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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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Nob Hill
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Reviewed yesterday

The cable cars in San Francisco are interesting to try once. If you buy tickets for one ride,it will cost you 7 dollars. For two people it will be cheaper to take a taxi,but for the fun you need to try it once. Try to...More

Thank batyayogev
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

These cars are as much a part of San Francisco as the Golden Gate Bridge. They're historic and so much fun to ride. Driving them appears to be a skilful job. Little bit pricey at $7 per journey but another must do activity when visiting.

Thank TamC223
Reviewed yesterday

The cable cars are such a novelty but because of the massive queues they're really not worth the wait and they're permanently crowded on board

Thank Reuben M
Reviewed yesterday

Many of the passengers are tourists, based on my observations. It is a quaint form of transport across the city. Bit expensive but a Muni pass makes it cheaper. It was interesting to watch the tram being turned around 180 degrees on a pedestal at...More

Thank PlanetOz
Reviewed yesterday

My local friends refuse to admit to ever using a cable car, saying "they are just for the tourists". No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a ride. Make sure to get on at the start of one of the three lines to...More

Thank fjwnyc
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

They're a great thing to do but try to do them early morning as they're far more enjoyable when they're not rammed and there aren't queues. Around 7am is a great time.

Thank Sleepismyfave
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Every time I visit San Francisco I have to ride the cable cars. The Hyde Powell line is the most exciting. It is pricy if you pay per ride($7). Get a mini pass using the Muni app $11 a day I think and ride to...More

1  Thank mehetabell
Reviewed 2 days ago

Having stayed on Fisherman's Wharf, the cable cars were only a short walk away. It was fun to board and enjoy this bit of San Francisco history. Having traveled in October we were able to avoid the long lines of tourists there in the high...More

1  Thank Tom P J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So much fun, but long line to get on. Over an hour wait. The car had to skip several stops because we were full from the start. Fun experience.

Thank CaribbeanDreaming07
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went fairly early in the day at 1030 so the queues were a lot less. We went on the main line from beach st & Hyde stop. We got off at Lombard to save the walk back as the queue from within town is usually...More

Thank Lloydm1212
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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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Mel A
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
John T
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
andrew michael s
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