Real Metro + Alcatraz Tour

Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Sightseeing/short walks.

DAYS: Monday-Friday
Departs: Metro Tour 8:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
Alctaraz  8:45 a.m. the following day.
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AGE: 15+ No exceptions. No strollers. No infants. To 65.
PRICE: Metro Tour $60 + Alcatraz $35 = $95

coming soon!! we are hoping to offer April 2017 Alcatraz Packages

Please do not call for Alcatraz tickets. We have a very limited quantity and all of our available dates are listed.
Don’t wait, sales end 5 days prior to tour dates, and many of the dates we have available are already sold out at the Alcatraz box office.

The Real SF Tour is rated one of “Top 10 Out of the Car Tours in the world”.

You had to be the worst of the worst to be sentenced to Alcatraz between 1934 and 1963. You didn’t get sentenced by a judge back then and you won’t be on this fantastic tour combo.

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WHERE TO MEET

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CABLE CAR TERMINUS

This Tour meets at the intersection of Market and Drumm Streets; look for the clock on the pole (see photo). This clock is between the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the intersection of Market and Drumm, near a marketing kiosk. The meeting place is approximately 20 feet from the terminus of the California Street Cable Car line. It is across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank. Please do not look for 50 Drumm Street.*

Tours meet 10-15 (no one will be at the meeting place prior to that) minutes prior to the published departure time. There is no office, so if you arrive early please be patient. All tours depart at the published time.

GETTING THERE

We recommend using transit to get to the start of the tour. BART and MUNI both stop at the Embarcadero Station. When you exit the train look for signs that direct you towards the Ferry Building and Drumm Street The historic F line streetcars stop at Market and Drumm if you are coming from the Fisherman’s Wharf direction, or at Market and Beale if you are coming from The Castro direction. Some bus lines service this intersection such as the 21 Hayes.

PARKING

Is very difficult and expensive and driving is not recommended particularly on weekdays. Meters are enforced 24/7 along the Embarcadero. On Saturday parking is available at the Maritime Building on Clay between Front and Davis for $7.00 or $3.00 with a validated Ferry Building stamp (available at the Bay Crossings shop.

*We must use the 50 Drumm Street address online in order for Google Maps and other mapping apps to point at the right location. This is actually the address of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The meeting place is between the south side of the Hotel and Market Street. Please make sure not to wait in front of the Hotel or in the Lobby. Please do not go to the Ferry Bldg Clock Tower.
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INFO TO GO

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WALKING

This tour includes very short walks, a few indoor staircases, and a lot of rides on public transit. The walk up to the cell block on Alcatraz is steep and strenuous. Strollers are not advised. The US Parks Service provides transport for those who can not walk up the hill on their own but it may cause significant delays. Also please note that the Cable Cars are exempt from the ADA by a specific act of congress.

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TRANSIT PASSES

All necessary public transportation passes are provided for the duration of the Real Metro Sightseeing Tour. Alcatraz tickets are included with the purchase of this tour.

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WEATHER

Conditions on Nob Hill and Alcatraz can change quickly. Wind is likely while on the Cable Cars, the Ferry Boat, and Alcatraz please carry jackets. This tour will go rain or shine with a minimum of 2 passengers.

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DRESS

Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Light Jacket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Snacks

FOOD

Eat a good breakfast, or lunch we will be moving the whole 2 hours of the Metro Tour. Also no food or drink other than seal-able water containers are allowed on Alcatraz.

Alcatraz

Every adult must show ID that matches the name on their ticket exactly. Failure to provide ID results in no entry. Most guests stay on Alcatraz for 90 minutes to 3 hours. Food and drink other than closed water bottles is not allowed. It can be from 15 to even 30 degrees colder on Alcatraz than in the city be sure to bring your layered clothing. A hoody and a windbreaker work well.

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