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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)
    "Must do in sf! See them turn it and 'surf' the hills of sf."(2 Tips)
    Kushal S.
    "Take the Hyde car it stops at Lombard!!"(2 Tips)
114 Tips and reviews
  • lombard st
  • scenic views
  • cable cars
  • hills of sf
  • landmarks
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  • Jacques
    Jacques2 weeks ago
    Fascinating to watch the cable cars being turned
  • Chad
    ChadJuly 24, 2017
    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!
    Upvoted Nov 6, 2017
  • Shri L.
    Shri LJanuary 13, 2017
    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, 2017
    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.
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