Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse Location
1201 Mason Street
(at Washington Street)
Museum Phone
(415) 474-1887
Notable Dates

1873 - The first Cable Car in San Francisco.

In 1982, the world-famous San Francisco Cable Car system was completely shut down for two years. During that time, the cable car system — from the powerhouse machinery to the cables and tracks — was completely overhauled. The historic cable cars themselves were being refurbished at that time, too. The system was brought back into service in the summer of 1984.


  • Basic fare: $6 each single ride. Ages 4 and under: Free.
  • Seniors & disabled (before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m.): $1 each single ride (w/ valid ID).
  • Day pass: $11, good for unlimited rides on the whole Muni system.

Muni transfers are not accepted.


Other Information

Customer service phone number: 3-1-1 Cable Car Museum website. SF Muni's website.


What once was (in 1890 or so).  Photo by midendian, image likely copyrighted (please replace).

The Cable Car system used to be extremely extensive, spanning nearly the whole city.

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