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Pittsburgh Airport to Downtown Pittsburgh

Transportation to the downtown area of Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh airport is quite straightforward. The public transport option is limited to riding the 28X Airport Flyer bus route. Alternatively you can choose from a number of taxi, shuttle and limousine services which are available from the Pittsburgh airport website. For a simple and reliable option, book your Pittsburgh Airport transfer to downtown Pittsburgh directly with Pittsburgh airport shuttle and taxi.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Pittsburgh at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €41 30min 24/7
Bus €5.00 40min 04:00–00:00

How to get from Pittsburgh Airport to downtown Pittsburgh by taxi

The downtown area of Pittsburgh is 20 miles (32km) away from the airport, so a taxi or private shuttle will be the fastest and most convenient method of transportation. The average metered cost of a taxi ride to the downtown area from the airport will be about $45 (€41) and will take between 25-30 minutes with no traffic.

The Pittsburgh Airport website offers a number of taxi, shuttle and limousine services to choose from for your Pittsburgh Airport transfer.

Taxi fare from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh

The taxi fare from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh will average about $45 (€41). Add 15% as a driver’s tip to all taxi fares and a $1 airport fee. There is no extra cost for night transfers. Prices for Pittsburgh airport shuttles to downtown are fixed but need to be booked in advance.



Trip Duration

30 minutes

*Rates do not vary between day and night transfers

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Pittsburgh airport

Where do I get a taxi from?

The taxi stand area at Pittsburgh airport is located in the lower level of the Landside terminal.


The considerable distance between Pittsburgh airport and the downtown area makes the use of a taxi the most favourable option. You will get into the city hassle free, relaxed and it will be more time efficient.

Editor’s Note

A 15% tip is customary and expected on the total fare of the journey. There is also a $1 additional airport fee.

Useful Tips

All Pittsburgh taxis calculate their fares using official taximeters and there is no fixed rate for a transfer from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh.
The cost of your journey should be the same whether your transfer is scheduled for during the day or night time.
Be aware of any large sporting events that may be happening whilst you are there, as they may affect your travelling times.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Pittsburgh. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

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Same price as a regular taxi from the line


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4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh by bus?

There is a bus service available from Pittsburgh Airport that will take you to the heart of the city. The 28X Airport Flyer service runs two routes into the city, one to downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland and a second to the Robinson Town Center.

How much is the bus from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh?

Taking the bus for your transportation from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh is the most affordable method, at a cost of $2.75(€2.50). Tickets are available from either the vending machine in the Lower Lever Baggage Claim area or directly from the driver (cash only) when boarding the bus.


$2.75 (€2.50)

Trip Duration

40 mins

*There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the bus.


The Pittsburgh airport bus service runs twice in the hour from 4am to midnight and seven days a week. It is an affordable way to get into the city for travellers with light luggage and time to spare.

Editor’s Note

Tickets for the 28X Airport Flyer bus service are available from a vending machine in the lower level of the Landside Terminal near baggage reclaim, by door 6. Alternatively you can pay (only in cash) for your ticket when you get on the bus but must have the exact fare as the driver does not carry any change.

Useful Tips

Passengers have priority over luggage on this bus service, therefore your luggage is expected to be placed on the floor or your lap when there are other passengers waiting to sit.
If paying by cash for your ticket you must have the exact fare for the driver.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Pittsburgh airport from downtown Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh airport is approximately 20 miles (32km) from downtown Pittsburgh. Transfer by taxi or private shuttle takes 30 mins and travel time by bus is 40 mins.

How do you get from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh?

There are two major transport options to get from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh, either by a taxi service, a number of the other shuttle services like Welcome Pickups, or via the airport bus service (28X Airport Flyer).

How much does a taxi cost from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh?

There is no flat rate fee for the transfer from Pittsburgh airport to downtown Pittsburgh. The cost of a metered taxi ride will be approximately $45 (€41). For a guaranteed flat price you can book a transfer with Welcome Pickups.

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