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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
415 673 6864
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Ranked #70 of 325 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams, Adventure
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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.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We went by the pick up point at night and balked because of the huge line but decided to try again early the next morning-they run from very early until very late which is nice. There were only a few people waiting so we decided to go for it. The ride was okay but a bit crowded as the line... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We jumped on at night in front of Sir Francis Drake and took it down to Fishermans Wharf. Hanging on to the side of the car was great fun. Very friendly staff. I recommend it at night.

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Alberta
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

you have to ride the cable cars, there an historical experience. During rush hour they can be full so try riding them at quieter times.

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Curitiba, PR
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

It's a typical tourist trap. You sometimes need to wait too much time. After waiting, you pay six dollars for entering at a cable car which is crowd of people. I don't recommend. Enjoy your time going to other attractions, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alamo Square and Alcatraz.

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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

This is a must on any visit to San Fransisco - we had to wait approximately 40 minutes for our ride $6 through the city but it was worth the wait. It was lovely, the driver was pretty animated when he was approaching a hill and then saying that the car wouldn't stop - joking of course. People were holding... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Operator was a complete jerk. He made the rude very unpleasant. He was impatient and not very friendly which is not what you want from a person interacting with tourists.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

You can't visit SF and not ride the cable cars. Here are a few tips: 1 Make sure you have a MUNI passport, otherwise each ride will cost you $6. 2 The California St line is less crowded than the Powell St lines. 3 You can avoid the queues at the termini by getting on a stop or two up... More

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Melbourne
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Hanging out of a cable car looked like fun but the two times we travelled on one we were shuffled inside towards the back, thus making for an uneventful ride and not worth $6 when a tram ride to the same destinations is only $2. Next time I will try hopping on at a later stop. Regardless, the cable cars... More

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Singapore
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

you must stand on the sides! It's so exciting especially during turns and downhills! We ride the cable cars so often to get around. It's so convenient! We got the MUNI 3 days pass and just keep hopping on and off. Hee hee.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Cable Cars are fun to ride on. With the rolling hills it is great to see how the cars are driven. And yes, they really are driven by a cable in the road, how amazing is that!

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