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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
+1 415-673-6864
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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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Reviewed yesterday

I loved this part of my trip. I don't consider any trip to San Francisco complete until I've ridden the cable cars. However, during the summer it was unusually full. But I do prefer to travel in the off season.

Thank Michelle A
Reviewed yesterday

The cable cars are really neat to ride. You can get a seven day pass for 42.00 at Walgreens. This is a great value and includes buses as well. The problem with the cable cars is that trying to get on one is a challenge....More

Thank wdaldridge
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

They are so iconic and old. You have to see how they turn them. Despite the long queue it normally goes quite quick. And the ride in the outside is amazing

Thank silurica
Reviewed yesterday

At $7 pp per ride, this is too expensive to use as regular transportation. But, you can't leave the Bay Area without experiencing it once. Patience is needed if you are waiting at the turn-around to board. The line are much shorter near Fishermans Wharf...More

Thank RITomD
Reviewed yesterday

We were a family of 6 with 4 small children. Waited in line for almost 2 hours from 6pm. Finally got the chance to be seated only to discover that the car also pick up passengers along the way who stood right in front of...More

Thank ZakiahFaisal
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Every visitor has to take a cable car ride. $7 is a bit pricey, but in the end it's a pretty cool experience.

Thank Traveler98769876
Reviewed 2 days ago

Especially for a "transportation geek", taking a cable car is a must-do when in downtown San Francisco. It is a great tourist stop, but it also serves its purpose of getting folks from downtown to the waterfront. Be prepared for a long wait during certain...More

Thank Matt S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We waited well over an hour to get on the cable car at the turning point near Ghirardelli Square. This seems to be an essential component of any tourist trip to San Francisco but it is very pricey and a bit frustrating given the length...More

Thank ScotlandAliH
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you expect longer lines, a ride that costs $7/person one way, and possibly a breezier ride in the evening you won't be disappointed. It's a fun way to see parts of the city without having to drive yourself and experience this piece of San...More

Thank Ruth D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed our ride even though we stood in line on a Saturday for almost an hour and a half. Once for the experience is enough.

Thank traveler51520
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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3 July 2017|
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Response from ejpm2016 | Reviewed this property |
Cable cars are mostly a cultural historical experience; like any other attraction, it may be rather complicated to predict when will the cars be crowded or not. On the other hand; while the cars run popular routes San Fran... More
Tommy G
30 May 2017|
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Response from Wayne M | Reviewed this property |
Gday Tommy just get them on the day at the office where the tram starts near the bart subway entrance. wouldn't bother pre purchasing as you will still have to line up. Single tickets or return can be bought at either end... More
Vimari K
2 May 2017|
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Response from Lucretia H | Reviewed this property |
You can park many places for jumping on the cable cars- Union Square or Fishermans Wharf are very popular. You don't have to purchase a ticket beforehand - you can pay (must have cash) once you are on!