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Pittsburgh Airport parking

PIT’s comprehensive range of on-site parking facilities has been specially designed to work in conjunction with the airport’s innovative terminal layout, giving travelers plenty of parking choice only minutes from the check-in desk, whether they’re away for a few days or a few weeks. Compare all of Pittsburgh Airport’s parking options as well as offers from numerous off-site facilities at Looking4.com and we’ll help you pre-book the right space for you and your car.

Short-term parking (including Valet)

PIT’s multi-story Garage facility offers 2,100 short-term parking spaces and, as the closest lot to the terminal building, is ideal for people away for the day on tight schedules.

The airport’s unique underground people-mover is directly accessible from inside the Garage, which means you can check-in only a few steps from your car. This also makes the Garage facility useful for dropping off and picking up passengers as they can step on or off the people-mover and be instantly on their way to their departure gate or back home.

A luxury valet service is also available exclusively in the Garage facility, so remember to book a place if you want to come back to a cleaner car. It’s important to note that, as the Garage is a multi-story facility, a height restriction of 6.8 feet (2.1 meters) is in place throughout, so please double-check the height of your vehicle before booking a space.

Long-term parking

If you’re going to be away for a few days or if you’re traveling with more bags or children than you can manage in one go, PIT’s long-term parking lot is for you. More affordable than the Garage but just as convenient, the 3,100-capacity long-term facility features access to the airport’s people-mover as well as numerous shuttle stops from which a 24-hour complimentary bus service will take you to the terminal forecourt in less than five minutes.

Extended parking

As Pittsburgh Airport’s most economical parking option, the extended stay parking lot is ideal if you’re planning on being away for a week or longer or, indeed, you’re traveling on a budget. Although the extended parking facility has no access to the people-mover, it is well equipped with over 16 shuttle bus stops, so you’ll never have far to walk before being picked up.

With over 8,000 spaces available and your first hour of parking provided for free, PIT’s extended parking facility doubles up as a useful pick-up/drop-off zone and cell phone lot, where you can spend a bit more time wishing your passengers a good trip or, if you’re ahead of schedule, wait for their planes to touch down.

Guide to Pittsburgh Airport

Pittsburgh International Airport
  • (+1) 412 472 3500
  • PA 15231
  • One terminal
  • Car, bus, train, taxi, rental
  • Free unlimited access
  • www.flypittsburgh.com

One of the busiest airports in the state of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) welcomes over eight million visitors a year and serves 20 different airlines offering over 400 daily flights to 70 destinations around the world.

Thanks to a billion-dollar renovation, Pittsburgh Airport is considered one of the best airports in the world and features a number of pioneering innovations that have revolutionized the role of the airport and helped make traveling easier for everyone.

Location of Pittsburgh Airport

Located 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) west of downtown Pittsburgh, PIT is easily reachable from some of America’s major interstate highways. The airport can be found at Exit 53 of I-376, only 10 miles (16 kilometers) from I-79, 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) from I-76 and within an hour’s drive of I-70 to the south and I-80 to the north.

There are a number of bus routes that run services every half an hour between PIT and downtown Pittsburgh, passing through the University District and many of the regions, cities and towns south of Pittsburgh.

PIT doesn’t currently have its own dedicated rail facilities, but Pittsburgh Train Station (part of the transcontinental Amtrak network) is 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) away and easily accessible by car and bus.

History of Pittsburgh Airport

In 1940, it was decided by the federal government that Pittsburgh's rising industrial significance warranted a military airport in order to protect it. The open agricultural expanse of Moon Township north west of the city was chosen as the ideal site and construction of the first runways began in 1942, shortly after the USA had entered World War II. After the war, the military airfield was named Pittsburgh Airport and fitted with a huge, $33-million passenger terminal in 1952 - the largest in the country at the time - with an impressive 1.4 million visitors passing through in its first year alone.

Due to its remarkable popularity with visitors and airlines alike, PIT received a $1 billion expansion that was completed in 1992 and brought with it a revolutionary dual-terminal design among a host of innovative features that have since become industry standards around the world.

Most recently, the airport has been instrumental in attracting ultra low-cost airlines to the region, lowering what were once notoriously expensive fares and establishing affordable domestic and international flights for millions of visitors from all over the world.

Airport facilities

PIT’s innovative terminal design combines accessibility, endless entertainment and great places to eat whether you’re taking off or touching down. The terminal’s landside and airside sections, connected by a fully automated and state-of-the-art underground people-mover, both contain an abundance of culinary delights, from all-American fast food outlets to unique international fusions that combine Pittsburgh’s inimitable style with flavors from the Far East.

