For budget-conscious travelers, taking the BART from our hotel to Alcatraz in San Francisco adds convenience and savings to your trip to the Bay Area! Local transit will take you right into the heart of the city, where you can visit Fisherman’s Wharf along with one of San Francisco’s most famous sites: Alcatraz! Visit one of San Francisco's most popular attractions during your stay at our hotel near Alcatraz.
This small island just 1.25 miles from San Francisco has a big history. First a military garrison, then a military prison, Alcatraz became a federal penitentiary in the 1930s. For the next thirty years, it held some of America’s most famous criminals, including Al Capone and other infamous mobsters. Famously, no one ever escaped Alcatraz, though many tried. One famous incident included three prisoners who made busts of their heads out of soap.
In 1972, it became a park, receiving Historic Landmark designation in 1986. Today, the island is open to tours, with a range of things to do. From its natural features—due to its location and rock pools, it is home to a wide range of wildlife—to its fascinating history.
Take the BART from San Bruno, or from SFO you can take the bus straight into downtown. To get to Alcatraz, you must take a ferry operated by Alcatraz Tours LLC. Go to Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33. Ferry tickets sell out in advance, so make sure to book your tour early! Due to its popularity, it can be difficult to buy a ticket the day of. Buy them online here.
San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Open all year long, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Book a stay at our hotel near Alcatraz in San Francisco to discover a fascinating natural landscape that coincides with a unique period in American history!