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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 today via mobile

No chance to enjoy the ride, the crowd takes way to long to way for the ride and then you feel packed in it. Looks nice but became too much of an attraction.

Thank Alj0naK
Reviewed today via mobile

We rode the Hyde street cable car which was lots of fun. The queue was quite large but it moved very quickly. We hung to the the outside which you have to give it a go. The ride was lots of fun and great value...More

Thank Ianbb9
Reviewed yesterday

We were walking around San Francisco and saw all these people queuing up for the cable cars. I remarked there was no way Im going to line up for that. Two days later I was lining up and thoroughly enjoyed hanging off the tram and...More

Thank Gary T
Reviewed yesterday

I don't want to talk too much about the cable car itself since it is a must when visiting SF. I just want to give you a hint how to do it without waiting too long in the line. Cable cars are full towards Fisherman's...More

Thank Antti A
Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the best known attractions in San Francisco's streets. It is an interesting ride, mainly if you stay on the platform where the operator manages the brakes.

Thank Artfran
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We road the cable car up to Lombard Street. The experience was very cool and it was a slice of history. It is kind of amazing how they work and that they have been in service for so many years. Part of the line was...More

Thank Allan H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

By far the best thing in San Francisco as a tourist. Great operators, very vintage ride. Make sure you do this at least once in your life.

1  Thank Hans G
Reviewed yesterday

Of course, you need to ride a cable car to complete your San Francisco experience! If you see a long line at one location, you may wish to check out other options on other lines. Our group did just that and we walked about 7...More

Thank Debra-Lynne T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you're not in a hurry then by all means take this, you can enjoy the scenery, but if you're in a hurry i recommend taking a regular bus.

Thank Monseyfire
Reviewed yesterday

Fun times. $14 round trip from the piers to union square. Rode one way standing up and hanging off, the other way relaxed and siting down. They run til midnight, so go after 7pm, less people. They move faster and stopped smoother than I expected.

Thank Procomp
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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Tommy G
Where do you purchase tickets for the cable cars? Are you able to purchase in advance? Thanks!
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
Where I park in order to get the cable car?
3 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!
Sharin K
What's the best time to ride? Meaning with least waiting time?
13 April 2017|
Response from Harry W | Reviewed this property |
Early in the AM (say before 8) or late in the PM (say after 9 PM) will see smaller crowds (if any). The cars run from 6 AM to midnight. Weekdays are generally better than weekends. My wife and I often return from the... More