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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 yesterday

Rode on a weeknight in December 2017. Operators can make small change on cable car (under $20) so you don't have to have a muni pass/pre paid ticket. Tickets for one way ride are $7/person.

Thank Kilo86
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A fun way to get around San Francisco! Definitely make sure you experience this. It is a unique thing about this city.

Thank Jilene H
Reviewed 2 days ago

It took us about 1 and a half hours in a line to actually get to the cable cars. The trip is a must and has some nice views to the bay.

Thank Mauricio M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Prepare for a line of one to two hours , we even ate from the Burger King while at the line . once you get on the car , try to seat on the benches and the adults stand in front of those seated ,...More

Thank Sobreviviente
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great experience, just like you see on the movies, it’s a bit of a queue to get on. We had to wait till the 5th Car came along, but it moves quickly. But well worth it. A must if your not going back to San...More

1  Thank wendilee
Reviewed 3 days ago

The cable cars are a symbol of San Francisco like the Golden Gate Bridge is, or Union Square. Catch one and take it to Chinatown or to the top of nob hill. I prefer to take them at night! It really is one fun ride.

Thank SuzanneS60
Reviewed 3 days ago

long wait in the queue but totally worth it for the experience. a must do if you are visiting the city

Thank welshmum81
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the cable car from hyde street to Union square. We got the ride on the side step. So much fun going down and great views of the city.

Thank Sowmya P
Reviewed 3 days ago

In January it was a cold ride... but nevertheless it was fun. Incredible slopes and it was awesome to see the end of the line where the cars change direction.

Thank Livio R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A must do at least once, but hang on to something. A car pulled out in front of the cable car while I was standing on the back landing and I almost became a statistic when the conductor slammed on the brakes.

1  Thank Julio Q
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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2 January 2018|
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Response from Steve R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, just a little walking involved.
Caroline A
2 January 2018|
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Response from ebeeson | Reviewed this property |
Hi you need to get on the Boat from pier 33 to Alcatraz you can get cable car to fisherman’s wharf then walk to boat thanks
Deb S
19 November 2017|
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Response from Andrew Q | Reviewed this property |
Get yourself over to Powell St Station, it's a about a half hour walk. Cable Cars terminate at the bottom of Powell St.