One of the most interesting visits what can you do in your trip to San Francisco, in the west coast of the United States. is the excursion in ferry to Alcatraz Island, which will allow you to visit the old and very famous criminal.
Popularly known as The rock, the same name of the famous action film developed in said criminal of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz It was one of the most famous prisons of U.S until it was closed in 1963.
Its origin is in 1775, when the Spaniards called it the Alcatraces Island.
Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay in California
It was subsequently used as a lighthouse, then as a military fortification, and finally became a prison.
At present, and since 1972, the Alcatraz Prison is considered as one of the national parks of the United States.
How to visit the island and Prison of Alcatraz
For visit Alcatraz Prison, you have to make a ferry trip that lasts about two and a half hours, whose price already includes the visit of the prison, which is actually free.
The company Alcatraz Cruises It is responsible for providing the ferry service.
You have to catch it in the Pier of San Francisco, specifically in the Pier (Pier) 33, with schedules which begin at 8.45 am in the morning during the main holiday season, between March and September, until 3.50 pm.
The last return from the island is at 6.30 pm, and here you can check the details of the Alcatraz ferry schedules
Prices ferry trip to Alcatraz
Heprice of the excursion to visit the Alcatraz Prison It is 38 dollars (2018), in the case of adults, 23.25 dollars for children between 5 and 11 years, and 32.75 dollars for seniors +62, being free for children under 5 years.
The price includes the service of audio guide for the visit of the prison.
There is also the so-calledexcursion nocturnal to Alcatraz, which is the most complete, with two departures in the summer season that begin at 17.55 and 18.30, and with a duration of two and a half hours.
This night excursion includes a special tour to see the sunset in the Golden Gate Bridge.
You also have the excursion Behind The Scenes Tour, which includes a special guided tour in the prison.
Another alternative you have is to combine the guided tour of San Francisco with the excursion to the island of Alcatraz.
Made with the company of a guide in Spanish, in an 8-hour day you can visit the most prominent places in the city of San Francisco, while completing the tour with the excursion to Alcatraz.
Here you have detailed information of the Full San Francisco and Alcatraz Tour.
How to get to the island and Prison of Alcatraz