Beginning of main content

Duquesne Incline

Step aboard a piece of Pittsburgh heritage for dramatic views of the city’s famous Golden Triangle.

Take a step back in time and let the wooden carriages of the Duquesne Incline carry you up the slope of Mount Washington. Once used to transport coal down the hillside, this funicular railway has been in use since 1877. Today, the views from the top, looking out over Pittsburgh’s rivers and cityscape, are a must-see for visitors.

This is one of only two inclined railroads that remain from Pittsburgh’s days as a prosperous coal mining town. The other railway is the Monongahela Incline, located to the south. Nearly closed for good in 1962, Duquesne was saved and restored in 1963 by a group of local residents. Much that you see today remains true to its original 1877 appearance.

Your journey along the 800-foot (240-meter) cable will be in a restored (and safe) wooden carriage. At the top, you’ll stand at an elevation of 400 feet (120 meters) and see one of the best views in the city. For a special treat, come as dusk settles and watch as lights in the buildings turn on and cast twinkling reflections across the city’s three rivers.

At the upper station, explore the museum, which contains pictures of Pittsburgh during the coal mining days. There’s also interesting information about other funicular inclines around the world. The gift shop is a great place to find Pittsburgh souvenirs.

Book a tour to get a look inside the incline machine room, where you’ll see a fascinating view of the original 1877 hoist equipment in action. Tours are available for groups of more than ten and can be organized through the Society for the Preservation of Duquesne Incline. See the official Duquesne Incline website for details.

The Duquesne Incline is used by local residents as a mode of public transport. It runs daily, from early in the morning until after midnight, with shorter hours on Sundays. To get to the lower station, take a bus from downtown Pittsburgh. If you are driving, there is free parking at the lower station.


Guide to Exploring around Duquesne Incline


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Map

Lodging Near Duquesne Incline

See all 262 Properties near Duquesne Incline
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown $129
Reviewed on May 19, 2019
See details
 
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
     
    3.6 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    The property has great views and is in a great location. The bothroom in the room we stayed in needs updated.

    Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore $119
    Reviewed on May 18, 2019
    See details
     
    Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore

    Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore

    260 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
       
      4.3 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Quite clean and it is quite convenient for traveller to stay

      Omni William Penn Hotel $152
      Reviewed on May 14, 2019
      See details
       
      Omni William Penn Hotel

      Omni William Penn Hotel

      530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0

        I did not like that we did not have a fridge or microwave in our room. I liked the location.

        Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square $134
        Reviewed on May 13, 2019
        See details
         
        Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

        Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

        300 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0

          We bring my mom every other year for Mother's Day Weekend. Our first time trying lobby restaurant for early dinner. Sorry but didn't care for the food. We didn't say anything. Hopefully when we come back next year or thereafter it will be different.

          Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel $79
          Reviewed on May 20, 2019
          See details
           
          Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel

          Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel

          401 Holiday Dr, Pittsburgh, PA
             
            4.1 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Check in staff were not very friendly. They did not seem to be in a great mood.

            Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown $110
            Reviewed on May 20, 2019
            See details
             
            Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown

            Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown

            745 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA
               
              4.7 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              The staff was extremely nice and helpful!!! Will definitely stay here again!!

              Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh $119
              Reviewed on May 18, 2019
              See details
               
              Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

              Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

              620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
                 
                4.7 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0

                The restaurant was disappointing. Seemed to be not real organized resulting in slow service. The presentation was nothing like seen on the website. Food was not the best. I would recommend the Omni Hotel next door for breakfast and dinner...delicious.

                Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel $144
                Reviewed on May 11, 2019
                See details
                 
                Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

                Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

                107 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Beautiful hotel! Very comfortable beds. Amazing view from our room. The staff was very accommodating.