View of the red cable car on the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh climbing a hill with green trees set against the city skyline

Insider's Guide: Duquesne Incline

Ride the historic Duquesne Incline with your family!

A ride on the iconic Duquesne Incline is a must-do for any trip to Pittsburgh! Glide 400 feet above Pittsburgh’s three rivers on this historic funicular, one of only a few remaining in the country. The iconic red cable cars climb the hillside of Mt. Washington and take you to the Observation Deck at the upper station, where you’ll experience an incredible skyline view. In fact, USA Today weekend magazine named it one of the “10 most beautiful views in America.” 

Know Before You Go 

The Duquesne Incline is operational year-round and runs approximately every 5 minutes.

Monday-Saturday: 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Sundays and Holidays: 7 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. 

Fares for the Duquesne Incline are cash-only or through Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus passes and tickets. Fares include the following: 

Adults (ages 12-64): $2.75 one way
Children (ages 6-11): $1.35 one way
Children 5 and under: Free

Parking is available near the Lower Station at 1197 West Carson St. with steps and a walkable trail for ease of accessibility to the station. The Upper Station, located at 1220 Grandview Ave., is wheelchair accessible along with the Observation Deck. 

There are no public restrooms available at the Duquesne Incline.

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Insider’s Tips 

Savor the Views
The trip up and down on the incline only lasts a few minutes. Take time to enjoy the views and the experience of riding a historic funicular. There will be plenty of photo opportunities when you reach the Observation Deck, trust us! 

Bring Exact Change
The Duquesne Incline is cash-only and requires exact change for each trip. There is a change machine available but no ATM. Be prepared to pay your fare in cash or use a Pittsburgh Regional Transit pass. 

Go at Night for the City Glow 
A trip on the Duquesne Incline at night is breathtaking. Enjoy the city glow from 400 feet above the three rivers and capture a picture-perfect photo. 

About the Duquesne Incline 

Opened in 1877, the Duquesne Incline is a funicular railway designed to transport people and cargo up and down the steep slopes. In 1963, the Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of residents and the nonprofit, the Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline

Today, you can enjoy a ride on the more than 140-year-old bright red cable cars using the original hoisting equipment. In the upper station, explore the city’s history’s through photos and artifacts over the years.  

Private group tours are available. Learn more about Pittsburgh’s history and visit the machine room where original, wooden equipment from 1877 is still in operation.  

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