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Cost: $6.00 USD (Cash Only)

Iconic Transportation

Ride a historic San Francisco Cable Car across town and experience this iconic mode of transportation for yourself. The idea for a cable car was first thought up by Andrew Smith Hallidie and was first tested in 1873. Hallidie's father was the man that patented wire-rope, which was an instrumental tool in constructing the cable cars. Today the cable cars runs through some of the main parts of the city and tourists and locals alike still ride these beautiful and unique railed cars. The most popular spot to ride the cable car is at Powell and Market Street near Union Square. There are two routes that will both take you to different parts of Fisherman's Wharf. However, the waits at this cable car turnaround can take hours, and few tourists know that you can actually hop on at any stop. So instead, head up to Powell and O'Farrell (merely 2 blocks up Powell Street) and hop on. You can pay the cable car conductor directly (but remember it is always cash only).

Utrip Tips

*There are 3 Cable Car Lines. Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde, and California Street. Both Powell Lines end near Fisherman's Wharf but take different routes. The Powell-Mason line ends at Bay Street and the Powell-Hyde line ends at Aquatic Park near Ghirardelli Square.

*Enjoy unlimited transportation on all Muni trolleys, buses and historic cable cars for seven consecutive days with a San Francisco CityPASS. Click here to purchase.

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