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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
415 673 6864
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Ranked #70 of 309 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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Bowling Green, Ohio
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127 reviews 127 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We got to Van Ness and California to take that line over Nob Hill to the Bay. It is a right of passage and made us feel very 19th century. I could have sworn I was wearing a bowler and wool vest with watch chain. Our trip to S.F. would have been incomplete without this ride.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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169 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We travelled the route from Fisherman's Wharf to Market Street and really enjoyed the experience of being on a real San Francisco cable car, climbing half way to the stars! My biggest piece of advice is to get a MUNI pass, which allows unlimited travel on ALL public transport for a specified number of days. That way you can get... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Just kidding ... Although I scored a seat on the Powell Hyde line (everyone says it is better than the other line), I cannot imagine hanging on that long... But some people did- yikes ! I got on at the beginning of the line by Market because I had waited up the hill a few times and it was always... More

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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
39 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If in san Francisco you must travel on the cable cars, these have been running for about 130 years and are the best way of getting up the steep hills. Day passes or 3 day passes are the ideal way to pay for the trips, these also give you access to the trams and the local buses. If you are... More

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Yes, you will have to wait. Yes, when you do finally get on it is likely to be crowded. But the cable cars are great fun and well worth the wait to ride (we went in the early evening and waited about 45 minutes). The conductor on our car was highly entertaining and very informative - glad he pointed out... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Cable car amazing on those steep hills. An opportunity not to be missed when visiting San Francicsco

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Mexico City, Mexico
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

You can't miss the chance to travel in a Cable Car in San Francisco and experience one of the best things that are unique and property of SF. Go to the line in the bottom of the street if your are looking to be seated, if not any stop will work... make the long trip from Union Sq. to Fisherman's... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A must see and do attraction in San Francisco. To avoid the long cue, sometimes more than 1 hour at the terminus, start your trip from one of the many other stops or at the other end of the line. Purchase a 1 or multi day pass and use a combination of buses, trains and cable cars to make the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Cable Car is the maybe not the fastest way to get around but it is cool. I recommend buying a day pass for the Muni which works on the cable car. The California line actually had a large number of commuters on the weekday morning I rode it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Being from the east coast, it was easy to get up early in Pacific time. Around 8:30am, my friend and I walked to the Powell Street line turn around and boarded a cable car heading to fishermans wharf with NO LINE. We bought the 3 day MUNI clipper card which gave us unlimited rides on the cable car and the... More

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