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Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround

Cable Car and Historic Site
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
  • Candice K.
    "... line, hop off on Lombard St and enjoy the amazing view."(3 Tips)
    Natasha N.
    "Desça do bondinho quando o motorista anunciar “Lombard Street"(2 Tips)
    Kushal S.
    "Take the Hyde car it stops at Lombard!!"(2 Tips)
    Dan M.
    "Sit on the right side of the car for great views ;)"(5 Tips)
102 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • lombard st
  • cable cars
  • landmarks
  • people watching
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  • jiresell
    jiresell2 weeks ago
    Be prepared for a long line, but totally worth it!
  • Paulina S.
    Paulina Serrano3 weeks ago
    A must for tourists in SF. The line could be long but totally worth it.
  • Caroline B.
    Caroline BlackSeptember 28
    Expect long queues
  • Ruth K.
    Ruth KJuly 19
    Extremely long queue!
  • Matthias H.
    Hop on on a later stop (one block down) to avoid the line
  • clap81
    clap81May 3
    Well, 7USD each way is way to expensive. If you have the San Francisco city card then go, otherelse....
  • Gyozo N.
    Gyozo NagyMarch 24
    We just came early (8:00) in order to avoid the 100m line. Cable car is not a must do thing for itself but you would mind if you did not do;)
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 14
    De onde sai o cable car pro Fisherman’s Wharf. A passagem custa $5 no cable car. Desça do bondinho quando o motorista anunciar “Lombard Street at your right”.
  • Bennett W W.
    A great shortcut to getting into Chinatown from Union Square especially when looking to avoid routes 30 and 45
  • Dan M.
    $7 from the start to fisherman's. Sit on the right side of the car for great views ;)
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GJanuary 5
    Tha cable car decomposed and we waited for 2 hours! Had to move and turn back at night
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CoronaDecember 2, 2015
    The line is very long! My advise: walk up the street and take it in the next stop
  • Fahad A.
    Fahad AlqattanNovember 4, 2015
    Try it , fun
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa S.November 1, 2015
    Really enjoy the view along the route!
  • Pettran
    PettranSeptember 17, 2015
    7 US$ and so much fun! 😃
  • Charlotte A.
    Charlotte AnderssonSeptember 8, 2015
    Be prepared to queue an hour if you come here a weekend.
  • Kushal S.
    Kushal SanghviJuly 25, 2015
    Take the Hyde car it stops at Lombard!!
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CurielJune 5, 2015
    Always quite entertaining to see those men struggle :p
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 1, 2015
    It's sensory overload here! So much to see and hear.
  • David
    DavidMay 13, 2015
    Must do in sf! See them turn it and 'surf' the hills of sf. Stand on the sides for the best experience
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PestanoApril 25, 2015
    Forget about driving, parking is not only expensive but hard to get. Get on BART and stop at Powell St.
  • Abood A.
    Abood AbussaudMarch 22, 2015
    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
  • inggrit
    inggritMarch 21, 2015
    Need to pay $6 to ride this cable car. Nice ride 👍
  • Marine G.
    Marine GuilhouMarch 18, 2015
    Take the cable car at the 2nd station to avoid the queue
  • Nancy V.
    Nancy VidetichMarch 12, 2015
    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!
  • David S.
    David StephensMarch 11, 2015
    Know where you're going! Some research would be helpful...unless you want to get lost.
  • Burce G.
    Burce GültekinFebruary 18, 2015
    gosh it is way too long waiting time... and it is not because of the queuing but the frequency of cable cars.
  • Jasmine P.
    Jasmine PangFebruary 11, 2015
    Great experience going along the hilly San Francisco downtown roads!
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 10, 2015
    Night ride is amazing and oh, zero line.
  • Aqeel
    AqeelOctober 10, 2014
    If the queue is too long, walk up to the next stop and they will allow you to ride on without any waiting...
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 4, 2014
    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!
  • Tyrel R.
    Tyrel RamkhalawansinghOctober 3, 2014
    Very crowded. Be prepared to wait in line.
  • Alice S.
    Alice SeoyeonOctober 3, 2014
    have to wait for riding cable car around 30 min.
  • Candice K.
    Candice KollerSeptember 24, 2014
    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.
  • Bourchue
    BourchueSeptember 1, 2014
    Recreating old memories from May 2009
  • DJ C.
    DJ CapobiancoAugust 31, 2014
    If the line is long and you just want to ride, try the other route. It starts at California & Market.
  • Kamila R.
    long line every do have to be pacient and cable car operators are rude...but it's an unforgettable experience...
  • Krista V.
    Krista VogelAugust 30, 2014
    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.
  • Robert P.
    Robert PackardAugust 29, 2014
    Watching the cable cars come and go is almost as fun as getting on one yourself!
  • Uri G.
    Uri GiladAugust 24, 2014
    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
  • Kathy 🎉 L.
    Kathy 🎉 LinAugust 16, 2014
    Wait in a long line, and sing Tony Bennett in your head ("where little cable car / climb halfway to the stars")
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe BayAugust 13, 2014
    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.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 11, 2014
    Waiting in line is worth it. Rides are $6 a person and cash only
  • Murdo C.
    Murdo ConnochieAugust 6, 2014
    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.
  • Alejandro L.
    Alejandro LazarJune 8, 2014
    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.
  • Renee Lee M.
    Renee Lee MintunApril 4, 2014
    Don't drive take public transportations
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BazziMarch 22, 2014
    If you are standing, do not go in the side where the opposte cable car is coming, there little space, its scary.
  • Xiaokang C.
    Xiaokang ChenFebruary 22, 2014
    Typically free when you stand on the car instead of sitting
  • Michelle V.
    Michelle ValmontDecember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Renew Your monthly Clipper here instead of the SFMTA hell hole on Van Ness?!?...heck Yes!
  • Pablo E.
    Pablo EstradaNovember 28, 2013
    Make sure you pay te weekly $27 unlimited pass, otherwise you will be payin $2 per ride, you can buy the pass at Wallgreens.
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