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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour
"Design your own itinerary of San Francisco on this hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. Tickets are valid for 2 days and there are numerous stops with multiple attractions and landmarks for you to explore. You can hop on and off the tour as many times the top deck is open and in the winter clear screens shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city. Jump on the ferry to discover where some of the most notorious inmates were incarcerated at Alcatraz one of San Francisco's most popular attractions. This penitentiary formally known as ""The Rock"" is famous for having housed ruthless criminals such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly.The total duration of the loop is approximately 1.5 hours Stop highlights are listed below in the Itinerary """
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour
"Design your own itinerary of San Francisco on this hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. Tickets are valid for 2 days and there are numerous stops with multiple attractions and landmarks for you to explore. You can hop on and off the tour as many times the top deck is open and in the winter clear screens shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city. Jump on the ferry to discover where some of the most notorious inmates were incarcerated at Alcatraz one of San Francisco's most popular attractions. This penitentiary formally known as ""The Rock"" is famous for having housed ruthless criminals such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly.The total duration of the loop is approximately 1.5 hours Stop highlights are listed below in the Itinerary """
From $120.00
 
Private Segway Tours of Golden Gate Park
"Riding a Segway is intuitive like bike-riding but it takes a moment to learn how to operate it. You'll have 35-45 minutes of Segway training before beginning your tour so that you become comfortable riding the most innovative transportation of the millennium. You will practice until your group feels familiar with the Segway then be ready to tour San Francisco! Once you’re rolling you’ll follow your guide along the streets of San Francisco on a 3-hour tour with the ability to cover more distance than on a typical walking tour and plenty of opportunities to stop for photos and questions along the way. You’ll have more time than on the regular public tour
From $115.00

Cable Cars Tips (120)

Cable cars, bookmobiles, fire engines

Cable cars, fire engines, bookmobiles .... What would the city of San Francisco be without its cable cars? From police series such as 'The Streets of San Francisco' we already knew that the streets of the city are alive with the sound of, well, police cars, but also fire engines, and that indeed turned out to be true. I've also thrown in a picture of a book mobile for good measure.

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egonwegh
Apr 18, 2016

Rude barbarians as staff, druggies harrassing you

I will make it my mission to share the following message with the world about using the Cable cars AND busses in SF:

SHOCKED! Drivers and staff are Ghetto style barbarians who are shouting at tourists and generally behave poorly. We expected better from San Francisco.
Never have I seen staff behave SO poorly towards tourists, with such a terrible attitude.
Additionally, beggers and dangerous people are left to harrass tourists at the main station on Powell street without any visible security deterrants.

For a city with such high tourist taxes and transportation prices - this is surely a rotten deal.

Clean up your act San Francisco! Stop the corruption and DO something with the taxes and fees you receive.

UK30couple
Feb 26, 2016

Cable Cars

We enjoyed riding the cable cars & just plain watching them go by. The San Francisco cable car system is the world's last manually operated cable car system. Of the 23 lines established between 1873 and 1890 only three remain. Ttwo routes from downtown near Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf, and a third route along California Street. While the cable cars are used to a certain extent by commuters, most of the seven million annual passengers are tourists. They are among the most significant tourist attractions and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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apbeaches
Jan 08, 2016

Touristy but a must do !!!!!

Ever since 1873 ... the iconic Cable Cars have been moving locals, travelers, and tourist up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco ..... if you have never been on one ... you must do it ... nowadays mainly tourist take the cable cars for a ride down to Fisherman's Wharf.

Prices are $5.00 each way for $13.00 for a day pass .... be prepared to wait, wait and wait .... if you take it from Union Station .. waits up to 2 hours are not uncommon ....

I say do it if you've never done it ..... and you have the time for it ....

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jlanza29
May 29, 2013
 
 
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Answer to Forum Question - May, 2012

And you've got to try my favorite intro to SF. Riding the length of the Hyde Powell Line Cable Car line starting at Market Street and ending near the bay with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This was my first introduction to San Francisco almost 27 years ago and still one of most awe inspiring moments was cresting the hill on that line and my first view of the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz island.

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riorich55
May 26, 2012

Cable car journey

It was on our 'to do' list while we were in San Francisco to ride a cable car, and what a fantastic experience!
We borded at the terninal (Firshman's Wharf). Pay for your ticket at the booth and get into the queue. Depending on the time of day, the queue can be huge or non-existant. There is no pushing or queue hopping, everybody just takes their place in line.
It's great to watch how the cable cars are turned around ready to go back the way they came. The drivers and conductors are friendly and it's a great way to see the city from yet another perspective.
You can also buy tickets onboard.

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Benson35
Jan 18, 2012

Cable car and wineries

Hi
I'm Kate, a newbie here. I would like to share some ideas that crossed my mind while reading here. Before I go to travel, I checked on websites, forums, and blogs about the place. I read negative and positive comments, and i sort them all so I know where I put my trust. Regarding traveling in SF, I trusted one of the best travel website i just knew, www.sfchambervisitor.com. And I had the best days during my vacation in SF-wines, cable car, french laundry, food trip, etc..
Happy vacation, guys!
Kate

kjsdegrano
Sep 24, 2011

Getting around Town

First thing is catch Bart from the air port into town. Cheaper than a cab.
Go to visitor's center if possible for free maps and information.
Figure out where you are in relation to where you want to go.
Then Get the all day bus - cable car pass.

