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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
415 673 6864
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Ranked #70 of 307 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Trams
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Maybe we chosed a bad day (Sunday...) to ride the cable cars... The wait time was approx 50 minutes, at the Fisherman's Warf. I think that U$ 6, per trip/person, is a bit high, and not really worth it. Enjoyed the experience however, even thought the driver was in a very bad mood, and extremely rude with people, honestly, I... More

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Rode the Powell /Mason cable car from Fisherman's Wharf area to Market Street, Downtown as these are the cars they turn around on a turn table at each end. You must hang on the outside - it doesn't travel too fast so your pretty safe and you get the best view on the left side if travelling in this direction.... More

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Pune, India
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I travelled on 15 th August. It cost you $6 which I feel is worth of as it goes thru very difficult slopes... but You have to spend hours in queue to get the ride. Time between two cable car is 15 mins.. though many cars are standing but they start only after 15 mins, leaving everyone wondering why are... More

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A complete waste of time. Waited 90 minutes to board and were kicked off at the end of the line and had to wait in line again if we wanted to go back (which we did - we simply wanted to ride the round trip to experience the cars). I have never seen something so inefficient in my life, the... More

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Greater Manchester
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Cable Cars of San Francisco have got to be one of the most popular things to do but be warned you will have to queue for quite a time but once on board, it is amazing. I went on twice and really wanted to ride the outside but didn't have the guts (or the pushing power). I rode on... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Caught trolley when traveling from Ghirardelli Square to Downtown San Francisco, Powell Street and Market Street. Uncomfortable. Packed in like sardines, People hanging off the outside. Hot and stuffy. I LOVED IT.

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PA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It was with a little skeptiscism that I convinced my family to get out of the hotel and just ride the rails to the end of the line and back. But once you're out in the California sun with the wind in your hair as you hang on to an iconic cable car, it just feels right! Our boys loved... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Horrible. Incredibly slow operators despite a long line of people waiting. No urgency at all - drove the people cray. Two staff members were there but only one worked to take tickets - the other just sat in his chair and watched. Once on board, there were very rude operators - condescending when riders asked routine quesitons - oddly evasive... More

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Don't waste your time with a round trip ticket. Be ready to wait. They are lazy and make you wait a long time for no reason. You're better off just taking a picture do the cable car passing by then actually getting on it as they jam pack them obstructing your view.

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San Francisco, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I actually live in San Francisco,but my sister was in town visiting from back East. She wanted to ride the Cable Cars and lets just say it was quite an adventure. We caught the Cable car on Powell St. The lines are soooo long to begin with. Once on the cable car the driver was very rude and loud. What... More

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