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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"(3 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)
111 Tips and reviews
  • lombard st
  • scenic views
  • cable cars
  • landmarks
  • people watching
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  • Chad
    ChadJuly 24
    Watch them turn the cars around like they did 100 years ago, but head up Powell street to catch a ride at one of their stops. The lines are much shorter!
  • Shri c.
    Shri colJanuary 13
    Take it to the top of Lombard. Line can get long but you can also buy it like a local at the nearby CVS and burger place
  • Raed A.
    Raed AlSaeedJanuary 6
    Didn't wait in the line, good to watch but I didn't spend $7 to ride it. I took the normal bus.
  • Amy
    AmyNovember 9, 2016
    Cheesy, but got to be done.
  • Rafal
    RafalNovember 4, 2016
    Great in the morning hours
  • jiresell
    jiresellOctober 5, 2016
    Be prepared for a long line, but totally worth it!
  • Paulina S.
    Paulina SerranoSeptember 29, 2016
    A must for tourists in SF. The line could be long but totally worth it.
  • Caroline B.
    Caroline BlackSeptember 28, 2016
    Expect long queues
  • Ruth K.
    Ruth KJuly 19, 2016
    Extremely long queue!
  • Matthias H.
    Matthias HohmannJune 9, 2016
    Hop on on a later stop (one block down) to avoid the line
  • clap81
    clap81May 3, 2016
    Well, 7USD each way is way to expensive. If you have the San Francisco city card then go, otherelse....
  • Gyozo N.
    Gyozo NagyMarch 24, 2016
    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, 2016
    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.
    Bennett W WongMarch 8, 2016
    A great shortcut to getting into Chinatown from Union Square especially when looking to avoid routes 30 and 45
  • Dan M.
    Dan Mondragón SomeraFebruary 5, 2016
    $7 from the start to fisherman's. Sit on the right side of the car for great views ;)
  • Eduardo G.
    Eduardo GJanuary 5, 2016
    Tha cable car decomposed and we waited for 2 hours! Had to move and turn back at night
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CoronaDecember 2, 2015
    The line is very long! My advise: walk up the street and take it in the next stop
  • Fahad A.
    Fahad AlqattanNovember 4, 2015
    Try it , fun
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa S.November 1, 2015
    Really enjoy the view along the route!
  • Pettran
    PettranSeptember 17, 2015
    7 US$ 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.
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux 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.
    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.
  • Sonja H.
    Sonja HaakeOctober 13, 2013
    Must-do! Sadly way to many tourists....
  • Julien G.
    Julien G.October 10, 2013
    The cable car is so popular. We waited for two hours...
  • Nofar C.
    Nofar CohenSeptember 5, 2013
    An hour of wait for the cable car... go to ross instead ;)
  • Trevin C.
    Trevin ChowAugust 11, 2013
    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.
  • 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!
  • Gary L.
    Gary LakeApril 29, 2013
    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.
  • Geordie E.
    Geordie E.April 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to take the Hyde car. It's the one that stops at Lombard St.
  • James R.
    James RinellaMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Isadore C.
    Isadore CalderonJanuary 27, 2013
    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
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    DJ Latin Prince ✔ January 17, 2013
    One of the best places to visit!
  • ricky l.
    ricky lacySeptember 4, 2012
    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.
  • Papagaio B.
    Papagaio BrasilAugust 14, 2012
    It's a very praised attraction so be ready to wait...
  • Westfield S.
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    budgetplaces.comJune 4, 2012
    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!
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny WangJune 1, 2012
    $6 one way
  • Danny O.
    Danny OlivaMay 5, 2012
    Great tourist stop in downtown
  • Jake D.
    Jake DesilvaMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My friends and I like to call this spot, "The center of Everything"
  • Spud H.
    Spud HiltonMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Stop and watch the tap dance guy, but don't forget to tip. Freeloaders suck.
  • Ross D.
    Ross DJanuary 28, 2012
    Folks will try to encourage you to get out of line and walk up the street to catch the car. If you do so, be prepared to tip them. Otherwise, don't bother.
  • Cristyam O.
    Cristyam OtavianoJanuary 6, 2012
    U.u trem bala
  • Lauren Nicole G.
    Lauren Nicole GruberOctober 30, 2011
    Say hi to Oliver he's the best monday - friday operator around.
  • Clay F.
    Clay FoxOctober 23, 2011
    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.
  • GregKY L.
    GregKY LeeSeptember 14, 2011
    Chilly Night @SF
  • Nick M.
