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Cable Cars

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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 today via mobile

Enjoyed the experience of clinging to the side of the Cable Car as it climbed the hilly San Francisco streets all the way from the Market and Powell stop to Fisherman’s Wharf. 7.00 USD per person for a single ride is good value for money....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Greg W
Reviewed today

Yes...you have to queue and at times lengthy but well worth it. Who doesn’twant to hang on standing on the running plate! If you’re lucky you get the entertaining conductors. Fabulous experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JardinesFan
Reviewed today

The streetcar is a must do in San Francisco. Its a pretty cheap "Attraction" and it serves a purpose to get you around town...much more fun than a taxi or uber or bus. We took the street car from around Union Square to Fisherman's Warf...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wckdtrix
Reviewed yesterday

We took the cable car to go up and down the hill that they used to film the Rice A Roni commercial. Very fun!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank pmedic2796
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This by far is the best way to experience old town San Francisco by the awesome cable car you get to see the city by railcar one of a kind historical event

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank tonyespin
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Historic trip from union square to the wharf, $7 to get on. If you can go down to the bottom and you can see how they manually have to turn it around and get it started. Super fun for kids!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jbeauvil78
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s a 7 dollar one way nostalgic trip. The key is to not get on at the origination point - the lines are massive. Walk up a block and you can get on there because they don’t load the cable car to capacity (to be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jerry L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great. Buy a day pass on the Muni app at $12 which is cheaper than the standard $15 card or $7 each trip. A must do.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rsstorey
Reviewed 3 days ago

No trip to San Francisco complete without ride on cable cars. Great fun to ride especially sitting on sideways seats

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank William R
Reviewed 3 days ago

I've taken the cable cars for years for actual transportation. It wasn't until I moved away from San Francisco that I actually appreciated them. Definitely experience what it's like to go from Powell street into North Beach. It's transit like no other! Just avoid between...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nicolinajgallo
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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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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
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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12 April 2018|
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Response from 573LeeH | Reviewed this property |
It’s $7 each ride, whether you ride to just 1 stop or all the way to the end of the line. If you want to ride back it’s another $7. Might be worth buying a day ticket for $22 that can be used on the cable cars, trolley bus... More