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Cable Cars

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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 673 6864
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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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True iconic adventure 🚎

Although the wait was a bit long (some cable car issue on one of the hills 😳), the ride Wes SO worth it. Another BUCKET LIST item ✅'d off. 👍

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Missoula, Montana
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Although the wait was a bit long (some cable car issue on one of the hills 😳), the ride Wes SO worth it. Another BUCKET LIST item ✅'d off. 👍

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you're a little older it's a little difficult to get on & off these, they are kind of high off the ground.

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Thank Diane C
Middle East
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15 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wait in line for a $5 ticket (senior fare) for a ride around town. But keep in mind that if you get off another fare is required to get on again.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cable cars are not just for visitors as locals use for transportation. Travels up and down hill with many stops. One can get maps for the different lines and routes, very good way to get around the area covered. Price is reasonable and one must remember that parking for private auto is limited and expensive for this area.

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Can't go to San Fran and not ride the cable cars. We walked from fisherman so wharf all the way to the starting point and rode the cable car back. It was awesome.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best way to experience San Francisco, those hilly windy streets are amazing... we had a super friendly driver who kindly joked with all his passengers getting on or off!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unique experience and the workers are helpful and interesting. I felt the experience offered a different perspective to the city, and a great view into a variety of neighborhoods. The wait in line is the downside.

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Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great experience to be had by all. Best time to line up for the cable cars in early in the morning. Wait times at other times of the day was up to 2 hours. Sitting on the outside is best - but remember that others will stand in front of you. Think about an all day ticket and then... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cable cars were $7 for adults each way but worth the money. The operators were a bit gruff but added flavor to the at times precarious ride. Hang on, you never know when they'll slam on the brakes.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Im glad i got the week pass cause there were many times it was too crowded to get on and they wouldnt even stop. Eventually i got to ride (early morning or late afternoon).

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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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