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- 98%Family Travelers
- 76%Local Culture
- 63%Budget Travelers
- 62%History Buffs
- 56%Art & Design Lovers
- 54%Green Travelers
- 54%Adventure Travelers
User Reviews (193 Reviews)
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofBudget TravelersFamily TravelersHistory Buffs+ 1Feb 19, 2014
This is definitely a must do. It's amazing to see how they traverse the steep hills. But be prepared to wait. Lines are long. Ride in the back beside the brakeman if possible.
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Nov 16, 2013
Getting to ride a cable car is a bit of a nightmare. Be ready to stand at least one hour in line to get your chance, but it's absolutely worth it.
As you stand, you get to see the cable car riders turn the cable cars around on the tracks to make the trip back, it's actually kinda entertaining.
Once you're on board, pay attention to the bell ringing. Each rider has his own style and if you're hanging out on the sides, when the cars cross each other, watch your back.
Once you get to the top, whichever way your're coming from, enjoy the view, you can almost see the entire bay area around you. Both rides also give you the chance to see the main landmarks of San Francisco like the Transamerica Tower, Coit Tower, Alcatraz and of course, Lombard Street. Hop off on Lombard Street to get your pictures, if you must, then hop back on to finish your trip.
California line is much less crowded than the Powell lines and once you've gotten enough of the cable cars, I really recommend you taking the bus.
- Riding a Cable CarAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Nov 09, 2013
It's expensive, so I recommend buying a day pass for $14 and get off/on all day. One way is $6. Get a good seat on the outside for amazing views as you go up/down hills!
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 07, 2013
This is one of the few typical tourist experiences that surpasses expectations. Riding the cable cars up and down the impossibly steep streets with the wind blowing through your hair is something that just can't be replicated. An absolute must do.
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- Riding a Cable CarMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 18, 2013
Touristy as it comes, the cable-car ride from the turnaround at the end of Powell Street up and over the hill and down to Fisherman's Wharf nonetheless remains one of the most essential experiences in SF. Taking in the bustling Union Square neighborhood and providing excellent views from the hilltop, it's a fun and historic way of getting between two of the city's premiere tourist spots.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Sep 13, 2013
Riding a Cable Car is a quintessential SF experience, made even more memorable when watching pure joy light up the face of your child. There's nothing like hopping on and hopping off the line as it slides through the most interesting parts of this classic city. The California Line is a favorite, with the timeless view from the top of Nob Hill overlooking downtown. But the Hyde and Mason lines, with their views of the Bay, Lombard Street, and opposite ends of Fisherman's Wharf are also popular. Grab your kids and your camera, and hold on tight!
- Riding a Cable CarSep 13, 2013
My most favorite thing to do whenever I'm in San Francisco. I have very good childhood memories of riding it with my dad. I think it's incredible, I love the feel of riding on it, it brings a huge smile to my face (silly, I know!). I guess being from Los Angeles, we don't really have public transportation so I find the cable car is a fun, unique way to get from point A to B.
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