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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Oh my gosh! Watch the dedicated, friendly service people spin the cable car before stepping on board for an exciting ride! Ding, ding, ding! Each grip has their own style. Don't miss it Hang tight!

Thank Travelingstar7
Reviewed yesterday

Everyone must experience this tradition at least once. Try the off hours and even one of the lesser used by tourist routes. The clanging of the bell, the hills of San Francisco along with great views of the city makes for a wonderful experience.

Thank MikeyBoy1951
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You have not visited San Francisco if you havent tried the cable cars. It was very funny and worth the waiting time.

Thank René B
Reviewed yesterday

When I was a kid we always associated the cable cars with Rice-A-Roni (clever marketing). The actual experience of riding the cable cars is just so much fun. Most of the time they are packed, but it is a unique way to experience a piece...More

Thank R1559IUdonnaf
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Finally got a chance to ride the cable car yesterday at the end of a four-day trip to the Bay Area. Found out you could buy tickets at the Walgreens near Market Square. We took the cable car down to the wharf and then back...More

Thank scooterwa2
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great way to see the city. We really want to ride the cable cars but also used it as a way to get to the top of the very steep streets. The cable car took us up and we made the easier downhill walk back!...More

1  Thank leisure9traveler83
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took the cable car from Taylor Street to Mason Line downtown and back. $7 per person each way. A good way to see a small part of SF, Chinatown and Union Sure

Thank Ron U
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A definite must for San Francisco. A great way to see this great city! Reasonably priced at $7 each way. Was initially a bit nervous about hanging off the side but glad we did-great fun riding something iconic! Ride early to avoid large queues.

Thank Kim E
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I can't visit SF without taking the ride. It's $7 per ride, thus it's best to get a day pass or get a Clipper. I enjoyed be ride a lot, just like what I see in the movie. Not only tourist take the ride, many...More

1  Thank Amy C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I found the San Francisco mass transit options a bit hard to understand, and the timings a bit inconvenient. There were long waits and crowded cable cars, but of course it's more fun than a train/subway or a bus. One of those things you have...More

Thank 87SCuba
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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3 January 2018|
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Response from Steve R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, just a little walking involved.
Caroline A
2 January 2018|
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Response from Steve R | Reviewed this property |
You can't really sight see from the cable cars, just short glimpses. You can take cable cars to the wharf to catch a boat that cruises out to Alcatraz (Best) but still have to walk. Walking in SF to touristy spots is easy... More
Deb S
19 November 2017|
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Response from Andrew Q | Reviewed this property |
Get yourself over to Powell St Station, it's a about a half hour walk. Cable Cars terminate at the bottom of Powell St.