There is no better way to experience San Francisco than by cable car. San Francisco is now the last city in the world to preserve this unique method of transport, which was founded in 1873. Hop on and grab hold of the bars as the underground cables beneath the tracks whisk you across town.
The cable car system has three lines. The California Street Line runs east to west from Drumm Street (near Market Street) to Van Ness Avenue. Running to the top of Nob Hill, the line continues through Chinatown to its terminus in the Financial District.
The Powell-Mason line begins at the corner of Powell and Market Streets, traveling north up and downhill as it snakes its way through Jackson Street and Hyde Street to the corner of Hyde and Taylor. There, you will find the waterfront at the San Francisco Maritime Museum.
The Powell-Mason line shares tracks with Powell-Hyde for part of its route, before taking a trip down Taylor and Bay. Alight at the terminus for Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park, and Ghiradelli Square.
Enjoy the use of all three lines with the purchase of a one-day ($11), three-day ($18), or seven-day ($24) pass. A one-way ride is $5, and these tickets are not valid as transfers.
- About 6am to about 1am daily
- One-way $5
- One-day passport: $11
- Three-day $18
- Seven-day $24
- Location: 401 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA
- Phone: 311 within San Francisco; 415-701-2311 outside Bay Area
- Website: www.sfmta.com