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Cable Cars

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+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

Pro tip: Get on at Powell street 2 blocks from the Market St. turn around Everyone waits the cars at Powell at the turn around station on Market, the line is Looooog, but if you walk up 2 block away your wait is only until...More

Thank Redshirts889
Reviewed yesterday

Took a couple of rides on the cable cars. Not only did it get us where we wanted to go but was so fun to stand and ride on the side of the car. Expect a line. We went early in the morning and the...More

Thank MS03t1
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Go early! It is worth an early start to beat the queues (up to 2 hours at peak times) and take the scenic route of Powell/Hyde. Buy tickets online, at a booth at either end of the line or from the conductor. The views are...More

Thank Margot M
Reviewed yesterday

When in SF you have to ride a cable car right? Of course you do. It's easy and fun and cheap. Can t beat it. Its also a great way to enjoy a transfer form one area to town to another while sight seeing. Get...More

Thank Rod L
Reviewed yesterday

Rode down to Fisherman's wharf on two consecutive days, once on Powell/Hyde (PH), once on Powell/Mason (PM). PH is steepest with best views and ends near Ghirardelli Square. PM is flatter and ends closer to Pier 39. A great cultural experience. Both load near the...More

Thank Robert A
Reviewed yesterday

YOLO, the cars were fun. A little scary when going down hill, but worth the ride to see the beauty of the city.

Thank Chygrl
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The cable car ride when we finally rode it, was exhilarating. Try to stand on the outer steps if you can. The bits uphill and downhill were spectacular. The standing passengers on the traffic side get to high five passengers on the opposite side when...More

Thank NuS1965
Reviewed yesterday

You can't come to San Francisco and not ride a cable car...it's one of the images that pop into your head when you think of San Francisco. We did have quite a wait to get on our 2nd cable car when we transferred and it...More

Thank Tammy C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There is a very big queue before boarding the cable car. It is San Francisco one of tje best attractions and definitely worthed the waiting. Views are azing. Highly recommended.

Thank John V
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

These historic cable cars are in great shape. They are fun to ride while saving your legs from an arduous walk up and down the hills.

Thank Marko M
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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Tommy G
Where do you purchase tickets for the cable cars? Are you able to purchase in advance? Thanks!
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
Vimari K
Where I park in order to get the cable car?
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!
Sharin K
What's the best time to ride? Meaning with least waiting time?
13 April 2017|
Response from Harry W | Reviewed this property |
Early in the AM (say before 8) or late in the PM (say after 9 PM) will see smaller crowds (if any). The cars run from 6 AM to midnight. Weekdays are generally better than weekends. My wife and I often return from the... More