Cable Cars
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About
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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The area
Neighbourhood: 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 followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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  • Jo P
    Brough, United Kingdom596 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Iconic Feature of San Francisco
    Another must do when visiting San Francisco. We bought a public transport all day ticket online which included the cable cars which was definitely worth it. On a wet March day there were no queues and we got straight on. The operators were friendly and entertaining
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Paul W
    Sheffield, United Kingdom152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best views on the RHS outside seating
    Bought a Muni pass for 7 days, even though we were only in San Francisco for 4 days. It paid for it's self over, just for riding on the Cable trolleys lol. If you can, travel as early as possible to avoid the queues but whenever you travel, get on the outside seats and the RHS is best for views on the Powell/Hyde and Powell Mason lines.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • saintnick76
    Southampton, United Kingdom129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t board at turnarounds due to queues, walk to 1st stop
    We bought a 1 day pass at Hyde street turnaround by Ghiradelli Square and waited nearly an hour to board. Had we researched prior to arriving if you buy the tickets and walk to the 1st stop you get straight on as spaces are left for stops on route. We used the cable car all day hopping on and of at the various tourist spots and had a great day, even used it at night to view city from Nob Hill, we didn’t experience any queues once leaving the turnarounds
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Honeylocket
    Wales, United Kingdom141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the queue! You must ride one of these
    Loved the trolley ride we took in the city. We took it from the turntable all the way to Market Street. Friendly staff, great views of San Francisco and quite exhilarating at times! Highly recommend
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • happyfarmers
    Somerset, United Kingdom169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It has to be done while you are there
    What fun we had. We got on the wrong tram for a start trying to get to docks for our trip. That said the conductor was very funny and the driver my goodness they work non stop on the trip. Although we were on the wrong one we got a real sight seeing trip thrown in and dropped a few blocks from where we wanted to go to but that was not a problem at all. You really get to appreciate the hills and in fact if the driver didn't put the brakes on your mind starts to think just how much speed you would get up before getting to the bottom. Good trip and the family loved it.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • philip w
    174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cable car San Francisco July 2023
    Hi this is a great activity. it’s $8 to do the trip one way. You can seat outside, inside or hang on the side it’s your choice. We went from the start near Union square to Fishermans wharf. Worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • SallyPembrokeshire
    Wales, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Cable Car Ride
    These are a wonderful way to get around and so much fun! We bought a one day Muni Pass for $8 each which was great value for money. Allowed us to come and go, hop on and hop off all day long! Top tip, go very early in the morning for no queues and top spot for the side seats which give you the best views along the route. We got on at Fisherman's Wharf and did the loop. All staff are incredibly friendly and want you to enjoy the experience. Alfonse was especially wonderful and happy to explain the working of the cable car and gave interesting historical facts about the unusual and unique mode of transport. Highly recommended experience in San Francisco!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Alan H
    Whitchurch, United Kingdom246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list holiday
    The Cable cars are a must do. There are three rides and the most popular is Powell & Hyde this gives you the iconic views and pictures. This is the most popular of the three and you need to arrive early other wise there are long queues.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • shy_kitten
    Saint Louis, Missouri162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the wait. Affordable fun!
    Had the opportunity to ride on outside (woo hoo!). Great for photos. Nice breeze. Hold on tight and tuck in when passing other cable cars. Enjoy the hills and views! Be sure to see the turnaround station. Friendly attendants.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Kate T
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ride the California line
    The wait for the Powell line (at Market St) was well over an hour at 10am so we chose to ride the California line. At 2pm (near the Ferry building) there was no line and tickets were only $5 - saved both time and money for a similar, if not, same experience. Great experience,even if you have to wait. We also went to the cable car museum (not the railway museum) to learn how the cable cars work. Well worth the walk and if was free.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
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Travis G
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
We waited in line lots while cars just sat there. Not sure why they are not loading and sending cars every 10 min instead of 25-30 min. Each end has 2-3 cars just sitting there. Why can they not shorten the time between cars and keep them all rolling. Very poorly managed and not worth the wait. Driver was incredibly rude when people moved around the car. Nobody gave any instructions that you weren’t aloud to leave your seat when in motion. Just look at the cars and take a picture as they are a cool concept but not worth the ride!
Written 12 July 2024
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Franz S
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
Great experience. Lovely way to travel around San Francisco city.
The audio service could be improved as we found it difficult to keep it synchronised with when travelling. The lady who.collntolled the queue at the start did an excellent job!
Written 7 July 2024
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Hpytravlr
61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Couples
So slow. Cars just sit there while employees take 30 minute smoke breaks. 2 hours to load is too long a wait. Just take a free photo with a stopped one and call it a day. Not hard since they are all stopped.
Written 7 July 2024
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Rohan D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Solo
Very badly run service. They clearly oversell tickets, resulting in 2+ hour lines, and it’s impossible to get on in the middle stops, so it was a waste of money to buy a daily ticket. If they aren’t even going to bother to stop at the interim stops, they should just close them…
Greedy and poorly run attraction, wouldn’t bother unless you have lots of time to spare.
Written 1 July 2024
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Jessie
Brisbane, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
The cable cars are a must do when in san Fransisco, our kids enjoyed it - it was a bit scary when going down the hills- however the driver was completely in control. You drive past all the best tourist spots and can get off and back on if you buy a full day ticket. The only negative is there is a huge wait time- the lines are massive and they don’t run enough of them at one time they have so many sitting waiting as the line gets bigger…. But once you’re on it’s a great experience.
Written 24 June 2024
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ELO
Vegarshei Municipality, Norway1,906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
We bought tickets for bus and cabelcar for 24 hours. The cabelcar is popular so You must be early or be patient. There Are 3 routs and they Are crossing.
Written 20 June 2024
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Taylorsouthwest
Taunton, UK387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
Perfect way to see the city with camera in hand with clear view to see houses people shops roads and views you won't want to miss. Easy and good value way to see the sites. Exciting and unique. Definitely worth the trip.
Written 9 June 2024
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stan
Redding, CA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Cable car was fun. Sf not so much. Man pooping on side walk right in front of us on embarcadero, druggie snorting out side in-&-out. Crazy person yelling nonsense on megaphone by turn around for cable cars. I haven’t gone to giants game in 10 years. Might be another 10 years or more before I visit sf again.
Written 7 June 2024
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Andy keen
Birmingham, UK1,685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I left my heart in San Francisco is the song and our feeling.
Been 5 times and love it and the tram rides are a huge part of Cisco
Stand up and hang on is best.!!
Written 5 June 2024
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michelle c
Melbourne, Australia182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What a wonderful day riding all routes on the cable cars
Walking around areas at the end of each loop
Hanging on the side as we travelled along
So cheap and great way to see the city

Driver friendly

Always a queue if you are willing to wait for an outside seat or side rail to stand
Written 29 May 2024
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