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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA (Russian Hill)
415 673 6864
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Ranked #66 of 304 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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Missouri
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126 reviews 126 reviews
34 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Cable cars are something that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of San Francisco. It's a very iconic symbol. Therefore when you work for something that helps define a city you should think of yourself as an ambassador of sorts. You should by no means behave like a total jerk. My husband and I rode the cable cars twice... More

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The history is amazing. A lot of the experience on the car was great. The service was SLOW - slower than it needed to be it appeared everyone was in slow motion.... The wait very, very long. The drivers switched mid-route. The new driver was a "yeller" even to one of the passengers on the cable car who inadvertently let... More

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Connecticut
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119 reviews 119 reviews
34 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We rode the cable car and it was so much fun. We waited only ten minutes in line and my son and I got to stand on the running boards and hold onto the railing for the trip up the hill and down the other side to Market Street which was a few blocks from our hotel. An absolute must... More

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The ride itself could have been a rating of 4, however, the wait was terrible!!! We spent almost 1.5 hours lining up at the Hyde St./Beach St. terminal to get on a car. Their system was terrible and there's no customer service at all. The published schedule on their website indicates that the cars leave every 8 minutes, but the... More

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A must when in San Francisco! We purchased the visitor’s passports which can be used for unlimited rides on the following: Muni, Muni Metro, historic streetcars, and cable cars. This was by far the best way to go for us, as it allowed us to get all over the city relatively inexpensively. Purchasing a visitor’s passport definitely is the most... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The cable cars were a blast, but completely frustrating until we figured our what to do. (NOT a method of transportation - tourist experience only). The two Powell lines have insane waits at most stops - over an hour at some. My suggestion - buy a daily or 3-day Muni pass. (It covers bus, light rail, and the $6 per... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A must do in SF are the cablecars and the old trams. There are long lines on the turn-table at Market street. To avoid those, take one of the following stops (e.g. between market street and Union square. They don't fill the cable cars completely at the turn-table and leave some space for passengers at the following stops. Price-wise, I... More

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Dothan, AL
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

No one can go visit San Francisco and not ride the cable cars, so we did so. The line to get on was painfully long at all times and all locations no matter how late or what sort of "off time." We tried all the tricks about getting on at other stops, etc. None of these were effective. When we... More

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Newark, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It had been many years since I'd been on the cable cars. So when we recently had some guests from Ukraine we decided to take them for a ride. They absolutely loved going up and down the hills on the cable car. It's very expensive for a short ride - $6 each way. But for one trip every few years... More

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NZ
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Did have to stand on a queue for about 1 hour but worth the wait. Definitely a great experience seeing San Francisco from a different perspective.

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