Cable Cars

Cable Cars, San Francisco: Hours, Address, Cable Cars Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Neighbourhood: 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 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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Elaine
Singapore, Singapore63 contributions
May 2022
We hopped on the cable car and travelled to fisherman wharf. It was an interesting way of transport as we get to stand on the sides of the car. its reasonably priced and an experience you shouldn't miss when in San Fran!
Written 3 July 2022
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david t
5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is must in San Fran, if not just for the fact the hills are ridiculous to walk up. The tram is exactly as you've seen on the films a brilliant piece of engineering and to go to san fran and not go on them would be sacrilegious
Written 3 July 2022
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Benniboi91
Cheltenham, UK84 contributions
Jun 2022
Riding the cable car was fun. I really enjoyed looking around San Francisco. Even if you are visiting San Francisco - you should at least experience the cable car.
Written 3 July 2022
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3wilddogs
Westminster, CO133 contributions
Jun 2022
We had to pay full price even tho the Trolley was only going as far as Chinatown that day. BUT there was supposedly a free bus to take farther if you wished. We definitely enjoyed the ride up those steep hills, very impressive.
Written 2 July 2022
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Reslimpan
Rayong, Thailand2,788 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
The classic cable cars are a must do when in San Francisco. Great and fun way of getting around in the city. $8 for single ride but read further down that day passes for $13 are available.
Written 2 July 2022
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Alfie193
West Virginia202 contributions
Jun 2022
It was so much fun riding the cable cars! It was the best way for us to get around San Francisco. We had quite a long wait at Ghiradelli (sometimes up to 45 minutes) but still, we were in a beautiful city with amazing views and it was so worth the wait. The cable car employees were so nice and funny, and it was a highlight of our trip. We opted to purchased tickets daily since we weren't sure when we were riding, but there are several options in purchasing tickets.
Written 1 July 2022
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Les Giles
6 contributions
Jun 2022
Travelled a few times on the cable cars but the wait time once you were on them was way too long. They continually waited for other cable cars going the other way. Ten years ago much better.
Written 26 June 2022
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Michelle K
3 contributions
Jun 2022
I loved the cable cars. They went everywhere I wanted to go BUT everyone else loves them too! The waits are incredibly long during peak tourist season. It can take an hour just to get on one.
Written 26 June 2022
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Patricia A
21 contributions
May 2022
A wonderful experience and a must for any trip to San Francisco. We took the Cable Car one way from beside Ghirardelli on the Bay to Union Square. Loved every unique minute. It can get very busy with long queues, so getting up and getting an early Car is recommended. We boarded about 09:00 on a Sunday and got the prized outdoor seats.
Written 19 June 2022
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DaveyB1962
Swindon, UK210 contributions
Jun 2022
The historic cable cars from Mason and Market Streets to Powell are great fun and good value at $8 for a single ride. If staying in Fishermans Wharf they are an enjoyable way to get downtown.
Written 13 June 2022
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