Parking in downtown Pittsburgh can be expensive and hard to find, just as in most large cities. Daily rates run from about $8 to $16 for most downtown garages. Parking spots are a rare commodity during the Monday-Friday work week for people without leases. The tip to finding economical parking in downtown is to look to some of the fringe lots. Parking can be found for as low as $4 per day with just a short walk or shuttle ride to town.
Because much of Pittsburgh was built prior to the introduction of the automobile, there are few driveways in many of the older neighborhoods. People here park on the street leaving a fairly narrow strip open for driving purposes. This can leave spots in many Pittsburgh neighborhoods hard to come by as well. It's not uncommon for people to park several blocks away from home, or to leave a lawn chair out at the curb to "save" their spot. Some neighborhoods offer on-street parking for residents only (Resident Parking Permit signs will be posted). There are also designated street-cleaning days - signs are posted which announce when on-street parking is prohibited. Metered parking is also available in many city neighborhoods.
A Sampling of Downtown Parking Alternatives
*rates listed here may not be the most current
North Shore Parking Garage
This newer facility on Pittsburgh's North Shore (across the Allegheny River from downtown) provides 925 parking spaces for sporting events, non-gameday activities and daily commuters.
Rates: $3 for up to two hours, $7 for two to four hours and $9 for more than four hours (Pirates Games $15; Steelers Games $25)
CONSOL Energy Center Parking Lots
Five different lots surround the CONSOL Energy Center with a total of 2,500 spaces, plus a 500-space garage with special parking for compact and environmentally friendly cars. As long as you leave those lots by 6:30 p.m., you are not charged an additional fee if there is an event at the arena.
Rates: $6.00 - $8.00 per day (Special event rates for concerts, Penguins games, etc. can vary—generally in the $15–$25 range).
Monongahela Wharf Parking Lot
The Mon Wharf parking lot is located under Fort Pitt Boulevard on the Monongahela River - next to Point State Park and directly across the river from Station Square. A great, inexpensive alternative to downtown parking garages, but its 860 spaces are closed several times per year due to flooding.
Rates: $8 max rate per day ($2 - $5 after 4:00 p.m. or for special events and weekends)
Strip District Parking
Several parking lots (over 3000 spaces) are available between 11th Street and the 16th Street Bridge and offer a short walk or bus ride to uptown.
Rates: range from $5.00 - $12.00 per day
Station Square Parking
A short, easy walk across the Smithfield Street bridge from downtown, Station Square offers 4 outdoor parking lots and a 4-level covered parking garage for a total of 3,500 spaces. The 'T' also runs from Station Square to downtown.
Rates: $6–$15 daily (Special event rates as posted, also in the $6–$15 range)
More Parking Information:
Pittsburgh Parking Authority
Operates nine (9) parking garages, 38 off-street surface parking lots, three (3) attended lots (Parking Plazas) and all on-street metered parking spaces in the City of Pittsburgh. Check their Web site for locations, to search by neighborhood and to find current rates.
Reserved Downtown Parking
Coming into town for a day and don't want to waste time driving from garage to garage trying to find a free space? The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Reserved Parking Service allows you to reserve your parking space in advance through their online concierge service or by telephone. The service is available any day Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in participating Pittsburgh Parking Authority's Downtown garages and select Alco Parking lots. There is no extra fee (outside of the regular parking cost) associated with this reserved parking service.
Parking at the Pittsburgh International Airport
Learn more about parking options and rates.