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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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One of the things I had to do on our visit. Bought an all day pass so we could ride as many times as we liked. We got on outside our hotel in the business district with no... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of the things I had to do on our visit. Bought an all day pass so we could ride as many times as we liked. We got on outside our hotel in the business district with no problem but after that was madness! The main stops had queues round the block so after reading a tip about trying a... More 

Thank LesleyWill45
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were in San Francisco in school holidays time so to get a ride on the cable cars there was always a long wait. It was an enjoyable ride and a great wait to see parts of San Francisco.

Thank Margie C
Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A really cool way to see some sights in SF. You can get to Chinatown, Lombard Street, Fisherman's Wharf and other places in a fun, historical way. The most fun way to travel is hanging onto outside rails, looking down and up San Francisco's hills. But be prepared for a long wait, especially on weekends. In August on a Monday... More 

Thank Michał K
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First time I rode a cable car was 45 years ago and it is still fun and gives a little race of adrenaline to listen to the motorman shift the gear levers, clang the bell and sail over the hills and around the corners. Of course, you want to stand on the rail alongside the car, preferably on the inside... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was here last year and often the cars weren't operating. I figured it to be an anomaly and gave a good review. The same thing happened this visit. Most of the time I got tired of waiting and just walked. One time at the end of the Powell-Hyde I waited in line with a mass of people while 4... More 

Thank 19952015
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A trip on a cable car up and over knob hill is a must. Great history streets that have slopes that you will not believe. It is $7 for however long you ride so plan it into your trip.

Thank Greg221968
Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Public Transportation in San Francisco. Concerning public transportation in San Francisco, (bus, cable car) located on Lombard Street, we bought subscriptions in the Walmart store. You can choose to take a ticket for 1, 3 and 5 days of transport. For example, we chose 3 days for the price of USD 33 - more taxes. It is a network of... More 

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Babylon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Be sure to take the famed cable cars while you are in. SF! So fun and enjoyable! A must do! Do not fear - they are old and still a reliable source of transportation! Occasionally a little delay or mishap happens, but they can fix it quickly and continue the ride to the destination! Depending on time of year, which... More 

Thank Steffi818
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Take the car out to the Wharf it's an experience not to be missed. You queue up and go on. Your fee is taken on board. You can hang on the outside, sit on the inside and be seated in the edge. Wherever you are it's brilliant. The attendants are fun!

Thank Katy S
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We bought the 3-day ticket. A big no-no. What a waste of money and TIME. I highly recommend you just just take ONE ride for the experience, which will cost you $7. Every wait was more than 30 minutes. And, when your next available cable car did come, you will treated like a bunch of moo-moo's. The drivers and the... More 

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Nob Hill
Swanky and stylish, Nob Hill sits in the heart of the city and is home to amazing architecture and views. The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for those who forego a cable car ride, but they will be rewarded with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated with mansions after the Gold Rush, most if not all were devastated in the 1906 earthquake and fire that followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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