Cable Cars

Cable Cars, San Francisco: Hours, Address, Cable Cars Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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The area
Neighborhood: 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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Chris
Luxembourg146 contributions
Feb 2022
We tried to book tickets through the Muni website but as foreigners (non US credit card, no paypal working) it was impossible to buy on this site. We bought from the ticket booth instead but as it was USD8 for a single ride this was no use. We ended up taking a 3 days pass as this was USD36 and we could use it as much as we wanted and also valid for other transportation in the city. The cable cars 3 lines are supposed to run every 15 minutes, but it seems not to be really the case, so be careful to have a enough time as it is not the quickest way on transportation. It is however good fun and a really nice way to see the city. As we had the 3 days pass we used it quite a bit between the different lines. If you are standing you see much better than from the inside or if sitting on the benches.
Written February 12, 2022
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TravelSouthGA
Georgia181 contributions
Aug 2021
I've always wanted to ride the famed San Francisco cable cars since I was a child (mainly due to the old Rice A-Roni commercials; lol). It definitely lived up to my expectations. They are now back in operation to the public (since the beginning of August 2021) and are free for the month. We took the Powell-Hyde line (there are 3 lines total) and rode toward Fisherman's Wharf. You can feel the enthusiasm as people queued up to ride and during the ride. The views across certain streets are spectacular (at some spots you can see to the water) and it is fun just being on the car and enjoying the ride, as the operator works the brakes and controls. Kids loved it and kid's at heart did too. Just know that the lines can get long; we rode fairly early in the morning (9 am or so) but in the afternoon the wait was an hour or so at the turnaround.
Written August 15, 2021
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Lew008
West Midlands, UK163 contributions
Dec 2021
We got a 3 day ticked for $31 and did we have a great trip, that also covers other public transport too. The cars are controlled in a masterly manner and it is a pleasure to ride on them and be taken up and down some serious hills!! Strongly recommened, download the app and buy a day ticket for $13 or 3 day for $31 - make two trips minimum each day (there and back) and you make money as well have a thrill. Watch the lines at Fishermans Wharf going back, they can be a bit long and not good in the rain but its all part of the experience.
Written December 29, 2021
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Angelface67
Redbank Plains, Australia24 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Purchased a 3 day visitor pass on line using Muni mobile app, as I lost my paper copy plus online is cheaper but does run for 3 days consecutively, paper copy lasts over 12 months and you can pick which 3 days you want to use. Paper tickets cost $18 for one day where as online only $11 and paper ticket for 3 days is $36 online only $31. Both can be used on cable car, bus, and trams unlimited rides. Would highly recommend as a great and affordable way to get around San Fransisco as hiring a car and Parkin overnight is very expensive over $60 and also daytime parking can get very expensive when parking past one hour. Lots of car parking available which is where I am sure they are making a fortune from
Written March 9, 2020
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Cholino
Warrington, UK193 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Disappointing experience.
We bought a day ticket which cost $24 each but found that we couldn’t get on the cable cars die to the number of people already on them.
We ended up waiting half an hour on two occasions and this was in March so goodness only knows what it would be like in the summer.
Waste of money and time to be quite honest although they are fun once you’re on one.
Written March 23, 2022
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ldepmom
Ohio116 contributions
Feb 2022
This was the first thing we did when we arrived in SFO as it was very near our hotel. We went right to the start of the blue line. It was fun, we went all the way to Market St but the conductors were a bit off. It seemed as though they did not really enjoy their job. It was uncomfortable. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it. Bought our passes on line using the app and only paid 13$ for an all day passport and used the Cable cars and public buses all day.
Written February 23, 2022
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Ruhungrytientien
San Francisco, CA25 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
If you only have a couple hours in San Francisco. Cable Car ride is a must and number 1 in my book.
This is 2nd time I got a 1 day pass (unlimited cable car and Muni rides). With Muni Apps, it’s only $13 and It’s worth every penny. What a deal. If you pay 1 way fare, it’s $8 per ride. Today (Friday, 11/19/21). I got on all three (3) lines; California Line (with great downtown view and Grace Cathedral) , Powell and Hyde Line (with Union Square, Chinatown, Lombard St and Fisherman’s Wharf views) and Powell and Mason (with Union Squares, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Cable Museum and Fisherman’s Wharf). And rode total 6 different times. It’s fantastic and what a amazing ride and experience.

Cable Car is historic and iconic (100 years old). The cable car is perfect for going up and down steep hills. Try to get on outside standing but hold in tight and don’t loose your smart phone. You will amazing shots and the feelings are surreal. With bay breeze blowing on your face and sun glows on your forehead.

Cable car is a must see and must do. If you haven’t ride yet, plan a trip to San Francisco just to ride it. Get a 3 day pass if you are staying more than 3 days. it’s great deal. Save you time and energy for your next great adventure.

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Written November 20, 2021
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Alfred O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands35 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
My first time to Sanfrancisco i took a ride on these cable cars . It was worth it then . The fare used to be a quarter then too and this City didnt have any Ugly Modern Highrise buildings yet to mess up our Citys Sky-line . Now we are off the scale with terrible ugiest Crap . And the monthly rent or Condo fees on one of them is $4,000.00 a month . SAN Francisco didnt have any buildings back then thats rent was that much yet . Now a One bedroom Apartment costs that much a month . I went to Europe in 1987 and rent for a One bedroom was $800 a month for a 3 bedroom apartment in Paris . What happened to our Values in this World ??? This city of Sanfrancisco Stinks to high heaven . Now these Cable cars cost over $5.00 to ride .And these cars arent maintained good anymore either . The Views from the top of one of the hills can be great from one of these Cable car rides too .And now their really crowded too .
Written June 6, 2020
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Philip D
Tucson, Arizona350 contributions
Dec 2019
They only sell single (one-way) tickets and they are $7 each. Then you wait at the
Powell Street turnaround for over an hour as they are so popular. Fortunately, on the
day we visited there was a decent busker but I've seen Disneyland (ride) lines move
faster than this. There is nowhere to sit whilst waiting. The cable car trip is OK. The
shocking things was the paucity of cars ... Jeez, just buy/build some more cable cars
or stop taking $7 for what is a poor experience. Since there were 4 of us, a Lyft back to
the hotel from Ghiradelli Square was just as much fun. Yeah, it's that good.
Written January 12, 2020
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Arstrazz
Lakeland, FL144 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We stayed on Nob Hill and were so happy to have found the 7 day MUNI pass that includes all busses and the cable car. At $41 for the full week, it was well worth the money as the hills are STEEP. The cable cars are much more reliable than the busses and they are so fun to ride! All of the drivers were so friendly throughout. Don’t forget to stop at the cable car museum to see how it all works. Free admission and very interesting.
Written September 7, 2021
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