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Cable Cars

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Address: San Francisco, CA
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Since 1873, cable cars have run up and down the hilly city, though after...

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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You Kind of Have to Take a Ride

Yes, the lines are long, the cars are crowded, and Uber is faster, but hey, if you're visiting San Francisco, you have to take a ride. Try to get on at either the beginning or... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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San Diego, California
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52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes, the lines are long, the cars are crowded, and Uber is faster, but hey, if you're visiting San Francisco, you have to take a ride. Try to get on at either the beginning or the end of the line you choose, to get the full experience.

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34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Other than the Golden Gate Bridge, there is not much of a bigger icon of the city than the cable cars. With our hotel on Nob Hill, we used the cable cars to get back up the steep hills at the end of our days on the pier. You can buy tickets on board, but if you plan to use... More 

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Thank tangokilo12
Kenora, Canada
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Super cool to see the cables running as part of the street - can be tough to get midline as they don't always stop at the stops. True romance of a day gone by with them running the streets with open air and travellers hoping on and off - we got a free ride from the operator!!

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Thank Taras M
Vancouver, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

How can you go to SF and not ride the cable car? They are so much fun! If you get on/off at the end of the line, expect to wait in line. It's still worth it though and you should definitely experience it at least once while you're there!

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Thank Kailey T
San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cable cars are an awesome way to see the city. Catch in by the waterfront and ride all the way to Union Square. It is $7 per person as of Jan 2017, so enjoy the ride. You can buy tix onboard if you have cash or buy it at the ticket booth. An Uber for the same price but it... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The cable car is interesting and has great mood. It is also recommendable to travelers who wanna enjoy sfo in short time. But it has no merit if I think about the price. To ride this, always have to wait for a long time and the price is really high(at least 7 dollars each person). So I don't want to... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was great. We hopped on and off these cable cars for three days using our three day pass we got from the Kiosk in Union Sq. It works out so much cheaper that way. Loved going down the steep hills and hearing the bing, bing of the cable car's bell. If you want to go to Fisherman's Wharf on... More 

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Thank Elaine C
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What I like about the ride was the roller coaster road while in an open vehicle (no windows). Anyone will surely love the idea of taking this for tour and transfer. It is the transportation at Fisherman's Wharf and Powell. What a fun ride. I think I paid $5 for the ride. The best spot is at the end where... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This activity gives you everything you would expect. I was just disappointing that the staff were not always that friendly.

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byron bay nsw
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to see parts of city and get a feel for the local population. Better than buses because of slower speed of travel and very interesting to watch the operator use brakes and accelerator... history now. Cute and Quaint. More expensive than bus travel and limited areas of travel but worth it.

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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 followed. Luckily all is not lost; storied hotels and Grace Cathedral surround Huntington Park. Having a drink or dinner while taking in the sunset and views at the "top of the Mark" is tough to beat.
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