Angel Island United States Immigration Station (AIUSIS)
The U.S. Immigration Station is approximately a 1.5 mile walk from the ferry dock at Ayala Cove. Use of Northridge Trail, including the 144 steps to Perimeter Road is the shortest and most direct way to the Immigration Station. Shuttle service from the Angel Island Café may be available but is weather and seasonally dependent. For more information on shuttle service, please contact the Angel Island Café at (415) 435-3392 or visit them online at www.angelisland.com.
Museum Hours: (Open 7 days a week)
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Adults (18 & Over) $5.00
Youth (6-17 Years) $3.00
Child (5 & Under) Free
Tickets can be purchased at the admissions desk located inside the main entrance (top of the long staircase) to the Immigration Station Barracks the day of your visit. No reservations are required. The Park accepts cash or check payable to California State Parks.
GUIDED TOURS Subject to change at anytime
Tour the barracks where immigrants from around the world were detained. See historic Chinese poetry and other inscriptions written on the walls. Tour capacity is 5-40 people total. Tour length is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Appropriate for 4th grade and up. It is about a 40 minute walk one way (1 1/2 miles) to this site from Ayala Cove (where the ferry lands). USIS guided tours usually start by a bell located by the water at USIS. Please check in with park staff at the USIS admissions desk located inside the main entrance (top of the long staircase) to the Immigration Station Barracks the day of your visit to verify where your tour will begin. Please note that without a reservation, tours are offered when staff are available.
Tours are available: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:45 PM.
Groups of five persons or less can purchase tour tickets on a first come-first serve basis and may be purchased at the Immigration Station.
Reservations can be made up to six months ahead and no less than in advance. Groups must be between 5 and 30 people to make a reservation. (School Groups have a maximum of 40 people per tour.)
$7.00 per person
For more information on the special Insider's Group Tour designed for historians and history buffs, college classes, and others wanting a deeper understanding of the Immigration Station, click here.
Ferry fees are not included in tour costs and are paid separately to the ferry company of your choosing. Please note ferry schedule departure and arrival times. For an updated ferry schedule, please contact the ferry companies directly.
Many of the facilities at the Angel Island United States Immigration Station are ADA accessible. Please contact the park office for additional information (415)-435-5390.
To inquire about available scholarships for visiting AIUSIS, please contact the Angel Island Conservancy.
Just about everything at the immigration station (IS) is accessible now, though the grounds are steep so it's ideal if someone who uses a wheelchair can get assistance in the hillier sections of the immigration station. The ferries have ramps and crews from SF or Tiburon can make sure you can get on and off the ferry. Once on the island, the shuttle has wheelchair accessibility (check with the Angel Island Company to confirm). Visitors who wish to walk but don't want to take the stairs up the hill from the ferry dock can take the long way to the immigration station, walking up the road past the Visitors Center before turning left on the main road. It is steeper than a wheelchair ramp, so take this route only if you have someone to push you up the steeper parts. This adds about 1/2 a mile to the shorter but inaccessible walk up the stairs near Ayala Cove.
There are ramps throughout the exterior of the immigration station, which allow access to the different parts of the site, and there is a lift that allows one to get into the historic barracks. Inside, there is an elevator so there is easy access to both floors of the building. Only certain areas like the historic bathrooms in the building are inaccessible. The exterior bathrooms that are open to the public are ADA accessible.
The shortest route is to walk up the Northridge Trail (trail head at Ayala Cove dock area), the trail starts off with 144 trail stairs, turn left when you reach the paved Perimeter Road and travel approximately one mile along the road to the USIS. The USIS is on the left side and there are signs to direct you down the hill into the site.
Approximate walking time: 30-40 minutes
To avoid the stairs walk towards the Visitor Center in Ayala Cove and follow the road up the hill, turning left when the road 'T's, the walk is approximately 1.5 miles.
Approximate walking time: 1 hour
Follow the green "Bike Route" signs from Ayala Cove up to the Perimeter Road, make a sharp left (u-turn) at the top of the bike trail and continue on the Perimeter Road until you reach the USIS. Visitors should expect to bike 1½ miles to the USIS, bicycles must be secured at the top of the hill into the site. Due to steep terrain and vehicle traffic, bicycles are not permitted on the USIS grounds.
Approximate biking time: 20 minutes
IMMIGRATION STATION SHUTTLE
Immigration shuttle service is available for a fee, to and from Ayala Cove (ferry landing) and the USIS. Designed to get you there in time for scheduled tours and pick you up after the tour is completed. Contact the Angel Island Company at www.angelisland.com for cost and schedule. (Don't confuse the shuttle with the tram! The tram is a one hour tour around the island, the shuttle is a ride to the USIS.)
The Angel Island Company has a limited schedule from November thru February, if you have special accessibility needs getting to the USIS please contact the Angel Island Company at least 1 week in advance.