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Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround

Powell and Market Streets, San Francisco, CA
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A fun place to Visit

It is fun to take the cable car here and watch them do the turnaround of the cars and learn about... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bothell, Washington
Watch how the Cable cars get turned same as the origional

The cars wait, after releasing the cable, then roll onto the turntable, are turned by the Conductor... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
San Antonio, Texas
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Powell and Market Streets, San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed yesterday

It is fun to take the cable car here and watch them do the turnaround of the cars and learn about the history.

Thank mgalex
Reviewed 6 days ago

The cars wait, after releasing the cable, then roll onto the turntable, are turned by the Conductor and the Operator to the the tracks going the apposite directions. The car is pushed until it can engage the cable to pull it up yo waiting passengers....More

Thank TomA15
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We couldn't wait to ride a cable car in San Francisco. That is what EVERYONE does!! When we got on at the stop by Fishermans Wharf we had to stand. It was no fun. We couldn't see much and we're so busy trying to hang...More

Thank Dixie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don;'t' forget to get a ride on a vintage cable car. Very interesting to see how well the actual cable car is maintained and driven. Don't miss part of this cultural experience.

Thank Temi D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kids loved the experience of holding on to the outside of the trolley. It took a good 40 mins to wait in line. No discounts for kids. Riding uber it lyft would be cheaper as a family.

Thank JDestiny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While it is neat to experience just be prepared to wait in line. Maybe go and watch them turn them around and go up the street to one of the smaller stops to get one. If you get on here be prepared to wait 30-60...More

Thank snj1027
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The turntable at the bottom of Powell St is worth a look just to see how the cars are still manually turned around. To actually get on a cable car here will test your patience but if you like standing in line for an hour...More

Thank marvalus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing to see how the cable car was turnarounded, this is done like the old days, still manually done.

Thank Mama2010
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A job that needs 2 but the work so well together to execute the turn flawlessly. Only lasts for a couple of minutes and our will see it happen a couple of times whilst waiting to get on the tram

Thank CJM601954
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location to board the famous iconic San Francisco cable cars. Long line about an hour wait for the Powell-Hyde cable car. Entertaining to watch the cars be turned around at the end of the line. Plus street entertainment and people watching help pass the...More

Thank Herrin79
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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Vickie P
28 June 2017|
Response from DisneyCruisingFamily | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm - we had purchased the San Fran "City Pass" that included unlimited riding on cable cars & the Muni Buses. It's a lot cheaper if you're going to be in town for 3-7 days! To just ride it one time, it's $7 a person per... More
Vickie P
28 June 2017|
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Geraldine C
19 November 2016|
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Response from sillytia2 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but there are different cable car stops/stations. You may want to try emailing them or check out their website. TripAdvisor does not allow posting links, so I cannot add. Just google "cable cars san francisco" or... More