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Market Street Railway

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Nob Hill
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Address: San Francisco, CA
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+1 415-956-0472

Restored street cars run on tracks up and down the Market Street Railway.

Restored street cars run on tracks up and down the Market Street Railway.

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What a ride, good views

Well can say if you ride this all the way you get a flavor of the whole of San Francisco and those whom live here.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ken W
Everett, Washington
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Everett, Washington
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202 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well can say if you ride this all the way you get a flavor of the whole of San Francisco and those whom live here.

Thank Ken W
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234 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Craftmanship before everything was made cheaply. These cars were from an era where quality superseded quantity and elegance trumped thrift. An example of what a non-consumerist society could be if beauty not money were king in amerika.

1 Thank Tl D
Zurich, Switzerland
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596 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 761 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Board the Market Street Railway historic cars and one can see many of the highlights located in the center of the city. It’s not the most efficient means of getting around the inner city, but it does allow one the possibility to see many attractions along the route. The Castro, Financial District, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Embarcadero are among the... More 

Thank FormerCaliBoy
Oakland, California
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1,098 reviews
658 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

These old streetcars have been repositioned as a major public transit source. Rescued from several tram systems around the world, there are a number of different ones. Ride all the way to the waterfront and to Fisherman's Wharf. Better than a Disneyland ride.

Thank Thomas V
Portland, Oregon
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863 reviews
310 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The best thing about this attraction is that they have cars from all over the world/country ... from decades past. Each car is labeled. It's a nice way to get out to the Castro where the cars turn around. My advice (if you like to walk) is to take the trolley one way, and walk back the other way.

Thank Bryan H
Windsor, Canada
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1,634 reviews
746 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 534 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The railway cars are a great fun way to get about the city! Really cheap and while you can take a cab or rent a car, San Francisco traffic is terrible. You might as well take a ride on the street or cable cars and enjoy the trip... just a suggestion. Enjoy!

Thank James A
Prince George, Canada
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648 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Never went on one, but in September 2016, I saw many as I spent a couple times in the union square, market street area of San Francisco. Just like the trolley, these cable cars run on tracks and cables. Resemble old fashioned buses, but come in a wide array of colours. I saw a yellow one, green one, orange one,... More 

Thank mariedesjardins
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

You ride the trolley to fisherman's wharf from the hotel. It was nice riding on an old trolley. Need exact money to get on.

1 Thank chaigirl17
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Many years I travel from the financial district to Fishermans Wharf every time I'm in San Francisco. The unique atmosphere when you see the cars and travel in them remains a unique selling point for the city. May the F Line ride here until the end of times!

Thank dutchy-abroad
San Francisco, California
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145 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Hope on and off off the Market Street Railway. I think its EXCITING to experience. The whole Family will enjoy it!

Thank 4JMP

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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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