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Lines! But fun.

A must experience, for sure, to make my visit to San Francisco complete. The lines seemed a bit... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pam B
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Richmond, Virginia
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A must but so slow

Such an icon of San Francisco, can' imagine coming to the city without such a visit but the queues... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
RonWamberal
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice place. But if you want to take a ride with cable car it is better to go to the 2nd or 3rd stop. There are no queues and you don't have to wait :)

Thank piotrh794
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After riding the exciting Powell-Hyde from its northern terminus it was great to stop and watch the reversing of the car on the turntable. Truly a great arrangement from the past.

In contrast to the two Powell lines, the California Street cars are bi-directional, thus not in need of a turntable at each end.

Thank permia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cable cars are so unique that a ride on them is a must. It is true that the lines are long but I think it is well worth the wait. I took the ride all the way to Fisherman's Wharf and back and it was just awesome. Price is 7 dollars each way and you can get your tickets either at the booth or on board. An experience you cannot leave San Francisco without !!

1  Thank LOUZO L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must experience, for sure, to make my visit to San Francisco complete. The lines seemed a bit ridiculous (ie watching the street cars be lined up but not yet turned to go on a return trip seemed a bit silly, I was thinking maybe they’re trying to balance where the cars are in the line but who knows). It’s convenient to get around to the wharf from downtown. Great experience!

Thank Pam B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such an icon of San Francisco, can' imagine coming to the city without such a visit but the queues are getting longer and longer and slower and slower.

Thank RonWamberal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was Fleet Week when we arrived so the lines at each end were horrendously long. We put off our ride until Tuesday assuming it would be quieter but still queued for 40 mins. I stood in the street car queue and hubby queued up for tickets. As others have said you can, though, buy tickets onboard. I have to say it was well worth it. The ride is relatively long and although it looked dangerous hanging off the side it was safe and a lot of fun. For couples the best way to sit is one person on the seat and one person standing in front otherwise you could end up with a complete stranger blocking your view.

1  Thank DawnBeamsley
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

No trip to San Fransisco would be complete without a ride on the street cable car. The journey starts at the bottom of Powell, downhill side of Union Square. Depending on the day the queue can vary but there is always the manual turning of the car to pass the time as you wait - clearly this has not changed since the cable cars were first introduced.

1  Thank Escape-overseas
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

This is probably not the best of its kind. First, they keep you waiting in a queue. Then they load people onto the Car. There is then a long wait while the drivers stand around laughing and chatting. There is no apparent reason why this should be. If they wanted to make more money they could turn them around (literally) more quickly. It is quite a good way of seeing some of the city, but you get the impression that they just don't care about tourists.

Thank SWLondonRichardp
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

Riding on a cable car when visiting San Francisco is a must. Those cars have preserved their traditional operation system and did not make room for any technological development. The cable cars just go straight on the rails up and down the hills of San Francisco. At the intersection of Powell and Market streets is one end/start of the cable cars. When a cable car arrives to this station and in order to go back the opposite way workers have to push the car to turn it around. A weird scene nowadays that all tourists film with their cell phones.

Thank Osman B
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to make sure to ride the SF Cable Cars while visiting and had heard that it was easier to just go straight to Powell and Market and get on at the beginning. We realized quite quickly that you must stand in a separate line to buy your tickets and then get into a second line to actually ride the cars. Both lines have a bit of a wait, but it's well worth it. The wait seemed to be long because they only allow a certain amount of people to get on the cars at a time to keep room for other passengers at all the stops.
It's really cool to see how they put the car on the turnaround and move it into position to turn it back around.

1  Thank JameAndDare
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