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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

You can’t miss or skip a cable car ride when in SF! It’s a budget friendly experience that you’ll remember forever. Don’t miss the Powell Street turnaround either. You can see how the trolleys are turned to go back the opposite direction!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank carawasthere
Reviewed today

Don't get the cable car from the turnaround , Look up the different lines and take one that is less touristy, then you won't have to wait. Certainly a great experience

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank UKMary611
Reviewed today

The San Francisco cable cars -- yes they are touristy --- but they are a must. A fun way to see the city as you travel up and especially down the hills. Don't wait at the starting points, get on at a mid point.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank krae21
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a must on our trip. We used this to get too and from Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf. Cannot go to San Francisco without riding a cable car!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TimH478
Reviewed 2 days ago

I rode back to the Union Square area from the Fisherman's Wharf area. As expected, the ride up and down the hills was fun. However, I had to wait about an hour to board the cable car in mid-afternoon on a Tuesday. I'm not sure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank MidwestBoomer
Reviewed 3 days ago

Be careful. It really is a show business, not a public transportation! If you wait in a long cue not less than an hour it worth to practice it only one time!!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 3 days ago

Travelled on the Cable Cars on each of my 3 visits to SFO. Queues can be long at certain times but well worth the wait and $7 fare down to Fishermans Wharf. Try and get to left front of car when leaving Powell/ Market turntable...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Maurice K
Reviewed 3 days ago

You really cant go to San Francisco without having a ride on the iconic cable cars. You purchase your tickets at the kiosk's near where you board the cable car. You can sit inside or on the bench seats on the side so you can...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Elaine C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Of course it's iconic and a must do but bloody hell the line up at all hours of the day is always crazy busy. We went about 3pm and waited close to an hour to get on the cable car from Starbucks Bay St. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Suzanne G
Reviewed 4 days ago

An extraordinary experience for all visitors. You board the trolley, and hang on as it navigates the famously steep San Franciscan hills. The smell of “brakes” will stay vividly in your mind, along with those hills too. Fun activity!!!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joseph P
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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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May 24, 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
May 20, 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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April 12, 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