1. Jump on the cable car at Bay station
2. Ride the cable car Doris Day style on the side if you want a good view
3. Make sure your hands are free if you ride on the side of the cable car and your electronics tied
Since the best way to see anything riding a cable car is standing on the side, it’s really important you are not carrying a bunch of bags in your hands. It’s such a tight squeeze that you want to keep one hand free to hold on for a slightly bumpy ride and the other to hold on to you phone/camera to get some great shots. I was actually fascinated by people who were just holding their phones out… I wonder how many people drop them on a daily basis outside of the moving cable car… ? Ideally, have it strapped on to your body in some way… just saying!
4. Take photos while the cable cars are stationary
If you want a nice photo on the cable cars than the best time to take them is while they are waiting for their turn to board people. The employees are really nice about letting you get on and snap a few pics without worrying about falling off or losing your camera.
5. Expect to wait if you want to get on the cable car en route
Again, since they are such a popular attraction many people line up to get on board at the starting points of the lines. If you are planning on jumping on board the cable cars in mid-transit plan to wait a little bit (especially if you are more than one person) to get on since the next car might not have any space for you.
For more Information
Tickets are available as single fares or daily passes. Check out the San Francisco Cable Cars website for fare prices, maps, and history.