San Francisco Experience City Tour from Union Square

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$75.00 per person
  • 3 Hours
  • Groups Allowed
  • Service Animals Allowed
  • Tour Guide
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What You Get
  • One-of-a-kind three-hour guided premier city tour aboard an iconic Hornblower classic cable car
  • Tour San Francisco’s most popular landmarks, historic districts, and neighborhoods
  • Three brief guided walking tours (City Hall/Civic Center, Alamo Square Park, and The Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point) 
  • Separate driver and tour guide so you always have your guide’s full attention

San Francisco Experience Overview

This is a one-of-a-kind guided premier city tour that lets you travel the streets of San Francisco aboard an authentic Hornblower classic cable car that has been converted into a trolley. Your San Francisco tour will feature views of San Francisco’s most popular landmarks, historic districts, and neighborhoods. Throughout the tour, there will be three stops where you will have the opportunity to disembark from your trolley for brief guided walking tours and memorable photo opportunities. Your tour guide will provide live narration and be available to answer any questions throughout the entire duration of your tour.

Stop 1

To begin your San Francisco tour you’ll board your trolley in the heart of Union Square and head to your first stop, City Hall. Here at your first stop, you can hop off your trolley to explore City Hall and it’s Beaux-Arts monument to the city, which showcases the beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917.

Stop 2

After exploring City Hall you’ll board your trolley and be on your way to the lower Haight District en route to your second stop, Alamo Square Park. At Alamo Square Park you’ll be able to view bountiful lawns, flowerbeds, trees, and the world-famous “Painted Ladies” as seen in the opening credits on the show Full House.

Stop 3

Once you’re done touring Alamo Square Park you’ll return back to your cable car and begin to head towards Golden Gate Park, The Richmond district, and Sea Cliff. As we head further down the coastline we’ll begin to approach our last stop, the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point. Once we arrive at The Golden Gate Bridge, take some time off your trolley to admire the San Francisco Bay engineering marvel.

Final Destination

As we approach your final destination and drop off point your cable car will head through Pacific Heights, one of San Francisco’s most affluent neighborhoods. Here you’ll find some of the city’s most beautiful architecture including the iconic home featured in the blockbuster film Mrs. Doubtfire. To wrap up the tour we’ll make our way down Columbus Street through North Beach, Little Italy, and onto Chinatown. After Chinatown, we’ll pass through Nob Hill and arrive back at our starting point Union Square.

Where To Meet Your Trolley Tour Guide

Passengers will meet their tour guide at the southeast corner of Powell and Post Streets in San Francisco’s Union Square across from the main entrance to Saks Fifth Avenue. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time. See the map in our Contact Us page for additional guidance.  

Your tour guide will be wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag, both adorned with the Hornblower classic cable cars logo.

What You’ll See On A Cable Car Tour In San Francisco

  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • The Golden Gate Bridge 
  • Fort Point
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Crissy Field
  • Presidio National Park
  • Victorian Homes
  • Pacific Heights
  • North Beach 
  • Mrs. Doubtfire House
  • Chinatown
  • Lombard Street
  • Washington Square
  • Transamerica Pyramid 
  • Union Square
  • Nob Hill
  • Grace Cathedral
  • The Presidio
  • Cow Hollow
  • Fisherman’s Wharf 
  • And more!


January 2020 through April 2020 - 1:00 PM Tour Time operates Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

May 2020 through October 2020 (PEAK SEASON) - 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM Tour Times operate every day of the week

Monday 9:00am & 1:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am & 1:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am & 1:00pm
Thursday 9:00am & 1:00pm
Friday 9:00am & 1:00pm
Saturday 9:00am & 1:00pm
Sunday 9:00am & 1:00pm

November 2020 through December 2020 - 1:00 PM Tour Time operates Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

San Francisco cable car and trolley FAQ

Where can I buy a trolley ticket in San Francisco?

You can reserve a private trolley online at or by calling (415)-922-2425 ext. 209. You can purchase your public trolley tour tickets in San Francisco online at 

Which is the best cable car ride in San Francisco?

If you’d like to see as much as San Francisco as possible, the San Francisco Experience Tour with Hornblower Classic Cable Cars is the best fit for you. This three-hour long tour will take you through San Francisco’s most popular landmarks, historic districts, and neighborhoods. This tour is aboard an authentic cable car that has been converted into a trolley on wheels giving the trolley the ability to go where traditional cable cars can’t.

Where do you catch the trolley in San Francisco?

The San Francisco Experience tour picks up at Pier 35 near Fisherman’s Wharf, and also at Union Square. The Holiday Nights and Sights tour begins at 2766 Taylor Street, near the intersection of Taylor and Jefferson. Our VIP Early Access To Alcatraz And Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour begins at Pier 33. Book your trolley tickets in San Francisco today!

For more frequently asked questions please visit our FAQ page.