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Cable Cars

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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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Reviewed yesterday

Reasonably priced ride from Market street all the way to near Fisherman’s Wharf is a fun experience with great views. Beatiful steep hills and views to SF bay make this worth a while as at the same time it’s a good way of transportation. Buy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jsamuli
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We can hold the rail handles but no phototaking using. It’s not even shown on the signaage. Not really spectacular.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ultrajs
Reviewed yesterday

We caught the cable car just next to Union Square, had a fun (crowded) ride but it was on a Saturday during the holidays so that's to be expected. Our conductor was fun. This is a great way to get from Union Square to Fisherman's...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Anthony Leonard L
Reviewed yesterday

$7 each way. Sit or stand it’s your choice. Good photo opportunity on way. Different lines so whatch which tram you catch.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bc4449
Reviewed yesterday

I loved the cable cars, it was great to see how high these cars climb all the while giving you great views and going through some nice areas of San Francisco.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank George S
Reviewed yesterday

Hi all well my wife and I recently visited SF and had to take a ride on the Historic Cable Cars. This hopefully will help those travelling to see these to ensure they have a good time. Firstly to buy a ticket on the CC's...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank The-Jones-5-Family
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It will take an hour to get on it’s a 20 minute ride. Worth the $7 and as long as it’s not freezing it’s worth the wait. Make sure you hit Ghiradelli Square while you’re nearby.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FunintheOCsun
Reviewed 2 days ago

Probably the easiest place to board is not at Powell station but you can also buy your tickets there. So come early - first trip is at 6am and last trip is just after midnight. Fun way to go to and from the Pier and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JLP5855
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Cable cars are great. Lots of fun. Employees super. Use the app for tickets. Any time is a good time. Use it to explore SF main areas then use taxi to get to specific places. We were in town late afternoon on Clause Crawl so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank williamn262
Reviewed 3 days ago

A fun way to see the steep hills in San Francisco. For example, I recommend that you purchase a ticket for 3 to 7 days during your stay. The ticket can travel both by cable trains and urban buses and trams. In November 2018, the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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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
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
andrew michael s
April 12, 2018|
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Response from 573LeeH | Reviewed this property |
It’s $7 each ride, whether you ride to just 1 stop or all the way to the end of the line. If you want to ride back it’s another $7. Might be worth buying a day ticket for $22 that can be used on the cable cars, trolley bus... More
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Road Trip - LA, San Diego, Pacifi Coast, Yosemite, San Fran (25 Replies)
Hello Fellow Tripadvisors! I'd like some feedback on the general outline of my upcoming (May 2018) California trip please. I've already booked the flights...me and my family will arrive into LAX early afternoon on 12th May, and leave SFO early afternoon on 27th May. Here's a comprehensive list of all the sights we want to visit: (1) L.A.: - Tourist sights in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice beach etc. - Universal studios Park - Disneyland Theme Parks (x2) (2)...More
January 13, 2018|
Response frombelomiser|
well LA-Anaheim -- Technically Anaheim is not in LA so I'm glad you are staying in Anaheim for Disneyland and not in LA There is not PCH for your May 20th ride to get to Pismo Beach. You could in theory drive the PCH from Santa Monica to Ventura and then join 101 which goes to Pismo Beach. and then you drive 101 (there is no PCH) so stick to 101 all the way to Monterey (101N to 68 W to Monterey) You need 2N to do that area and drive the big sur part which is open up to McWay falls and...More
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9-Night Road Trip - SF to SD (13 Replies)
Is this a doable itinerary? We won't necessarily to everything at every location listed. Just my ideas. California Road Trip – 9 nights San Francisco – 3 nights 1. Alcatraz 2. Bridge 3. Fisherman’s Wharf 4. Chinatown 5. Lombard Street 6. Cable Cars 7. Candlestick Park (49ers) and AT&amp;T Park (Giants) 8. Muir Woods (Redwoods) and Sausalito (Both on other side of Golden Gate Bridge) After San Fran, take 2 days to get to L.A. via 73 miles to Santa Cruz 1. Cliff...More
January 10, 2017|
Response frombelomiser|
It is best to condense your trip into a simple itinerary on this forum SF 3 N Monterey 1N Pismo Beach 1N LA. 3N SD 3N Now that is 11 and you have 9 so cut nights based on your interest Each city forum has info on what to do and see. Use the city forums to dive into what to see By the way Candlestick park is gone. NIners play at Levi's (well attempt to play) in Santa Clara
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First timer questions: parking, Nob Hill area restaurants... (6 Replies)
Hello everyone, We will be driving up the coast from Orange County to San Francisco next month for a week stay and I've read that parking can cost as much as $40 per night! Is this true? Are there any parking garages in the main tourist areas? We will be staying at a hotel in the Nob Hill area and plan to use the Cable Cars but we would like to be able to explore and drive ourselves around too. Also, I would love to hear any recommendations for casual restaurants in the Nob Hill area...More
July 29, 2009|
Response fromverve93|
thanks ObsidianSnow thats exactly what I was looking for... I've used the bus here in OC and they can take forever so I'll look into our options in the City. to RamblinSal, I'll check out yelp. thanks!