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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
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Description: Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after...
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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This was one of the high points of San Francisco! We rode on the outside step all the way to Fishermans Wharf. A tip to avoid the queue is to walk up the road from Powell Street... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The cable cars are a typical SF attraction for tourists. However, be aware that they cost $7 to ride (as opposed to regular street cars or subways which are only $2.50), and the lines are often VERY long to hop on. This is by no means a realistic method of transportation, but if you're looking to do it for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This was one of the high points of San Francisco! We rode on the outside step all the way to Fishermans Wharf. A tip to avoid the queue is to walk up the road from Powell Street Terminus one stop and you will get on the cable car without queuing, The driver leaves space for passengers so you have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is just something very special about hurtling down Powell Street in dark inches from parked cars while you cling to the side of the car. Best $7 thrill ride going!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Riding the cable is something everyone does when visiting and is an experience. As others have said be prepared for long waits at either end of the line. Weekend wait seems to average 1 1/2 hours to board. Cars are very crowded.

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Paramus, New Jersey
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We were looking forward to riding the cable cars, and bought a one-day ticket, thinking we could hop-on-hop-off. Our first indication of trouble should have been the 45 minute wait at the Wharf station. We made the trip to Chinatown, but then tried to get back. We ended up waiting 30 minutes, with three cable cars passing us by because... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

A cable car ride really is a San Francisco treat! Lines were long, but they move relatively quickly and is well worth the wait. This is a great way to take in some beautiful views of the city. What could be more fun than hanging off the side of a cable car ito see this beautiful city? Be sure to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The cable cars are so fun! My kids hung on the outside and had a ball and we could watch the conductor operate the car. It's quite a ride up and down all the hills. We got a great tip, get on at the end of the ride in the Financial district where there's no line or crowds and then... More 

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La Coruna, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Another one of the symbols of the city of San Francisco, and an idyllic image for feel to be as into a Hollywood's movie.

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Culver City, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Don't do it! The cars are NOT maintained and our GPS never worked. We, as well as other fools, kept getting stranded as their cars kept failing. We rented one a few years ago. Interestingly when I tried to put my scathing review on Trip Advisor's website, Trip Advsior had the audacity to send me a note telling me it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Riding on the cable cars is a true San Francisco experience and can not be missed - however be prepared for a long wait! We went at around 10am on a Friday morning and waited around 1 hour and a half! Also, make sure you buy tickets BEFORE you get on the cable car - it would be awful to... More 

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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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