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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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riding in a cable car is really an awesome experience specially when you stand outside the cable car .....

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank vacationist_voyager
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

7 dollars to go one way in small out of date trams, you better by a 3-day municard for 32 dollars and use it at every different ways to travel within San Francisco

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 151bengtp
Reviewed yesterday

Our family found the best way to get a ride on the cable car. Start at the top at California & Van Ness. We then got back in line and rode back up.Since we were exploring a new area of the city and staying at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank strudel2018
Reviewed yesterday

For visitors to San Francisco, this has to be one of your highest priorities of things to do. They run thru the most interesting areas and are easy to use.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Arayjr
Reviewed yesterday

Must do in San Fransisco. Heard that only in San Fransisco you can see this cable car system, it's world's ancient railway technology. We were keen to know how it operates. Love the ride took from Fisherman Wharf to Lombard street and then Powell Street

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

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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago 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 4 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
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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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24 May 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
20 May 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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12 April 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