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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
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Nob Hill
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Reviewed yesterday

No one can come to San Francisco and not ride the cable cars! They are fun.They are inexpensive. They are very adventurous and you get to see the sights without have to drive on these Rolling Hills. I bought a seven-day pass for $42 at...More

Thank UStravelmaxx
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Little expensive 7 $ for one way ride upto Union Square...but must done experience to feel the character of the city...would suggest u to take the tour late evening if u want to avoid que

Thank chintukapadia
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There is no competition to the historic cable cars and it shows. They are painfully slow in boarding a car at the terminus that there were three backed up waiting. We waited over an hour in line to board. The ride is fun and exciting,...More

Thank knoxvillelaura
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A bit pricey but it was worth it, the cars run pretty smoothly and have a few good stops, we went one way down from one end to the other

Thank vampslayer01
Reviewed yesterday

As in my title, often long waits and some of the drivers seemed to have the attitude that they didn't care if they picked up passengers or not. Then other drivers were very accommodating and tried to fit everyone on. The ride is very fun.

Thank Ilene S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We jumped on a cable car from the turntable. We had to queue for quite a while, but it was worth the wait. We opted to stand on the outside of the cable car and hang on! It's a great way to see the city.

Thank Sian H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had great fun with the kids going up and down. During peak business hours, it gets very business with people that are quite serious... you should get the tram that takes you to the growing point of Alcatraz!!

Thank SmokeyDJ
Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed the cable cars but the $7 each way per person is pretty expensive for what it is. It does allow you to experience a view of some of the inner city streets and sights as you head to the wharf. Recommend it as worth...More

Thank Wayne M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Something you have to do in SF it was good did it once im done now lol. kind uncomfortable, try to sit on the outside and dont stand was a little tuff on the hills

Thank RichLI
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing experience. Going back in time. Nothing has changed for 100 yrs. very exciting trip up and down San Francisco's steep streets. Did you know 80% of job applicants fail because they don't have the upper body strength to pull those levers all day.

Thank Crossruff
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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Vimari K
Where I park in order to get the cable car?
2 May 2017|
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Response from Lucretia H | Reviewed this property |
You can park many places for jumping on the cable cars- Union Square or Fishermans Wharf are very popular. You don't have to purchase a ticket beforehand - you can pay (must have cash) once you are on!
Sharin K
What's the best time to ride? Meaning with least waiting time?
13 April 2017|
Response from Harry W | Reviewed this property |
Early in the AM (say before 8) or late in the PM (say after 9 PM) will see smaller crowds (if any). The cars run from 6 AM to midnight. Weekdays are generally better than weekends. My wife and I often return from the... More
Vanesa V
I plan to take Powell-Hyde cable car from Union Square to Beach (where it ends), but what if I want to get off to see Lombard Street to see this attraction? Can I then hop back on the next cable car when it arrives to keep going towards beach with the same $7 I payed? Hope this makes sense. Thank you!
13 April 2017|
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Response from DonkArizona | Reviewed this property |
No, you can't hop off then hop on a different cable car with a one ride pass, that is the $7 ticket. We bought the $21 day pass and used it all day on different cable car lines and it worked great. We hopped off at several... More