Cable Cars – What you need to know



San Francisco Cable Cars are not merely one of San Francisco Top-Icons, and most visited attractions, they are also the world’s last cable cars still manually operated. The cable cars are ridden by more than 7 million passengers every year, most of whom are tourists. The Cable Cars are also included in the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1873, the Clay Street Hill Railroad was the first cable car that began to regularly serve the city of San Francisco; it took quite a few unsuccessful experiments before they were able to master the usage of cables and grip cars. Today, we have 3 lines:

The Powell-Hyde (Line 60) connecting the Powell / Market Street Terminal to the Beach Terminal adjacent to the San Francisco Maritime Museum. The Powell-Mason (Line 59) connecting Powell Street to the Fisherman’s Wharf area; this line is largely used by tourists. The California Street (Line 61) running along California Street from Van Ness to the Embarcadero, this is the line mostly used by commuters, especially on weekdays.

How much does a Cable Car ride cost?


A single ride cost $ 7.00, but there are 1-day, 3-day, 7-day, and Monthly Passes available for unlimited rides, plus the City-PASS includes the extremely popular 7-Day Pass.

How and Where to Buy a Cable Car Ticket in San Francisco


  • Buy a single ticket from a cable car conductor, or at the booth at Hyde and Beach streets, near Fisherman’s Wharf, or at Market and Powell streets, near Union Square.
  • Buy a Pass for a 1 ($21) or 3 ($32) day unlimited rides. The Pass is also accepted on historic streetcars, buses and trolley buses.
  • Buy a 7-day pass at SF Municipal Transit Kiosk at Market and Powell streets or at Hyde and Beach streets. Cost $42 ,/li.
  • Buy San Francisco CityPASS that includes entrances into the San Francisco MOMA, the deYoung Museum, the California Academy of Sciences and the San Francisco Bay Aquarium. It also includes a bay cruise. The CityPASS cost from $76.00


With the 7-Day Unlimited Pass for MUNI System & Historic Cable-Car you will get unlimited transportation on all Muni trolleys, buses and historic cable cars for 7 consecutive days, get on-board the historic streetcars, world famous cable cars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, and electric trolley coaches will transport you throughout the entire city.

MUNI System & Historic Cable-Car considered one of the most historic attractions in San Francisco, that should not be missed! San Francisco transportation system is one of the oldest in the country; the first cable car was tested in 1872, was designed by Andrew Smith Halide, a British gentleman. After witnessing a terrible accident involving a horse-carriage in one of the dangerous hills of San Francisco, he decided to create a system of towing with wire-ropes.

The MUNI system, today the official transportation (MTA) of San Francisco, operates with historic streetcars, cable cars, light rail vehicles, buses and electric trolley coaches and they will transport you throughout the entire city. There is no better way to experience and enjoy the beautiful hills of San Francisco!

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