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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
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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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Nob Hill
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you've never been to San Francisco, you have to ride the cable car. There are three different lines and tons of places to get on. I recommend googling what stop is closest to you and then hopping on at a stop. There are huge...More

Thank Ashley32905
Reviewed yesterday

The lines for this can get very long (like blocks long) so I recommend going early in the morning or later in the evening. When you get on and go through the ride you feel like you went back in time! It was so fun...More

Thank Alex H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had to do it and so glad we did! After walking up and down California Street all weekend we decided to try the trolley up hill. Check it off!

Thank Cary H
Reviewed yesterday

We took the cable cars from the beginning to almost the end of the run. Perfect way to travel in San Fran as the hills are STEEP. The history of the cars can be found ash the Cable Cars Museum. Be prepared, the lines can...More

Thank LouiseASL
Reviewed yesterday

We got on at Union Square and waited a good 45 min to board however it was worth it to have the experience of riding the tram. I think this is the best way to get to the top of Lombard Street.

Thank Algebra73
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was an interesting experience riding from Giradelli square to Union square. The ride is short and passes through the main corners of the city..... only if the line to get onto the cable car was shorter (be prepared for a wait of over an...More

Thank Rajat K
Reviewed yesterday

We road the Powell Street cable car from the terminal near Pier 39 to near the end of the line, so that we could walk through Chinatown with my 12 year old granddaughter who had never been to a big city. While the cable cars...More

Thank CHARLES C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ding ding! The cable car is here! It's a must see and do experience. You can't see San Fran and not ride a cable car. There are 3 routes and a single fare is $7. But you can get a 2 day pass for $21...More

Thank razwan33
Reviewed yesterday

Where else can you hang off the side of public transportation in a busy city in the good old USA? That is my favorite thing to do in San Francisco. Also, the cable cars offer an efficient means of travel through parts of the city....More

Thank William S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We bought a day ticket thinking this was the best way to travel but ended up only using it twice as it was so slow. We waited at the correct stop and 4 cable cars drove past us and didn't even stop. We had to...More

Thank Keira81
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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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Baldwinlevy
3 July 2017|
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Response from ejpm2016 | Reviewed this property |
Cable cars are mostly a cultural historical experience; like any other attraction, it may be rather complicated to predict when will the cars be crowded or not. On the other hand; while the cars run popular routes San Fran... More
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Tommy G
30 May 2017|
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Response from Wayne M | Reviewed this property |
Gday Tommy just get them on the day at the office where the tram starts near the bart subway entrance. wouldn't bother pre purchasing as you will still have to line up. Single tickets or return can be bought at either end... More
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Vimari K
2 May 2017|
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Response from Lucretia H | Reviewed this property |
You can park many places for jumping on the cable cars- Union Square or Fishermans Wharf are very popular. You don't have to purchase a ticket beforehand - you can pay (must have cash) once you are on!
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