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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans Wharf

San Francisco, United States
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore San Francisco on this city tour that provides the chance to ride on a classic-style cable car without having to stick to the limited route of the city's tracks. As you travel aboard the cable car retrofitted with wheels, hop off at three locations to take guided walking tours of the Civic Center, Alamo Square, and Golden Gate Bridge areas. Blankets (it gets cold in the City by the Bay) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
  • Ride on a restored or replica cable car outfitted with wheels so it can travel all over the city
  • See San Francisco sights such as Alamo Square and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Stop at three locations for guided walking tours
  • Pass through Union Square, Chinatown, the Presidio, and many more neighborhoods

What's Included

  • Sightseeing tour by motorized cable car
  • Disembark at 3 key locations for guided walking tours
  • Separate driver and guide so you will always have your guide’s full attention.
  • Blankets to keep you warm on your journey
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1560 The Embarcadero
    1560 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Meet your guide at the flag poles between Pier 35 and Embarcadero’s Public Park no later than 15 minutes prior to your departure time. Tour Guide will be wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag, both adorned with the Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo.

Start time

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your sightseeing tour starts at Fisherman's Wharf, where you board your motorized cable car and set off toward North Beach, the neighborhood also known as Little Italy. Listen to commentary from your guide about the city and its attractions as you travel through Chinatown, and Union Square.

Make your first stop at the Civic Center area where you follow your guide on a walking tour to admire the Beaux-Arts architecture of City Hall, a symbol of the American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1910s.

Back onboard the cable car, continue to Alamo Square, your second stop, for a walking tour around this local park known for the Painted Ladies, also known as the 'Full House' houses. Cruise through Golden Gate Park, the high-end Sea Cliff neighborhood, and along the city's Pacific coastline, finally arriving at the Golden Gate Bridge, where you hop off to walk onto the iconic red bridge and hear from your guide about its history and design.

Then return once more to the cable car for the drive through the Presidio and the wealthy neighborhood of Pacific Heights, passing by the house from 'Mrs. Doubtfire.' See Ghirardelli Square before returning to your departure point, where your tour ends.

North Beach (Pass By)

Little Italy (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants (4 and under) are free, but they must be seated on the lap of an adult.
  • Cable cars are wheeled and not on rails to provide maximum flexibility for city sightseeing
  • Dress in layers as temperatures can be quite cold on the open-air cable car
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Decent trip guide was great top tip If you go out side of summer rap up well it was freezing saw all main sites on ver sll worth while
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Callie_B, Jul 2020
We showed up for this tour and nobody was there. We received no cancellation notice and even received a confirmation the day prior.
bad experience
Eric_C, Jul 2020
We waited and tour was a no show with no explanation. Really? Does not show a good business ethic or professionanism.
Fun experience
Christine_Z, Mar 2020
Both the driver, John, and the San Francisco tour guide, Curt, were amazing! They were both extremely friendly and knowledgeable and made the tour one of the highlights of our trip. Ian and I both had a great time and enjoyed our afternoon immensely-thank you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
It's Ok......
Edward_L, Mar 2020
The driver Mia was spectacular; however; Frank the tour guy didn't announce the sites ahead of time to allow taking pictures....
1 traveler found this review helpful
City Tour
Shirley_P, Mar 2020
The tour was entertaining a seemed to hit all of the high points on the city. The tour guide was knowledgeable and really seemed to love his job.
So glad I went!
Ashley_B, Mar 2020
This was such an amazing tour!! Our tour guides were so friendly and had such great fun facts! Everyone on our tour was incredible too. Such a great experience!
Dave and Andy,s SFTour
Dave_C, Feb 2020
Joeseph and Mia were great History knowledge was excellent Great tour and great guide with very interesting history narration including personal touch about growing up here
Paul_B, Feb 2020
Decent trip guide was great top tip If you go out side of summer rap up well it was freezing saw all main sites on ver sll worth while
Awesome tour!
Nancy_V, Feb 2020
Joseph and Igor were wonderful! So much knowledge, friendly helpful. Highly recommend the tour. We were so glad we took this tour as new to SF. It gave us history and visual overview of neighborhoods, landmarks, beauty of SF.
Yay for Horn blowers tours!
Laurie_H, Feb 2020
Touring San Francisco Bay with Joan & Curt was the best! In 3+ hours we saw so many interesting parts of San Francisco. Curt and Joan are a great team. We came away feeling that San Francisco was such a complex and beautiful place to see. Highly recommend this tour!
AnaLuiza_S, Feb 2020
We saw places we would never have seen if wasn’t with this tour! Joan and Curtis were amazing!!! We loved the tour!
Cable car fun!
Laura_N, Feb 2020
Very fun tour! We really saw all of San Francisco. Val the tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Our driver , Roger, was friendly, knowledgeable and a gave us a smooth and comfortable ride.
The painted lady houses and the Golden gate bridge and more
Carl_W, Jan 2020
The tour was awesome. Riding on the converted cable car was great. Our guide Robin and driver Sheila were great and made the tour very enjoyable. We saw the highlights of the city and enjoyed all the info that our guides provided.
Day out
Tracy_M, Jan 2020
Very informative, interesting and enjoyable. Was very cold so wrap up warm even with the blankets they give you. Curt was our guide and John our driver top marks for both. Thank you for a great trip
Sam_P, Dec 2019
driver and guide were really nice people. i loved the tour. nothing to complain about. everything was ready when needed
Trolly ride with Curt and John
Lisa C, Nov 2019
Very informative! Curt knows the city! Great driving by John. Nice stops and picture taking opportunities! We had a great time and would strongly recommend that someone take this tour to get a great look at the city.
San Francisco City Tour
Kimberly_H, Nov 2019
Great City tour. Very informative and educational. The driver John and tour guide Frank were wonderful. Very funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. I will definitely attend this tour again. The tour included many neighborhoods and local spots that only residents would know about and it’s also included the Golden Gate Bridge. Well worth the money and a great use of your time if visiting the Bay Area.
Enthusiastic tour guide and wonderful destinations
Henry_H, Nov 2019
Great tour, took us to all the major landmarks. Could very well be a quintessential thing to do in SF
Great introduction to San Francisco
Kelley E, Oct 2019
We are so glad we took this tour! It was fun riding on the cable car to see all the main sights of the city and hear history, stories, and interesting facts. Very informative with stops at city hall, the painted ladies Victorian homes, and golden gate bridge for short walking tours and photo stops. Curt and Roger were great! Highly recommend for a nice intro to the city.
Fun tour
laura_s, Oct 2019
Great overview of the city and surrounding area. The guide Vicki and driver Roger were exceptional. I would certainly recommend this tour.


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