Cable Car driving down California Street
Ever ride a national landmark? It’s being done every day in San Francisco. The City’s right-out-of-the-Smithsonian cable cars were named a national historic landmark in 1964.
Refurbished and equipped with new tracks, cables, turnarounds and cable propulsion machinery, they operate as much as they did on August 2, 1873 when Andrew S. Hallidie guided the first car down th Clay Street grade.


General Visitor Info

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) runs three cable car lines. These historic vehicles are not self-powered; rather they move using a mechanism that grips cables that run beneath San Francisco’s streets.

The three cable lines are:

California Street


How to Get There

Multiple Muni, bus and BART lines intersect with the cable car lines.

For information, routes and schedules, please visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency or call 415.673.6864. Please visit BART for information on their lines


Did You Know?

9.7 million people take a nine mile per hour ride on them each year.

Movies that included the cable cars:

The Rock (1996)
Memiors of an Invisible Man 
Foul Play (1978) 
The Birds 
In Harm’s Way (1965)