Alcatraz with 2 Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour

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No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to infamous Alcatraz Island, the former prison home of some America’s most notorious criminals. This great value ticket combines the city-wide 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker bus tour and return ferry tickets to ‘the Rock’.

Our guide to Alcatraz with 2 Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour

The 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off & Alcatraz ticket is valid for 2 Days and allows you to explore the city at your own pace - see San Francisco from the top of an authentic English Double Decker Bus and hop-off at any of the convenient stops around the city.

Explore, sightsee or shop before jumping aboard next bus. The Hop-on Hop-Off ticket is valid for three different routes around the city and there is full narration on board ensuring you do not miss a thing!

2 Day Hop on Hop Off Tour  (departs daily every 30 minutes from 9.00am to 5.00pm): Start your tour at Fisherman's Wharf, one of the most vibrant places in the city. Visit the exciting attractions at Pier 39, watch the popular sea lion colony and see many other sights along the waterfront. The open top bus gives you the best views while you drive along the Barbary Coast, the Embarcadero, Ferry Building, Union Square, City Hall, North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park and much more. 

Snap a picture of Chinatown's 'Dragon Gates' and try their delicious food, or shop at Union Square in many of its luxury stores. Take a stroll around Alamo Square to see the world-famous Painted Ladies Victorian houses, also known as "Postcard Row". In Haigh Ashbury you will be taken back in time to the “Summer of Love”, surrounded by colorful murals and fine art dedicated to San Francisco’s hippie culture.

The highlight of the tour is the ride across San Francisco’s most iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. While crossing the 1.7-mile span on an open-top bus you will have breathtaking views of the bridge, Alcatraz Island and the stunning skyline. Hop off at North Vista Point to take your best selfie, or walk across the bridge high above the bay.

Enjoy the great views of San Francisco's City Hall, the Opera House and Symphony Hall along the Civic Center. Escape to Golden Gate Park to explore one of the largest urban parks in the world. Stop at its popular museums and attractions, the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young Museum, or enjoy the long hiking trails, bike paths, lakes, waterfalls, and much more.

If you stay on the bus for the full tour, you can see all major sites of San Francisco in 2 hours, but with your flexible 2- day ticket you are free to explore the city on your own pace and hop on and off the bus as often as you like for two days. The tour guides or audio commentary provide fun and informative insights about San Francisco while you enjoy the most amazing views from the open top deck of the Double Decker bus.

Duration: 2 hours if staying on the bus for whole loop

Alcatraz Audio Tour Alcatraz is San Francisco's most famous attraction. Start your tour by boarding the ferry at Fisherman’s Wharf and sail across the bay to visit “the Rock”, San Francisco’s infamous prison island. Once on the island, enjoy the amazing views of San Francisco’s skyline and explore Alcatraz on your own pace with the award winning self-guided audio tour inside the prison cell-block (available in various languages). Learn about the history of Alcatraz and stroll around the island until you are ready for your escape, taking the ferry back to San Francisco.


Your ferry ticket for Alcatraz will be confirmed for the date you request at the time of booking, but the actual time will not be advised until you reconfirm online . The  hours before your cruise self-guided audio tour gives you the flexibility to stay on the island as long as you like.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Alcatraz with 2 Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour

  • Cancellation Policy: Fully refundable if cancelled with the supplier more than 30 days prior to your tour. 50% cancellation fee applies for bookings cancelled between 7 and 30 days of your tour. Non-refundable within 7 days of your tour. 
  • The date you select on the calendar is your reserved Alcatraz date. You will need to reconfirm online for the exact time of your cruise. The bus tours are flexible and can start on any day, except Christmas Day.
  • This ticket must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your planned visit to Alcatraz.
  • The All Loops Tour portion of your ticket is open-dated and can be used at any time. The All Loops Ticket expires 2 days after first use.
  • The All Loops portion of the tour does not run on Christmas Day.


    Frequently Asked Questions for Alcatraz with 2 Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour

    General Information

    • What is the Alcatraz with 2-Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour package?

      This package combines a visit to the infamous Alcatraz Island with a 2-day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of the city. You'll explore the iconic prison and enjoy the flexibility to explore San Francisco's top attractions at your own pace.

    • Do I need to detail a specific date for my tour?

      The date you select on the calendar is your reserved Alcatraz date. You must reconfirm your Alcatraz cruise 72 hours in advance, online, to find out the time of your cruise.  The bus tours are flexible and can start on any day, except Christmas Day.

    • How does the 2-Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour work?

      The bus tour allows you to explore San Francisco at your own pace over two consecutive days. You can hop on and off the bus at designated stops to visit popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and more.

    • Is this package suitable for children and families?

      Yes, the package is suitable for families. It's a great way to experience Alcatraz and explore San Francisco's top attractions. Please check the age restrictions and pricing for children when booking.

    • What time of year is the best time to visit Alcatraz?

      The best time of the year to visit Alcatraz is in the winter months (January - March) if you want to avoid long crowds. The best months to visit due to weather are April - May or September-October. The summer months can be cold and foggy on Alcatraz Island.

    Rides & Attractions

    • Is there a limit to the number of times I can get off and re-join the tour bus?

      No, you can get off and on the buses as many times as you like over 2 Days

    Clothing & Accessories

    • How should I dress for Alcatraz Island when visiting?

      You should bring a light jacket or sweater when visiting Alcatraz Island as the weather can be unpredictable. Winter months can be wet so we suggest that you bring a raincoat or wet gear. Comfortable shoes are necessary because much of Alcatraz Island is steep and hilly.