Tourist traps; Fisherman's warf etc if you must go , go early to avoid the crowds.
Cable car waits can be up to an hour because of the long lines waiting.
Better choice - catch the F train - it goes where you will want to go for turist stuff. Faster and more reliable than the cable cars.

Use the all day pass, along with the Muni bus's - hop off one onto the other.

The street performers - by all means enjoy em, talk to em too. Some are really nutz but It is just a job for most of em.

Farrish building - Think food court, but it has yummy spots.
Haight area - Bus 71 will drop you off in that way crazy place - go to www.yummychow.com for good reviews.

Lots of very special art dealers here, and mental candy to enjoy besides the odd people that live here.

Find bottle water for your stay and common food stuff cheap in the local drug stores - yep.
Bring a warm sweat shirt or wind breaker - the weather changes every 10 minutes.

Pay attention to where you are at all times - enjoy the shopping and food!!

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Apr 04, 2011

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Go San Francisco Card

Go San Francisco Card offers admission to many of the attractions/tours in town as well as many in the East Bay and Wine Country. Also includes discounts at restaurants and shops around the city. Comes with a great guidebook too. A big money saver if you want to see more than one or two attractions while visiting town.

Some of the admissions included are the Exploratorium, Red and White bay cruise, Gray Line Trolley Hop, Historic Cable Car ride, Zeum, Asian Art Museum, SBC Park Tour, Chabot Science center, Wine tastings, etc.

jaehunkim
Apr 04, 2011

Go San Francisco Card

Go San Francisco Card offers admission to many of the attractions/tours in town as well as many in the East Bay and Wine Country. Also includes discounts at restaurants and shops around the city. Comes with a great guidebook too. A big money saver if you want to see more than one or two attractions while visiting town.

Some of the admissions included are the Exploratorium, Red and White bay cruise, Gray Line Trolley Hop, Historic Cable Car ride, Zeum, Asian Art Museum, SBC Park Tour, Chabot Science center, Wine tastings, etc.

jaehunkim
Apr 04, 2011

CLANG, CLANG, CLANG GOES THE CABLE CAR!

Tourists wake up! This cable car ride is San Francisco. It is a rush to hear the clang of the bell, feel the pull of the cable, and hear the clamping of the brake as you climb half way to the stars. Whoa! and down the streets as well leave you with a "hold on" mentality.

I found the route I enjoyed best was the Powell-Hyde cable car that takes you from downtown at Market and Powell to Fisherman's Wharf at Hyde and Beach. That is where the turntables are located and the turn around starts off with an empty cable car. It may take up to thirty minutes to get on, but you are on. The views are there to see as you climb the streets and even Lombard Street, "the crookedest street in America" is viewed from this route.

Prices, as of summer 2008 were adults, $5.00 US, one way. There is a one day, three day, and seven day pass available from the San Francisco Cable Car Line that includes riding the muni bus system as well. Worth looking into if you want to see San Francisco by day and night from the cable car.

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travelgourmet
Mar 06, 2011

cable cars and historic trolleys

Cable cars are icons of San Francisco, and one of the main reasons I visited the city anyway! It was great to see them and but also to ride some of them along the hills. The first ones operated at the end of 19th century at the top of Nob Hill. Although, they are slow, small and noisy and definitely less reliable there are still three routes that run in the SF. The most famous spot among the tourists is definitely at the corner Market and Powell streets. It’s the place where you can watch the cable car turntable. Two routes start from here (Powell>Mason and Powell>Hyde) but they are always packed with tourists, take a ride and enjoy some hair raising turns. We enjoyed much more the one at California Street that runs through Nob Hill just because it is used mainly from locals (you don’t see that much though and there aren’t any turns to get excited with).

The single ticket costs $5 and can can be purchased at turnarounds or from the conductor as you board. I think the price is extremely high but we didn’t pay anything because we used the CityPass. The cable car can be almost empty (pic 3) in California line (pic 1) or fully packed in Powel lines (pic 2) with people standing on the door (pic 4)

Don’t miss also some light rail cars, the historic trolleys (pic 5), especially the F line, it is slow and packed with passengers but it’s worth to do the ride just once and see the picturesque itinerary. It’s a great way to approach Fisherman Wharf , going down the Market street turn left at the Embarcadero till it reach the Fisherman’s Wharf. These vintage cars are very old but it’s worth to see one, especially those with the wooden interior, the ticket is the normal one you use for buses anyway.

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mindcrime
Jan 20, 2010

Things to Do Near Cable Cars

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The Buena Vista Cafe

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GoCar GPS Guided Tours

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Ghirardelli Square

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Fisherman's Wharf

We were last here in 82, just around the corner that use to be a Travelodge that didn't have airconditioning back then, it is now called The Wharf Inn. What a transformation this area has taken on. ...
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Lombard Street

i'M ONE OF THOSE ANNOYING TOURISTS THAT LIKE TO DO ALL THE PREDICABLE TOURIST STUFF ... AND MORE. THIS CURVY STREET IS FAMOUS AND ONE OF THE THINGS i'D INCLUDE IN MY PLANS WHEN VISITING THE CITY. AS...
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Red and White Fleet

The Red and White Fleet have been in service since 1892. It continues serving the Bay Area with cruises that offer such beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Marin County, and more....
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