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Powell Street Turntable

Powell Street Turntable
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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments, Streets & Squares
Interests That Apply
Engineering, History, Local Culture
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Price: Free
It's free to look around, but it costs to ride.
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Mobility Obstacles: Busy/High traffic
Notes: The Turntable area is accessible. The street cars are wheelchair accessible, but the cable cars are not.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
Notes: There are portable restrooms at the kiosk where cable car tickets are sold, or you can pop into any of the surrounding restaurants or businesses to use a restroom.
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Powell Street Turntable

World Famous Cable Cars

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Address: Phone:
Powell and Market
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1 415 956 0472


At the intersection of Powell and Market, visitors line up to get a ride on a distinct San Francisco treat--the cable car. Don't dismiss this as a tourist trap, because there is really no more enjoyable way to enjoy San Francisco's hilly views and fresh air than from one of these historic trolleys. San Francisco was the first city to use cable cars, and due to their surprising usefulness and eternal charm, it is the last city to keep them in use. Since 1873, these trolleys have been tugged at a slow but steady 9-mph cable in the ground by giant turbines. The slow pace allows passengers to take in the experience, pointing out sights along the way. Passing by Union Square up Powell, this cable car line leads directly to Fisherman's Wharf. Along the way, riders enjoy a soaring vista of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Mount Tamalpais, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

What you should know before visiting Powell Street Turntable

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: The cable cars and street cars usually run from about 5am-12am, daily.
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free
Price Notes: It's free to look around, but it costs to ride.


Outdoor with little or no covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bicycle Bus Walking
Notes: Cable Car
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: There are two parking garages in the area: the 5th and Market St Garage and the Ellis and O'Farrell Garage. These can fill up quickly because this is a busy area.

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