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Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround

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Address: Powell and Market Streets, San Francisco, CA

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Be prepared to wait in line for a while here. Local crazies run around screaming at the captive waiters too. It's fun to watch the cable car operators turn things around though.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bob F
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Polegate, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have to do it. How many times do we see it on tv. Fun ride up and down the hills. Simple but fun. Pick it up at Market though and you could be queuing up for some time. Best to pick it up elsewhere.

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Edinburgh
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This particular section is very busy, as its the end of the line and the operators get out and turn the cable car around. However if you walk a few hundred meters up the street, you can get on the same cable car that people are sitting queuing for, as the guys purposely do not fill the car up to... More 

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Thank MickeyThePikey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be prepared to wait in line for a while here. Local crazies run around screaming at the captive waiters too. It's fun to watch the cable car operators turn things around though.

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Thank Bob F
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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419 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you have never seen a lazy Susan at other railroad museums, it is interesting to see the trolley get turned around at the end of the line. If you want to ride the trolleys, there is typically going to be long waits. At least for the weekends when the locals and tourist are in full force. We found on... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The cable car turnaround is the starting point where you can hop on or off the cable cars. Go early as it gets very busy and a long line starts to form. There is a ticket booth located near by where you can buy a one way ticket or an all day pass. Great photo opportunities with the cable cars,... More 

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place gets very busy and you will have to wait to get a ride on one of the cable cars but it's worth it for the spectacular ride you get . Very interesting watching the operators turn around on the turn table the cars, free to view.

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Thank Steven W
Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must if you visit San Francisco, The queue was quite long but once it got moving it went pretty fast! Was interesting watching the men turn the cable car round and so many different types of cable cars came! If you don't want to stand in the massive line simply walk to the next stop if your... More 

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Thank sharonreid66
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to see the cable car being turned around manually. You can take both the Powell Hyde Line and Powell Mason line from here. It wasn't very crowded when we went there and there were trams every 5-10 mins. Must see attraction

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 528 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cablecars in San Francisco are a great way to see the city. They are beautiful in themselves with lovely old-world wooden interiors and a boardrail at the side where you can ride outside and catch the breeze. The turnaround is great, so simple yet so clever. They roll the car onto the circular platform and literally turn it around... More 

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Roswell NM
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When the cable car reaches the end of the line, passengers have to exit. The car continues a short distance and ends up on a circular rotating platform. The cable car employees then manually muscle the entire car around until it is facing the other direction. Amazed that 2-3 guys can do this and make it look so easy! Sometimes... More 

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