Pittsburgh International Airport is a breeze compared with larger US airports like LaGuardia in New York or Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, but it still has its quirks. Use these tips to ensure easy travel in and out of the Steel City but before you go, review the TSA guidelines while you’re packing to try to avoid delays at security, particularly if you’re not checking your luggage.
Getting to PIT
PIT is about 20 to 30 minutes from Downtown, depending on traffic, so be sure to leave yourself a bit of extra time if you have to head to the airport around the evening rush. You can check traffic on Google Maps, or tune your radio to KDKA 1020 AM for traffic updates. Plan to arrive at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to depart for domestic flights and give yourself three hours of cushion if you’re traveling internationally. Know your airline so your Uber partner can be prepared to drop you off as close as possible.
Tips for PIT
Pittsburgh’s airport is small, and it generally doesn’t take long to check your bags, grab your ticket, and head down the escalator to the security checkpoint. You can check current security line wait times at the airport’s website, and arrival/departure times as well as a map of stores and restaurants in the airport’s four concourses are available on the airport’s free app. Once you get through security, you’ll have to take an underground tram to the terminals.
You may be aware that there’s an alternate security checkpoint open during busy hours. Follow the signs or ask an airport employee to point you to the second checkpoint. This is relevant if you happen to be traveling, say, the Monday morning after the Steelers play a primetime Sunday game, when the airport tends to be busier.
All the information you need for summoning an Uber to PIT is on our airport page. Grab your bags, decide whether you need an uberX (a good option if you’re traveling alone), or uberXL(the best bet if you’re in a group or have a lot of luggage), and request a ride when you get to the commercial pickup curb on the lower level outside door 4. Drivers aren’t allowed to wait curbside, so hold off on requesting a ride until you get outside. If your ride needs to wait, short-term parking is $1 for the first hour and $4 for each additional hour.
Staying in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has no shortage of upscale hotels, from the Fairmont and Hotel MonacoDowntown to East Liberty’s Ace Hotel in East Liberty, a former YMCA building converted into a quirky boutique hotel. It’s easy to take an Uber from the airport to any of these hotels, all of which are close to attractions like PNC Park, Heinz Field, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.