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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
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Description: Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after...
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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As a first time visitor we really wanted to go on the cable cars. Saturday afternoon and travelled down to the Powell / Hyde cable car start and the queue was ridiculous. So gave... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

As a first time visitor we really wanted to go on the cable cars. Saturday afternoon and travelled down to the Powell / Hyde cable car start and the queue was ridiculous. So gave it a miss. However Sunday afternoon down at fisherman's wharf, we waited about 40 minutes, again at another main station.. TIP.. Walk along the route and... More 

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damn yankee
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

If you have never ridden a cable car on the steep streets of S.F. don't wait any longer. Both kids and adults will find the experience interesting. It is good to learn about "muni passes" if you plan to spend a few days...and also learn about cable car signs along streets and how to change from one route to another.... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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74 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The cable cars are a great rolling museum of transportation- how often will you get to ride something quite like that - either based on the age of the cars or how it operates. It is not really a good form of transportation. The lines typically are really long and service is regularly disrupted by maintenance issues or the Cable... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We couldn't leave San Francisco without a trip on the iconic Cable Cars. There a 3 routes still in operation : Powell/Hyde line. Powell/Mason line. California line. If you are only going to travel on them once and want to experience the full iconic route with the huge hills and magnificent views down to Alcatraz and the Wharf, it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

The kids were eager to ride on the cable cars. We hiked to the top of Lombard (the crooked stretch) and jumped on the cable car that took us down Hyde all the way back to Union Square. There was a small group of people all waiting at our stop and I loved that the "drivers" loaded the cars based... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

A very touristic icon, but a MUST! You do it for the experience. Hanging out on the side, riding up and down the hills in SFO, is one of the best ways to see the city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Don't bother getting an all day pass as the queues are so long for boarding the tram you will be lucky to get on a ride, too crowded and overrated. We waited for 90 mins, listening to a guitarist before we boarded a ride that lasted no more than 10 mins. Not worth the effort.

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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Make sure you review your route. We started from the Wharf area and ended in town at the turn-around. The line back from the turn-around was a several hundred people deep. Our mistake.. but well worth the trip.

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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119 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

when you want to move through San Francisco you have to realize that some of the roads are very steep. The trip with the cable car is convenient and it is amazing to see how many people are "hanging" outside

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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100 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

My husband insisted that we went on these cable cars so we paid the higher cost and waited in line. Was it worth it, yea it was fun. The other reviews are correct, the workers are a little surly but if you take it as part of the experience it is okay. If you want to get around the city... More 

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Address: Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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