Duquesne Incline
Duquesne Incline
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7:00 AM - 12:45 AM
Monday
5:30 AM - 12:45 AM
Tuesday
5:30 AM - 12:45 AM
Wednesday
5:30 AM - 12:45 AM
Thursday
5:30 AM - 12:45 AM
Friday
5:30 AM - 12:45 AM
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5:30 AM - 12:45 AM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 12:45 AM
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Scale Mount Washington in one of two original 1877 cable cars for a fun and unique ride and a breathtaking view of the Pittsburgh skyline when you reach the top of the 400-foot incline. Parking available across the street from our lower station at 1197 West Carson Street.
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  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri5,543 contributions
    "The Duquesne Inclined Plane" ...
    ... is the younger of the two existing inclined rail car transport systems operating on the side of Mount Washington (opened 7 years after the Monongahela Incline to its south). But the current Duquesne Incline has retained its historic rail car design features, which I think make it the more desirable of the two options if a Pittsburgh visitor is looking to experience an incline railway ride. The Duquesne line also offers fewer obstructed views than the Mon Line, and there is a small gift shop at the Upper Station on Grandview Avenue if you are inclined (so to speak) to buy souvenirs of your visit. The members of the private foundation who operate & maintain the Incline are all friendly, and the round-trip ride is definitely worth the cash fare. If you are in good shape and have the time to walk up & down some hills for 20-30 minutes (with very good views of Pittsburgh & the Three Rivers along the way), you can ride up one Incline and down the other like my wife & I did. But if you have the time & stamina only for a round trip on a single line, I'd recommend the Duquesne Incline.
    Written October 30, 2021
  • GoVols79
    Chattanooga, Tennessee2,809 contributions
    Duquesne Incline
    We rode the Duquesne Incline on a recent visit to Pittsburgh. There is a gravel parking lot along the river at the bottom of the incline with a $5 minimum charge. Exact change is asked for which is $5 per round trip ticket. We got lucky and walked right onto a train going up. We waited 15 minutes or so to catch one going down. There is an observation area at the top that provides great views of the city. All together we spent less than an hour doing everything. The only negative was the ladies working at the bottom who seemed pretty impatient with tourists who didn’t know exactly what to do when paying for and boarding the car.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2022
  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey13,440 contributions
    Ride the cable car At Duquesne Incline and see the best views of downtown Pittsburgh
    Ride the cable car At Duquesne Incline and see the best views of downtown Pittsburgh So whenever you see pictures of Pittsburgh, I am sure you are looking it downtown with and cable car in the foreground. it is easily one of the best things to do in Pittsburgh. From the cars, there are great views out over the city. Once used to transport workers all the way back since the 1800s. they are still using two original 1877 cable cars, the Duquesne Incline is a working museum, with the upper station providing photos and displays on the history of the incline. at the top, you can also see the working mechanism, wheel, and all. I don't know if it is the norm, but there was a guide in our cabin and he gave a brief idea about incline history, and how it come into the picture. Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of local residents in 1963 and still delights residents and visitors with its original, elegant, wooden cable cars Parking: $10 and that's valid for 24 hours. Parking is more expensive than tickets which are just $5. You don't pay at the counter, you put the exact amount in a cylindrical box (nobody checks what you are putting in the container). a counter lady comes in a while and shoves it with a stick. i have never seen a system like this. if you want to experience a slice of the city’s long history, go for it.
    Written October 5, 2022
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Irma H
Royal Oak, MI, United States23 contributions
Oct 2021
I took a group of 42 to ride the Incline recently. It is a fun ride and the observation deck at the top of the Incline on Grandview Ave is well worth a stop. The views are breath-taking. You can see the confluence of the three rivers that meet in Pittsburgh as well as numerous bridges that dot the city. The only negative was the grumpy woman at the ticket booth. We did not know the protocol for the ride, so our first car got out and when to the waiting room. She was quite irritated with them and gave them a "tongue-lashing." When I attempted to pay for the group, she did not acknowledge my presence except pointing to the bottom of the window which had a miniscule opening to slide the enveloped through. It is not visible at first glance. She treated us like unruly juveniles instead of seasoned senior adults. Other than Miss Grumpy we were glad we rode the Incline.
Written October 29, 2021
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,966 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
This incline offers the best views of the city from Mount Washington. The cars actually are a bit faster than the Monongahela Incline cars. This is a plus on those hot, humid days. We merely went to the top and looked at the views of the city, snapped a few pictures then came back down. In doing my homework I read that the area here is mostly residential. Most restaurant options are at the Monongahela Incline. It’s cash only and masks need to be worn to ride. Of course the change machine was broken. Many folks were unprepared for that reality. If you are riding both then remember the Monongahela Incline has a Connect Card machine that allows you to use cash or card to buy tickets. A Day Pass will cost $7 to ride all day and will save you at leash $3 if you only ride both inclines. There’s a parking lot that sits below the incline(Duquesne) and costs $5 for an hour. That was enough time for us. Then there’s the climb from the parking lot to the incline. Since there was a crowd we had to wait a few turns to get a seat on a car to the top. Still, it’s a beautiful view of the city if you really desire to see it.
Written August 14, 2021
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Bill K
Spencerport, NY1,420 contributions
Jul 2021
I have been told by friends in Pittsburgh that this was a must see attraction in Pittsburgh. So while in the area, I made the effort to track this place down. The parking lot at the base is gravely and you need to walk the wooden stairs to get to the incline. The machines for parking state you can pay $5 for 2 hours or $10 all day and when tried to pay $5 it automatically charged me $10.

