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Cable Cars

Address: San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
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Ranked #27 of 333 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams, Transportation
Owner description: Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though...
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Type: Trams, Transportation
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We rode the cable cars a few times while there....the drivers do a great job of entertaining you. A true San Fransisco landmark worth riding multiple times....go early because the lines get quite long.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A cable car ride whilst in San Francisco is a must! As you travel up and down the possibly steep hills, you take in fabulous views and can absorb the historical and cultural diversity of this lovely city. It is especially fun to ride on the sideboard, where it feels like you are on a slow motion roller coaster. It's... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

If you've had a vision of the SF cable cars, the reality will probably exceed your expectations. What we like is its not just touristy, it's a real mode of daily transportation for the fortunate who can afford to live in the city. We loved the experience. Tip. If you're a tourist, as we were, get on the car at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Having grown up around trams in Melbourne I figured it would be similar to that. Hell no it wasn't the cable cars were so much fun. I think it's something to do with knowing the only thing stopping you landing in the Bay is a man on a giant handbrake. Well worth a round trip if you ask me.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

San Francisco Cable Cars. Whenever we travel to San Francisco the very first thing we do is buy a three day MUNI pass. This pass includes cables cars, street cars and city buses. It was $23.00 per person for the three days. At $6.00 each way on a cable car it paid for itself on our first day. We stayed... More 

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Espoo, Southern Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is a must, at least once in your life, or least if you ever visit San Francisco. Take the full experience, starting with queuing with the other folks either end of the line. Watch carefully how the experienced crew will rotate the car and push it manually for next service. Enjoy the full ride with up and down hills.... More 

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Oak Ridge, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The Cable cars are a must do, it is something you can talk about, it was somewhat entertaining, the cost was only six dollars, one-way, so a lot cheaper than a cab ride and it beat walking up all those crazy heels to get back to our hotel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Always a great ride up and down the city streets. The driver can make it a lot more fun pointing out things as you go. We had one of those and he made it a fun ride. Don't go to San Francisco without riding the cable cars.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We rode from Powell & Hyde to the Fisherman's wharf. Long line on Saturday but a car came every 10 minutes. Waited about 30. Noticed no line before noon but decided to shop a bit and ride afterward. Big mistake! I suggest arriving early. The corner is surrounded by street performers, pro lifers, pro choicers, and loud preachers. Very noisy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

What a neat experience! You can appreciate how far traveling has come, when you see how hard those ladies have to work just to make that car run. I would surely ride again when in town.

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