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 ofFamily TravelersBudget 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 ofFamily TravelersLocal CultureBudget 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.
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofFamily TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Aug 12, 2013
Better than starring in your own Rice-a-roni commercial! These cable cars are a really fun way to see the city and tackle some of the biggest hills! Get a spot hanging off the side for the best views.
- Riding a Cable CarJul 04, 2012
Riding a cable car in San Francisco is something you just have to do at least once in your life when your in this great city. There is just something so nostalgic about hopping on that car and hanging on to the outside as it travels the busy streets. It's also a very popular thing to do and can get crowded but just find some time to try this with that cool air blowing through your hair and it just may make you feel like a kid once again.
- 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!
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- Riding a Cable CarJul 04, 2012
When I was a kid and lived abroad, there were a couple of things that came to mind when I thought of San Francisco - riding a cable car was one of them!
Up to this day, all my foreign relatives & friends are always excited about the opportunity to ride the cable car. While I do think it's a fun way to explore the city and catch some of the best views on the steepest & tallest hills, it's kind of difficult to actually get around the city relying on this method of transportation.
Be aware, all cable car stops get super crowded, with downtown/Powell probably being the worst. However, it's a MUST experience to try when in San Francisco!