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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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Nob Hill
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Reviewed yesterday

The cable cars are a fun experience in San Francisco but there a couple of ways to get the best out of them. First, for the Powell-Hyde and Mason-Powell lines, it is better to hail them from a stop other than the terminus at Powell/Market...More

Thank Birdie56
Reviewed yesterday

Very jolly those old cable cars nad a lovely way to get down to Fishermans Wharf and points in between. If you want to see Lombard Street, you'll need to get the Hyde - Powell Line rather than the Mason line, unless you're a glutton...More

Thank milliesmum2016
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Be aware that a single trip costs $7 on the trams but you can get a single day pass which includes busses for $21, or if you are in town for 3 days $32. You get a pass at Walgreens, or at any of the...More

Thank Fiona H
Reviewed yesterday

Try and plan a long ride, because it's the same price for any ride ($7), so you might as well take a long one.

Thank Jennmello
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Love the cable cars. It’s a great way to get from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf. $7 one way is a bargain to experience an iconic San Fran adventure. Summertime is crowded but in Dec you can hop right on. Don’t miss it.

Thank Bacinac
Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved the cable cars, make sure you know where your going an what tram to get on, the concierge at our hotel was very helpful, also make sure you have the exact change - keep lots of smaller currency with you while tripping around, there...More

Thank Nicola H
Reviewed 3 days ago

To visit San Francisco and not ride a Cable Car is an absolute sin. There are three routes: Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and California Lines. The two lines on Powell originate at the intersection of Powell and Market Streets in downtown SF. The California Line is on...More

Thank geotech522
Reviewed 3 days ago

Riding the cable car is a definite MUST DO when in San Francisco. Be prepared for a full house but something worth experiencing. The clang of the bell, the bumpy roads and the short stops are all part of what makes this experience fun!

Thank coachklewis
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Do it from the turntable at the top to the turntable at the bottom it’s worth every cent! And brief yourself at least a little about the history and mechanism, it adds context and meaning to the experience.

Thank Kerstein T
Reviewed 3 days ago

These are a gem. The entire experience is wonderful, but the lines at the loading stations can be long depending on when you arrive. I especially like riding them at night, but any time of day is great.

Thank NSP9454
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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
...More
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Deb S
19 November 2017|
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Response from Andrew Q | Reviewed this property |
Get yourself over to Powell St Station, it's a about a half hour walk. Cable Cars terminate at the bottom of Powell St.
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Bob R
13 August 2017|
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Response from coogee3 | Reviewed this property |
You could walk, probably 20 minutes or so depending on your pace, or perhaps get a taxi to the Fishermen's Wharf terminus or the Powell/Market terminus. Depending on the weather and the amount of cruise ships in port, the... More
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Bob R
13 August 2017|
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Response from Helena R | Reviewed this property |
I do not really know. I think you can take a bus to Ghirardelli Square and there is a Cable Car Station that takes you to Union Square
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