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Riding the San Francisco Cable Cars

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Riding the San Francisco Cable Cars
For a quintessential San Francisco experience, catch a ride up and down the city's hills on a classic cable car. From the views of the bay to the charming historic cars, this is one of the best ways to see the sights in SF. Here are your options.

Highlights
  • See the best of San Francisco on its most iconic form of transportation.
  • Ride the official cable car on its established routes, or take to the roads in a motorized cable car for more flexibility.
  • Many tours will combine a cable car ride with other means of transportation to cover a lot of ground while still offering the iconic cable car experience.
  • Motorized cable car tours often include commentary featuring San Francisco history and fun facts.

Independent Cable Car Rides
Three main cable car lines run through the city: California, Powell–Mason, and Powell–Hyde. Lines to purchase tickets are often long, as each car only carries about 30 passengers. Book a city tour that includes a cable car ticket so you can explore independently without having to wait in line for your ticket, or choose to ride the less crowded California line rather than the ones that run up Powell.

Sightseeing Cable Car Tours
See the city and tackle its famous hills from the comfort of a motorized cable car. You'll pass top sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf with flexibility to hop on or off as you'd like. Or, choose a more structured tour with an expert guide, either a group tour or one with a private chauffeur.

Combo Tours
For extra flexibility, select a tour that combines a ride on a hop-on hop-off motorized cable car with a visit to Alcatraz. Other cable car tours also include a bike rental so you can cycle along the San Francisco waterfront and see areas unreachable by road.
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing TourDay Cruises

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. Head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans WharfHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans Wharf

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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. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Fortune Cookie Factory City Packages

Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Fortune Cookie Factory

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This tour of Alcatraz and Chinatown lets you explore two quintessential San Francisco attractions without worrying about complicated travel logistics. Ideal for busy travelers who want to fit in the top sites without spending time booking tickets and arranging details, this tour includes pre-booked ferry and cable car tickets, plus a walking tour of Chinatown.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union SquareCity Packages

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union Square

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Avoid the hours-long wait at San Francisco’s cable car lines, while still getting a classic cable car experience during this city tour by converted cable car from Union Square. In addition to pointing out landmarks that visitors often miss, your guide also provides walking tours at City Hall, Alamo Square Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus, blankets and refreshments are included to make sure you stay comfortable during the ride.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

San Francisco CityPASSAttraction Tickets

San Francisco CityPASS

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Save time and money with the San Francisco CityPASS, which gives you admission to top area attractions, a cruise on San Francisco Bay, and discounts for shopping and activities. You can choose to visit science and art museums like the Exploratorium or the Walt Disney Family Museum. You’ll have important details like hours of operation right in your pocket with the provided mobile ticket.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation

San Francisco Private Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Private Sightseeing Tour

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Make your visit to San Francisco easy by taking this private sightseeing tour that includes round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle of your choice and bridge tolls. See some of the city’s most famous and memorable areas as this tour takes away the stress of maneuvering through the streets and parking in congested areas. Walk down Pier 39, stop for a cannoli in North Beach, see historic cable cars at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, and take photos of the windmills in Golden Gate Park. Whatever you choose to do, it's up to you when and where to stop.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

San Francisco Holiday Sights at Night City Trolley TourChristmas

San Francisco Holiday Sights at Night City Trolley Tour

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See San Francisco decked out for the holiday season the best way there is—by classic cable car during this evening tour. Get pumped up for the ride with a Santa hat, and listen as your guide tells you fun facts about the city. Visit popular areas of SF, including Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square, the Financial District, the Embarcadero, and Pier 39.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures


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