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San Francisco cable car system

Metro system

Travel Tips

Catch a ride at the beginning or end of the line to avoid long waits. 1

Expect long lines at popular turnarounds; the ride offers a unique city view. 2

Expect a wait but it's worth it for the experience. 3

Start from Union Square for a full route experience to Fisherman’s Wharf. 4

Get up early to avoid long lines. 5

Introduction

Routes

  • 🛤️ Powell-Hyde Line: Starts at Powell and Market, ends at Fisherman's Wharf.
  • 🛤️ Powell-Mason Line: Starts at Powell and Market, ends at Bay and Taylor.
  • 🛤️ California Street Line: Runs from California and Market to Van Ness Avenue.
  • 📍 Turntables: Board at the turntables or look for brown-and-white cable car sign posts.
  • 🗺️ Maps: Maps and schedules are available online or via the MuniMobile® app.

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Ticketing

  • 💳 MuniMobile®: Buy tickets instantly via credit/debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay.
  • 💳 Clipper® Card: Use this all-in-one transit card for the Bay Area.
  • 💵 Cash: Exact change is required for cash payments.
  • 📱 Prepayment: Required at Powell & Market, Bay & Taylor, and Hyde & Beach Streets from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 🎟️ Visitor Passport: Consider purchasing for all-day travel.

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Tips

  • ⚠️ Hold On: The city's busy streets and steep hills make for an exciting ride. Hold on tight.
  • 🚫 No Leaning: If standing, do not lean outward from the special poles on the outside of the car.
  • 🛑 Safe Exit: Wait until the vehicle stops completely before exiting. Check the street before crossing.
  • 🚲 No Bikes: Full-size and folding bikes are not permitted aboard cable cars.
  • 🐕 Service Animals: Encouraged to ride in the interior section or on the owner's lap if on the exterior.

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History

  • 📜 Inception: The cable car system was invented in San Francisco nearly 150 years ago.
  • 🏛️ Landmark Status: Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
  • 🛠️ Early Days: Learn about the early days of the cable cars in the 1870s.
  • 🏛️ Museum: Visit the Cable Car Museum for more historical insights.
  • 👷‍♂️ Andrew Smith Hallidie: The system was designed by Andrew Smith Hallidie.

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Popular Stops

  • 🎣 Fisherman's Wharf: A bustling waterfront area with shops and restaurants.
  • 🏙️ Union Square: A major commercial and cultural hub in downtown San Francisco.
  • 🏮 Chinatown: One of the oldest and most established Chinatowns in the U.S.
  • 🏛️ Financial District: The business heart of San Francisco.
  • 🏞️ North Beach: Known for its Italian heritage and vibrant nightlife.
  • 🏔️ Nob Hill: Offers stunning views and historic hotels.
  • 🏝️ Alcatraz Island: Visible from the Hyde Street line.
  • 🛍️ Embarcadero: A waterfront area with piers and ferry services.

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