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Cable Cars

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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 415-673-6864
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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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These cable cars are amazing and a historic part of San Francisco.You can buy a day pass and use it to get about some places in San Fran. They don't run on any timetable and you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Dublin, Ireland
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the cable car ride. Yes it is 7 dollars but it's a must do in San Francisco. My only complaint is the staff spent lots of time laughing and joking to each other, and completely ignore the customer. A bit of an inconvenience we are, I think!

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

These cable cars are amazing and a historic part of San Francisco.You can buy a day pass and use it to get about some places in San Fran. They don't run on any timetable and you just have to wait for one to appear.Overall a very unique experience.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You may have to wait and queue for the ride, but this is a must do if you visit the city. You get a different perspective, just makes you feel like a local taking a cable car to work! Enjoyed this a lot.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I do not understand the appeal of the cable cars. The line to get on the cars is incredibly long and the cars take you to a spot in the city where there is nothing to see. I suppose it feels like a true SF experience but this is one tradition you can leave off of your things to do.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a "must do" in San Francisco, but the price is really expensive (7 dollars per person) in a regular travel. The places that it visit however are really nice, you can reach with it a lot of key points of San Francisco (for example, you can reach a sorf of hill where you can see the San Francisco bridge... More 

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Luseland, SK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In San Francisco, it's a landmark & thing to do... & so we did. The waiting lines were long. The cable cars crowded, but the experience was interesting. Cost $7/ride. Hearing what's involved to keep them running & seeing how they turn around was all part of the experience. We planned our day & rode them once taking us to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took the cable car back from Fisherman's Wharf to Market street. What a fun ride. Recommend standing either on the sides or back if you're adventurous, particularly on the super steep hills near the bay.

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Thank Charles S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

7$ per person for a 15-20' trip through the city neighborhoods that you have probably already visited, without any tour guide/text. If you want to try it, I would propose to buy the weekly ticket for all the public transportation means (40$), which includes the cable car. Usually there is a big line; we waited for 20' from the Union... More 

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Lake Arrowhead, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked to the Top of the Mark and decided to take a cable car back down the hill toward the financial district. We waited for a car and hopped on in the middle of the intersection. We had a great ride with Tony who made everyone laugh. It was exciting to be heading down a steep hill on the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took my son on a cable car ride for his birthday. He loved it. The only reason I give this 4/5 starts is the wait is very long to get on the cable cars from Powell/Market and near Ghiradelli. Still well worth it.

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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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