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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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Very economical way of transportation!

Riding the Cable Cars and Street Cars is a must-do. They are economical, historical and fun! There is a stop right outside of the hotel we stayed at, which made riding them a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Morgan R
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Tallahassee
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86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Riding the Cable Cars and Street Cars is a must-do. They are economical, historical and fun! There is a stop right outside of the hotel we stayed at, which made riding them a breeze and the hotel sold passes- even better. We got a 3 or 4 day pass for the duration of our trip. Well worth it!

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Thank Morgan R
Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The cable cars are amazing historical San Francisco and a must do when visiting the city, great views from the cars when they go up the steep hills and great picture opportunity as well. Overall worth the 7 dollar ticket to ride, recommend getting off at the top of Lombard Street and walk down.

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Thank Healthy60
Winthrop, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum was recommended by a cable car gripman and we are so glad we decided to stop and tour this interesting museum. It was free of charge, allows you to see all the mechanics of the cable cars and provides you with an extensive history of the city. I would recommend purchasing a day pass to ride all of... More 

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Thank PineStateGirl
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the ride except it was very crowded and busy. My view was completely blocked by the rider standing in front of my seat! $7 is high for such a short trip. It's really only for tourists.

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Thank R L
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One go back in time when riding on the cable cars! They're not only touristic but also used as public transportation. The experience is worthy and fun!

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Thank Priscilla M
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want to catch the cable car from Union Square to Fishermans Wharf make sure to get to the depot early! We got there about 9:30 and the line was about 300 meters long. We waited about 40 mins to get on a tram. They pack them in so try and get a seat up the front outside. It... More 

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Maitland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

these are quite small, very popular (ie crowded) and NOISY! But it is a must-do in SF at least once. Queues can be long, even in winter at the turntable ends of the route. People get on and off a lot along the way so it can be quicker to try and hop on one part way along the route.... More 

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Thank Christine C
Cologne, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cable cars in SF is something you must see and experience. It's a symbol of the city, it's funny and there is an interesting story behind. Ideally ask the driver as Im sure he will be happy to tell you how they build it.

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Thank Bartosz K
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So we thought we'd try the cable car. Huge line!! You better off getting in at the next bus stop and not wait in the start line. It's 7$ disputed the sign on the bus stating new San Fran public transport is 2.50$. Just my thoughts. Did it and no need to do shin in my life. If the price... More 

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Thank Conway J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Boarded at the Pier area and rode to downtown. It is a must do attraction...just once. 7dollars. If you get off it is another 7 dollars so if you are going to use it as a hop on hop off buy the pass. Fun. However the hour wait to board never seemed efficient.

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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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