• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 75.00 View price calendar

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Explore San Francisco on a 3-hour 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, you'll 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) and refreshments are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 


  • 3-hour San Francisco city tour aboard a motorized cable car
  • 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

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Experience City Tour from Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco Experience - City Tour

San Francisco Experience - City Tour Your sightseeing tour starts at Fisherman's Wharf, where you'll 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, Nob Hill, and Union Square.

Make your first stop at the Civic Center area where you'll 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 on board 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 Richmond District, the high-end Sea Cliff neighborhood, and along the city's Pacific coastline, finally arriving at the Golden Gate Bridge, where you'll 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.

Customer Reviews

Greg K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This was a classic1922 original cable car retofitted with wheels and drivetrain to go off track! Included a driver and a tour guide who brought the sites to life with interesting trivia and sound clips. Top notch tour with some amazing scenery and city vistas!!!

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My adult daughters and I were visiting San Francisco for the first time and this was the perfect tour to start things off. We traveled all over San Fransisco and learned about the history and the cultures of the different neighborhoods, as well as the architecture. And sites made famous on TV and in the movies. We traveled more of the city then we ever would have been able to do on our own.
We made a few stops to get off for photo ops ...one of which was after having crossed the Golden Gate Bridge!. Fun time in the open trolley...but chilly...make sure you have a sweater....and a hair tie for the wind! There is an enclosed area of the trolley...but it was so much more fun with the wind in your hair and a blanket(provided by the tour) on your lap! I highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great tour. Able to see a lot of the city. City Hall stop seems like filler but otherwise the rest of the tour is fantastic.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Guide was amazing during tour and even suggested some great dining places. VIATOR is GREAT!

Vanessa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great overview of the city. Joanie, our driver, was great! When we couldn't hear Kurt(?) because of the engine and traffic, she filled in with interesting stories. Riding around in a motorized cable car was a lot fun too.

Dianne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour with an excellent tour guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour! Each member of our party of six enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about the city. We covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Corina, our tour guide, and Igor, our driver, were engaging, witty and knowledgeable. This is perfect tour if you are new to SF and are trying to prioritize where you want to spend more time. Great for kids too!

Jerry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our tour guide, 'Mama Vicki', was excellent. Look, if you don't know a lot about the city of San Francisco, or want an overview that catches all of the high points early in a trip so you can see something that sparks your interest and then track back to it later on in the trip...this is the tour for you. I definitely suggest a jacket, and patience...this tour ended up being three and a half hours long. We have teenagers and it was about as long a tour that they could handle.

Fantastic, I'd recommend it to anyone.

Vance G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was our first time to San Francisco , we are both in our sixths and wanted someone to show us around and ride a cable car - This was the best of both worlds - it gave us a true view of all of the city with very friendly guides who were very knowledgeable and gave personal experiences. Given the limited time we had we planned the rest of our time going to sites that we wanted to go to and not waste our time going to sites that we thought previously of going too. The ride was bumpy and windy but that what a normal cable car is like we imagine. The cost was very reasonable.

Frank A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a good way to see a lot of SF. You are allowed to stop in four locations to get a more detailed feel of the city.

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