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Cable Cars

Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments
Neighborhood
Central
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, History, Photography, Engineering
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Price: $0-$5
Tickets or a MUNI passport can be bought from the conductor or from booths at Powell and Market or Hyde and Beach near Fisherman's Wharf. Seniors and disabled passengers receive discounted prices before 7am and after 9pm.
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Mobility Obstacles: Stairs
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Not Available
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Cable Cars

San Francisco Treat


Family Time Must See

Address: Phone:
Mason & Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1 415 673 6864 / + 1 510 817 1717 (or 511 in the Bay Area)
Fax: +1 415 923 6166

Description

One of the most admired San Francisco images is the revered cable car gliding up and down the city streets. Back in the late nineteenth century, before the cable system was in place, horse-drawn carts and carriages were the prominent means of transportation around the city. This was a dangerous means of transport, however, as navigating the slick cobblestones of San Francisco's famous hilly streets often resulted in terrible accidents when horses slipped on the wet stones. An Englishman, Andrew Smith Hallidie, developed a new pulley system that used wire rope to pull cars on tracks up and down the streets. The Cable Cars quickly became a popular means of transportation, and today they are still widely used. There are three routes in the city: Powell- Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California Street.


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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 6am-Midnight daily
Visit Time: 1hr-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: 30-60min
Notes: The wait time for getting on a cable car at Powell or Hyde can be quite long. The California line has the shortest wait.
Price: $0-$5
Price Notes: Tickets or a MUNI passport can be bought from the conductor or from booths at Powell and Market or Hyde and Beach near Fisherman's Wharf. Seniors and disabled passengers receive discounted prices before 7am and after 9pm.

Exposure

Outdoor with some 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, Solo Travelers

Transportation

Notes: This is a form of transportation!
Parking Availability: Limited
Notes: Parking varies by cable car locations.


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