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  The following information is here to help you have the best experince possible riding San Francisco's cable cars, the city's only moving historic landmarks.

  Fares: Cable car conductors will accept the following:
Tickets (single ride): can be purchased at turnarounds or from the conductor with cash as you board.
Please have small bills available. Exact change is required. Transfers between cable cars are not offered.
Adult & Youth: $7 each way. Info
Senior (ages 65+) & Disabled: $7 each way ($3 9pm-7am). Info
Passports (1, 3, 7 Day): are perfect for visitors to the city, and allow unlimited riding for one, three, or seven consecutive days on MUNI cable cars, streetcars and buses.
One Day: $22  ($23 effective 1/1/2019). Info
Three Days: $33  ($34 effective 1/1/2019). Info
Seven Days: $43  ($45 effective 1/1/2019). Info
FastPasses (1 Month): allow unlimited riding for one calendar month on MUNI cable cars, streetcars and buses (within SF).
Adult (ages 18-64): $78  (MUNI "M" Monthly Pass via Clipper). Info
Youth (ages 5-17),  Senior (ages 65+) and Disabled: $39  (MUNI "M" Monthly Pass via Clipper). Info
MuniMobile:  is a smartphone app that lets you buy single-ride tickets, cable car rides, or one-day, three-day or seven-day passports instantly with a credit/debit card or PayPal account.
MuniMobile app for iPhone or for Android.

  Check the where to buy SFMTA products page for locations where passes are sold. NOTE: Transfers from Muni buses and Metro Lines are not accepted on the cable cars. Fares may be subject to change without notice here.


  Cable cars run seven days a week with special schedules on weekends. For a complete updated listing of all cable car stops and time tables, visit


  Basically, 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 signs on Powell street cable cars are color coded. The yellow signs will head towards Bay and Taylor streets, and the red signs will head towards Aquatic Park.

  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.

Hop on board!

  Riders can board at any cable car turntable (the beginning/end of each route) or anywhere this brown and white stop sign is posted. These signs contain information such as:

  • The name of the cable car route
  • The routes direction: to Downtown, Fisherman's Wharf, etc.
  • The routes final destination: Powell & Market, Bay & Taylor, etc.
  • Hours of operation.
  • A telephone number if you have questions about the routes, times, etc.

  If you are boarding from the a cable car stop and not at the end of a line, please use the following etiquette:

  • Please wait on the sidewalk and wave to alert the gripman to stop.
  • Do not board the car while it is moving, wait for it to come to a complete stop. You can enter on either side of the car.
  • You can board a cable car if there is sufficient space. Don't forget that you can "hang on" to the special poles provided on the outside of the car. If you choose to ride this way, pay close attention to the gripman as he will alert you to any potential hazards along the route.

  Have fun experiencing San Francisco's historic Cable Cars!

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