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Market Street Railway

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Address: San Francisco, CA
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Restored street cars run on tracks up and down the Market Street Railway.

Restored street cars run on tracks up and down the Market Street Railway.

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Efficient way to get around

Great way back from Fishermans Wharf to Union Square when you can walk no more. Plenty to see on Market Street a well as the street is very long. Not too expensive and the ticket... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Julian E
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great way back from Fishermans Wharf to Union Square when you can walk no more. Plenty to see on Market Street a well as the street is very long. Not too expensive and the ticket lasts 3 hours

Thank Julian E
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to see the city and get a sense of history at the same time. These old girls creak and wheeze their way along the streets giving you time to see the city.

Thank Steve M
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you don't get a travel card to ride the public transport in San Francisco, you have to pay the driver in the correct cash. The fare is $2.50 and $1.50 for Seniors. Your ticket is good for 2 hours on any tram, so you can get off and pick another. This sounds daft, but all the trams are different... More 

Thank Mark&Nic
Pevensey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We used the Historic Streetcars to travel to and from Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Market Building and along the Embarcadero. Some of the Streetcars have been acquired from around the world and all have been refurbished and are maintained in immaculate condition. A variety of Historic Streetcars are in operation, in their original livery, and we especially liked the Streetcar... More 

Thank Allan S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While not the most direct way to get from Market St to Fisherman's Wharf, this is definitely a comfortable way to ride. The historic streetcars all have a character of their own. Riding down Market St to the Ferry Building is different than riding the rest of the way to Fisherman's Wharf. The Embarcadero has a much different feeling to... More 

Thank CLo976
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't forget to do the street cars, next to the famous cable cars. They use authentic and very old trams to go up and down Market Street. There is a second line bringing you to Fisherman's Wharf

Thank Tramx
Everett, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well can say if you ride this all the way you get a flavor of the whole of San Francisco and those whom live here.

Thank Ken W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 485 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2017

Craftmanship before everything was made cheaply. These cars were from an era where quality superseded quantity and elegance trumped thrift. An example of what a non-consumerist society could be if beauty not money were king in amerika.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed March 31, 2017

Board the Market Street Railway historic cars and one can see many of the highlights located in the center of the city. It’s not the most efficient means of getting around the inner city, but it does allow one the possibility to see many attractions along the route. The Castro, Financial District, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Embarcadero are among the... More 

Thank FormerCaliBoy
Oakland, California
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Reviewed March 17, 2017

These old streetcars have been repositioned as a major public transit source. Rescued from several tram systems around the world, there are a number of different ones. Ride all the way to the waterfront and to Fisherman's Wharf. Better than a Disneyland ride.

Thank Thomas V

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