"From Downtown to Wharf and Back" Cable Cars Tip by nomadig

Cable Cars, San Francisco: 120 reviews and 143 photos

Before the modern cars, San Francisco public transport was handled by cable cars. As the hills are steep in the residential area in the city, normal light train systems cannot be used. The cable cars move by grabbing a constantly moving cable that runs below the street level between the tracks. When the car has to stop, the driver opens the grip.

There are four lines in the city, but the most famous of them runs from the downtown end of Powell Street to the Wharf on Hyde Street.

The cars are fully packed during high seasons and you have to reserve some time for standing in the queue at the both ends of the tracks, or then trust your luck the hop on the car on several stops during the journey.

Address: Powell St. on Market St. or Hyde St. on Wharf
Directions: Throughout the City
Phone: 311
Website: http://www.sfcablecar.com

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  • Written Mar 16, 2005
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