Cable Cars

The cable car system, first operated in 1873, is one of San Francisco's main attractions, plan to wait in line if you wish to ride a cable car. The two main cable car lines go from near Union Square to near Fisherman's Wharf. There is also a line on California street. To get the full effect, board at the Powell and Market Street turnaround (near Union Square) and take either line to near Fisherman's Wharf. The area is busy, but lively so the wait will go quickly. Unless you really had fun, plan on taking alternate transportation back. It is difficult to board a cable car mid line, most of the time the cars won't stop. The fare is $5 for adults, the conductor will take your cash as you board. (pictured right - cable car stop sign)

Also, visit the Cable Car Museum if you can't get enough of cable cars!

(Pictured left: the cable car turn around at Powell and Market Street near Union Square.)

Cable Car Trivia (from the Cable Car Museum)

The cables are composed of 6 steel strands of 19 wires, they have an average life of 6 to 8 months.

The cable is pulled at 9.5 mph

Four 510 hp engines pull the cables

Also see: Cable Car Website, Cable Car Museum

Go to: See San Francisco Home, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square

Some cable car pictures are below, click to enlarge.