Getting to Pittsburgh

By car: 
For drivers, Pittsburgh is accessed easily from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-80, major thoroughfares between the Midwest and the East Coast, and I-79, running north and south. The city is about a 4 hour drive from DC and Baltimore, 5 hours from Philadelphia, 6-7 from New York, and 7-8 from Chicago.  Other cities such as Cleveland, Buffalo, and Charleston, WV are easy drives.  The street address for the Omni William Penn Hotel is 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219.

Parking at the hotel: Valet parking available to overnight guests (approx. $29 per 24 hours, includes in/out privileges). 
The two garages that are closest to the hotel are Mellon Square garage, which is across the street, and Oliver Street garage, which is about (2) blocks away (approx. $14/day Mon. – Fri., approx. $5/day Sat. and Sun.). More details are available at this interactive parking map of Pittsburgh: 
(NOTE:  On the map, please go to Oliver Avenue and 5th Avenue for details on these garages.)

Street parking downtown is available but limited; on weekends, it is usually plentiful.

By air: 
The Pittsburgh International Airport is just outside of the city.  It is served by most major airlines, including Southwest.  There are a number of ways to reach the hotel from the airport:

1.  A sedan or taxi service.  Pre-arranged sedan rides are a great option if you are sharing with others.  Prices vary by company, but a ride to downtown typically costs $45-60.  A list of sedan/limo, taxi, and other vendors can be found on the airport’s website:

2.  Super Shuttle provides dependable transportation from the airport to the city, with fares of $25 and $50 roundtrip.  For more details, visit

3. The Transit Authority runs an express bus, the 28X or “Airport Flyer” ($3.75 each way, no change given by drivers) every 30 minutes throughout the day.  It departs from the ground level, by baggage claim, on the hour and half-hour.  Take it to the 7th and William Penn stop, then walk one block southwest on Grant Street to the Omni William Penn.  For more information, visit the Port Authority’s website:

By train: 
The Amtrak train station is downtown, three blocks northeast of the Omni William Penn.  For tickets, visit    

By bus: 
MegaBus now connects Pittsburgh with cities stretching from Cleveland to the East Coast and south to Atlanta.  Visit for more information.  

Finding the hotel: 
The Omni William Penn is located downtown,within a square bounded by 5th and 6th, Oliver and Grant.  Street directions to the hotel can be found on its website:

Getting around Pittsburgh: 
Pittsburgh is a very walkable city.  A number of restaurants and attractions are reachable by foot downtown. The downtown area and the Northside neighborhood (and the Warhol Museum) are an easy stroll across any one of a number of bridges spanning the Allegheny River.

From the hotel site, taxis will be plentiful, although riders would be encouraged to call for taxis from other parts of the city (we are not a “flag down a taxi” city).  Pittsburgh has a public bus system that provides direct rides to several points of interest, such as Oakland (the nearby neighborhood hosting Pitt, CMU, and the Carnegie Museum).

Pittsburgh has a small light-rail system, the “T,” and a T-stop is adjacent to the Omni William Penn Hotel, our preferred conference site.  The T and buses offer free admission within the downtown area. The recently renovated Gateway Center T-stop contains a huge Romare Bearden mural, “Pittsburgh Recollections,” easily viewable by pedestrians. The light-rail connects to the Monongahela Incline, a funicular built in 1870 to transport the expanding class of workers from mills and mines up to Mt. Washington, which overlooks the city from across the “Mon.” The oldest continuously running funicular in America, it is one of two in Pittsburgh, and now carries locals on their way home and tourists riding to Mt. Washington’s overlooks to see the amazing views of the city and its surroundings.   

Taxi Cabs require a phone call to either a Yellow Cab (412-665-8100) or Peoples Cab (412-681-3131) dispatcher or should be available at hotels.