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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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A tourist must do but too pricey

This is a fun thing to do in San Francisco but be warned it costs $6 per person per ride regardless how far you go. We went from Union Square to Lombard Street. Was great going... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

This is a fun thing to do in San Francisco but be warned it costs $6 per person per ride regardless how far you go. We went from Union Square to Lombard Street. Was great going there but we had to wait too long to go back. We ended up with the cheaper version, a taxi. Is fun though and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Paid for a whole day pass and after an hour and a half wait at the end of the line had to take a taxi back to where we parked. The cable car driver was rude and unfriendly. No communication from anyone, the cars just quit coming. The one ride we did get, along the Mason Powell, was nice seeing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We bought a 3 day pass for the 3 days we were here and loved not only rising these but the street cars along embarcadero too! It's cheaper the single rides if you are here for a few days then u can just hop on and off as you please. We even used it to go to the baseball match... More 

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Longwood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

If you are in San Francisco you have to ride the cable cars - at least once. If it wasn't for the tourists the cable cars would probably have been taken out of service years ago but they are still a fun way to get around. They are noisy and jerky but the steep ascents and descents as you travel... More 

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Desertio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

You simply can't visit SF without riding on the cable cars. It's forbidden in all the tourist books. Lines are long, transfers painfully slow (it's old technology after all), and tourists other than me are a pain in the derriere. Still, take a ride. You'll find yourself grinning like an idiot. I did.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

From the moment the cable car pulled up we were excited. Once on you pay your fare and then enough the gentle jostle of the future passengers , as the conductor orchestrates the number of passengers and where they should hop on. The driver entertains with his tuneful bell ringing and his masterful driving of this machine. Certainly would be... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

we made sure to stay very close to the intersection of both the cable routes. we bought 7 day tkts and took umpteen nos of rides in these cars at all times of the day and night. They fully met and exceeded our expectations - being quaint, at the same time well-maintained, frequent, sometimes crowded, connecting a large no. of... More 

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Winfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Yes, they are crowded. Yes, sometimes you end up waiting a long time. Yes, they are full of tourists. Still - everyone wants to ride one. We were no exception. We showed up very early and stood in line at the Powell Station on New Year's Day. This is probably why we only waited about 10 minutes. You just have... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the lack or organization. There is so much wasted time in the way the collect fees and board the cars. It took 75 minutes of waiting to get a ride, it is better to catch it at a stop!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

we started the cable car at the bottom of the route near Union Plaza and worked our way up to Nob Hill. At both ends you are able to see the workers rotate the cable car to head back the other way. Near the end, as you head down the final hill you can see Alcatraz clear as day. The... More 

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