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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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San Francisco, CA
Nob Hill
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Reviewed today via mobile

Loved this step back in transportation history, particularly the cable car drivers who don’t take no hassle from idiotic car drivers! Hang off the side and get the wind in your hair!

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Reviewed today

If you visit SanFrancisco, ride the cable cars. You will not regret it, especially standing hanging on the sides...

Thank UkHapytraveller
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The cable cars were so much fun! They are a great piece of history and a much easier way to get up the San Francisco hills! I recommend taking the California cable car line. It is much less crowded that the other 2 lines. A...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Took my wife, mom and some friends to San Francisco for a convention. We visited Robert Mondavi and Conn Family wineries, Chardonay Golf Course, Pleasant Hill, Fisherman Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We watched the Cable Cars but did...More

Thank Clyde B
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must do in San Francisco. The cable car ride from the city to Fisherman’s wharf is wonderful and enjoyable. It cost $7 each and worth every cent.

Thank MarkG1953
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We caught the Hyde St, Powell St cable car yesterday. Cost was $7 per person for a one way ride to Union Station. Trip was totally worth it and sooo much fun. Line up to get on seemed long when we arrived but line moved...More

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed yesterday

It was a convenient way to go from Ghiradelli square to Union Square. The wait was a bit long as they wait 10-15 minutes between each car to go.

Thank FWTraveler04
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Reviewed yesterday

It was fun, the queues were a bit long at times and we did find ourselves using the buses more to get to places quicker. We did however, enjoy our first trip up to Lombard St and you must do it.

Thank debwales
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

All my years living in the Bay Area I had never been on the cable car. For my birthday my BF took me to the cable cars at Fisherman’s Warf and proceeded to Union square via Powell street. It was amazingly iconic with the views...More

Thank baxterleanne
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stood around for ages. Nothing happening although long queues of people waiting and cable cars stood empty. Staff stood around chatting. Sure ride will be good but long queues...

Thank Darryl H
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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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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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keikosargent
9 April 2018|
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Response from Billi L | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure just what the "rules" are, but I certainly would not recommend it. Although San Francisco is a very dog-friendly town,(our hotel Nikko, even provides an outdoor dog park) many locals use the cable car jumping... More
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Louise P
30 March 2018|
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Response from cariad6 | Reviewed this property |
No, the cable cars go from Union Square via 2 routes ( one via Lombard Street) then down to the waterfront / near fisherman’s quay. It’s a good 1/2 - 1 hour walk depending on your speed to the Golden Gate Bridge. We walked... More
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