Riding a Cable Car
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 76%Local Culture
- 65%Budget Travelers
- 64%History Buffs
- 56%Adventure Travelers
- 55%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 55%Art & Design Lovers
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- Riding a Cable Car
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofFamily TravelersBudget TravelersHistory BuffsArt & Design LoversJun 25, 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.Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofFamily TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversAug 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.Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofFamily TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Mar 26, 2014
Worth the high price just for the experience. Although the wait can be long at times, it is nice to slow down and just enjoy the anticipation. I like to stand on the side since it is more exciting.Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Jun 19, 2014
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.Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable CarAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Mar 17, 2014
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!Recommended for:
- 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!Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofFamily 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!Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- Riding a Cable Car
- Riding a Cable CarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Aug 07, 2013
Skip the Powell Street cable car down to Fisherman's Wharf or Ghirardelli Square, and avoid the long waits for the overly touristy destinations. Instead, take the California Street cable car. You can hop on with ease at the stop near the Ferry Building and ride through the Financial District, Chinatown, and Nob Hill to its final stop at Van Ness Ave. Then take a 15-minute walk over to Fillmore Street for lunch & boutique shopping or explore Japantown.Recommended for: