San Francisco cable cars are a national historic landmark, part of the worlds largest manually operated system.
Experience the thrill of riding up and down San Francisco's legendary hills on a cable car, while taking in amazing views!
10 BEST Attractions that San Francisco cable cars go to
- Union Square: Visit shops and restaurants in the bustling heart of San Francisco, or hang out in the square.
- Chinatown: Find authentic Chinese shops and restaurants along Grant Avenue, or visit the Fortune Cookie Factory, Dragon's Gate and Tin How Temple.
- North Beach/Little Italy: Explore Columbus Avenue in Little Italy for superb Italian food, and visit famous landmarks like the Vesuvio Cafe, City Light Booksellers, Beat Museum and Washington Square.
- Fishermans Wharf: Eat at waterfront restaurants, visit a 7D Theater, see a sea lion colony, Musee Mecanique, a WWII submarine, a maritime museum, and more.
- Lombard Street: Walk down the famous crooked Street in Russian Hill.
- Ghirardelli Square: Load up on treats at the famous chocolate shop, visit cool restaurants, and a San Francisco themed mini golf course.
- Hyde Street Pier: See a flotilla of historic ships docked at the Hyde Street Pier:
- Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park: Check out the free maritime museum in the old bathhouse building, overlooking the picturesque sandy beach at the Aquatic Park. Walk out along the pier at the Aquatic Park for soaring views.
- Visitor Center Museum: This award winning museum documents key events in San Francisco's history, and is FREE to visit.
- Ferry Building: This stunning building in the Embarcadero is home to waterfront restaurants and great shopping.
- Cable Car Museum: Learn about the history of San Francisco's world famous cable cars.
Choose from 3 cable car lines
The Powell Mason line and Powell Hyde line, travel between downtown and the Fisheman's Wharf Area. The California Street line travels between Pacific Heights and the Embarcadero. Here's a map of these cable car routes.
- Powell Mason line goes to Union Square, Cable Car Museum, Chinatown, North Beach and Fishermans Wharf.
- Powell Hyde line goes to Union Square, Cable Car Museum, Lombard Street, China Town, Ghirardelli Square, Hyde Street Pier, Maritime Museum, Visitor Center Museum and Aquatic Park.
- California Street Cable Car goes to China Town and Ferry Building.
How much are tickets?
- Single rides are cash only and purchased onboard. Check ticket prices.
- Unlimited rides for 1, 3 or 7 days are purchased at kiosks. Check ticket prices.
Visit the free San Francisco Cable Car Museum
The FREE San Francisco Cable Car Museum is located at 1201 Mason Street. It can be accessed along both the Powell Mason and Powell Hyde lines, and has a collection of historic cars and memorabilia.