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Cable Cars

Ride the San Francisco Cable Cars

Ride the historic Cable Cars to explore San Francisco's incredible sights, attractions, and colorful neighborhoods. Hop on at the Powell Street Station at Market Street, within walking distance of Union Square and the Hotel Nikko, and explore the City by the Bay.
As the cable car makes its way up very steep Powell Street and reaches famed Nob Hill and impressive mansions, be wowed by stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge. You can also ride all the way to Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square.


Tickets are $5 each way. Children 4 & under ride for free. 1-Day Passport: $13. 3-Day Passport: $20. 7-Day Passport: $26.


Cable cars run 7 days a week. Signs at cable car stops provide specific hours of operation. Special schedules apply on weekends.


  • Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest


  • Riding
  • Sightseeing


  • What are the different cable car routes?
    There are three San Francisco cable car lines. Two end up at Fisherman's Wharf and both begin at Powell and Market Streets. The Powell-Mason line goes up Nob Hill and heads to Bay Street while the Powell-Hyde line traverses Nob Hill and Russian Hill, arriving near Ghirardelli Square. The California Street line, which can be picked up at Van Ness Avenue or near the Embarcadero, runs through the Financial District and Chinatown.
  • Are there any rules to follow when riding a cable car?
    There are a few rules and courtesies to keep in mind, which only apply if you're getting on a cable car from a stop along a route as opposed to the end of the line. It's important to wait on the sidewalk and wave to the gripman to let him or her know that you'd like to board. Make sure the cable car has come to a complete stop before doing so. You can board on either side of the car but there must be enough room. If not, please wait for the next one.

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