Pittsburgh Airport is also a regional retail hotspot, housing shops selling travel essentials, vacation reading and snacks for the flight, as well as cutting-edge technology, handmade sterling silver jewelry and some of the latest ranges from the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle designers.

Pittsburgh Airport is dedicated to ensuring the comfort of all its visitors. If you have any questions or require any special assistance during your time at PIT, you can find more information and all the necessary contact details on the airport’s Accessibility page.

  • Airport Ambassadors
  • Art at the Airport
    • Live performances
  • ATMs
  • Baggage services
    • Baggage carts
    • Baggage wrap
  • Car hire
  • Chapel/inter-faith meditation room
  • Executive lounges
    • Business facilities
  • Family facilities
    • Baby care rooms
    • Children’s play area
  • Food and drink
    • Bars
    • Cafés
    • Fast food
    • Restaurants
  • Information desk
  • Internet access/WiFi
  • Lost and found
  • Massage bar
  • Medical services and first aid
  • Parking facilities
    • Cell phone lot
    • Extended parking
    • Long-term parking
    • Pick-up/drop-off
    • Short-term parking
    • Valet services
  • Pay phones
  • Phone and laptop charging
  • Post office
  • Shopping
    • Convenience stores
    • Duty free
    • Luxury goods
  • Smoking area
  • Spa and salon
  • Special assistance
  • Toilets
  • Transport facilities
  • Vending machines
  • Viewing platforms

Pittsburgh Airport hotel and parking

In addition to the on-site hotel that is cleverly built into PIT’s innovative terminal design, the surrounding area sports a huge range of hotels and motels, with many offering deals on accommodation and parking to suit any budget and timeframe. Simply leave your car at the hotel, enjoy your trip and pick it up again when you get back.

The Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest hotel to the airport check-in desks. Integrated into PIT’s unique terminal layout with direct access to the underground people-mover, the hotel is part of a seamless airport experience and perfect for those traveling on business. The hotel is connected to the terminal complex, so guests at the Hyatt have access to PIT’s short-term, long-term and extended parking facilities and can pre-book a space when reserving their room. Limited space is also available in the hotel’s own covered motor lobby for even more convenient access to the hotel and terminal facilities.

Only three miles (4.8 kilometers) from PIT, Wyndham Garden Pittsburgh Airport is a good option if you’re traveling with family or friends and you have more baggage than you can comfortably carry. Wyndham Garden offers a generous two weeks of free parking as part of its Fly and Park deal and you will only pay a nominal daily fee after that if you’re planning on being away for even longer. The hotel also runs a complimentary shuttle bus service from 4am every day, which can be called upon to take you to and from the airport forecourt in just 10 minutes.

If you’re working to a budget, the Super 8 Pittsburgh Airport/Coraopolis Area Motel is only one mile (1.6 kilometers) from PIT and offers free on-site parking for the night of your stay, as well as numerous other affordable stay, park and fly packages. The motel also offers a complimentary airport shuttle service as well as a free breakfast buffet.

Top things to do in Pittsburgh Airport

Make a Pitt-stop

Whether you’re after a fast-food fix before you fly or you’ve got time to sit down and sample some locally sourced Pittsburgh favorites, PIT’s food court will have it. As well as boasting a comprehensive selection of global high-street names offering everything from burgers to bagels and cold-brew coffee, Pittsburgh Airport also showcases some of the region’s best-known flavors and combines them with international inspiration to create unique eating experiences only available at the airport.

Retail details

Pittsburgh Airport lays claim to being the very first to feature an independent and diverse shopping center within a terminal building and its innovative design means that you’ll never be more than a few minutes’ walk from whatever you need.

Along with shops providing last-minute travel essentials including neck pillows, new reading material and spare clothes, PIT houses an impressive selection of high-street retailers selling internationally acclaimed fashion and lifestyle collections as well as a wealth of cutting-edge technologies, so you can look your best on your trip and take plenty of HD pictures to prove it.

An airport as an art gallery

Proud of its place in the city’s cultural community, PIT has partnered with regional museums, galleries and artists to curate a vibrant and varied collection of artwork displayed throughout the terminal facility. It ranges from painted portraits and audio recordings of Pittsburgh natives to photography that captures the region’s natural beauty and sculpture that preserves and promotes the city’s famous industrial heritage.

Music to your ears

Pittsburgh Airport is invested in supporting every element of the region’s creativity and, as such, hosts a showcase of live music every Thursday afternoon in Baggage Claim. Established performers and up-and-coming musicians are invited to perform their own original material alongside well-known classics and music from traditional genres. Whether you’re traveling through the airport, waiting to pick someone up or you’re just curious, everyone’s invited to take advantage of the free hour of parking and listen to some of Pittsburgh’s finest musical talent.

Play time

When Pittsburgh Airport’s Kidsport play and learning area first opened in 1983 it was the first of its kind in the country. Now, having been completely renovated in 2016, it is America’s biggest and most progressive airport play area.

Created by the airport in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Kidsport features seven interactive installations that engage and challenge kids of all ages to explore the concepts of height comparison, movement, speed and video technology.

Whether your kids are nervous about flying or they could do with burning some energy before take-off, PIT’s Kidsport play area will help you get your trip off to a tantrum-free start.

Puppy patrol

Whether you’re after directions, worried about flying or just missing your own furry friend back home, Pittsburgh Airport’s PIT PAWS team of friendly, trained, certified therapy dogs and their equally friendly handlers are there to help.

Providing airport visitors with useful information and advice as well as plenty of licking, stroking and nuzzling, the PIT PAWS team is the perfect antidote to the stress and exhaustion of traveling.

Find your wings

Whether you’re flying for the first time or you always find it a frightening experience, Pittsburgh Airport’s First Time Fliers course is designed to walk you through every step of the travel process. From booking your flights and what to pack in your bag to boarding the plane and the best ways to get to the airport, the comprehensive course will turn you into a seasoned international traveler in no time.

You can find more information on First Time Fliers and available dates here.

Top things to do near Pittsburgh Airport

Pittsburgh skyline at sunset with reflection in the water

See America’s most beautiful vista

Mount Washington is Pittsburgh’s highest natural vantage point and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its trio of rivers below. As well as having what has been dubbed the most beautiful vista in America, Mount Washington is also home to the oldest continuously operated funiculars in the world, the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines, which have become a beloved part of Pittsburgh’s cultural identity.

Just a 30-minute drive from the airport, Mount Washington is a fantastic way to take in all of present-day Pittsburgh while appreciating the ingenuity of its industrial past.

Learn about the ‘Pope of Pop’

Pittsburgh was the birthplace of the iconic visual artist, Andy Warhol, whose colorful contributions to the pop art movement throughout the 1960s changed the way we think about art in the world around us.

The Andy Warhol Museum, just under 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) away from PIT, tells the artist’s story from the very beginning and explores the continuing impact of his legacy through the largest collection of Warhol work and archival material in the world.

The seven-floor facility houses 17 different galleries showcasing his original paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse and Campbell’s soup cans that have since become part of popular culture. Whether you’re a pop art pro or yet to pick up a paintbrush, the Andy Warhol Museum is a remarkable and vivid record of one of Pittsburgh’s most famous natives.

Take a breath of botanical air

Founded in 1893, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a much-loved local landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The authentically preserved Victorian greenhouse contains 14 different themed garden rooms featuring rare and exotic species, including more than 800 rare types of orchid, tropical fruit and butterfly.

Despite being over 100 years old, The Phipps Conservatory is one of the greenest facilities in the world and is leading global research into sustainable landscapes. Located 22 miles (35.4 kilometers) from PIT, it provides you with the chance to drink in the lush beauty of the unique collection and discover how each and every one of the plants on display is helping researchers explore new avenues of conservation and sustainability. You’ll never look at your houseplants in the same way again.

Walk with dinosaurs

Welcoming around 400,000 visitors every year, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of Pittsburgh’s most popular attractions and is ranked among the top natural history museums in the USA.

While the museum holds a staggering 22 million specimens, ranging from Arctic life to items from Ancient Egypt, it is most celebrated for its diverse collection of dinosaur specimens, which includes the fossilized remains of a Diplodocus discovered by the museum’s very own scientists, as well as the world’s first T-Rex specimen.

Whether you’re fascinated by all things Jurassic or you're chaperoning a bunch of budding biologists before you fly, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has something for everyone.

Enjoy a bird’s eye view

The National Aviary is the largest aviary in the USA and contains over 500 birds from more than 150 different species. With daily interactive demonstrations, viewings, feedings and encounters, visitors can enjoy a truly immersive experience with rare and exotic birds that can't be found in zoos.

The National Aviary is also well known for its work in protecting and breeding critically endangered birds and, in recent years, has celebrated the birth of African penguin chicks and Eurasian owlets, who have become particularly popular with visitors as they’ve grown. The zoo is just 30 minutes from Pittsburgh Airport.

Please do touch the exhibits

Starting out as a traveling museum in 1972, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has become a permanent part of the city and even worked with the airport to develop its innovative and interactive play area.

Featuring an eclectic collection of hands-on exhibitions and activities that includes pottery and Japanese paper-craft, as well as rocket-building and robotics, the museum actively encourages kids to poke, prod and pry.

If you’ve got a long flight ahead of you with some restless children, why not make time for a trip to the children’s museum before take-off?

