The Duquesne Incline

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  • Address: 1997 West Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 15219, United States
  • Timings: 05:30 am - 01:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-4123811665
  • Fax: +1-4123811943
  • Ticket Price: 3 USD
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Funicular, Landmarks, Parks
Tickets From $70.08

The Duquesne Incline, which is the most famous of its kind in Pittsburgh, is an inclined plane railroad, also known as a funicular. It is situated near Pittsburgh’s South Side neighbourhood, and scales the length of Mount Washington. It measures 800 feet, and stretches up to a height of 400 feet. It offers visitors an astounding view of Pittsburgh, and has been featured in a number of Hollywood movies apart from being a local favourite.

Originally steam powered, The Duquesne Incline was built to carry cargo up and down Mount Washington, before being opened to passengers. Though it was one of many inclines to be built in its day, it is to date one of only two surviving inclines in Pittsburgh that is still functioning. An observation deck was added at the top, which gives visitors a magnificent view of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle". It offers scenic views of the entire city from its cable car, which takes you both ways up and down the hill, and the very track in itself is a heritage monument and a tourist attraction.

  • The incline has been featured in Hollywood movies like ‘The Next Three Days’, ‘Flash Dance’ and ‘Lady Beware’.
  • In 1962, the incline was closed, but overwhelming support from the locals resulted in a fund raiser to reopen it, which bore fruit the following year.

There is a lot of history associated with the Duquesne Incline, and that’s only half the reason to pay it a visit. When in Pittsburgh, take one ride on the Incline to see the city like never before.

The Duquesne Incline Travel Tips

  • Try bringing exact change, as the Incline is often busy and the exact tender is much appreciated by the staff.
  • There are restaurants, lookout points and even a mini museum at the top of the Incline.

Entrance Ticket Details For The Duquesne Incline

  • Children aged 6-11: $1.25 per head.
  • Children 5 and Under/ Senior Citizens: Free.

How to Reach The Duquesne Incline

  • Bus Nos. 71A, 71B, 71C, 71D, 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D all pass through Mount Washington, where the Duquesne Incline is situated

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  • The Duquesne Incline Address: 1997 West Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 15219, United States
  • The Duquesne Incline Contact Number: +1-4123811665
  • The Duquesne Incline Timing: 05:30 am - 01:00 pm
  • The Duquesne Incline Price: 3 USD
  • Best time to visit The Duquesne Incline(preferred time): 08:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Time required to visit The Duquesne Incline: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 75.81% of people who visit Pittsburgh include The Duquesne Incline in their plan

  • 90.45% of people start their The Duquesne Incline visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see The Duquesne Incline

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Duquesne Incline

People normally club together Monongahela Incline and PNC Park while planning their visit to The Duquesne Incline.

People also prefer to start their day with The Duquesne Incline.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

The Duquesne Incline Reviews & Ratings

  • Really cool mode of transportation to experience. It's crazy that this was such an important part of Pittsburgh's history for decades and allowed steel workers to get from Mount Washington down into the city. There's a good amount of history and cool old photos at the little "museum" at the top. This is definitely worth experiencing at least once. The view of course is amazing as well. Recommended!

  • The railway itself is a lovely, fun little ride and the view is great. However, the woman who works in the ticket booth (I don’t know how regularly but she’s been there on the two occasions I have, some months apart) is one of the rudest people I have ever met. She is really not suited to customer service in Pittsburgh where everyone is so polite and friendly!

  • If you do one thing in Pittsburgh, as I did, do this incline. It's from the late 1800s and is a great way to experience both a historical funicular (cable car) as well as see the sights (bridges and building) of the city. At the top, you'll find a gift shop with small snacks and souvenirs, as well as a lovely observation deck. You'll pay each way (or buy a round-trip ticket) at the top, and it is CASH ONLY. At the bottom of the incline (closest to parking lot) there is a change machine to turn your cash into EXACT change. At the top, there's an ATM.

  • This experience was great! I highly recommend it for anyone visiting Pittsburgh and wants a historic and fun short trip in the city! You can park at the bottom, walk up stairs, walk over the bridge, and catch a ride from the bottom. Take it to the top, go through the free museum, and ride it back down again. (You can also do the same from the top and back, but most common starting at the bottom) It is £2.50 per person each way. So it will run you £5 in total, plus parking if you come by car. But it's worth it! At the top are the best views of Pittsburgh!!!!!!!!!! And there is a fancy restaurant at the top a few feet away if you make reservations in advance and want to go on a date or anniversary dinner.... this incline runs till late, so you could easily use this to go up and down and have a nice dinner too. I recommend this for sure! Won't be disappointed.

  • This is THE PLACE to enjoy the city skyline. Sunset is the best time and then you can see the sky change color and the city lights come to life and flicker on the water

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  • is this ride handicapped accesable? are the hours only 530-1 in the afternoon on sat.?

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    • Even though the upper stations accessed from Mount Washington are said to be handicapped-accessible, the whole site is not exactly handicapped-friendly as there are a lot of stairs. The timings for Saturdays are usually from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

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