Cable Cars - California Line
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- 51%History Buffs
- 51%Local Culture
Member Reviews (10)
- Cable Cars - California LineMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersFoodies+ 1Feb 26, 2014
You can't come to SF without taking a cable car ride, especially if you have little boys. The Hyde-Powell line is nice (wonderful views of Alcatraz and Lombard Street) but the long queue can be irritating. A Muddy Toddler tip: Hop on the California Line at Market Street. There usually aren't any queues here. $6 one way for adult. Toddlers ride for free. Get off at Chinatown and walk around!
- Cable Cars - California LineCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 14, 2013
For two years, I would take this line to and from work. Running at a schedule more reliable than MUNI, I was always able to get from Van Ness to Market Street in a reasonable amount of time.
I've always seen this line as more a "commuter" line in comparison to the Cable Cars running to Powell Street. The cars aren't quite as pretty and the ride is slightly rougher, but there are fewer people riding and you do get that fantastic view at the top of California Street.
- Cable Cars - California LineMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesArt & Design LoversOct 29, 2012
When in San Francisco for the first time you do need to at least take a Cable Car they are a must for a visit to San Francisco. That said they get crowded and if you do not like hanging on the outside it may take awhile to get a seat. When visiting I usually do not take this type of transportation. Every few visits we will jump on one just for the experience and feel. It is truly San Francisco
- Cable Cars - California LineJul 04, 2012
The Cable Cars of San Francisco serve both as attractions and public transit. Most visitors wanting to ride one of the cars often overlook the California Line -- the one line that runs east-west. Used mostly by commuters, it's less crowded and involves little wait time to board. It scales the steep part of California Street, passes Grace Cathedral, and descends to finish it's run one block beyond Polk Street -- a street lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. Once on Polk, walk south for edgier options; walk north for gentrified ones.