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Cable Cars, San Francisco
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Explore San Francisco's historical downtown with a ride on Cable Cars. Established in the mid-19th century, three of the original 23 cable lines are still running. Passengers can travel along the steep streets and admire some of the city’s most iconic monuments and neighborhoods. Hop on the trolley and enjoy the rumbling scenic ride up Hyde Street or down to Fisherman’s Wharf, soaking in views of the expansive San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Learn more about this remarkable transportation system with a visit to the Cable Car Museum. Combination tickets offer unlimited rides on the system along with admission to many of the city’s museums. Use our San Francisco tour planner to add Cable Cars and other attractions to your San Francisco vacation plans.
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  • It's something you feel you need to do because you're in San Fransisco and the city is known for their cable cars. They cram passengers on, you only really get a good view if you're up the front in th...  more »
  • We were going to crooked street and I noticed that the cable car stops right outside. We queued at the start so we could do most of side. You can hang on to the pole and travel on the walk boards. A b...  more »
  • Very good transport, a line early in the morning in Union Square and late afternoon to return. Prepare a half an hour of waiting, if you're well on your calendar, have fun and enjoy the photos.
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  • You got to have the thrill of riding in cable car in SFO. Great thrill standing on the footboard and travel . Super thrill. You must do it.
  • This historical trip is something you must have done when visiting SF. We had a beautiful experience riding this car. It gives you a feeling of the past and when you ride it traffic drives slower to make pictures of the car. It is also safe for children (the small ones) because there is the option to sit inside. Strollers can be placed in the back of the cart. Do take a long wait in account, but it is worth it.
  • We just visited this past week and the trolley service was DISGUSTING. The drivers and the staff where the RUDEST service members we have ever come across. Arrogant and extremly rude to foreign visitors. We ourselves live in Central California and where ashamed to be Americans , seeing the way and hearing the way the transport staff talked , well actually shouted at the many many foreign visitors that came to the City to visit this attraction. It took One and a half hrs for only 3 cars to be sent on their way up the hill.
  • I took the cable car ticket for 2 way which costs $14 for Powell- Hyde line as it takes through the Lombard Street. I took start point at Powell-Market junction, where tickets were sold in a counter and joined a long queue to enter cable car. Both Powell-Mason and Powell- Hyde lines start at the same point, so I waited for Powell- Hyde. It was total fun to ride standing on the steep ramp roads!
  • Instead of preserving these pre second world war cars, the city of Sf should invest a bit in a good public transport systeme. better for the environment, better for tourism, better for everyone. The cars are overfilled and not much better than your average amusement park ride.