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Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround

Powell and Market Streets, San Francisco, CA
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Did this trip twice

It was fascinating watching how they turn the trolleys around manually. Very busy but managed to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Di S
Neat Place

We spent about one hour hanging out around the cable cars and really enjoyed the uniqueness of the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Steve R
Orlando, Florida
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Powell and Market Streets, San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It was fascinating watching how they turn the trolleys around manually. Very busy but managed to get on the 2nd one and enjoyable ride up the hills! Very efficient service and staff helpful and friendly.

Thank Di S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We spent about one hour hanging out around the cable cars and really enjoyed the uniqueness of the system. The area also has a few street performers.

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 6 days ago

The cable car turnaround at Powell and Market is great to watch. Its just a few blocks downhill from Union Square. The reason for this is that cable cars can't go in reverse, so they are turned around on a circular rotating platform. We tried...More

Thank tommomelbourne
Reviewed 1 week ago

.a closeup view of the cable cars if you don't have the time to take a ride. An easy walk from Fisherman's Wharf.

Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the cable cars - a true national treasure! This particular turn-around (the other two are near Fisherman's Wharf) is right downtown at Market and Powell. It's three blocks from Union Square, close to two theaters (the Westfield Century Cinema and Metreon), and surrounded...More

Thank Harry W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably one of the busiest tourist areas in town - but you have to see it in person. The line will be long if you want to catch a cable car, but you can always stay back and watch the operators manually turn around a...More

Thank Gary2425
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hang off the side, watch the instructors ways of manouvering the car. Steep roads of wind blowing in your hair experience. You have to do it at least once.

Thank Rainindancers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Avoid the queues by walking a few stops up the hill. Try to be near the driver to see how the mechanism is operated. Not cheap $7 each; but fun; also makes you appreciate the hills.

Thank lowryepp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like going back in time watching the turntable turn the old streetcar, by using manual power. Not sure whether they stall on purpose to keep a schedule but takes longer than it looks like it should.

Thank Richy_Bobby
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is just a fun part of the "stuff" that is unique to San Francisco. At the other end of the Powell-Hyde line, there's another turnaround point to visit.

Thank DEPOmaha
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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Vickie P
28 June 2017|
Response from DisneyCruisingFamily | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm - we had purchased the San Fran "City Pass" that included unlimited riding on cable cars & the Muni Buses. It's a lot cheaper if you're going to be in town for 3-7 days! To just ride it one time, it's $7 a person per... More
Vickie P
28 June 2017|
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Geraldine C
19 November 2016|
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Response from sillytia2 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but there are different cable car stops/stations. You may want to try emailing them or check out their website. TripAdvisor does not allow posting links, so I cannot add. Just google "cable cars san francisco" or... More