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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
415 673 6864
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Ranked #62 of 284 activities in San Francisco
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Visiting San Francisco without taking a photo riding or hanging off the historical cable car? You didn't then! It's very exciting experience to ride the cable car, from powell street turnaround or the Fischermans Wharf and enjoying the sound of the ringing bell. Tickets available near the turnaround points, if not you should pay by cash on board unless you... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Worth doing, but I wouldn't go out of my way (or spend a ton of time waiting) to do. Novelty wears off after a few minutes, but you do get some good views the city.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I know, it is a symbol of San Francisco and all, but realistically it is a very uncomfortable, crowded and expensive ride (at 6$ one way). Luckily, I took the cable car next to my hotel without waiting in any line, and still it was quite underwhelming.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The cable car ride is not worth it. You end up standing in line for a long time to ride a packed car. At least on our visit they seemed unreliable. We ended up walking back from Fisherman's Wharf to the city center because they seemed to have stopped working creating a huge line. On the way we stopped by... More

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Aurora, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We took the cable car from our hotel to Fisherman's wharf and back again. This is not the fastest way to get around San Francisco, but it is kind of fun. We had seats on the way to the Wharf and rode standing on the side on the way back. Standing on the side of the cable car while other... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is MUST ride for those who plan to visit San Francisco for the first time! It is one of the classic rides that have been in the city for ages! Though I do not recommend to wait in line at the turn around (very long line), you have better luck waiting on the other stops along the way. I... More

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We used both the cable cars and the streetcars regularly during our week's stay. The city pass gave us unlimited access and when a one-way ticket on the cable car is $6.00 per person, we made our money back plus just by having the passes. The streetcars took us everywhere else. Longest wait for a streetcar the entire week was... More

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San Francisco, California
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48 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The cable cars are a nice fresh air way to see the hills of San Francisco. They are a bit pricey and the lines are often long, but it's a fun ride and the conductors are often amusing. Wouldn't recommend it on a rainy day though.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Because you'll be waiting in line for no reason whatsoever except that you're a tourist and didn't know any better. The cable car is actually used by locals but at certain locations not just the tourist traps like the Powell or Fisherman's Wharf turn around. My favorite place to take cable car is anywhere on California Street. Take it on... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It's an unique experience but do not wait at the main stop since the line can be long. Try to get on at the less popular stop. Definitely do not wait in front at the gap store to get on.

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