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Cable Cars

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Address: San Francisco, CA
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Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after...

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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Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour on a Classic Cable Car
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San Francisco Experience - City Tour
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You will have to line up to get a seat on the cable car. We waited for an hour and a half but honestly, it was worth the wait. Exhilarating riding down the steep streets of San... read more

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Dubbo, Australia
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224 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You will have to line up to get a seat on the cable car. We waited for an hour and a half but honestly, it was worth the wait. Exhilarating riding down the steep streets of San Francisco

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was looking for Karl Malden 😂😂. This was great there's only three lines running now but great fun. Probably best to get a weekly ticket at $42 as we paid $7/each for one ride.

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Eureka, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great way to see the city at night. Hang on to your hats on the downhill though! Very chilly at night when we went in march so bring a jacket for sure.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes, its part of the San Francisco experience but they need to update policies. We had over a 90 minute wait, due to fire trucks and police (not their fault). Then continued to wait as the "driver went to the bathroom and never returned", according to the line attendant. We couldn't wait anymore and had to go, they would not... More 

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Rochester
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We waited for over an hour at one stop for over an hour while cable cars went by half full. No one on cars we rode on could tell us why. Very disappointing after buying week pass to ride them. This went on for whole week we were there. Thank god for trolleys and buses and Uber cable cars are... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you try to pick up the trolleys at the main tourist stops you'll queue for ages so we quickly learnt to walk a couple of stops up and the hop on and hang on like a native Buying a pass worked well for us as it covered all the days we were in San Fran. It also meant that... More 

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Riding a Cable Car to get to work or to be somewhere at a certain time...you'll be severely disappointed. Riding a Cable Car for fun, or for the first time, or just to enjoy the scenery...you'll appreciate San Francisco tradition that spans over a century! Tickets cost $7 each way and there will most always be a line, especially on... More 

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Troisdorf, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We've seen a lot of cable cars stopping and their drivers were all unfriendly to the point of being plain rude. And it's too expensive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The wait was a little long to get on the cable cars on a Wednesday afternoon. The $7 price was worth it.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An absolute must when visiting San Francisco. Avery nostalgic experience taking you back in time. The operators are witty and friendly. One way ticket cost $7, not too expensive.

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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 followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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