Proper Pittsburgh

The Strip District was a vital cog in the machine of 19th-century Pittsburgh’s industrial heart. Today, the district’s countless warehouses, mills and manufacturing plants have been redeveloped and revitalized into a thriving market community that includes a variety of cafés and delis.

You can find traditional and contemporary cuisine amongst a number of art studios, antique dealers and independent boutiques. Take a stroll, eat some delicious food and pick up some souvenirs where, only 50 years ago, hundreds of tons of steel were forged on a daily basis.

Which terminal?

Pittsburgh Airport’s unique two-part terminal design maximizes accessibility for both passengers and planes. PIT’s landside check-in facility is connected to the cross-shaped airside departure gate section by an underground moving walkway, which allows 20 airlines to make the most of the airside section’s four concourses, four runways and 70 gates. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southern Airways all use PIT as a hub.

Air Canada ExpressMain terminal, Concourse A
Allegiant AirMain terminal, Concourse C
American AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse B
American EagleMain terminal, Concourse B
Apple VacationsMain terminal, Concourse C
CondorMain terminal, Concourse C
Delta Air LinesMain terminal, Concourse D
Delta ConnectionMain terminal, Concourse D
Frontier AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse C
JetBlue AirwaysMain terminal, Concourse D
OneJetMain terminal, Concourse D
Porter AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse C
Southern Airways ExpressMain terminal, Concourse C
Southwest AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse A
Spirit AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse D
United AirlinesMain terminal, Concourse A
United ExpressMain terminal, Concourse A
Vacation ExpressMain terminal, Concourse C
WOW airMain terminal, Concourse C
Airline Terminal

How to get to Pittsburgh Airport

Car

Pittsburgh Airport is located at Exit 53 on I-376, which is connected to some of America’s major Interstate highways including I-79, I-76, I-70 and I-80. The ZIP code for the airport is PA 15231.

Bus

The Allegheny County Port Authority’s 28X Airport Flyer bus service runs between PIT and the city every 30 minutes from 4:30am to midnight, 365 days a year. The average journey time is 15-20 minutes, but be aware that this can be longer in heavy traffic. An up-to-date schedule for the 28X service can be found here.

The Mountain Line Transit Service runs the Route 29 Grey Line Express Bus between PIT and areas south of Pittsburgh twice a day, every day of the year. While this is convenient, it can also get busy during holiday seasons, so reservations are required. You can find more information on Route 29 here.

Train

Pittsburgh Train Station is the closest station to the airport – it is located 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) to the east in the center of the city. It is easily accessible by public transport and, as part of the Amtrak network, connects the city to the rest of the country.

There are currently plans to extend Pittsburgh’s Light Rail system (known locally as ‘The T’) to include Pittsburgh Airport, which would make reaching PIT not only quick and easy, but more affordable and economical.

Useful tips


Leave time before take-off

Even though PIT’s terminal design prevents much of the queuing and congestion that is common at other airports, it can still get busy during peak periods. You should arrive at least 90 minutes before departure if you’re flying domestically and at least two hours before if you’re on an international flight.

Mind your head

As a multi-story facility, PIT’s short-term parking garage operates a 6.8-foot (2.1-meter) height restriction throughout. It’s good idea to double-check the height of your vehicle before you book a space.

Ask an ambassador

If you’re after directions to your gate or tips on things to see and do in the airport and beyond, PIT’s ambassadors are always on hand to help out and are easily recognizable in their green shirts and khaki trousers.

Missing gate numbers

Due to a new influx of airlines at PIT with differing requirements, some of the gates in the airside terminal section are not currently in use, so don’t worry if you notice some gate numbers are skipped.

Pittsburgh Airport FAQs


How do I get to Pittsburgh Airport?

PIT is just 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) west of downtown Pittsburgh and easily accessible via a number of Interstate roads. Take a look at the 'How to get to Pittsburgh Airport' section in this guide or find information on the roads surrounding the airport here.

Why should I pre-book parking?

Booking your parking in advance can often save you money and will always guarantee you a parking space. At PIT, you can book your parking up to 12 months in advance, combine it with a stay in the airport hotel and cancel or amend it up to 24 hours before your departure if your plans change.

Where can I find more information about my flight?

PIT’s flight tracker includes live arrivals and departures information along with local weather reports, a flight tracker and real-time delay information.

What accessibility facilities are available at Pittsburgh Airport?

PIT’s terminal and parking facilities were designed from the ground up to be accessible and enjoyed by all of its visitors. If you have any questions or require assistance during your time at Pittsburgh Airport, you can find further information and contact details here.

What do I do if I have lost something at the airport?

If you lose something on airport grounds, you can contact PIT’s lost and found office directly on (+1) 412 472 3525. If you think you’ve left something on your plane, contact your airline as soon as possible.

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