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Nob Hill
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Address: San Francisco, CA
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10:00 - 18:00
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Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after...

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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If you buy a Day pass (around $20) you get unlimited rides in the cable car and all the other municipal public transportations for one day. A one way ride in the cable car costs... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you buy a Day pass (around $20) you get unlimited rides in the cable car and all the other municipal public transportations for one day. A one way ride in the cable car costs $7. Try making this a night experience. During the day long lines form and you can be there up to 2 hours. I did a... More 

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As part of your overall unique San Francisco experience. But really is not the best way to get around even if it is the exact route you want to go. There are other things like buses or trolleys that were less annoying to use. But we used Uber or Lyft and had faster and less expensive service. Without waiting in... More 

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just got to do this if you visit SF. Buy a day pass( Much better value that a single trip) and ride all the routes. If you feel adventurous hand off the side and get a real rush. No health and safety to get in the way. Nothing like it ..live a little !!

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London, United Kingdom
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Until now had only seen it on TV. but actually the ride was brilliant. once again the old technology of the cable system was great. enjoyed the ride as it travelled up and down the hills a great way to see downtown.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

What else screams SF besides an iconic cable car ride. It's fun, open and air worth the price, do it already!

Thank Ilya K
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Any visit to San Francisco must always include a trip on the cable cars. To go over the steep roads in a cable car better than any theme park ride. A must do experience on any visit to San Fran.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cost: $7 per person - Usually is VERY LATE - conductors not very polite (3 got on 3 different ones). Worth it 1x for the experience

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fascinating time travel to try out the cable cars. Our kids loved it too, and it kept us out of the rain travelling from Lombard St. down town to Market St.

Thank Hessner
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even though the wait for the cable car was 55 minutes, it was well worth it. Going up and down the hills in San Francisco was very exciting. It was the one thing I wanted to do on our long weekend.

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Vancouver, Canada
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If you ever go to San Fran you must try the cable cars! Long line-ups though... but it's worth trying

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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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