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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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Must do tourist trap

It's one of those things you just have to do. Avoid trying to get on at either end as you won't for several hours. Try around dinner or lunchtime a few blocks up

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Comox, Canada
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's one of those things you just have to do. Avoid trying to get on at either end as you won't for several hours. Try around dinner or lunchtime a few blocks up

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Riding the tram is all a part of visiting San Francisco. Sadly the time you have to wait at union square can be up to an hour. Saying that if you are willing to wait it's an amazing experience. Enjoy the ride.

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Queensland, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An experience on an iconic attraction in SF. Visited in July, which is the US and European holiday time, so it was extremely busy at all terminals of each cable car line. Queues could be 50 - 100 metres to get on. Each sector ridden cost $7. We bought a 7-day MUNI pass, which allowed us to travel on any... More 

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Thank Dreckly56
Greenville, South Carolina
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Rode the cable cars which was awesome. The issue is with the employees running the cable cars. We took the car on Saturday night and expected a wait but did not expect to hear cussing and a very rude staff. The system of taking and paying for tickets needs a lot of work and is very inefficient.

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Thank Ben C
London
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37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The day we went on this mode of transport we waited for almost two hours at the Powell and Hyde line..in some pretty changeable weather! The Inside of the cable car was made of wood and rattled every bone but they were charming and the turning circle is a must see. Some folks hung on outside which is "an option"... More 

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Thank Pushnikai
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The cable cars are a must-do tourist attraction for good reason: you get to see the sights of San Francisco without driving up and down the monstrous hills. The best time to go is off peak because the lines are as big as the hills.

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Thank Tomato2DJ
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A trip to San Francisco is not complete without a ride on a cable car. A great way to get around and sightseeing.

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Nowra, Australia
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Riding a cable car is quite expensive (especially for a family) but you'll probably only be in SF once & you'll regret it if you don't do it at least once

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Thank TRC60
Tucson, United States
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This unique car, which depends on underground cables for moving and stopping, is fun to ride although not a fast means of transportation. Take it once, just for the experience. Upon advice, we went to a terminus to begin our ride where we waited in line for nearly an hour. During our wait we watched as they moved a cable... More 

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Roanoke Rapids, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stood in line over an hour to get on this cable car. Although I knew that you could walk up a couple of blocks and get on car a lot quicker, I did not like being on this crowed car. It is nice to ride/check-off list but Lyft, Uber, or Limo would have been better and same price or... More 

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