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Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne Incline, a fun glimpse into Pittsburgh's past and gorgeous view of Pittsburgh's present.

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Take a step back in time on a century-old cable car and see one of the best views of downtown Pittsburgh while riding one of the few remaining inclines in the country. Opened on May 20, 1877, the Duquesne Incline was one of four inclined planes serving the summit of Coal Hill, which later came to be known as Mount Washington. The 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.
The Duquesne Incline's upper station houses a museum of Pittsburgh history (including photos of the steel days when noon in Pittsburgh was as dark as dusk), and a storehouse of information on inclines around the world. Unusual Pittsburgh souvenirs, maps and photos can be found at the tiny gift shop.

Duquesne Incline Facts:


Length: 400 feet
Elevation: 800 feet
Grade: 30 degrees
Speed: 6 miles per hour
Passenger: Capacity 23 per car

Duquesne Incline Fares:

Cash fares as well as Port Authority bus passes and tickets are accepted as payment on the Duquesne incline.
  • $2.50 Full cash fare each way ($5.00 round trip)
  • $1.25 Child (age 6-11) cash fare each way ($2.50 round trip)

    Port Authority bus passes and tickets are also accepted as payment.

The following people can ride the Duquesne Incline for free:

  • Children 5 and under
  • Seniors 65 and older with a Medicare card or Port Authority ID
  • University of Pittsburgh students, with proper I.D.
  • Carnegie Mellon students, with proper I.D.
  • Chatham University students, with proper I.D.

Duqesne Incline Hours:


Monday through Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Sundays and Holidays 7:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Duquesne Incline
1220 Grandview Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15211-1204
(412) 381-1665
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