Riding a Cable Car
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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
Member Reviews (193)
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureBusiness 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 ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 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!
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- Riding a Cable CarMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 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 CarMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureFoodiesFeb 11, 2013
No stop in San Fran is complete without taking a ride on the cable car. This is a great way to navigate the steep hills and get from Union Square to the Wharf in fun fashion. A must do if you're visiting.
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofBudget TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2Dec 24, 2012
Make sure to do this once in your trip to SF. It's a little kitschy and there are other ways to get from Union Square to Ghirardelli Square. But it's probably the most fun way to do it. Try to get one of the outside seats and bring a jacket. It's usually quite nippy unless you're riding in the middle of a hot summer day.