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Cable Cars

San Francisco, CA 94133-4515 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Chances are you've seen a television show, postcard or some type of San Francisco memorabilia emblazoned with the city's iconic cable car or trolley. So of course, to get the full experience of the San Francisco's charm, you'll have to hop on board. San Fran's cable car system is the last of its kind in the United States, and is considered one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire city.

The trolleys are certainly not the speediest mode of transportation, but recent travelers recommend hopping aboard anyway. "We stood on the side of the car holding on, and it was so much fun! The hills make it like a little rollercoaster." said one TripAdvisor user.

You can catch the cable cars from a few spots around town, including the famous Powell-Hyde Line at Powell and Market streets, which passes the twisty Lombard Street and the equally popular Russian Hill neighborhood. Relative to other forms of transportation, the cable cars are a bit expensive at $6 a ride, so travelers suggest buying a one-day pass for $15 (also good for other modes of transportation) and riding all around the city. Visitors can also purchase three-day and seven-day passes, which allow riding on streetcars, buses and cable cars; costing $23 and $29, respectively. For more information on routes and stops, visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's website.

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