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Cable Cars, San Francisco

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Explore San Francisco's historical downtown with a ride on Cable Cars. Established in the mid-19th century, three of the original 23 cable lines are still running. Passengers can travel along the steep streets and admire some of the city’s most iconic monuments and neighborhoods. Hop on the trolley and enjoy the rumbling scenic ride up Hyde Street or down to Fisherman’s Wharf, soaking in views of the expansive San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Learn more about this remarkable transportation system with a visit to the Cable Car Museum. Combination tickets offer unlimited rides on the system along with admission to many of the city’s museums. Use our San Francisco tour planner to add Cable Cars and other attractions to your San Francisco vacation plans.
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  • August 14, 2017
    You have to go on the cable cars. If you just want to ride there is a line that goes East to West and if far less busy however the journey from Fisherman's Wharf to the centre is beautiful. Watch out ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    But beware-the queue is really long. We were there at 9am and waited for 50min. The streets are really steep so the ride is lots of fun  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We only got to do the cable cars on our second visit to SF. And it's a must. They are easily to hop on and off at, you can buy a day pass or just pay as you ride. Get to the main station early as by 8...  more »

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