Getting to Pittsburgh couldn't be easier since Pittsburgh is located within a two-hour flight or a day's drive of more than half of the U.S. and Canadian populations. The city is serviced by a vast interstate highway system, full Greyhound schedules, Amtrak passenger rail service from both the East Coast and Midwest and one of the top airports in the world.
Highways to Pittsburgh
From the North and South, Pittsburgh is easily accessed via I-79. Coming from the North you will exit I-79 onto I-279 at a point just south of Wexford, PA. This road is officially named the Raymond P. Shafer highway, but you will hear locals refer to it as the Parkway North. Coming from the south on I-79, you will also exit onto I-279, aka US 22/30, Penn Lincoln Highway, and the Parkway West (there is no Parkway South). From here you can also connect with Route 60 to the airport.
The main access to Pittsburgh from the East/West is via the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76. There are four Pittsburgh exits: Exit 28 in Cranberry (Route 19, Perry Highway), Exit 39 in Gibsonia (Route 8, Butler Valley), Exit 48 in Harmarville (Allegheny Valley) and Exit 57 in Monroeville (best access to Pittsburgh). Coming from the East you will exit the PA Turnpike in Monroeville (Exit 57) to connect to the Parkway East (also known as I-376, US 22/30 and the Penn Lincoln Parkway). Coming from the Northwest (Cleveland) you exit at Route 19 (Exit 28) and follow Route 19 (Perry Highway) to I-79S. Interstates 70 and 68, which both connect to I-79 south of Pittsburgh, also provide access from the East/West.
Bus Service to PittsburghThere is a Greyhound Bus Terminal located in downtown Pittsburgh at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Grant Street., just a few blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. A second bus terminal is located in Monroeville at 220 Mall Circle Drive, near the Monroeville Mall. They also provided limited service to/from a bus stop at the Pittsburgh Airport.
Train ServicePittsburgh's Amtrak train station is located right across from the Greyhound bus terminal, just east of Grant Street on Liberty Avenue, in the basement of the Pennsylvanian. Two Amtrak passenger routes service Pittsburgh daily: the Capitol Limited (Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Chicago) and the Pennsylvanian (Pittsburgh to New York City). Pittsburgh has access to the full Amtrak system, but some destinations may require a bus/train combination.
Pittsburgh International AirportThe Pittsburgh International Airport is one of the world's most modern airport terminal complexes, opened in October 1992. Service there is not nearly what it once was as a hub for US Airways, down from its peak of nearly 590 daily, non-stop flights to 119 cities in 2000, to less than 250 flights per day to about 50 destinations. Pittsburgh International serves as a "focus city" for USAirways and is also serviced by all other major U.S. airlines, including Southwest, American, United, Delta, AirTran and Northwest. Recently voted as the #1 airport in the United States and #3 in the world by readers of Conde Naste Traveler.