Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround

Powell St (at Market St), San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
Open until 8:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:30 AM–8:00 PM
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  • SFGate

    Be sure to get on the Powell-Hyde line, which stops at the original Swensen's ice cream parlor, which opened in 1948. Read more

    SFGate · January 29, 2010
  • Scott N.

    Tourist? Save money by getting a one way ticket to 0fisherman's Wharf for $5. Then, return by the F street car for $2. You can see more of the city and save $3!

    Scott Noon · August 15, 2010
  • Amanda Y.

    It's touristy but must-do.

    Amanda Y · August 6, 2011
  • Nabeel

    Don't tip the people who play lousy music and force you to listen to it while waiting for the cable car

    Nabeel · July 1, 2011
  • savoryexposure.com

    Keep your camera close by for great photo opportunities in the hills of SF - great views of the Bay

    savoryexposure.com · August 17, 2011
  • Charles M.

    The line is super short during non-peak hours.

    Charles Magnuson · June 3, 2010
  • Trevin C.

    Don't wait in line at the turnaround like the other chumps. Walk up the street a block to O'Farrell. Shorter line and the cable car always picks up more passengers from there on the way up.

    Trevin Chow · August 11, 2013
  • Clay F.

    You're gonna wanna ride a cable car aren't you? Sigh. Watch them turn them around here. It's cool for at least 30 seconds.

    Clay Fox · October 23, 2011
  • Danielle N.

    Hold on tight. You are in for a fun ride!

    Danielle Neuf · November 13, 2010
  • Alejandro F.

    A painful tourist trap. I recommend going to Embarcadero to head to Fisherman's Wharf, and THEN take the cable car back; typically less of a line...enjoy!

    Alejandro Franceschi · May 9, 2013
  • James R.

    If its your first time in SF a ride on the cable cars is a must. However, plan to take your ride in the morning or the lines get too long.

    James Rinella · March 4, 2013
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 

    One of the best places to visit!

    DJ Latin Prince ✔  · January 17, 2013
  • Westfield S.

    Come see the show of a lifetime at Westfield San Francisco Centre! We are rocking through the decades and celebrating the city in a free 3D light spectacular!

  • budgetplaces.com

    As "touristy" as it is, you know you have to take the Powell Street Cable Car! Have your camera at the ready! The fun ride provides you with amazing views! It is a must!

    budgetplaces.com · June 4, 2012
  • Corinne and Jonathan

    Take this one of a kind San Francisco ride from downtown all the way to Ghirardelli Square (and fill up on some chocolate)!

    Corinne and Jonathan · August 13, 2011
  • Geordie E.

    Make sure to take the Hyde car. It's the one that stops at Lombard St.

    Geordie E. · April 10, 2013
  • ricky l.

    Be prepared for long lines on weekends. Much better to try to hop on at a popular cross street where many people are getting off.

    ricky lacy · September 4, 2012
  • Nick M.

    Exit BART here at the turnaround which is the starting/ ending point for the San Francisco cable cars which take you right to Fisherman's Wharf.

    Nick Mageloff · September 6, 2011
  • Joaquin P.

    Great music performers

    Joaquin Paolo · July 21, 2011
  • Ryan O.

    Don't wait in the long line. Get your ticket and walk up one block to get the next train.

    Ryan O'Donnell · April 15, 2011
  • Phuong T.

    Great place to people watch!

    Phuong Trinh · December 11, 2010
  • Candice K.

    Find out if you can walk up a block to run away from the lines. Take the Powell-Hyde line, hop off on Lombard St and enjoy the amazing view.

    Candice Koller · September 24, 2014
  • Murdo C.

    If you want a ride on the trams, don't go near the turnaround points. Try a quieter stop, like Mason St & Greenwich St. You might even get a ride for free.

    Murdo Connochie · August 6, 2014
  • Xiaokang C.

    Typically free when you stand on the car instead of sitting

    Xiaokang Chen · February 22, 2014
  • Michelle V.

