Cable Car Ride
Cable Car Ride

Cable Car Ride

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San Francisco, CA 94103
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San Francisco Cable Car Rides

Riding a cable car in San Francisco is a must. It's a fun way to get a feel for the City by the Bay and to see some truly wonderful views. Cable cars don't move that fast, so there are plenty of opportunities to take photos. There are three main cable car lines that will take you to a variety of destinations, including Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill.

Hours
  • Cable cars run seven days a week.
  • For stops and time tables, visit www.sfmta.com.

Prices
  • Vary

Events

Cable Car Annual Bell-Ringing Competition

Activities

  • Scenic cable car rides around the city
  • Easy transit long-term or short-term
  • San Francisco attractions photo opportunities
  • Guides to San Francisco sights

Different tour lines and how to ride the cable car

The Powell-Mason line goes to Fisherman's Wharf, the Powell-Hyde line goes to Aquatic Park near Ghirardelli Square, and the California Street line runs from the Financial District through Chinatown and over Nob Hill to Van Ness Avenue.

At the end of the line, or turntables, you’ll find signs that have the name of the cable car route, the routes’ direction (whether it’s coming to or from your destination, the routes’ final destination, the hours of operation for that particular turntable, and a telephone number if you have questions about the routes, times, and more.

Hop on Hop off (things to do along the way)

When you ride a cable car, you can stop at many different attractions and neighborhoods, including Nob Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and Lombard Street. You can also see some of the most notable districts in San Francisco, such as the Financial District, Chinatown, and much more.

FAQs

Q1: Does the cable car take you all over the city? How many routes are there?

A1: The cable cars can take you virtually all over the city to any major attractions you may want to see with its three major lines. These lines include the the Powell-Hyde line goes to Aquatic Park near Ghirardelli Square, Powell-Mason line to Fisherman's Wharf, and the California Street line runs from the Financial District through Chinatown and over Nob Hill to Van Ness Avenue.

Q2: How much is the pass and what are the hours of operation?

A2: Visitors can purchase a passport that’s good for streetcars, buses, and cable cars. One-day passports are $13.00, three-day passports are $20.00, and seven-day passports are $26.00. Children four and under are free.

Hours of operation vary by the turntable that you are visiting, but run seven days a week with special times on the weekends. Schedules can be found at www.sfmta.com.

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