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Cable Cars

Address: San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
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Ranked #79 of 394 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams, Adventure
Owner description: Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though...
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Type: Trams, Adventure
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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Coquitlam, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Everyone knows Cable car is a icon. But its service is poor. Out of the 7 days that I was in SFO, 4 of those days shows cable car out of service. Reason was not specified other than weather even though it was not experience extreme weather. Shuttle bus was available but spotty service and at one time I waited... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

If you are boarding at Market and Powell Streets. The lines look formidable but they move really fast. Try to get a seat on the outside to really experience the ride. You can get the best picture in the very first seat. You can also watch and listen to the grip man operate the cable car. It is interesting and... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The cable cars are iconic in San Francisco, and are a fun way to see parts of the city. My husband and I took the cable car from the mall to the pier, and really enjoyed riding the hills and getting to take some photos on this unique form of transportation. We got to see Lombardi hill, and stopped at... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We first rode the cable cars in 1979 and they still retain their magic. This time they were dressed up for Christmas . This is a great fun experience. At $6 each , not cheap, but an old fashioned "clanking" good time ride to Fishermans Wharf.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

All my life I was watching it in movies and TV and when I come to SF the firs thing was take it. If you pay 15$ foe one day you can go on and off as many time you like and even take the Tram too. The best way to enjoy in San Francisco.

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Frankton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

have seen cable cars all my life on rice a roni commercial.(maybe dating myself) so this was a great experience. went by the famous Lombard street-the crooked street. loved it

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Take a double way ticket, 6$ each, and enjoy the view. You can pick up from the Union Square and go to harbour. Then take a coffee or a drink and come back. Can have wonderful pictures from the cable car, and don't forget to take the outside sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It's just what you'd expect. The cars still operate the way they did 100 years ago, with a breakman that handles the device that grabs the cable that runs continuously beneath the street. We rode the Cable cars from Union Square down to Fisherman's Wharf and back, stopping along the way to see the Cable Car Museum (well worth it)... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I cannot see this happening anywhere in Australia where passengers are crammed on with the outsiders been called out to by the driver to squeeze in as we passed another car. This was touristy, sure, but what a way to travel and see the heights of SF. Make sure you do a leg standing up and holding on as you... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

7,000,000 million people ride the three cable car lines in San Francisco a year, the majority are tourists. Suggest you read a little history before you take the $6.00 ride. It's the only cable car lines still operating. We caught the cable car ( Hyde Park to Union/Market street (Powell) ) early Saturday morning ( lines start operating at 5:30... More 

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