ESCAPE TO HOLIDAY INN GOLDEN GATEWAY
NEAR ALCATRAZ ISLAND
Just 2.2 Miles from the Alcatraz Ferry
At the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, we understand the joy of travel. And sometimes the joy of travel brings you to unique places like Alcatraz Island, the location of one of the most famous prisons in the world, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.
Alcatraz may have once been a prison housing the nation’s most notorious criminals, including Al "Scarface" Capone, but now it is a national park. You might be surprised to find the island, also known as the Rock, filled with historic gardens, bird colonies, and stunning views of the bay. The beauty of the island doesn’t compare to its dark history—which is the real reason millions of people escape to Alcatraz every year.
Your San Francisco Hotel Near Alcatraz Island
After an informative (and perhaps unnerving) day at the county's most infamous prison, breathe a sigh of relief in your modern, comfortable, and inviting Nob Hill hotel rooms. Savor your freedom with wine and small plates at R.O.H. Bar & Restaurant, relax alongside our peaceful rooftop pool, or bask in the panoramic city views that define Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, views that include Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.
Getting to Pier 33
A 10-Minute Drive to the Alcatraz Ferry
The ferry to Alcatraz departs from Pier 33, which is just 2.2 miles from the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway.
If you’re driving in, keep in mind Alcatraz Landing doesn’t offer parking. And while street spots are available, most of them have a two-hour, metered limit. In lieu of parking on the street, you can use one of the nearby parking garages. Find more information about Alcatraz parking here.
It’s easy to use San Francisco's public transportation to get to Pier 33. In fact, buses, streetcars, and cable cars all get fairly close to the departure dock. The Muni's F Line Historic Streetcar, #8 Bayshore, and #82X Levi Plaza Express are your best options. To find the best route for your schedule, download the MuniMobile app.
Distance to the Pier 33: 2.2 Miles
Drive Time: 10 Minutes Without Traffic
Wharf Parking: Paid Garages
Hotel Parking: $40.00 per Day, Plus Tax
Rideshare Fare: $9.00 to $12.00
MUNI Fare: $2.75
MUNI Travel Time: 35 Minutes
Get Your Alcatraz Tickets Early
Millions of people visit each year - around 5,000 a day. Because a trip to Alcatraz is at the top of everyone's to-do list, you should book your tour well in advance. And only go through Alcatraz Cruises - other sellers offer tickets at much higher rates!
Tickets and Tours
Being the first group to head to the island means it will be less crowded, so we recommend booking an Early Bird Ticket. If you’re not an early riser, no worries. Day Tours and Night Tours are available. Keep in mind the time you select when purchasing your ticket is the time your boat will leave. Once you arrive on the island, you’re free to explore at your own pace.
There’s also a special behind-the-scenes tour that includes a ranger-guided look into the tunnels, gardens, and hidden alleyways of the Rock.
For the most up to date pricing and schedule, head to Alcatraz Cruises.
Alcatraz Island Travel Tips
- Wear layers. It may be warm when you leave the pier, but that could change once you’re in the wind-swept bay. A jacket is a must when visiting the Rock.
- Prepare to hike. The cellhouse is located a quarter mile from the ferry’s landing dock—at the top of a hill with three steep switchbacks. So make sure you’re ready for a bit of a hike. If you’re not, there’s a mobility tram to take you up.
- Get in line early to escape Alcatraz. You can leave the island whenever you like, but the ferry taking people back to San Francisco has limited capacity. You don’t want to wait in line only to find out you can’t board the boat at your preferred time.
- Take the Night Tour. When you purchase tickets to the Night Tour through Alcatraz Cruises, you’ll get to see an amazing sunset and fully engross yourself in the prisonly vibes of the cellhouse. But book it early! This tour sells out fast.
- Pack some snacks. There’s no place to purchase food on the island, although you can buy coffee and refreshments on the ferry ride over. If you plan to stay for a while, bring a brown bag lunch and eat on the landing dock’s picnic tables. You can’t beat the view!
Restaurants Near Pier 33
Since there are no food vendors on the island, you'll want to fuel up somewhere delicious before or after your tour. Luckily, there are amazing spots near Pier 33 and Alcatraz Landing. Check out a few of our favorites!
The Hollywood Cafe is a hearty breakfast spot about a half mile from your departure dock on Pier 33. With classics like pancakes and seven types of Eggs Benedict to choose from (including Dungeness crab!), everyone will head to the Rock happy and ready to take on the day.
530 North Point Street
Hog Island Oyster Co.
This local mainstay doesn’t just serve oysters to happy customers—they cultivate them on 160 acres across Tomales Bay. It’s right across the street from your departure dock, so grab lunch or enjoy dinner at Hog Island Oyster Co. We recommend . . . well, the oysters.
1 Ferry Building 11A, The Embarcadero
Right across from Pier 33 is Hillstone Restaurant. If you want to enjoy a meal on the patio before boarding your boat to Alcatraz, this is your spot. The burger is outstanding, and the cocktail menu is thoughtful and unique.
1800 Montgomery Street
After a day in Alcatraz, treat yourself to a dinner at Scoma’s. "Pier to plate" is their specialty, so order anything shellfish or Dungeness crab. And make sure to take in the gorgeous view!
1965 Al Scoma Way, Pier 47