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Duquesne Incline

1997 W. Carson St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Duquesne Incline is a classic (and entertaining) way to get up to Mount Washington from Pittsburgh. In service since 1877, this pair of historic cable cars shuttles passengers from Pittsburgh’s South Shore neighborhood to an overlook with panoramic views of the city and its rivers.

The incline is one of the world’s oldest continuously operating funiculars. You can board at either the upper or lower station, though most passengers choose to ride up to Mount Washington from the lower station. At the top you’ll find a museum with exhibits about inclines around the world and Pittsburgh history. Visit the machine room for a glimpse into the funicular’s inner workings. Some Pittsburgh sightseeing tours include a guided ride on the incline.

  • The incline only accepts cash (exact change) or Port Authority passes and tickets. A change machine is available.

  • Senior passengers aged 65 and older ride for free.

  • The only available restroom is a portable one outside the lower station.

  • The upper station and observation deck are wheelchair accessible, but the lower station is not. Call ahead to confirm wheelchair accessibility, as the station is sometimes closed for construction.

  • Wheelchairs up to 25 inches wide can fit on the cable cars.

The Duquesne Incline has two stations, though most passengers boarding at the lower station at 1197 West Carson Street, where paid parking is available. Wheelchair users board at the upper station, located at 1220 Grandview Ave.

The Duquesne Incline is open every day, all year round, from very early in the morning until late at night, with slightly shortened hours on Sundays and holidays. Weekend afternoons are the busiest time, so ride on a weekday if you want to avoid waiting in line.

The Duquesne Incline is just a few minutes drive from downtown Pittsburgh. After you’re ride, roll through the city streets on a Segway tour to see ’Burgh landmarks like Heinz Field, PNC Park, and Market Square. The Carnegie Science Center and Children’s Museum are a hit with families, while the Heinz History Center and Fort Pitt Museum give you another opportunity to learn about the city’s history.


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