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Cable Cars

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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
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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 must do

just to say you did, ride the cable car, it was fun and fast and we had a blast, make sure it comes to a complete stop

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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87 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

just to say you did, ride the cable car, it was fun and fast and we had a blast, make sure it comes to a complete stop

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Thank Michael C
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved these iconic symbols of San Francisco. It was ideal we were staying at a hotel located on the main line which ran from Union Square to Fishermans Wharf so we rode on them every day. The drivers were great and always cracking jokes and creating an atmosphere of fun. Sometimes they appeared to be chatting quite a lot which... More 

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Thank 140AngelaL
Southampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the ride, we purchased a return ticket so rode from fishermans wharf to union square and returned late reply, managed front seat so view was great, we went mid afternoon so no queuing

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Thank 10Ian
Sao Paulo, SP
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68 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So exciting riding the cable cars! It is really an emotion hard to describe. We went only once unfortunatelly!

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Thank AliceCristine
Woking, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An obvious must do...to tick off your list....but more than that in you need them because there is no way you'd want to walk up and down those steep hills....unless you're very fit of course. The conductors are quite assertive, but I can understand why as health and safety is a priority and it's easy for us tourists to loose... More 

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Thank LisaGY1115BR
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have always loved the cable cars. Needless to say shooting down a San Fran street is a pretty unique experience to have. One thing to note is that they can be pretty expensive per person compared to other transport which most people will probably be willing to overlook to have the experience.

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Thank Dave C
oregon
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96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Start from Union Square when the car is empty. Try to get one of the benches outside, or hang on the rail. There are many stops, and folks get off and on even though there is one price ($7) no matter how long your ride.

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Thank oregonbeach
Newcastle, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

easy access ability. Great for tourists to use to go to the various tourist attractions. Buy a 3 day pass as its cheaper than paying $7 each way.

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Thank Norelle B
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38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Did this as part of the CityPass. Loved getting the chance to travel on the cable cars. We did this on our last morning in SF and glad we did it. Nearly every tour we went on mentioned them and it was just a lovely little experience to have.

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Thank Karroo17
Minneapolis
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband insisted that we ride the cable cars before leaving San Francisco. It was a lot of fun. The best part was taking the Mason Powell line all the way to the Cable Car Museum (free admission) We learned the fascinating history of the cable cars and gained an appreciation for their talented drivers. Our connecting car ended up... More 

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