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Cable Car wait time from Powell/Market Street?

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Cable Car wait time from Powell/Market Street?

Isn't the intersection fo Powell/Market Street a start/stop point for the Powell/Hyde line? How long might the wait be there, say on Labor Day, around 1:30 - 2 pm? Is there a stop at Union Square Park, or would that be a bad location to catch the Cable Car on route to Fisherman's Wharf area? Thanks for any replies, appreciate your help.

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1. Re: Cable Car wait time from Powell/Market Street?

Waited 45mins recently...during week. You can get on further up the road eg Union Sq but they were only letting on 5 people on our cable car (there were about 20+ in the line) - however, probably quicker than standing in the main line!

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2. Re: Cable Car wait time from Powell/Market Street?

Prepare to wait my friend. That will likely be a VERY busy time for the cable car-holiday, midday....You can buy your tickets on the car, so don't wait in the line to buy tickets as well. That can save you some time. If you go further up the line, the car will be full and they won't let you on, especially if you are not traveling alone.

To avoid the lines, it's best to travel early or late.

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3. Re: Cable Car wait time from Powell/Market Street?

When we visited over last weekend and earlier this week, the lines were very very long, so long that we used our 3 day muni pass (which includes cable cars) to catch the F line and take a ride back around to Fisherman's Wharf rather than wait in the long line to reboard at Market after taking the cable from Fishermans Wharf If you just want to experience cable cars, ride the California line back and forth a few times-easy on at any of its stops. The easiest place to grab the Powell Hyde line was Chinatown where, obviously,the most people were getting off. The California line runs a few blocks from Chinatown. The walk from Union Square to Chinatown is 5 or 6 very steep blocks.

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4. Re: Cable Car wait time from Powell/Market Street?

You have to look at the cable cars the same way you look at rides at Disneyland -- expect a long wait in line! (No FastPass on the cable cars, alas!)

Is it worth it? Oh yes... when my fiance and I were there in March, we caught the Powell-Hyde at Fisherman's Wharf after dark. The view between the buildings down to the Oakland Bay Bridge with its orange lights, and the moon floating overhead, was like something out of a movie. A memory of a lifetime!


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