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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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Bedfordshire
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

An interesting part of San Francisco to see. It costs $6 for a single journey and $12 for a round trip. One drawback you have to wait about 1 to 1 and half hours in a queue to get on.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went on the cable cars from the bottom end of Mason st. to the top end of Powell st. and back again for just a sample of San Francisco. A great way to get an appreciation of the famous undulating roads in the city. The ride is cheap & nostalgic, with the staff being interactive & funny. Views up... More

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

The cable car is the iconic symbol of San Francisco. Catch it on Powell and market and it can take you to fishermans wharf . The lines are long but this is a must do. The ride is jerky but fun.

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Scotland
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266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The actual experience of riding the car was great but the conductor should get a refund from the charm school as he was a terrible advert for San Francisco hospitality. Didn't spoil the experience for us but may have for other people. Listen mate if you don't like the job get another one!!

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Liverpool, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Don't be too put off by the que. If you can ride on the side you will be grinning all the way (until another cable car comes past then you will hold your breath)

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

If you get a good driver and sit or stand at the open section, a cable car ride is great fun. Hair- raising runs down steep slopes followed by arduous climbs uphill solicit lots of gasps and the thrill of passing another loaded car going the other way is great. A must do in SF.

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

When we enquired about getting from Fisherman's Wharf to the city centre we were informed by the information centre to use a combination of streetcars and cable cars. We had no idea what the difference between a street- and cable car was but found it very fascinating to discover how the cable cars operate. Whereas streetcars are powered by overhead... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you are in SF don't forget to ride the cable cars, it is fun and different. when you get to the last stop don't wait in line to return to Pier 39. just walk a few block and catch the cable car again, it is easier and faster

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Mt. Cobb, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Was in town for a week and rode the cable cars every chance I could. I sat inside. I sat outside. I stood on the running board. It's like an amusement ride. Best view is on the Powell/Hyde Line just before you get to Ghiardelli Square. You crest on the hill and the bay opens up before you with Alcatraz... More

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East Midlands, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Worth the wait to get on at union square (end/start of the line). We waited about an hour but the other option is to try and board en-route and most cars are full. It's funny to watch all the religious nuts trying to convert people to their insane ideas... Make sure you get on the outside and swing out to... More

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