchair users and visitors with a mobility need who are unable to walk up the quarter mile, 12% grade hill. Another option is to walk along the Agave Trail. The trail begins near the ferryboat landing on the east side of Alcatraz Island and continues to the southern tip of the island. The Agave Trail passes through a protected bird sanctuary and features beautiful plants and flowers. This trail offers fabulous views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Be sure to bring a camera because you will definitely want to remember your tour to the Rock!
Departure Times Available for Day Trips to Alcatraz from Pier 33:
- Ferries depart & return approximately every half hour continuously throughout the day. You may return on any ferry you choose, so stay as long as you like.
***Please check availability calender for the complete list of available times for each month. Alcatraz tour times are subject to change. If times change you will be rescheduled on the nearest scheduled time closest to your preferred time.
We have several different tours that include a tour to Alcatraz. For more information, please click on one of the following links:
The GoCar tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf and takes you past the most spectacular San Francisco sites - from the bay, to the ocean, to the famous parks, neighborhoods and streets in between.
To rent a GoCar, you must at least be a licensed driver 18-years of age. Our cars are approved for use on city streets, but not the bridges or freeways. The 3-wheeled cars seat two and have a lockable trunk for your things. Their small size makes parking a breeze, and in San Francisco, that's a major bonus. They can even be parked in motorcycle parking. Big News!
Helmets are provided and are required by California law. All riders receive a full orientation.
Renters must present a valid drivers license and be at least 18 years of age. We will use our discretion, however, with people under the age of 21, especially with larger groups. All renters must be able to read, understand and sign the GoCar liability release and waiver form.
Payment and Security Deposit:
You will need to present a major credit card for a $400 refundable security deposit. An imprint of the renter's credit card, along with a completed and signed rental agreement and liability waiver are required prior to the release of the vehicle. For vehicle insurance, as with rental cars, the driver can elect to purchase the collision damage waiver (CDW) - $9 per GoCar, covering the car for the day, limiting liability to $300.
The renter takes responsibility for the GoCar and their actions while driving the GoCar.
Where can you go:
Exploring San Francisco is easy and fun with a GoCar. You can choose to follow the tour, or you can take your own tour of the city. Cars are not allowed on Interstates or on the Golden Gate or Bay Bridges.
The weather in San Francisco and at Alcatraz can change suddenly. It can be cold and foggy one morning and sunny that afternoon. Be prepared, and dress in layers. Fog is common from June through September; temperatures may range from 38 degrees F (3 degress C) to 75 degrees G (24 degrees C).
On-street parking can be difficult to find, and parking spaces usually have a two-hour maximum time limit, which doesn't work for this tour. There are numerous commercial lots. Please arrive early to find a parking space, exchange your E-Ticket Receipt for the boarding tickets, and wait in line for boarding.
What to Wear
Be prepared, and dress in layers. We suggest comfortable walking shoes with grip-type soles. It is an outdoor, uphill walk to the prison. Sunglasses and sun screen are recommended.
Food and Beverage
There is no food service on Alcatraz. Eating is restricted to the dock area. Snacks are sold on the ferries. Drinking fountains are located at the island dock and near the lighthouse.
Please read this information BEFORE ordering Alcatraz tickets. By purchasing, you are indicating that you have read and agree to the following.
48 HOUR MINIMUM ADVANCED BOOKING REQUIRED. This tour does not include hotel pick up. Alcatraz Tours depart from Pier 33. Ticket confirmations are sent 10 to 30 days prior to your tour. If your order is less than 10 days prior, we will make every effort to send your ticket confirmation within 72 hours from receipt of your order. Alcatraz tour times are subject to change. If times change you will be rescheduled on the nearest scheduled time closest to your preferred time. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free, but they do not receive audio headsets. Alcatraz asks that you arrive one hour prior to your departure time. Please reserve online. Call 888-478-1465 for more information.