Don't miss the sensation of moving up and down some of San Francisco's steepest hills in a clattering cable car. Jump aboard as it pauses at a designated stop, and wedge yourself into any available space. Then just hold on. At this writing, cable-car service is set to resume later in fall 2021, but not all lines; check sfmta.com for updates.
The fare (for one direction) is $8. Buy tickets in advance at the kiosks at the cable-car turnarounds at Hyde and Beach Streets and at Powell and Market Streets. Or consider MuniMobile or a Clipper Card; see sfmta.com. Cash purchases require exact change.
The heavily traveled Powell–Mason and Powell–Hyde lines begin at Powell and Market Streets near Union Square and terminate at Fisherman's Wharf; lines for these routes can be long, especially in summer. The California Street line runs east and west from Market and California Streets to Van Ness Avenue; there’s often no wait to board this route.