Pittsburgh International Airport Guide

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The Pittsburgh International Airport is one of the world's most modern airport terminal complexes. The Pittsburgh International Airport sits on 12,900 acres and is located 16 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh in Findley Township. The airport offers travelers shopping and dining options as well as a number of amenities from complimentary Wi-Fi to a post office.

Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information

The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) operates over 400 flights per day with non-stop service to over 60 destinations on 16 different airlines.

Know Before You Go

The Pittsburgh International Airport is actually made up of two separate terminal buildings (the Landside Terminal and the Airside Terminal) connected by two underground tramways. Both passenger buildings at the Pittsburgh Airport feature high speed, automated walkways, escalators, elevators, and people movers.

The People Mover, or subway train, arrives at the Airside Terminal on the lower level. An escalator then leads up two levels to the Airside Core. The retail mall and all four jet concourses are located on this level. A passenger information center is located right in the center of the terminal flanked by video banks on each side providing up-to-date arrival and departure information.

Airport Parking

Parking at the Pittsburgh International Airport isn't a hassle. A covered garage offers convenient access to the airport and protection for your car from the elements. Large long-term parking lots offer easy access to the airport via covered moving walkways and free luxury shuttle buses. Almost 10,000 available parking spaces make it easy to find a parking spot and the lots and garage are all paved and fully-lighted and offer disabled access. 

  • Short-Term Parking Garage: The short-term parking garage is ideal for dropping off and picking up travelers and for stays of under 24 hours. It is especially nice during bad weather and when you are running late for a flight!
  • Long-Term Parking Lot: An excellent alternative to the more expensive parking garage, especially since a covered moving walkway connects it directly with the Landside Terminal, this parking area is designed for travelers on short trips.
  • Extended Long-Term Lot: The extended lot is the most economical option and is best for travelers on trips of several days or more. This area is serviced on one end by the moving, covered walkway and by free, continuously running shuttle buses. The buses are accessed via ten heated shuttle stop shelters equipped with two-way communication to the parking office.
  • Valet Parking: Valet parking is available at Pittsburgh International Airport seven days a week, 24-hours a day. No appointment is necessary. The valets will park and return your car for you, eliminating the hassle of looking for a parking spot. For an extra fee, they also offer additional services such as washes, detailing, and oil changes.

Driving Directions

Whether you arrive at the airport from Downtown Pittsburgh or another direction, these driving directions will help you find your way. The Pittsburgh Airport is located about 20 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh.

  •  From Downtown Pittsburgh: Go through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and follow 279 South to Route 22/30 to Route 60 North (the same road, just changes names). Follow Route 60N approximately 6 miles to Airport Exit 6.
  • From the North (Wexford, Erie, New York...): Follow airport signs on Southbound I-79 to Exit 16A, Route 60N to Airport. Travel approximately 12 miles to Airport Exit 6.
  • From the East (Monroeville, PA Turnpike, Philadelphia...): Follow 376 West to Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnel (follow overhead signs to the airport for the correct lanes). Go through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and follow 279 South to Route 22/30 to Route 60 North (the same road, just changes names). Follow Route 60N approximately 6 miles to Airport Exit 6.
  • From the South (Washington, PA; West Virginia; Washington D.C.): Follow Northbound I-79 to Exit 15 (Route 22/30, Route 60 - same road) towards the airport. Bear left to follow Route 60N. Travel for approximately 6 miles to Airport Exit 6.
  • From the West via Rt. 60 (Youngstown, OH; Cleveland, OH): Follow I-76 (Turnpike) to PA60-TollS towards Beaver/Pittsburgh. Follow PA60-TollS approximately 26.7 miles to Airport Exit 6.
  • From the West via Rt. 22/30 (Weirton, WV; Steubenville, OH): Follow US-22E to US-30W/PA-978S exit towards Imperial/Oakdale. Turn left off of exit ramp onto US-30/Bateman Road/PA-978 and stay straight onto US-30. At light (5-way intersection) turn right (not the hardest right) onto West Allegheny Road. Follow for approximately 1 mile and turn right onto McClaren Road. Follow 1.7 miles to PA-60N ramp towards Airport/Beaver. Merge onto PA 60-N and follow 2.3 miles to Airport Exit 6.

    Public Transportation and Taxis

    It's possible to take a bus from the airport if your destination is in central Pittsburgh, but a taxi or shuttle to your final destination is probably your best bet. Car rental counters are located on the Baggage Claim level of the Landside terminal and offer rentals from major agencies. From the rental counter, it is just a short walk to pick up your rental car in the lower level of the airport's attached covered garage. This is also where you will return your rental car at the end of your stay.

    •  Taxis & Shuttles - Taxis and shuttle services can be found just outside the doors of the Baggage Claim level. Check the signs before you exit, because one side of the building is for ground transportation, and the other side is for people picking up arriving passengers. Taxi companies at the airport include Checker Cab and Yellow Cab. The airport also offers several shuttle services. You can arrange for this service at the desks inside the Baggage Claim area. Some area hotels also operate free shuttle service between their hotel and the airport.
    • Public Transportation - For inexpensive transportation to and from the airport, the 28X Airport Flyer bus runs to central Pittsburgh and Oakland. 

    Where to Eat and Drink

    Throughout the airport, both before and after security, you'll find many shops where can grab a prepared meal, quick snack, or sit down for a dining experience with table service. Buford's Kitchen and Bellfarm Kitchen are great spots before the security line to grab a last-minute meal, but you could also sit down nearer to your gate at airside restaurants like Local Craft, Vino Volo, Martini, TGI Fridays, and others. You'll also find a couple delis and chains like Starbucks, McDonald's, and Chick-fil-A.

    Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

    Throughout the airport, you can connect to the free Wi-Fi without needing to create a username or password. You'll find charging stations on all concourses.

    Airport Tips and Tidbits

    • The Airside Terminal includes 75 jet gates and consists of a large atrium with four concourse arms stretching out like an X.
    • There is a working post office in Concourse D.
    • Active and retired military members are able to use the Military Lounge in Concourse C.
    • There is a play area for children in Concourse C.
    • For something different, you can check out the two art exhibits that are permanent features of the airport: Fraley's Robot Repair Shop in Concourse A and the Mister Roger's Exhibit in Concourse C.
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