Pittsburgh is accessible from all national and international destinations, thanks to a major airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, with (currently one) direct connection to Paris via Delta and indirect connections to major international carriers through Philadelphia, New York City, Detroit and other cities via USAirways, a Star Alliance Member, Delta, and other airlines. As described below, there is convenient and inexpensive public transportation from the airport to the University, Oakland (about 16 miles), and other locations throughout Pittsburgh by bus (28X Airport Flyer, $2.60) shared van (SuperShuttle, $23.00), or taxi ($45.00). (See below.)
Travelling from the Pittsburgh International Airport to the Conference Hotels
Transportation options, from costliest to cheapest:
- Car rental. Car rental is available at the airport, baggage claim level. However, if you want to rent a car, it would be best to reserve one in advance. Parking is expensive and difficult in Oakland near the University of Pittsburgh, so we do not recommend renting a car unless you plan to drive a lot.
- Taxicab. Taxis line up outside of the airport’s lower level, where baggage claim is located. After you claim your luggage, look for the “Taxi” signs above the exit door. A taxi to/from the Oakland hotels costs about $55 (one way). It takes about 35 minutes, depending on traffic.
If you need to call a taxi any time during your visit, one company is Yellow Cab: 412-321-8100, 24 hours, 7 days a week.
- Super Shuttle. After you claim your luggage, proceed to the SuperShuttle customer service counter located on the baggage claim level behind the escalators by Door 4. Super Shuttle service to/from the Oakland hotels costs about $23 (one way). You can also reserve a shuttle in advance: 1-800-bluevan (800-258-3826), 24 hours, or book online: www.supershuttle.com.
- Bus. The Port Authority Transit’s (PAT) 28x “Airport Flyer” is by far the most economical option, but it is also the least convenient if you have heavy luggage or the weather is bad. It costs $3.25 each way, and takes about an hour to/from Oakland, where the University of Pittsburgh is located. It stops near, but not necessarily directly in front of, all of the conference hotels. Airport Flyer service from the airport runs from 5:20am through 11:50pm daily, about every half hour. You can print out a schedule at: http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/apps/pdfs/28X.pdf.
After you claim your luggage, proceed to the center exit door that is labeled “Taxis.” When you are outside, look for a signpost that marks the queue for the PAT 28x, Airport Flyer and wait there for the next one. There is a pick-up about every half hour.
Note that some buses automatically call out stop names as they approach each stop. If the one that you are on doesn’t announce stops, ask the bus driver to tell you when you are at the stop for your hotel (or for university housing), as specified below.
If you are staying in University Housing (i.e., Ruskin Hall), you’ll need to check in first at Panther Central, Litchfield Towers, 3990 Fifth Avenue. The closest stop is at Forbes Ave. and Bouquet Streets. Walk one block north on Bouquet Street and turn right on Fifth Avenue. Panther Central is in the middle of the block, just beyond some cylindrical dormitory buildings (i.e., the Litchfield Towers). (A ramp is available at Fifth and Bouquet; otherwise there are steps on the right side in the middle of the block.)
If you are staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel—University Place, take the bus to the Fifth Ave. and McKee Place bus stop. Turn right onto McKee Place and walk one block towards Forbes Ave. Cross Forbes Ave. The hotel is on your right: 3454 Forbes Ave.
If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh at University Center, take the bus to the South Bellefield Ave. at Fifth Ave. bus stop. Cross Fifth Ave. Turn left and walk 2-3 short blocks in the direction of traffic (Fifth Ave. is a one-way street.) Turn right onto Tennyson Ave. or Lytton Ave. The Holiday Inn is in the middle of the block, between Lytton Ave. and Tennyson Ave.
Travelling from the Conference Hotels to the Pittsburgh International Airport
See information about taxi and Super Shuttle service to and from the airport in the preceding section.
Returning to the airport by bus (the 28X, Airport Flyer) is similar to taking the bus to Oakland, but the stops are different. The fare is the same ($3.25). You can print out a schedule at: http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/apps/pdfs/28X.pdf.
If you are staying in University Housing (i.e., Ruskin Hall), take the bus at the Fifth Ave. at Tennyson Ave. bus stop.
If you are staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel—University Place, take the bus at the Fifth Ave. opposite Atwood St. bus stop.
If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh at University Center, take the bus at the Fifth Ave. at Tennyson Ave. stop, located less than a block from the hotel.
Getting from the Conference Hotels to the Law School—where most conference events will take place
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 3900 Forbes Ave., is at the corner of Forbes Ave. and Bouquet Street. The easiest way to get there from any of the Conference Hotels is to walk.
If you are staying at University Housing (Ruskin Hall), exit the building, walk to Fifth Ave., turn right, and walk to Tennyson Ave. At the corner of Tennyson Ave. and Fifth Ave., cross Fifth Ave., turn right, and walk to Bigelow Blvd. Turn left at the intersection of Bigelow Blvd. and Fifth Ave. Walk one block on Bigelow Blvd. to the intersection of Bigelow Blvd. and Forbes Ave. Cross Forbes Ave., turn right and walk to the intersection of Forbes Ave. and Bouquet Street.
If you are staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel—University Place, simply exit the hotel and continue east (with the direction of traffic, toward the Cathedral of Learning, a 42 story Late Gothic Revival tower) on Forbes Ave. until you reach the intersection of Forbes Ave. and Bouquet Street.
If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh at University Center, exit the hotel and walk to Fifth Ave. Cross Fifth Ave., turn right, and walk to Bigelow Blvd. Turn left at the intersection of Bigelow Blvd. and Fifth Ave. Walk one block on Bigelow Blvd to the intersection of Bigelow Blvd. and Forbes Ave. Cross Forbes Ave., turn right and walk to the intersection of Forbes Ave. and Bouquet Street.
Getting Around By Bus
Buses are an easy way to get around in Pittsburgh. Visit the Port Authority of Allegheny County website for handy schedules, trip planning, fare information, etc.:
Schedules for various Oakland routes can be found at: http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/Schedules/tabid/166/Default.aspx.
Click on the Oakland Service link.
One-way fares within Oakland and between Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh cost $2.25. When you get on the bus, you can purchase a “transfer” for the return trip for $.75. Just ask the driver for a transfer. Transfers must be used within 3 hours.
Getting Around by Taxi
One cannot hail a cab on a Pittsburgh street. One needs to call for a cab by telephone. If you need to call a taxi any time during your visit, one company is Yellow Cab: 412-321-8100, 24 hours, 7 days a week.