    Renew Your monthly Clipper here instead of the SFMTA hell hole on Van Ness?!?...heck Yes!

    Michelle Valmont · December 3, 2013
  • Gary L.

    If you like old mechanical devices this is a must see. A manual turn-table. Take one of the Powell/Hyde cars to see Lombard St and Alcatraz from Russian Hill.

    Gary Lake · April 29, 2013
  • Isadore C.

    Ride a cable car in San Francisco. When San Francisco constructed its cable car system 125 years ago, no one was trying to build a historic landmark or a tourist attraction

    Isadore Calderon · January 27, 2013
  • Danny O.

    Great tourist stop in downtown

    Danny Oliva · May 5, 2012
  • GregKY L.

    Chilly Night @SF

    GregKY Lee · September 14, 2011
  • Test T.

    Tho is very nice!!!!!!!!!

    Test Test · November 18, 2010
  • Burce G.

    gosh it is way too long waiting time... and it is not because of the queuing but the frequency of cable cars.

    Burce Gültekin · 1 week ago
  • Jasmine P.

    Great experience going along the hilly San Francisco downtown roads!

    Jasmine Pang · 2 weeks ago
  • Puu K.

    Night ride is amazing and oh, zero line.

    Puu Kampolratana · 2 weeks ago
  • Aqeel

    If the queue is too long, walk up to the next stop and they will allow you to ride on without any waiting...

    Aqeel · October 10, 2014
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.

    It's always fun to see the guys turn a cable car round for its next adventure, take a minute to stop and watch and appreciate the art and finesse they have while doing it!

    Jeffrey-Ryan B. · October 4, 2014
  • Tyrel R.

    Very crowded. Be prepared to wait in line.

    Tyrel Ramkhalawansingh · October 3, 2014
  • Alice S.

    have to wait for riding cable car around 30 min.

    Alice Seoyeon · October 3, 2014
  • Bourchue

    Recreating old memories from May 2009

    Bourchue · September 1, 2014
  • DJ C.

    If the line is long and you just want to ride, try the other route. It starts at California & Market.

    DJ Capobianco · August 31, 2014
  • Kamila R.

    long line every day...you do have to be pacient and cable car operators are rude...but it's an unforgettable experience...

    Kamila Rezende Haroutiounian · August 31, 2014
  • Krista V.

    Worth it only to be able to say you've ridden the cable cars. It's packed, you'll have to wait a while, and the attendants are kind of rude.

    Krista Vogel · August 30, 2014
  • Robert P.

    Watching the cable cars come and go is almost as fun as getting on one yourself!

    Robert Packard · August 29, 2014
  • Uri G.

    Prices are maxed out at $6 for all ages, single ride, no transfers. This is such an attraction that on weekends the line goes around the block. Consider carefully if it is worth it. Wacky fun though

    Uri Gilad · August 24, 2014
  • BF O.

    ดีดี้ #SanFrancisco

    BF On · August 22, 2014
  • Marco Andrei K.

    Pegue a linha Powell-Hyde para descer no topo da Lombard St. Desça a rua, apreciando suas curvas peculiares e pegue a linha Powell-Mason, na Columbus Ave. para voltar ao centro.

    Marco Andrei K. · January 25, 2013
  • Chain U.

    บัตรโดยสารใช้เป็นส่วนลดที่ร้าน Ghirardelli ได้

    Chain U. · October 12, 2014
  • Edson F.

    Não preciso deixar tip aqui, né?O local já diz tudo!

    Edson Ferreira · February 1, 2014
  • Anna S.

    Unbedingt eine Runde fahren

    Anna Schirok · January 13, 2013
  • Cristyam O.

    Um bonde americano (:

    Cristyam Otaviano · January 6, 2012
  • Alan x.

    Si van a usarlo mucho el pase de un día cuesta 17usd

    Alan x el mundo · 5 days ago

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