There are a few ways to get up to Mount Washington from Pittsburgh, but Duquesne Incline is perhaps the most classic. In service from 1877, the historic cable cars, in their original wood, remain in operation. Along with the Monongahela Incline, it is the oldest continuous funicular in the world.
Inclined at 30 feet and traveling from downtown Pittsburgh’s South Side to the top of Mount Washington, it’s where panoramic views and the city’s most upscale neighborhood await. Though once powered by steam and built for cargo, it now mostly carries passengers up to the scenic overlook with a view of Pittsburg’s “Golden Triangle” of rivers.
There is also a museum that allows for a glimpse at the interior of the incline as it operates. At the top of the hill is a museum dedicated both to the history of Pittsburgh and inclines located all over the world. The view from Mount Washington has been called one of the most beautiful vistas in America.
The Duquesne Incline is open 365 days a year. It operates Monday through Saturday from 5:30 am to 12:45 am, and Sundays and Holidays from 7 am to 12:45 am. Parking is available across the street from the lower station at 1197 West Carson Street. A one-way ticket costs $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for children. Both cash and Port Authority tickets are accepted for payment.