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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
+1 415-673-6864
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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

Come on - you don't need a review to tell you if you are going to do this or not - you know you are going to ride a cable car when you are in San Francisco. Its more of a case of how many...More

Thank pmiller1970
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This "must do" in the city is poorly run and was a huge disappointment. The wait was very long even though 4 cars were sitting there waiting to load. The loading process was ridiculous as they wait until everyone is on and then walk through...More

Thank Jim M
Reviewed yesterday

You really need to do this when you are in San Francisco. Its not expansive and you can go from south to north or the other way

Thank jeffreyt521
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We saw the cable cars but never managed to get on one as they are so busy , and expensive! They look so lovely so we watched them instead and saw the turning cycle take place. You must give it a go, as I have...More

Thank dbowyer
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Again one of the things you must do in san francisco. Cheap, for 7 $ you are allowed to ride Up and down. If you are afraid of hights, cannot recommend.

Thank Leena O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What's a trip to San Fran without riding a cable car? $7 one way pp. Cheap fun! California & Van Ness line has awesome view from the top.

Thank Carol H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Rode the car from market street which is very busy, about a 30 minute wait to get on. Rides cost $7 dollars which you pay after you get on; your choice to sit down or stand on the running boards; I choose to sit and...More

Thank GeordieLad2013
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this experience. Staff were informative & lots of fun. Great sights to see on trip and it is good value for money. We travelled the Powell Hyde line.

Thank debbiechristian88
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Cable cars are great but queues can get quite long. Standing on the running boards makes the experience much more fun

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You have to ride the cable car for the experience. The cars can get very full some people hang on on the outside. This was not for me. Price not bad we travelled from the bay to union square less than $3 each. Make sure...More

Thank Philip S
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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Bob R
13 August 2017|
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Response from coogee3 | Reviewed this property |
You could walk, probably 20 minutes or so depending on your pace, or perhaps get a taxi to the Fishermen's Wharf terminus or the Powell/Market terminus. Depending on the weather and the amount of cruise ships in port, the... More
Bob R
13 August 2017|
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Response from Bobby B | Reviewed this property |
The ship should be arriving somewhere along the piers there in SF. If you walk to the end of the piers, I believe it is in the high 40s you ca. catch the cable cars there at Giradelli Square righ by the piers. It is a little... More
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