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Travel

Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half of the U.S. population and less than 90 minutes’ flying time from 20 states and Canada.

 

Planes, Trains,
and Public Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport has been ranked No. 1 in the United States by J.D. Power & Associates.

Train connections to Pittsburgh aren’t ideal, though Amtrak does run trains to and from here.

You generally have to telephone for cabs—except for a few high-traffic places like the airport and South Side’s East Carson Street late on a Friday or Saturday, you usually can’t hail a cab in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Transportation Group offers cab, limo, and van services.

Details on bus and “T” light rail service in Pittsburgh and rest of Allegheny County are available on the Port Authority Web site.

Car Rentals

UPMC Shuttles

UPMC's Blue Shuttle offers 10 stops in Oakland, including Family House McKee and Family House Neville, and a stop at the main circle of UPMC Shadyside. If you have questions about these services, call UPMC's Parking Operations at 412-647-3194. See shuttle schedule (pdf)

The UPMC Oakland-Shadyside Shuttle provides service between Oakland and Shadyside. Includes five stops in Oakland, two in Shadyside, and one in Schenley Gardens. See shuttle schedule (pdf)

Parking

Pitt-operated lots and garages offer indoor and outdoor permit parking for faculty and staff and students.

These same lots and garages also offer parking for faculty, staff, and students, and visitors on a cash basis.

Pitt Parking Services also offers parking for persons with handicaps, as well as carpools and vanpools, bike parking, and other services.

You can search UPMC’s Web site for information on parking at individual UPMC facilities. Or call the UPMC Parking Office at 412-623-6257.

Biking

Don’t let Pittsburgh’s hills fool (or intimidate) you. This is a great city for biking.

For example, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail runs for 37 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, offering scenic recreation and commuting opportunities for cyclists as well as walkers, runners, and (in some places) roller bladers.

As its name suggests, Bike Pittsburgh provides maps, updates, and lots more information about biking in the city. Golden Triangle Bike Rental is another great site for helping Pittsburghers get around their city on two wheels.

If you're riding a bike around Pitt’s campus, check out the free Bicycle Registration Program offered through the University’s Parking Office. This service will help you identify your bike if it becomes lost or stolen, and will help Pitt better serve you by improving the University’s bicycle facilities. Pitt also offers bike lockers for a nominal fee. Visit the Commuting Alternatives Web site for more information on bicycle racks and locker locations.