Cable Cars in San Francisco a true landmark

Cable Cars in San Francisco a true landmark  |  Union Square, San Francisco  |  If there is a landmark of this city other than the Golden Gate Bridge, I would risk to say that Cable Cars rank second. I spent the full morning in the area of Union Square, Chinatown, California Street., taking pictures of the world’s last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, in the US.
Cable cars are an ICON of San Francisco, there are three cable car routes in operation, and it helps to know their respective destinations. At Powell and Market streets, there is a cable car turntable which serves as the beginning stop for two lines, the Powell Mason and Powell- Hyde lines. The Powell-Mason line begins at the Powell/Market turntable, and the line runs from there up and over Nob Hill and down to Bay Street at Fisherman’s Wharf. The Powell-Hyde line also begins at the Powell Market turntable and runs over Nob and Russian hills before ending at Aquatic Park near Ghiradelli Square. Both these lines end near Fisherman’s Wharf, but at different areas, and the routes are significantly different. Paying close attention to the signs on the cable cars will help you distinguish where in Fisherman’s Wharf you will find yourself. The California Street line runs East-West from the Financial District, through Chinatown, over Nob Hill and stops at Van Ness Avenue. Since all the cars on this line have the same routes, the signs are painted directly on the car.

Fares. Cable Cars conductors will accept the following: Tickets; which can be purchased at turnarounds or from the conductor as you board, Adult & Youth (ages 5-17): $5.00 each way, Senior (ages 65+) & Disabled: $5.00 each way ($1.00 9pm-7am). Passes; are perfect for visitors to the city, and allow riding on streetcars, buses, and cable cars, One Day: $13.00, Three Days: $20.00, Seven Days: $26.00.
Have fun experiencing San Francisco’s historic Cable Cars! CM

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Carlos Melia global bespoke Travel Agent, Travel Blogger, Concierge, Hospitality Consultant and Wedding Planner. Member of VIRTUOSO. Has earned, after over 25 years of Mainstream and Gay Travel experience, the mote of "Little Marco Polo". Jetsetter, bon vivant curates the world of luxury travel & lifestyle by experience, one destination at the time. Associated to First in Service Travel and Tzell Travel Network. Founder of LGTNetwork - Luxury Gay Travel Network. Follow, read and share my travel experiences worldwide at