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Cable Car Turn-around at Market & Powell Streets

Cable Car Turn-Around

At Market and Powell Streets is a turn-around to go back down the hill to Fisherman's Wharf.

Ticket Booth to Purchase Cable Car ticket at Powell and Market, San Francisco

Buy a Ticket

At the intersection of Powell and Market Streets is a ticket booth for the cable car and Muni.

Steeped in exhilarating history...

The San Francisco Cable Car is still a "San Francisco Treat" to ride and an excellent way to experience the City of San Francisco.

At the intersection of Powell and Market Streets in Union Square you will find the a booth for ticket sales for the Cable Car as well as some other types of products such as parking and weekly, monthly tickets.

You can hop on board the cable car and head down to Fisherman's Wharf where you can visit Ghiradelli Square or enjoy an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista.

Street Car, Cable Car, what's the difference?

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Cable Car Rates, Time Tables and Routes

Save time and money with MuniMobile®, San Francisco's official ticketing app for Muni buses, trains, cable cars and paratransit rides.

MuniMobile lets you buy tickets instantly through a credit/debit card, PayPal account and now Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Buy Muni tickets and passes in advance or on-the-go! Purchase tickets in advance, then activate them when you board the cable car. You can even buy tickets for the whole family from one smartphone.

MuniMobile may not accept foreign credit cards. Please use PayPal, Apple, or Google pay if having trouble with your purchase.

With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare.

Cable car tickets are valid for a one-way trip only and not valid for transferring between cable car lines

Visitor Passes

Unlimited Muni Rides - Cable Car Included

Visitor Passports are deeply discounted when purchased in the MuniMobile App.

1-Day Visitor Passport - MuniMobile $13 | Non-Mobile Purchase $24
3-Day Visitor Passport - MuniMobile $31 | Non-Mobile Purchase $36
7-Day Visitor Passport - MuniMobile $41 | Non-Mobile Purchase $47

Where to Purchase Tickets if you don't want to use the MuniMobile App
Single ride cable car tickets are available at ticket booths located at Powell and Market or Hyde and Beach. They are also available at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, at Powell and Market streets.

Cable Car Routes, Stops & Schedule

How Cable Cars Work

The Cable Car Museum

Located at 1201 Mason Street at Washington Street in San Francisco - and, YES, you can get to the Cable Car Museum from the Union Square Cable Car Turn-Around and along the line at intersections on Powell Street.

You will find great information at the Cable Car Museum's web site, such as the history of the cable car, how cable cars workbell ringing contestshow they rebuilt the system and information about the cable cars themselves.