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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
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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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“day pass” (1,133 reviews)
“fun ride” (422 reviews)
“union square” (1,190 reviews)
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San Francisco, CA
Nob Hill
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Reviewed yesterday

Seeing the cable car building is really something else. I love walking down the streets and seeing the cables running under the street. Its crazy how you can hang off it I wonder how many accidents there is in a year ?

Thank CUJOOO
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

SAN Francisco is know for their cable cars, you almost feel like you HAVE to take at least one ride. Tickets are 7.00$/one way. We took the cable car from the wharf to union station and then walked back. The walk was also nice, but...More

Thank Chica5161
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We waited for over 2 hours at the 2 starting ends if the cars!!!! We learned to go up a few steps to jump on without the wait. Most of the drivers were rude and grumpy. The views however, were amazinfg!!!

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Reviewed yesterday

My adult daughter and I left the 3 other family members at the hotel just so we could get a historic cable car ride experience. We waited in line in the crowded pier area for 1.5 hours! We had read to head there after 8...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This was on my travel list at first as something that would be fun to do, but wasn't a necessity. Turned out at one point it was headed the same direction as I was anyway, so I figured I'd catch it and ride on down......More

Thank TheMusicMaestro
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Reviewed yesterday

Take the California street line. We took this instead of the main cable car because we didn't want to wait in line for an hour. This took us from the water front to the top of the hill. It was a great experience where our...More

Thank Megan W
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We used the cable cars for our recent trip to SF. They were great and we did the obligatory hanging off the side. All the drivers are real characters and each one of them is unique. We spent a bit of time with Lance who...More

Thank Custcottagecouple
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We bought our tickets, queued for about 40 mins, then boarded our cable car, iconic and historic, we swept up seemingly insurmountable inclines, and crept down the other sides, on our way to union square, and some retail therapy. It was over before we knew...More

Thank oicu1t1
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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth doing a heap of fun and some characters that run them everyone takes there photo hanging off the sides

Thank Lee W
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Reviewed 2 days ago

San Fran is the home of cable cars, lovingly maintained for a fun ride. Grab a Muni pass and travel all day long. Great drivers, lots of fun.

Thank Ginny F
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Mel A
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
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John T
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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andrew michael s
12 April 2018|
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Response from holidaygetaway | Reviewed this property |
It is one ride until you get off so assume you can go from one end of the line to the other but would need to pay a return to go back again. We paid one way then got an Uber back. It was cheaper
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