The San Francisco cable car system is one of the icons of San Francisco. The system runs on three lines and it has 62 stations at different locations. The San Francisco cable car system was built in the year 1873 and the architectural work was designed by Andrew Smith Hallidie. The cable car system is operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway as an aspect of the urban intermodal transport network.
23 lines were constructed in the late 19th century but only three are still functional with two running between the Fisherman’s Wharf and downtown near the Union Square. The third route remains along the California Street.
The cable cars transport an average of 7 million passengers annually. The local commuters use the cars to some extent while the majority of the users are tourists.
The San Francisco cable car system is among the most admired and significant tourist attraction in San Francisco. The National Register of Historic Places has the cable cars listed on their historic list.
The cable cars provide astonishing and impressive transportation up the San Francisco steep hills. Touring San Francisco with the cable cars system is a thrilling way to explore the city from the Union Square to the Nob Hill’s crest. This ride may be the most adorable, romantic, and memorable moment of your entire California trip.
The San Francisco cable car system begins their daily operations at 6 a.m. and functions until around midnight. Generally the cables run every 10 minutes and each car conveys 65 people at a time.
Explorers of the San Francisco cable car system that stays on the side that faces the bay enjoy the best views of the ride. In other words, try to stay in the left side of the cable car when leaving from the Fisherman’s Wharf area and stay in the right hand side if leaving from downtown.
Visitors ride the cable cars on two major lines which are Powell/Mason and Powell/Hyde. Those take off at the busy intersection of Powell and Market and stops at the Fisherman’s Wharf’s area of San Francisco. Visitors ride the two cars more often because of the location of the cable car and because they climb major step hills that give the rider access to classic views of a unique perspective.
The Powell/Hyde line terminates around the Ghirardelli where visitors can eat or shop while the Powell/Mason cable car line drops visitors at the North Beach where you can also eat and further explore other tourist attractions.
The California/Van Ness cable line conveys its riders to the top of the Nob hill where you will find the best view of the city. Here you will find nightclubs and luxury hotels as well.
There is a cable car museum that is free and open all year round for visitors to see and learn more about the San Francisco cable cars. The museum is at the corner of Washington St. and Mason St.