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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

Just hop on. Don’t get a ticket, just have $7 bucks on you and hop on. It’s fascinating to watch the workers work the cables etc. We grabbed onto the bars and rode until there was a seat. Actually, nobody ever asked us for fare...More

Thank TomSMuskegon_MI
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Long lines if you want to go to Fisherman’s Wharf. Try California line for easier trip. Younger kids not happy when they have sit while older kids can hang with adults. Nice hike back from Fisherman’s Wharf along Embarcadero with goods shoes.

Thank BoulderNut
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is the most inefficiently run system! Three times we attempted to use the cable car: the first 2 times the lineups were so long (at Market and Powell Streets) that we would have timed out for our other activities, or it just took forever...More

Thank Shannon W
Reviewed yesterday

We are three ladies on a family trip to California. Such a lovely time spent riding on these iconic trams. The staff from the ticket office to the tram driver and his co pilot were so polite and we had a great time. We caught...More

Thank Kelleher00
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Indeed you feel like in an other century. We were wondering about statements „this is too expensive we didn’t ride a cable car“. What a shame and loss for everybody who missed that! We took a ride and we didn’t join the ride from the...More

Thank DianaandChristian
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you visit San Francisco, you have to ride the Cable Cars at least once. We boarded one at Powell and Market Streets, and after standing in the queue for about 25mins, finally got on one. Even though thathe was fun as we chatted to...More

Thank Stuart A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Riding the cable cars is a must do! It is a thrilling ride up and down the steep streets of San Francisco. You may choose to stand on the outside or have a seat on the benches.

Thank melissahQ9098WQ
Reviewed 2 days ago

The cost one way is $7 to go from fisherman warf to union square. Don't wait in that long line just walk down the street and catch the car at the next stop. The wait can be long

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 2 days ago

What defines San Francisco more than cable cars? Consider visiting the cable car museum to learn about their amazing history.

Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Sunny warm day - rode all the way down to Fisherman’s Wharf and back on the outside of the car. So much fun and a great way to see the city. Brought back memories of the Rice-o-Roni commercials I grew up on!

Thank zaichek
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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
...More
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Deb S
19 November 2017|
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Response from nir089 | Reviewed this property |
Are you in San Francisco?
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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
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Bob R
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Response from Helena R | Reviewed this property |
I do not really know. I think you can take a bus to Ghirardelli Square and there is a Cable Car Station that takes you to Union Square
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