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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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San Francisco, CA
Nob Hill
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We bought an all day ticket that allows unlimited use of the cable cars and other Muni rides. If you get on at the start of the line, be prepared to queue for a good 30 minutes but if you walk to the next stop,...More

Thank AnnieM452
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Cable cars are the heart of the city! When I lived in SF, I frequently rode them to work and took for granted the majestic views they offer. The best experience is the California line - up to Van Ness- after dark as the car...More

Thank Mismel2kl
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Be prepared for long wait lines if trying to get on near Fisherman’s Wharf. Last time we tried it was at least a 45 minute wait. We had to give up due to running out of time. But, we will try again since we are...More

Thank SunnyDude61049
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Cable car is a unique engineering feet. Runs with underground cable. Takes you back in time. Must buy ticket from the starting point. There is more waiting time at starting point so move to next stop but u may not get seat. Take Hyde train...More

Thank 378vinaym
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Reviewed yesterday

Everyone always says to take a cable car when you're in San Francisco, so we did, and we were not disappointed! We took the Powell-Hyde car from Lombard St. to Union Square. We had thought that "the turnaround" meant that we'd be able to stay...More

Thank JJBurnie
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There are very few cable cars left of the original 25 that we’re in the city. They are a fun piece of history that is a must-do when you’re in town. Fare is $7 a person for one full ride (tickets/passes also available for purchase)....More

Thank Meghan T
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Reviewed yesterday

It's hard to experience when you are loaded on like cattle. I was asked to hold on, with little footing, on the outside. They should have just said their were too full.

Thank A J
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Reviewed yesterday

The last time I was on a cable car in San Francisco was 30 years ago. Interestingly the trollies and buses are all electric. They are hooked up to cables in the air.

Thank Eileen O
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’ve done this before but it never gets old and our teenagers loved it too. friendly drivers just like the guy in ‘The Rock’ explained how it all worked and showed us how we could stand on the side for the real fun!

Thank Noel A
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the Powell Hyde Line to Lombard Street - a must if course - great experience - packed but not claustrophobic- be prepared to listen out for where you want to get off as no button to press - just yell! $7 dollars to...More

Thank Mark H
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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
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Mel A
25 May 2018|
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Response from marv v | Reviewed this property |
Im not sure about that but trying to ride them if disabled is something Id never try again. I had polio. I have a review in here about the nightmare the cable car system has become. Horrible rude drivers, cars so crowded I... More
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John T
20 May 2018|
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Response from ryanschock | Reviewed this property |
It depends where you want to get off. The cable cars go to most of the major spots around the city, but your best bet is just to walk up to the ticket counter for the cable car and ask the attendant or grab a route map. You... More
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andrew michael s
12 April 2018|
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Response from holidaygetaway | Reviewed this property |
It is one ride until you get off so assume you can go from one end of the line to the other but would need to pay a return to go back again. We paid one way then got an Uber back. It was cheaper
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