Don't Take The Duquesne Incline Before Reading This!

Taking the 136 year old Duquesne incline to Mount Washington is one of the top 10 things to do in Pittsburgh. Here are 8 things that you need to know before doing it.

1. Free Parking:

There IS free parking right in front the duquesne incline station. Many people don't know this, and you will find that at least 50% of them park in station square or pay for parking somewhere else. The easiest way to find this parking lot is by NOT looking for it. Instead, Just go to the Duquesne incline station, and the parking lot is right across the road. The exact address is 1197 West Carson street, although most GPS don't work well in Pittsburgh.

Above: Duquesne Incline Station Does Not Accept Credit Cards & Takes Exact Change

2. Exact Change:

Take the exact change which is 2 dollars and 50 cents one way. So, at least take 5 dollars in cash. They don't take any credit or debit cards. They do have a change machine at the station that spits out lot of coins, but if don't want to end up with 15 dollars in coins, take the exact change.

3. Timing is Everything:

Pick a good time to avoid crowds. The incline's operating hours are

Monday through Saturday: 5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Sundays and Holidays: 7:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

The incline and the observation deck at the top can get very crowded. The observation deck is small and you can't enjoy the view if it is crowded. The busiest time is weekend evenings. If you can, go on a weekday afternoon to enjoy the great view of Pittsburgh Skyline.

Above: The small observation deck on Mt. Washington can get crowded on weekend evenings.

4. Your Ride Can Be Free:

If you are a senior, take your medicare card with you, and the ride is free. It is also free for kids under 5 years old, if you are a student of University  of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon or Chatham University. Remember to take your college id, and get the ride for free.

5. Don't Miss The Museum:

If you want to see internal workings of the incline and learn about the history of the incline, you can do that once you reach the top. It costs 50 cents exact change, so take 2 quarters with you. It is kind of a small museum, but if you are into mechanical engineering or history, you will love it. To learn more about the Duquesne Incline Museum, click here.

Above: The Duquesne Incline Museum shows the actual working machinery that runs the cable cars.

6. Drive Up:

You CAN drive up the mountain. The incline is not the only way to go up top. If you are afraid of heights or if the incline station is too crowded, just drive up. Some people also view the Duquesne Incline as a very expensive ride ($2.50 for 80 seconds), so think about it.

Above: Restaurants up in Mount Washington are usually very expensive

7. Expensive Food:

Eat your meal or pack your meal before you go up Mount Washington. Restaurants are pretty expensive in Mount Washington, and don't end up hungry after reaching there.

8. Take Your Clicker:

Don't forget to take your camera. You are going to get an amazing view of Pittsburgh, which is rated as one of the best views in the U.S. so DO NOT forget your camera.

Hope that helps with your impending trip to Mount Washington. Enjoy the beautiful view of Pittsburgh and have fun!

For amazing facts and history of the Duquesne Incline, click here!

To get a great view of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington, click here!


"There IS free parking right in front the duquesne incline station" really? I didn't find that. Is it because the article is too old or I am not careful enough? Thanks!

There is no free parking! Best view of Pittsburgh!!

It was free several years ago, it seemed to be paid parking last time I was there, summer of 2016.

Now that lot charges 5 dollars for first 2 hours.

For the observation deck, if you drive up do you have to pay to go out on the deck?

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