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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

Cable cars are quite a story, and their museum in San Francisco has a lot to tell. Riding the cars is a bit pricey, though.

Thank vaclean
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Reviewed yesterday

We took a ride down to Fisherman's Wharf. Fun to ride a little piece of history. I was surprised at how many people used the cable cars who weren't tourists.

Thank missy64sully
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Reviewed yesterday

Just being on the cars is an experience in itself and after walking up some of the hills they travel up and down a necessary one if you want to save your legs. The cond. The conductors all seemed lively and fun and as though...More

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I heard a cable car ride was not worth the price but after walking up to Lombard Street and back it was way cheaper than taking a taxi back to the hotel not to mention the taxi ride would have not been as nostalgic. It...More

Thank Teresa S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Cool. Not too fast but entertaining. Started a long time ago and they have preserved it well. Watching brakeman and effort was mesmerizing. Went from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf. Many times so busy had to wait for 2-3 cars before space. Would suggest boarding...More

Thank Graeme M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Another great place to meet friendly tourists from around the world. Those cable car drivers have nerves of steel to drive those steep hills.

Thank DelawareDenise
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have been on the cable cars in San Francisco before, but my wife had always wanted to ride one. I had no idea how much fun she would have hanging off the side of the car going up and down the streets of San...More

Thank SteveT6029677454
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Who can visit San Fran without taking a Cable Car ride. Luckily we had the stop a block from our hotel. We rode up the hills to the City Center. Walked around window shopping and then rode the cars on a different line back to...More

Thank Arthur P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is a Muni app with which to obtain a ticket if you want to skip the booth. The lines can be long to board at the beginning of the line. Don't miss this important part of San Francisco.

Thank OnTheRoadAgain2240
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Reviewed 2 days ago

our family has been visiting grandma in San Fran for years. But this last trip was the first time we did the cable cars. I will admit the line was long, but mostly it was just a good old fashioned fun way to see the...More

Thank Captain Bob H
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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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keikosargent
9 April 2018|
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Response from Billi L | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure just what the "rules" are, but I certainly would not recommend it. Although San Francisco is a very dog-friendly town,(our hotel Nikko, even provides an outdoor dog park) many locals use the cable car jumping... More
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Louise P
30 March 2018|
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Response from cariad6 | Reviewed this property |
No, the cable cars go from Union Square via 2 routes ( one via Lombard Street) then down to the waterfront / near fisherman’s quay. It’s a good 1/2 - 1 hour walk depending on your speed to the Golden Gate Bridge. We walked... More
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