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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
415 673 6864
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Ranked #70 of 307 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Trams
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... more » 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. « less
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San Francisco, California
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I actually live in San Francisco,but my sister was in town visiting from back East. She wanted to ride the Cable Cars and lets just say it was quite an adventure. We caught the Cable car on Powell St. The lines are soooo long to begin with. Once on the cable car the driver was very rude and loud. What... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

A ride on the cable car is something everyone has to do in San Francisco. The experience of hanging on to an outside pole as the cable car climbs up and hurtles down the hills is exhilarating. The drivers have a touch of humour as they give instructions to look after everyone's safety. At busy times, you will have to... More

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Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The cable cars are an awesome experience you must try while in San Fran. Here are some tips to make it easier that we wish we had known: Don't wait in the long line (hour and a half) to board the cars. Buy your tickets and walk up and block or two to the next cable car stop and hop... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We spent 4 days in the city and only managed to get on the cable cars twice. Basically they're a huge tourist attraction rather than an effective means of transport so, whilst they're worth a go on, do it once or twice and find other transport to get about the city.....unless you like queuing for hours!

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I would imagine this is a typical experience. You wait in line for a cable car ticket (or use a pass) [$12 round trip] for up to 90 minutes but the experience as the trolley rumbles up Hyde Street is amazing. Again, nearly all visitors seem to do this trip and it is busy! Watch the operator working the unique... More

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Adana, Turkey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

You have to wait to get on the cable car. But it is fantastic, Historic AND interesting. You Must sit in the outside. The view if city is nice . It is the easiest way to go AND come back from fisherman's warf to Union Square .

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Pataskala, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Recent family vacation to San Francisco, CA -had a great time. Great city, had a wonderful week seeing the city, seeing the sights and eating the food. Only negative was the world famous cable cars -what a disappointment. Lines were horribly long and never moved. We tried to ride the cable cars on several different days (and times) with no... More

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Greeley, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The entire experience is inefficient and with a little bit of effort could be much more efficient and enjoyable. We waited in line for the trolley for two hours and soon realized that the trolley cars were not being filled because people wanted to sit on the outside of the car and not in the enclosed section of the trolley.... More

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I enjoy taking the cable cars in San Francisco. Its one of the funnest ways to get around. It also to me is one of the things that makes San Francisco so awesome. Its also amazing when it goes up the hills and back down; the views are often stunning. Cable cars became part of San Francisco between 1873 and... More

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Silverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A wonderful experience, nothing else like it anywhere else in the world. However we lined up for TWO HOURS in Union Square. Trick is go VERY early - before nine. Great conductors who really enjoy thir job.

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