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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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San Francisco, CA
Nob Hill
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Reviewed today via mobile

We took the Powell Hyde Line to Lombard Street - a must if course - great experience - packed but not claustrophobic- be prepared to listen out for where you want to get off as no button to press - just yell! $7 dollars to...More

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I went on the cable car ride with my family. It was so much fun, and our kids truly enjoyed themselves. It was a once in a lifetime experience. It is definitely a must do in San Francisco. It is $7 for adults. I was...More

Thank Joie A
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Love the cable cars but it didn’t make sense to wait in line 40 minutes. You can stand next to one and get your souvenir shot

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Reviewed yesterday

I had used them before a few years ago, still a great experience to see the technology of the old days. It’s good to know that now they charge for each one way, so if you even get on at the before last stop you...More

Thank David T
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

$7 per ride. Have the experience. Takes you around San Fran and hear a few sights. The cars do fill quickly; so have your experience sooner than later.

Thank asirmans2000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We rode the cable cars end to end, which was a lot of fun. We also bought a week pass and used the cable cars for transit. You have to buy the pass in advance, NOT on the trolley. We got ours in a Walgreens...More

Thank finklemoore
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

People use the cable cars to commute as well as enjoy SF, so you have to respect that, but the ride is thrilling and fun and safe and scenic. Once you experience the sound of the cables, you never forget it. There is a cable...More

Thank Maryruth M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Me and the boys (ages 10 and 13) headed out super early to catch a cable car into Union Square and I’m really glad we did! We’d been wanting to do it for a few days but the queues throughout the day were super long...More

Thank Nelzgirl
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Reviewed yesterday

I had a great time riding the cable cars both on the side and inside it was so much fun going up and down the hills hanging onto the poles it was extremely busy I went on a Saturday and the wait was at least...More

Thank Judith L
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Surely one of the biggest attactions of SFO and fun to do, but be aware most of them are very occupied and you have to wait quite a bit.

Thank Alex M
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The hike to the top can be a challenging workout for
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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
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Mel A
May 24, 2018|
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Response from marv v | Reviewed this property |
Im not sure about that but trying to ride them if disabled is something Id never try again. I had polio. I have a review in here about the nightmare the cable car system has become. Horrible rude drivers, cars so crowded I... More
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John T
May 20, 2018|
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Response from ryanschock | Reviewed this property |
It depends where you want to get off. The cable cars go to most of the major spots around the city, but your best bet is just to walk up to the ticket counter for the cable car and ask the attendant or grab a route map. You... More
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andrew michael s
April 12, 2018|
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Response from holidaygetaway | Reviewed this property |
It is one ride until you get off so assume you can go from one end of the line to the other but would need to pay a return to go back again. We paid one way then got an Uber back. It was cheaper
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