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Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround

Powell and Market Streets, San Francisco, CA
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One of the Must things to do in San Fransisco. Great to watch them turning the trams and so much... read more

Reviewed yesterday
SagaloutsTour
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UK
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A great Classic!

Very attentive operators of this classic historic venue make this a superb 5-Star experience. Yes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
theHammer1956
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Arlington, Texas
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Powell and Market Streets, San Francisco, CA
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"day pass"
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"union square"
in 35 reviews
"fisherman's wharf"
in 38 reviews
"fun ride"
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"starting point"
in 6 reviews
"few blocks"
in 9 reviews
"muni pass"
in 6 reviews
"lombard street"
in 16 reviews
"bucket list"
in 6 reviews
"cable"
in 155 reviews
"cars"
in 192 reviews
"turntable"
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"conductor"
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"stops"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One of the Must things to do in San Fransisco. Great to watch them turning the trams and so much fun riding on the platform all the way to the top. Must be done! Great value too if you get a day ticket $20, compared...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very attentive operators of this classic historic venue make this a superb 5-Star experience. Yes - it is "touristy" and Yes - it is a must.

Thank theHammer1956
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was something I have looked forward to for a very long time. We had to wait approx 45 minutes to get on one which was to be expected, it was interesting to look inside near the driver and watch how he operated the car....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the wait to ride the iconic trams, if you don’t want to wait you can walk up the road and try catch at the next stop but it’s usually full so best to just wait your turn

Thank Kiz18
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I walked to Fisherman's Wharf from Powell and Market Street and took the cable car back from Hyde Street at Beach Street near Ghiradelli Square. The wait was about 45 minutes; however, it's a great way to get back to Powell/Market. If you're paying in...More

Thank Deirdre O
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

I pass through this area every week, so I see the line of tourists waiting for a cable car. Place to buy tickets right on the square. This is a transit hub and the reason why I come here. Lots of places to shop, eat...More

1  Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Was really fun for $7 US one way or $22 all day pass from public transport isn't too bad. Only thing that ruins the experience is doesn't run on a timetable and you can wait 2-3 hours to hop on and that's a short wait.

Thank Josh B
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Get there early - about 8am if you don’t want to wait at least 30minutes to an hour if you want to see the turning of the tram, as it is prepared to head back up Powell St to Fisherman’s Wharf. A wonderful 30 minute...More

1  Thank mym0use
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Get in line first; do not worry about getting a ticket! If you go get a ticket, the further back in queue you will be. Once, you get on board. You can pay the conductor in cash. There are two lines: Powell/Hyde and Powell/Mason. Most...More

3  Thank 427BeatleBob
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Kind of cool to see how the cable cars are turned around here, but the turn around locations are also the locations of the largest lines to ride. We waited 30 minutes once, and after that boarded at other locations. But worth seeing.

Thank rduinc
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Nearby
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
...More
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TedEbear57
6 January 2018|
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Response from PhxShirley | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately have toget off & back on. 2-3 men push the car to turn it around.
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Cesar H
29 December 2017|
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Response from Redtraveller_50 | Reviewed this property |
If you dont wish to wait for ages at the beginning, then get on at Union Square but be prepared to stand or be a little squished. Takes you to Fishermans Wharf and if you buy a pass you can also use this on buses and the... More
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Vickie P
28 June 2017|
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Response from Sam N | Reviewed this property |
updating the previous answer, prices as of Jan 2018 are 7 per person per ride, 22 for a 1 day pass, 33 for the 3 day and 44 for the 7 day.
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