Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is an oversize airport built for the future. Today however it has 155 daily flights and 37 non-stops to most of America, Canada and several European destinations. PIT prides itself at being within 90 minute flight time of 70% of the USA. Its AIRMALL features dozens of shops, restaurants, lounges, business services and other passenger amenities.
Transit: PIT Airport People Mover transports you to the bagge claim and car rental reservation area. Car Rentals are provided by Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and National provide service. Remember that some of these agencies require 72 hours notice to schedule special arrangements. To reach downtown lcoated 16 miles away, exit PIT airport via signage that leads you to Highway 60 that name changes to Highway 22 going to downtown. Taxis are plentiful at the airport and many stations are located at downtown hotels, so you can easily hail a taxi. Shuttle to downtown will cost about $20 from the airport.
Amtrak stops at historic Union Station on 1100 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Upgraded to an intermodal transportation center, Union Station includes a Bus Rapid Transit station, taxi stand and Greyhound bus station across the street.
Pittsburgh Union Station
The two daily Amtrak train routes stopping in Pittsburgh are:
Capial Limited: Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland-Pittsburgh-Washington
Port Authority Transit features daily Light Rail service that is a model of efficiency with two lines connecting Northside, Downtown and the Southside of Pittsburgh.
Blue Line: Northside-Downtown-Beltzhoover-Overbrook-Castle Shannon-Bethel Park-Library
Red Line: Northside-Downtown-Beechview-Mt. Lebanon-Castle Shannon-South Hills Village
Light Rail crossing Monongahala River into downtown Pittsburgh
There are also Rapid Bus Rapid lines that head east and west:
MLK East Busway: Downtown-Strip-Shadyside-East Liberty-Homewood-Swissvale
West Busway: Downtown-West End-Sheraden-Ingram-Crafton-Idlewood-Carnegie
Pittsburgh Freeway & Tollway Network uses Interstate Freeways 70, 76 and 79 to form a triangle around the metro area, but will never win awards for freeway design or traffic efficiency. I-279 and I-376 freeways going to downtown are notorious for clogged commute traffic because they are limited to 4 and 6 lanes handling 8 lanes worth of traffic, without a transit alternative in the same coridor. I-376 is particularly bad downtown along the riverfront. When it rains hard, that section of I-376 has been known to flood.