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Hornblower Classic Cable Cars

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Taylor and Jefferson Streets, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
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+1 415-596-9929
08:00 - 17:00
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Hornblower Cable Cars offers customers a unique and unforgettable...

Hornblower Cable Cars offers customers a unique and unforgettable transportation and leisure experience. Our fleet of 20 iconic Cable Cars are used year-round for some of the top events in San Francisco as well as private chartered events for our guests. The fleet has been operating for over 60 years and continues to be a top choice for transportation in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

We operate public tours and private charters of San Francisco and the Surrounding Bay Area! Come check us out!

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Great VIP tour. 3 hours. Cable car on wheels. Kyra great tour guide.

Great tour. We did the VIP tour. Only 5 of us on it. Sat in the middle closed area. As pouring down. But they provided us with capes, drinks, oat bars all included. Did 3 /4... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tour. We did the VIP tour. Only 5 of us on it. Sat in the middle closed area. As pouring down. But they provided us with capes, drinks, oat bars all included. Did 3 /4 stops. Kyra the tour guide great. Very knowledgeable. Went over Golden Gate Bridge. Saw all San Fran. Only thing I would say is maybe... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing trip taking all the best parts of San Francisco, the guide Kira and driver Joan were the best guides I have had on one of these trips. A1 service

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Why settle for a recorded tour guide, when you can have a real person telling you about SF. We had so much fun on our hop on hop off adventure with our guide Jessica. We found out local anecdotes and insights into SF. The drivers are also awesome. We were let off a few times at stops that were not... More 

Thank RadicalBMXers
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Without hesitation I recommend Hornblower - a well deserved 5 stars! We (group of 28 friends) rented a cable car for a 4 hour bar crawl 30th birthday party. Renata and Henry were great hosts! Henry knew his way around the city so street closures and other logistical hurdles were non-issues. The cable was in impeccable shape, and mostly enclosed... More 

Thank alrowlands
Detroit, Michigan
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The driver and guide were very warm, knowledgeable and friendly. It was a lot of fun. There were about 10 in our group of family members. The tour guide and bus driver both engaged us in conversation, got to know us by name, answered our questions and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and had... More 

Thank originalmomthebomb
Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were advised by other travelers to take the Hornblower Classic Cable Car tour. They were right. We had a great tour with Jake & Robert due to their great personalities and expert knowledge. We are so glad we did not miss this!

Thank joedalwri
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

My mom and I visited SF for the weekend and wanted to get as many of the city's sights into one day as possible. We stopped by the Hornblower Classic Cable Cars ticket booth in Fisherman's Wharf and bought a couple of the 24 hour hop on and hop off tickets. Lorraine was our first tour guide and she's quite... More 

Thank Lisa T
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I think the concept for the hop on and off thing on a cable car is great! Stops were good. Only reason for 3 star is guides and driving. I had the pleasure of meeting almost every guide and driver working for 2 days and one guide & driver stuck out the most not for good reasons. A guide named... More 

Thank RNCass
Pinehurst, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Did the full loop tour to get an overview of the city on a chilly day - Lorraine and Duncan were fabulous guides, with lots of great info about the area. I even impressed my boyfriend, a frequent SF visitor, with my first-time visitor knowledge. Highly recommend the Hornblower Classic Tour for an amazing time and great value

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Loved this guided tour, Duncan our driver and Julie our guide had given us so much information and insight, we had a blast! Thanks so much👍

Thank Szilvia G

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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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