So it was a rough start and a nice walk up (hard if handicapped to utilize this). I got to the booth up top and paid the admission (bring exact change for this & additional .50 cents to look at the machinery that operates the incline at the upper station.

Duquesne Incline ran from 1877 to 1962 before closed and later reopened in 1963 with its original, elegant, wooden cable cars. The Duquesne Incline's upper station houses a museum of Pittsburgh history, including photos and a storehouse of information on inclines from around the world. Unusual Pittsburgh souvenirs, maps and photos can be found at the gift shop.

The views from the top are amazing, giving a great view of the three rivers where they merge with all the bridges and boats in view. Point State Park (esp the fountain), Heinz Field, Carnegie with the submarine & PNC Park are all within a spectacular view.

While there are a few downsides to this attraction, the views from the top are incredible and worth the trip, just make sure to bring that exact change.
Written July 12, 2021
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,082 contributions
Sep 2021
Admittedly historic, but just stop in the upper lift station to view the historic signs and exhibits that describe the history of the incline and the city, and offers a deck with a good view of the city. The actual ride up and down is duplicated by inclines at other locations around the country and similar theme park rides, and the ride doesn't lead to anything notable on either end that you would want to include in your visit itinerary. Operators at either end were either numb or the most disinterested employees in the city.
Written October 20, 2021
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Taylor S
Gettysburg, PA14 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I've ridden the incline twice now; the first time being with several adult relatives, the second with a friend's family. It only costs $2.50/person to ride to the top or down once, or $5 for a round trip. Children up to 11 are $1.25 or $3 round trip, but often they don't charge for the children. The experience is fun and unique and the view over all of Pittsburgh is very beautiful. It's one of my favorite trips to make with those from out of town, especially while on a budget. They also have 2 souvenir penny machines at the top, as well as a small museum about the history of Pittsburgh and the incline.
Written August 9, 2020
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Wagoneer
Conestoga, PA1,175 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We did enjoy the experience and the view from the top.

We went up in daylight. A nighttime view might be better.

The cable car system itself was very interesting and picturesque and a good ride. They did put on a few too many people per trip in this time of covid.

One thing... it is cash only and exact cash only. We did not know this but we were allowed to go up and access the MAC machine at the top and pay when we came back down. On handing in a $20 bill for a $15 fare I was told this was not acceptable. I was directed to a machine that would take my $20 and give me $1 coins, which I then could use to pay. It was a bit much in this time when anyone can get a credit card reader...

The view from observation deck was OK. We walked a bit farther up the street to the Washington statue and had a better, unobstructed view.
Written April 25, 2021
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AR4024
Kalamazoo, MI161 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
The ride up and down are not terribly interesting. The incline cars are not scary for kids or adults so this is an activity to consider for a family. The views from the top decks are great. It's a good way to see the skyline off the river. Cost is $5 round trip for an adult and $2.50 for a child. It is not well organized and most of the staff seemed frazzled, disinterested, or a little rude. It was an interesting experience. I'm plus or minus on this activity overall.
Written August 16, 2021
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Mark37Chicago
River Forest, IL93 contributions
Oct 2021
Beautiful view and fun old equipment. It is possible to walk here from Fort Pitt. Just take the stairs behind the museum and you will quickly cross the bridge on a very separate walking path. The entrance to the incline is right in front of you when separate walking path ends. The want exact change in cash for the ride - $5 round trip each person. They treat it sort of like an old school bus ride. At least one person with us appeared to be using the incline for its original purpose as part of their commute - they walked right out the front door at the top.
Written October 7, 2021
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Kevin P
Cincinnati, OH8 contributions
Mar 2021
Where should I begin? In a city with as much to offer as Pittsburg, I am amazed that this is rated so highly. We went at the end of March which is hardly busy season. We had to queue for half an hour which I was surprised about, however, when we eventually got to the kiosk we realised that the reason for the delay was the totally ridiculous payment system. Firstly, those passengers leaving the car had to post their return ticket under the booth window or purchase a single ride ticket (there's no booth at the top) exact change was required, and for those unfortunate enough not to have come prepared, the very unhelpful lady in the booth merely pointed them to the single working change machine. Once they were all clear, we were allowed to purchase our tickets and enter the car for a ride that lasted no more than 3 minutes. The views from the top are breathtaking but don't restrict yourself to the viewing platform as there are better views from various points along the appropriately named Grandview Avenue. Overall, a very disappointing way of getting to a spectacular view.
Written April 2, 2021
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AndreaUbok
Florida2,718 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We paid to park in the lower parking lot and climbed many steps to the incline station. The incline works from 7 AM until 12:45 AM and starts at 8 AM on Sundays. Fares are $2.50 Each way for adults and half price for children five through 11. Staff was very knowledgeable & friendly, everything was very clean.
18 people can fit in the car, there were 2 cars one going up when the other goes down. The incline travels at 6 miles an hour and the grade is 30 degrees. The ride was only a few minutes long but the views from the top were spectacular.
At the top there was a small gift shop, an observation deck and information about the incline. There was a timeline showing when it was built in 1877. We were also able to see the mechanics and the pulleys That move the cars up and down.
Written September 21, 2021
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