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Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after the 1950s, these cars have been kept in operation more out of historic nostalgia. Seventeen miles of track remain and have been deemed a historical landmark.
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Reviewed yesterday

When visiting San Francisco you must take a trip on the cable car - and also a photo on it. The cable car runs from Union Square to Pier 39 passing through China Town.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank World-wine-dine
Reviewed 2 days ago

The queues to get on the cable cars can be long and they cost more than the ordinary buses but they are great fun and an excellent way to see bits of the city, especially if the sun is shining.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Allison6
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A trip to San Francisco would be not complete without a trip on the cable cars. Only recommendation would be catch it midweek or earlier in the morning. The wait can be quite long depending on where you board . $7.00 per person single way...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EricS903
Reviewed 2 days ago

You cant go to San Francisco and not have a ride or 2 on this iconic mode of transport. The experience is just as good as it is written about.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Karen S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must do when in San Francisco is to take a ride on the cable car through the up and down ery steep roads of the city. It will take you back in time

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank T35BZcristinag
Reviewed 2 days ago

Recently took a ride with my GF on the famous Cable Cars of San Francisco. We started our cable car journey from Fisherman's Wharf. The Cable Cars are actually trolley cars and do not run on a cable. The cost is $7.00 per person and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GSP67
Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a wonderful experience - loved every minute of jumping a cable car. We were warned about the long waits at certain times of the day but we never had any trouble getting on.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hmaretraveling
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you visit San Francisco this is an iconic must. Its $7 one way, tickets purchased on boarded change is given. The que to get on was fairly short.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Vince B
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you buy the day pass for $21, you can ride the cars for 24 hours, otherwise it is $7 per ride. Make sure you stop off at the Cable Car Museum. There you can see the beating heart of the whole cable car network,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mercman111
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great historic ride around a busy city! We only had time to take it a few blocks but it was very fun!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the
city and is home to amazing architecture and views.
The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for
those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be
rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful
architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated
with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all
were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that
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25 February 2019|
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Response from Tracy B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kelly We actually caught the cable car at Hyde and Beach Streets. Maybe it was because we visited in December but we didn't have to queue. As we were limited for our stay in San Francisco we booked a day ticket, which... More
25 February 2019|
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Response from sleepybexhill | Reviewed this property |
Difficult one. I would go west along the Embarcadero from the Alcatraz ferry terminal - jump on one of the old trams and then walk along to the Hyde terminus. It’s a great ride over to Powell. Why not stop off at the museum... More
25 May 2018|
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Response from marv v | Reviewed this property |
Im not sure about that but trying to ride them if disabled is something Id never try again. I had polio. I have a review in here about the nightmare the cable car system has become. Horrible rude drivers, cars so crowded I... More