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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 today

Taking the cable car in SF is a must do. However, I am still unsure where does the route takes me as I simply just hop onto it when it was my turn to jump up. We waited almost an hour at the Powell St...More

Thank joltt
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Reviewed yesterday

The cable cars are nice to see up close! They are just like riding a bus but expensive to ride. You have to pay every time you get on so be careful on getting on and off.

Thank Smiley T
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Reviewed yesterday

I consistently get a feeling of excitement as I board the cable cars and they make the way up the magical hills. At night is the BEST, especially when less people.

Thank Pierre1999
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A wonderful experience!!! It's full of excitement as you ride up and down the hills of San Francisco!!!

Thank traciwalsh65
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you decide to take the cable car in San Francisco, consider getting on it at one of the stops where they don't do a turnaround. You don't miss out on much and the lines are much shorter, actually there are no lines just stops...More

Thank conniethorn
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the cable car from Market to Hyde, following quite a lengthy wait to board a cable car we got a seat inside which was nice to begin with but as more people got on our view became obstructed by legs and bottoms. However,...More

Thank Geejari
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Reviewed yesterday

We absolutely loved our Cable Car ride! We started at California Street and took it all the way to the end! SO MUCH FUN!

Thank luisajimenez2018
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Reviewed yesterday

Long wait ... expensive, and your experience depends on where you are located on the car. If you hanging are on the outside like my sons - well they loved it - if you are seated inside and there are people stepping on you the...More

Thank harlemfamily
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a good walk from downtown San Francisco (Union Square) to Fisherman's Wharf - you can't go down there without visiting the legendary Buena Vista for Irish Coffee (right by Ghiradelli's) and right across the street from the Cable cars to go back downtown....More

Thank Diana B
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Reviewed yesterday

The cars are old and they rattle and bump but the experience is priceless. Staff make it great fun and the views as you go up and down the ridiculously steep hills is unsurpassed. If you buy a ticket to the end of the line...More

Thank AviationGal
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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
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Mel A
25 May 2018|
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Response from IdaIsAlive | Reviewed this property |
I requested a CLIPPER CARD before my trip to San Francisco. Check the website for the eligibility to get a Clipper Card. Clipper card holders get discounted fares.
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John T
20 May 2018|
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Response from ryanschock | Reviewed this property |
It depends where you want to get off. The cable cars go to most of the major spots around the city, but your best bet is just to walk up to the ticket counter for the cable car and ask the attendant or grab a route map. You... More
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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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