San Francisco Cable Cars

There are three cable car routes in San Francisco. Since many people don’t know where they are, we thought you might want to know where each one was.

San Francisco Cable Car Stop
San Francisco Cable Car Stop

You’ll find the cable car turntable beginning stop for two lines (Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde) at Powell and Market streets. The routes are significantly different. They both end near Fisherman’s Wharf, but in different areas. Make sure to watch the signs on the cable cars closely, so you know where in the Wharf you’ll be going.

  1. If you want to end up at Fisherman’s Wharf, the Powell-Mason line is the way to go. It begins at the Powell/ Market turntable. From there, the line goes over Nob Hill and down to Bay Street near the Wharf.
  2. The Powell Market turntable is where the the Powell-Hyde line also begins. It too goes over Nob Hill, but also Russian hills, ending at Aquatic Park near Ghiradelli Square.

The third route, the California Street line, goes east from the Financial District, through Chinatown, over Nob Hill, and finally ends at Van Ness Ave. The cable cars on this line all run the same routes.

San Francisco Cable Car
San Francisco Cable Car

One might argue that the cost of riding on a Historical Landmark is priceless. But, some people still want to know how much. Well, it really depends on how much riding you foresee yourself doing.

  • If you just want to ride it once, one-way, the ticket price is $6.
  • If you’ll be in town for a bit and want the cable cars to be your form of transportation, you might want a Passport. An all day pass is $13, a 3 day pass is $20, and a 7 day pass is $26.
  • If public transportation is your thing and you will be visiting for a while or are a local, the Fastpass is the way to go. You’ll get monthly unlimited riding for cable cars, streetcars and buses for $60 (ages 18-64), $15 (ages 5-17), or $15 for Seniors (65+) and the disabled.

The San Francisco Cable Cars operate run seven days a week, from about 6 a.m. to 1 or 1:30 a.m. There are special schedules on weekends. To find a full and updated listing of the time tables and cable car stops, please visit www.sfmta.com.