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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
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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 yesterday

think about it, SF big hills , a barrier to horse drawn carriage, Hallidie, sees horses die falling back wards and takes his Dad's woven steel rope= cable, and 1873 Cable cars change the situation, by wwII they are obsolete, almost thrown away in favor...More

Thank Gene G
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The cable car rides we took were great! The experience, the views and the Cable Car museum were priceless. However: the lines at Market street were very long, like an hour waiting in line. The staff was very strict and grumpy. 7 dollars for a...More

Thank Auke G
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Reviewed yesterday

The cable cars are very interesting. They are loud, small, and do get crowded. Definitely hit the cable car museum to see how they work about the town. The drivers are friendly and work hard driving those cars. Definitely a must see. Get a daily...More

Thank ZoeyK5505
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Reviewed yesterday

7.00 for like a 5 minute ride? Woah, very expensive. It's a big tourist thing, so I'm really not surprised. If you get on the wrong train, might take you to the bottom of lombard street. It is NOT easy to walk up to it...More

1  Thank Alex S
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When you get home from your holiday in San Francisco, your friends will probably ask, did you ride the cable car? Don’t disappoint them....or yourself! We took the cable car on the Powell/Hyde line from one end to the other, terminating near Fisherman’s Wharf. It...More

1  Thank lastword2016
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyable experience (however a bit pricey $7 each way)! Nice way to skip walking up hill. The view of the neighborhood while on cable car is great!

Thank Priscila C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We hopped on a few times and each time is was like entertainment! On one trip the crew said the brakes were failing and had a real challenge when it came to the downhill sections. No one got off as we were having such a...More

Thank ChurtSunseeker
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is without doubt a must do in san Francisco. The cable runs under the street. The operator pulls levers in order to clamp onto the cable to move forward. If you are fit and able stand on the side platforms and hand onto the...More

Thank pat d
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Once again, this is a must do whilst visiting San Fran.Hopefully you will encounter nicer cable car staff than we did.( it kind of takes the romantic feel of riding the cable cars).It is also quite expensive to ride,$7.00 one way, but wew ere told...More

Thank Glen S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Catch at Fisherman's Wharf so you are guaranteed a spot. May have to wait about 15-30 minutes but well worth it.

Thank Jennifer P
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architecture adorning its peak. Originally populated
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Mel A
25 May 2018|
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Response from johnandviv321 | Reviewed this property |
Suggest you try the SFMTA website which should explain the pricing policy but basically it is a one for all price of $7 per trip as a visitor. The day passes are worth looking at and there is also a tie in with other... More
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John T
20 May 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
12 April 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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