    Nick MageloffSeptember 6, 2011
    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.
    savoryexposure.comAugust 17, 2011
    Keep your camera close by for great photo opportunities in the hills of SF - great views of the Bay
  • Corinne and Jonathan
    Corinne and JonathanAugust 13, 2011
    Take this one of a kind San Francisco ride from downtown all the way to Ghirardelli Square (and fill up on some chocolate)!
  • Amanda Y.
    Amanda YAugust 6, 2011
    It's touristy but must-do.
  • Cate M.
    Cate MelvinAugust 2, 2011
    Don't wait at the stops along Powell unless you're willing to stand there all day. We waited 5 minutes at the end turnaround.
  • Joaquin P.
    Joaquin PaoloJuly 21, 2011
    Great music performers
  • Nabeel
    NabeelJuly 1, 2011
    Don't tip the people who play lousy music and force you to listen to it while waiting for the cable car
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan O'DonnellApril 15, 2011
    Don't wait in the long line. Get your ticket and walk up one block to get the next train.
  • Phuong T.
    Phuong TrinhDecember 11, 2010
    Great place to people watch!
  • Test T.
    Test TestNovember 18, 2010
    Tho is very nice!!!!!!!!!
  • Danielle N.
    Danielle NeufeldNovember 13, 2010
    Hold on tight. You are in for a fun ride!
  • Charles M.
    Charles MagnusonJune 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The line is super short during non-peak hours.
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 29, 2010
    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
  • SergioAncira
    SergioAncira3 days ago
  • Patricia G.
    Legal passear por São Francisco através do Cable Car. As ladeiras são várias. É interessante notar que o bondinho para no meio dos cruzamentos para embarque e desembarque de passageiros.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Federico E.
    Este es un plan imperdible en San Francisco! Cuélguese afuera, en el tubo delantero y tenga las mejores fotos!
  • Guilherme 梅.
    Guilherme 梅田November 5, 2016
    Ponto turístico essencial em San Fran! Se der certo, pegue o Cable Car Hyde e vc vai passar na frente da Lombard St. se não tiver o Muni Card, a corrida custará caros 7 doletas!
  • Rafael R.
    Rafael RodriguesJuly 19, 2016
    a dica é acordar cedo pra andar no cable car. depois nao rola de forma alguma. fica muito cheio.
  • Alper C.
    Alper CengizApril 22, 2016
    Ding ding 👍
  • Food Lover
    Food LoverFebruary 25, 2016
    No subirse al tranvía es como no haber ido a SF. Emblematico 👌🏼
  • Bruna I.
    Bruna InguantiFebruary 12, 2016
    È una tappa obbligata, esperienza meravigliosa e vintage
  • Enise Ş.
    Enise Şurdum KırOctober 28, 2015
    Sahane bir deneyim bikac defa bindik ! Powel dan kalkiyor fisherman a gidiyor ,arada duraklarda inebiliyorsunuz.Tek bilet 7 dolar bnce hemen bir Wallgreensden clipper cart edinin!
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PadillaSeptember 8, 2015
    Es muy cara la subida pero vale la pena es algo que se tiene que vivir si se va a la cuidad de san Francisco las filas pueden ser enormes pero vale cada dólar traten de tomar los asientos de los lados
  • Fabrice E.
    Fabrice ElustondoApril 11, 2015
    Très agréable!!! A faire même si l'attente est parfois un peu longue...
  • Cagla A.
    Cagla Aktay TopelMarch 17, 2015
    Çok güzel,son durakta manuel yön değiştiriliyor görmeniz gerek
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoFebruary 26, 2015
    Si van a usarlo mucho el pase de un día cuesta 17usd
  • Chain U.
    Chain U.October 12, 2014
    บัตรโดยสารใช้เป็นส่วนลดที่ร้าน Ghirardelli ได้
  • BF O.
    BF OnAugust 22, 2014
    ดีดี้ #SanFrancisco
  • Edson F.
    Edson FerreiraFebruary 1, 2014
    Não preciso deixar tip aqui, né?O local já diz tudo!
  • José Eduardo T.
    José Eduardo TeixeiraOctober 19, 2013
    Passeio único. Típico de São Francisco. Para quem não tem paciência de esperar não pegue pois é bem demorado. Vale a experiência.
  • Marco Andrei K.
    Marco Andrei K.January 25, 2013
    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.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SchirokJanuary 13, 2013
    Unbedingt eine Runde fahren
  • Cristyam O.
    Cristyam OtavianoJanuary 6, 2012
    Um bonde americano (:
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