Real Metro + Alcatraz Tour

Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Sightseeing/short walks.

DAYS: Monday-Friday
Departs: Metro Tour 8:30 a.m.
return from Alcatraz 3:00 p.m.
AGE: 8+ No exceptions. No strollers. No infants.
PRICE: Metro Tour $55 + Alcatraz $33 = $88

Real Cable Car! + Alcatraz! + Sightseeing!

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”.

For our very own Metro Sightseeing Tour we take you on every form of public transit offered by San Francisco Muni with virtually no walking (short strolls)!! We ride the world famous Cable Cars, for great views of the Financial District and Chinatown.  Whisking through the core of the city, we take short rides on a Street-Car, Electronic Trolley Bus, and Muni Metro Underground. We take a very short walk on Nob Hill, then stroll through the  beautifully renovated Opera Plaza at Civic Center. We stop for food to go and awesome coffee (not included), in Hayes  Valley.   We arrive in the Castro on the Muni Metro Underground and from there we circle the city on a series of MUNI buses, with stops in  the Haight Ashbury  and the Painted Ladies  and even Pacific Heights.  This is a quick orientation to the SF transit system and the most relaxed whirlwind tour you’ll ever take. Along the way San Francisco locals often offer their own history, culture and recommendations, as our adventure continues across town. Then we make a series of quick photo stops at Ghirardelli  Square, the Base of Lombard St, and Washington Square Park in the heart of North Beach. Finally, we escort you right to Pier 33 for the Alcatraz portion of the tour (where you can eat that food we grabbed earlier). The Alcatraz Tour is a self guided audio tour presented by the U.S. Parks Service, and includes the ferry ride to and from the island. This is an incredible premium day in The City by the Bay at $88 per person that includes a 4 hour Sightseeing Tour and admission to Alcatraz.

Cable Car/Fi Di

Chinatown View

Nob Hill

Union Square

F Line Street Car

Civic Center

Muni Metro

Castro

Haight Ashbury

Painted Ladies

Pacific Heights

Mrs Doubtfire House

Marina/Cow Hollow

Ghirardelli Square

Lombard View

North Beach

Pier 33

Alcatraz

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WHERE TO MEET

CALIFORNIA STREET
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.

REAL METRO + ALCATRAZ ROUTE

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This tour utilizes the city’s Metro Transit System for a half day of unbeleivable sightseeing before the Alcatraz portion of the tour, which begins at 1:00 p.m. (you can stay on Alcatraz all afternoon). We begin with a ride on the California Cable Car that takes us through the Financial District and Chinatown up to the top of Nob Hill. We take a very brief photo stop for Grace Cathedral and the last remaining pre earthquake mansion, and the recently unveiled statue of Tony Bennet. We take a brief walk through the Fairmont Hotel as we make our way down the hill to Union Square on the second Cable Car ride of the tour. We see many  popular icons along the way. When we reach Market st. its a quick switch to the F-Line streetcar for views of City Hall and the Opera Plaza, which includes a brand new Veterans Memorial.  From there its underground we go, on the Muni Metro to the famous Castro District. from the Castro we will continue on surface streets, using of the city’s popular bus lines to arrive at the World Famous Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, and the Nopa district (one of the city’s emerging neighborhoods). As we make our way through Presidio Heights on the Way to Pacific Heights you will be amazed at the sheer number of Victorians we view. By the time we get off the Bus in Billionaires Row you will understand why the locals tell you that  the most amazing victorians are not in Alamo Square. The short walk through “The Row” to Mrs Doubtfire’s house can only be described as breathtaking.  After a quick photo-op, its back on the bus to the Heart of the Cow Hollow district where we can grab a quick bite to eat, or you can have sandwich made to eat while in line, or even on the boat to Alcatraz (no food is allowed on the Island). As we near the end of the tour we will make brief stops, at Ghirardelli, the bottom of Lombard St, and Washington Square in North Beach,before heading down to Pier 33  to get your Alcatraz tickets together.  We stay with you until the Alcatraz tickets are in your hands. We don’t go with you to the Island, but as you can imagine The Park Service has created an incredible experience!! That’s why it’s so famous. This one happens quick and can you leave you with that dizzy metro feeling. Once you are on the boat and the Island you will get wonderful views of both bridges, the city skyline, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz itself. This combination is a stellar way to spend your day in the City by the Bay!!