Since the only way to get to Alcatraz is on an Alcatraz Cruises ferry, the ferry schedule defines the National Park Service hours of operation for the park.
You buy a ticket for a specific outbound voyage of the ferry from Pier 33 in San Francisco to Alcatraz Island. You then can return on any daytime return ferry so long as there's space available. Once in a while you may have to wait in line for a half hour until the next ferry comes if it's a busy day and a popular time to return to San Francisco.
If you choose a nighttime tour (which has additional features and activities) you have a choice of two departures and two returning ferry times.
Be sure to check out the information about ticket prices, age requirements etc.
Alcatraz Ferry Schedule from Pier 33
This schedule is valid March 22, 2010 through October 24, 2010.
|Daytime Pier 33 to Alcatraz||Nighttime Pier 33 to Alcatraz||Alcatraz + Angel Island Combined Tour|
|9:10 AM||6:10 PM||9:30 AM|
|9:30 AM||6:45 PM|
|Daytime Alcatraz to Pier 33||Nighttime Alcatraz to Pier 33|
|9:50 AM||8:45 PM|
|10:25 AM||9:30 PM|
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