Niagara Falls Incline Railway
The “Falls Incline Railway” originally known as the Horseshoe Falls Incline is a funicular railway situated directly across the Horseshoe Falls and about 1.5 km south of Clifton Hill. Unlike earlier iterations which descended into the Niagara Gorge, this funicular is perched higher above at the centre of Queen Victoria Park. It provides a much needed shortcut between the Fallsview hotel district above and key Niagara Falls attractions in the Parks below. The railway moves gracefully between elevations, has excellent views and spares visitors an exhausting walk up/down the hill after a long day of sightseeing.
The first version of this “Falls Incline” was built in the late 60’s for the Niagara Parks Commission by the Von Roll Company of Switzerland. At the time, it was built with open-air cars meant for warmer times of year and was eventually decommissioned. The system was then replaced in 2013 to include modern enclosed cars and allow year-round operation. It’s designed to handle all weather conditions, and handle the freezing mist that billows near the Falls during winter.
For over 230 years Incline Railways have been a part of Niagara Falls’ history and as many as eight have operated along the Niagara River gorge; Five on the Canadian side and three on the American side. Today the “Falls Incline Railway” is the only one in operation, though Hornblower Niagara plans to add another in 2017 that leads into the Gorge.
The “Falls Incline Railway” is open year-round, fully accessible and climate-controlled. Tickets can be purchased directly at self-serve kiosks at the top/bottom of the railway, or any of the Niagara Parks welcome centres.
- 2023 One-Day rate $3.10/All ages (3+ years old) and kids 2 and under are free
- 2023 All Day rate $7.08.All ages (3+ years), kids 2 and under are free
Top Entrance: 7001 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, ON (Marriott Fallsview)
Bottom Entrance: 6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON (Table Rock)
Falls Incline Railway technical details:
- Length: 59.8 metres (196 ft)
- Slope: 30 degrees
- Cars: 2
- Capacity: 40 passengers per car
- Configuration: Double track
- Maximum speed: 1 metre per second (197 ft/min)
- Journey time: 62 seconds
- Track gauge: 1,850 mm (6 ft 27⁄32 in)
- Traction: Electricity