Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround

Cable Car and Historic Site · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square
Powell St (at Market St), San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
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  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:30 AM–8:00 PM
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    Candice K.
    "... line, hop off on Lombard St and enjoy the amazing view."(3 Tips)
    "Must do in sf! See them turn it and 'surf' the hills of sf."(2 Tips)
    Felipe B.
    "Nice ride, rude cable car operator who kept yelling at passengers."(2 Tips)
    "The fun ride provides you with amazing views!"(4 Tips)
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  • Fahad A.

    Try it , fun

    Fahad Alqattan · 3 weeks ago
  • Vanessa S.

    Really enjoy the view along the route!

    Vanessa S. · 3 weeks ago
  • Pettran

    7 US$ and so much fun! 😃

    Pettran · September 17
  • Charlotte A.

    Be prepared to queue an hour if you come here a weekend.

    Charlotte Andersson · September 8
  • Kushal S.

    Take the Hyde car it stops at Lombard!!

    Kushal Sanghvi · July 25
  • Alexandre C.

    Always quite entertaining to see those men struggle :p

  • Stephanie R.

    It's sensory overload here! So much to see and hear.

  • David

    Must do in sf! See them turn it and 'surf' the hills of sf. Stand on the sides for the best experience

    David · May 13
  • Christopher P.

    Forget about driving, parking is not only expensive but hard to get. Get on BART and stop at Powell St.

  • Abood A.

    One of the most important spots in San Francisco downtown.. If you want to get on the cable car, it is better to do it from the stop after 2 blocks along Powell st. to skip the long waiting line

    Abood Abussaud · March 22
  • inggrit

    Need to pay $6 to ride this cable car. Nice ride 👍

    inggrit · March 21
  • Marine G.

    Take the cable car at the 2nd station to avoid the queue

    Marine Guilhou · March 18
  • Nancy V.

    Be sure to get a Passport - good for 3 days for $26. Otherwise, it is $6 each way. We took cable cars, buses and trolleys ALL over the city to get around and really saved!

    Nancy Videtich · March 12
  • David S.

    Know where you're going! Some research would be helpful...unless you want to get lost.

    David Stephens · March 11
  • 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 · February 18
  • Jasmine P.

    Great experience going along the hilly San Francisco downtown roads!

    Jasmine Pang · February 11
  • Puu K.

    Night ride is amazing and oh, zero line.

    Puu Kampolratana · February 10
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kathy 🎉 L.

    Wait in a long line, and sing Tony Bennett in your head ("where little cable car / climb halfway to the stars")

    Kathy 🎉 Lin · August 16, 2014
  • Felipe B.

    Nice ride, rude cable car operator who kept yelling at passengers. Also, it's expensive, take a ride just for the experience. Then, use Uber to move around its cheaper, faster and more comfortable.

    Felipe Bay · August 13, 2014
  • Jeremy K.

    Waiting in line is worth it. Rides are $6 a person and cash only

    Jeremy Krantz · August 11, 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
  • Malte

    Line can be very long in the morning. Plan enough time.

    Malte · July 19, 2014
  • Alejandro L.

    Trip is fine, not great. Workers are the rudest people I've ever seen. No information, audio guide, nothing. They need to improve severely to be considered the touristic attraction tourists expect.

    Alejandro Lazar · June 8, 2014
  • Renee Lee M.

    Don't drive take public transportations

    Renee Lee Mintun · April 4, 2014
  • Andrea B.

    If you are standing, do not go in the side where the opposte cable car is coming, there little space, its scary.

    Andrea Bazzi · March 22, 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
  • Pablo E.

    Make sure you pay te weekly $27 unlimited pass, otherwise you will be payin $2 per ride, you can buy the pass at Wallgreens.

    Pablo Estrada · November 28, 2013
  • Sonja H.

    Must-do! Sadly way to many tourists....

    Sonja Haake · October 13, 2013
  • Julien G.

    The cable car is so popular. We waited for two hours...

    Julien G. · October 10, 2013
  • Nofar C.

    An hour of wait for the cable car... go to ross instead ;)

    Nofar Cohen · September 5, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Geordie E.

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

    Geordie E. · April 10, 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
  • 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
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 

    One of the best places to visit!

    DJ Latin Prince ✔  · January 17, 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

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