Pittsburgh, PA Airport Information
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
Approximate taxi fare: $40 USD
The award-winning Pittsburgh International Airport holds a stellar reputation for its excellent visitor services, beautiful architecture and large volume of domestic and international flights. Opened in 1992, the $1 billion airport is located 16 miles outside of downtown Pittsburgh, services 10 million travelers per year and operates approximately 430 daily flights to 107 destinations. The airport spans 2.1 million square feet and sits on 12,900 acres, an area twice the size of downtown Pittsburgh.
A minor hub for US Airways, the airport has 69 domestic gates, six international gates and 25 commuter gates. Pittsburgh International Airport has been named one of the world's best airports by Official Airline Guide Worldwide for four consecutive years, as well as one of the top 5 airports in the world by JD Power and Associates. The airport is also a recipient of the People's Choice Award by Conde Nast Traveler's magazine.
Designed to simplify and ease pedestrian traffic throughout its four concourses and to all of its gates, the sprawling, light-filled airport consists of three connected buildings, including the Landside Terminal, Midfield Terminal and Airside Terminal. Pittsburgh International Airport's extensive amenities and services include its Air Mall, an area of more than 100 shops and quick service and waited service restaurants, and free wireless Internet throughout its four concourses. The airport also offers an on-site chapel that holds daily mass, a post office and spa services.
The airport's on-site Hyatt Regency hotel consists of 336 guest rooms and is attached to the Landside Terminal via a moving pedestrian walkway. The airport also offers more than 13,000 parking spaces. Parking costs a maximum of $20 per day for short-term, $11 per day for long-term and $6.75 per day for extended parking. The Pittsburgh International Airport is also serviced by the city's public Port Authority bus line, and is located on the 28X Airport Flyer via West Busway route; more than 40,000 people access the airport via the 28X route each week.
Airline carriers serving Pittsburgh International Airport
- Air Canada
- AirTran Airways
- American Airlines
- American Eagle
- Atlantic Southeast
- Continental Express
- Express 1
- Midwest Airlines
- Myrtle Beach Direct
- Shuttle America
- Southwest Airlines
- United Express
- USA 3000
- US Airways
- US Airways
Pittsburgh, PA Train Information
Amtrak service is available to Pittsburgh via two routes. The Capitol Limited route runs daily between Washington, DC and Chicago, traveling through the Potomac Valley and the Allegheny Mountains into Pittsburgh, while the Pennsylvanian route travels daily from Pittsburgh to New York City.
The Pittsburgh Amtrak station is located just east of Grant Street on Liberty Avenue, in the basement of the Pennsylvanian, a building first known as the city's Union Train Station. After undergoing a major renovation in 1987, the Pennsylvanian is now a 12-story luxury condominium building, with Amtrak still operating in its basement. The station and ticketing center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Pittsburgh, PA Public Transportation
Port Authority of Allegheny County
The Port Authority zoned fare system is based on trip length originating from downtown Pittsburgh; there are two fare zones in the downtown region and three zones located outside of the downtown area. Single fare rides by zone are $1.50 for adults and $0.75 for children for the downtown zone; $2 for adults and $1 for children within one zone; $2.60 for adults and $1.30 for children for two zones; and $3.25 for adults and $1.60 for children in three zones. Seniors with identification ride free at all times.
Recent upgrades to Pittsburgh's public transportation system include the 2004 Stage II Light Rail Transit Project, which included the reconstruction of the light rail Overbrook and Library lines, the purchase of 28 new light rail vehicles, the remanufacture of 40 light rail vehicles and an expansion and modernization of the Operations Control Center. The Port Authority is currently conducting funding discussions for the construction of the North Shore Connector, a 1.6-mile extension of the light rail system that will service Pittsburgh's North Shore neighborhood and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
The Port Authority zoned fare system is based on trip length originating from downtown Pittsburgh; there are two fare zones in the downtown region and three zones located outside of the downtown area. Adult and child fares are available; seniors with identification ride free at all times. Single fare rides by zone are $1.50 for adults and $0.75 for children for the downtown zone; $2 for adults and $1 for children within one zone; $2.60 for adults and $1.30 for children for two zones and $3.25 for adults and $1.60 for children in three zones.
Original weekday surcharges for the light rail cash fares are in effect from 6 to 9 AM on inbound trains and from 4 to 6:30 PM on outbound trains. Surcharges are $1.75 for adults and $0.85 for children within the downtown zone; $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for children within one zone; and $3.10 for adults and $1.55 for children within two zones.
Weekly passes run $20 per person for one zone, $24 for two zones and $30 for three zones. Monthly passes run $75 per person for one zone, $90 for two zones and $110 for three zones.
The Port Authority operates three busways throughout downtown Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. These busways include the 4.3-mile-long South Busway that operates along 14 routes; the 9.1-mile-long Martin Luther King, Jr., East Busway that operates along 34 routes; and the five-mile-long West Busway that operates along eight routes, including the 28X Airport Flyer line to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Most buses run daily from 4 to 2 AM.
The 25-mile-long Port Authority light rail system, commonly referred to as the "T," provides service throughout downtown Pittsburgh and several communities located south of the city. The downtown network includes three underground stations at Steel Plaza, Wood Street and Gateway, as well as three above-ground stations of Station Square, First Avenue and Penn Park. The T operates 394 trips every weekday, with an average weekday ridership of 26,200 people. The T runs daily from 5 to 1 AM.
Consolidated as part of the Port Authority system in 1964, the Monongahela Incline provides transportation to those riders traveling to Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood, which is located on a 600-foot-high hill overlooking the downtown cityscape. Totaling 635 feet in length to an elevation of 369.39 feet, the Monongahela Incline features cable cars that carry 23 passengers at a speed of six miles per hour. The incline operates Monday through Saturday from 5:30 to 12:45 AM and Sunday from 8:45 AM to midnight. Single ride fare is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-11.
The Port Authority offers a door-to-door, advance reservation bus system for seniors and those with disabilities. ACCESS operates daily from 6 AM to midnight. Single ride fare is $2.25.
Greyhound Bus Service
Greyhound service is available for the Pittsburgh area from its station at 990 2nd Avenue, directly across the street from the city's Amtrak station. The Reno Greyhound station operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Pittsburgh has several rental car companies. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty are represented at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Pittsburgh has numerous taxi companies, with many select companies servicing the Pittsburgh International Airport. The city's taxi fares include a $2.25 initial fee and $0.25 fee per additional 1/7 mile. Travelers should expect a $35 fare from the airport to downtown Pittsburgh.