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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA
+1 800-531-7357
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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 via mobile

Staying for a week, we bought a 7 day passport to give unlimited use of muni transport. Used the cable car from the Wharf to Union square. A long wait to board as the queue was huge. Trip was amazing, if very rattly and bumpy....More

Thank madasaman
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved ridding on these. Great value if you get an all day ticket from Wallgreens. Able to get on and off as often as we liked. Great fun going up and down the hills. Took us to the places we wanted to see. It was...More

Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Love, love, love the cable car ride! Hop on and you get there when you get there. We had a tractor trailer unloading at a store blocking the route. The cable car stops and waits until he is finished and moves. It was a great...More

Thank mville24112
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Reviewed yesterday

stood in line downtown by the Bart Station, $7 one way and it was a cool ride to the Warf. Good seating, we stayed facing out to see everything, lots of fun

Thank Joe J
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Reviewed yesterday

What would a trip to Frisco be without riding the Cable Cars? It is not the destination, it is the ride. Very cool and fun. Feels like stepping back 100 years and just simply enjoying.

Thank Robert H
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We rode the cable cars multiple times on our holiday and we loved it. Not only is it a classic San Francisco experience but all the grip men had a wonderful sense of humour and made it their task to entertain while on our journeys....More

Thank Mitch S
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Reviewed yesterday

We had fun riding the cable cars, we took the car in the evening when it was way less crowed and happy we did.

Thank Sarah A
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great! For the 7 dollars it was well worth the ride. Such a nostalgic and fun thing to do. Lines were really short at night. Nice to see the city lights while going up and down the hills. A must!

Thank Michele N
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We rode the cable car on our last day in SF just to say we done it. You can’t go to SF and not do it, right?! It was very cramped but we done it in true SF style - hanging off the side of...More

Thank Nicolajs74
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were able to travel by cable car several times during our recent stay. It is a very interesting experience and we really enjoyed it. Recommend that everyone ride at least once if you have an opportunity.

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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
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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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