Pittsburgh International Airport
The airport is located 20 miles west of Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is about 20 miles from central Pittsburgh. There are more than 160 flights to Pittsburgh International Airport every week, making it the second-busiest airport in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia International.
The city of Pittsburgh is built at a confluence of two rivers, so the city’s 2.5 million citizens are divided into pockets with different architecture and cultures. The combination of bridges, rivers and steep hills make it a scenic city to explore.
This is a large and well-designed airport which frequently wins awards for quality and has plenty of shops and restaurants near the gates to keep you entertained before departure. Although there’s no train service, it’s easy to get from the airport into the city by bus.
There are two terminals – the Landside Terminal and the Airside Terminal. The Airside Terminal has four concourses (A, B, C and D) radiating from a central AirMall like spokes on a wheel. The central concourse is connected to the Landside Terminal, a multi-story building where the baggage claim and ticketing offices are, via a people mover.
If your luggage is being checked through to a connecting flight, it should be easy to get from one to the other within the Airside Terminal. Otherwise, you’ll need to go through security to the baggage claim area in the Landside Terminal, and back again.
Getting into Town
Train: There’s no train station at Pittsburgh International Airport. The bus is the most inexpensive option, but you could also take a taxi downtown for about $40. They leave from the road between the two terminals.
Bus: The new West Busway travels between the airport and several stations towards downtown Pittsburgh, including a few universities. Take the 28X Airport Flier, which departs every 20 minutes.
With more than 13,000 spaces in three different kinds of car parks, you’ll have no trouble finding a spot at Pittsburgh International. The short-term spots are directly in front of the Landside Terminal building. Long-term parking spots have easy access to a climate-controlled moving walkway to take you to the terminal building. Then there are several extended-stay lots at the outermost areas of the airport complex.
There are two main information desks – one in the center of the Airside Mall in the Airside Terminal, and another at the entrance to the Landside Terminal as you approach from arrivals. There are also self-help Flight Desk Kiosks throughout the building to check flight details.
Money and communications: ATMs and currency exchange in both terminals. There’s a post office in Concourse D, as well as a UPS drop-off box in the Landside Terminal and a FedEx drop-off box near Gate B27.
Luggage: Due to security concerns, there are no left-luggage facilities at Pittsburgh International. Any lost items queries can be directed to the airline concerned, or ask at the Airside information desk. Any lost, unmarked or carry-on luggage will be handed to the local police, so contact them if you’ve misplaced something.
Conference and business: T.G.I. Fridays has a Boardroom for rent in Concourse A. Otherwise the nearby Hyatt Regency Hotel, linked to the Landside Terminal by moving walkway, has conference facilities and a well-equipped business center.
Other facilities: There’s a chapel in the Airside Terminal, and a Kidsport area in Concourse C.
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the airport.
Shopping: The AirMall in the center of the Airside Terminal has a little something for everyone – whether you’re after jewelry and accessories (Sunglasses Hut, Ultra Diamonds, Swatch, Swarovski, Bijoux Terner), cosmetics (The Body Shop, L’Occitane en Province), clothing (GAP, Nine West, Brooks Brothers, Crocs) or a newsagent (Hudson Booksellers, Hudson News). There’s also a kid’s toyshop, a golf shop, and a number of gift and souvenir shops.
Food and drink: There’s a large number of eateries in the AirMall, as well as in the concourses and the Landside Terminal. There are a number of fast-food stores, coffee shops, and cafes stocking everything from burgers, steaks, ice cream, and healthy sandwiches. If you’re after waited service, try the City of Bridges Cafe in the Landside Terminal or O’Brien’s Grill and Pub in the central concourse.
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