Getting Around

Getting here and around Downtown Pittsburgh is easier than ever

With more than 80 bus and light rail routes serving Downtown daily, relaxing while you let someone else do the driving into town makes commuting a breeze. Downtown is the most walkable neighborhood in Pittsburgh, whether you’re a long-time yinzer or new to the city. Plus, biking, carsharing, and parking are all available and easy to do. Explore more below.

Walking | Biking | Bike Share | Public Transit | Inclines | Rail | Paratransit | Parking | Driving |Tools & Resources

Walking

Did you know it’s easy to walk from one end of Downtown to the other in 25 minutes or less? Getting to major destinations like sports stadiums, museums, restaurants, and more is all accomplished easily on foot. Enjoy the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system for 24 miles of riverfront trails providing access to city neighborhoods, business districts, and local attractions, and cross both the Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne Bridges with dedicated pedestrian walkways.

Biking

Explore Downtown using dedicated and protected bike lanes throughout the neighborhood. Use the new Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp to effortlessly bike from Point State Park to Smithfield Street, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, and beyond.

Learn more about biking in Pittsburgh, including how-to videos, maps, tips and tricks, and more at BikePGH.org.

Healthy Ride Bike Share

Healthy Ride is Pittsburgh’s public bike-sharing system, now with 20 of the city’s 175 stations located in Downtown. Rides start at $2 for 30 minutes, and get unlimited 15-minute free bike rides with your Port Authority ConnectCard. Learn more.

Public Transit

Take a break from the car and don’t worry about the stress of traffic: hop on a Port Authority bus or light rail train for easy travel into and out of Downtown seven days a week. One-way fares on light rail and buses are $2.50 with a ConnectCard and $2.75 with cash; children up to age 5 ride free with a fare-paying adult. Plan your public transit trip.

The Light Rail system connects the North Shore and Downtown Pittsburgh to the South Hills neighborhoods, including stops nearby Heinz Field, PNC Park, and Rivers Casino. Travel around quickly in the light rail free fare zone with unlimited free travel between the First Side and North Shore stops.

Port Authority and other regional transit buses connect Downtown users to neighborhoods and destinations throughout the region. Bus service to the airport is available on the 28X – Airport Flyer, with a limited number of stops between Downtown and Pittsburgh International Airport.

Heading to the East End? A dedicated bus-only road provides fast travel between Downtown and the East End communities, including Shadyside, East Liberty, Wilkinsburg, and Swissvale.

Make your transit ride even smoother with a ConnectCard. Available at the Downtown Service Station and Downtown light rail station, this refillable card acts like cash, can store weekly, monthly, and annual passes, saves you $0.25 on each trip, and gets you unlimited free 15-minute bike rides on Healthy Ride bikes.

Pittsburgh’s Inclines

Historic and offering breathtaking views of Pittsburgh’s iconic skyline, the Monongahela Incline and Duquesne Incline are both parts of the city’s public transit system and provide easy access to and from the top of Mt. Washington. Trips run approximately every 15 minutes.

Both inclines accept the Port Authority ConnectCard. For fares and more information, click here.

Monongahela Incline

Monday – Saturday: 5:30 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.

Sundays & holidays: 8:45 a.m. – midnight

Payment is accepted at the upper station.

Duquesne Incline

Monday – Saturday: 5:30 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.

Sundays & holidays: 7:00 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.

Payment is accepted at the lower station.

Passenger Rail

The Pennsylvanian and the Capitol Limited have daily trips through Downtown, offering connections to national destinations including Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more.

Paratransit

ACCESS is a paratransit service that provides door-to-door, advanced reservation transportation, primarily serving people with disabilities, human service agencies, and people aged 65 and over. Reserve a ride by calling (412) 562-5353 or Relay 711.

Parking

Did you know that anywhere you are in Downtown, you’re only a five-minute walk from a parking garage? When you do have to drive, check ParkPGH.org for the real-time status of parking garages before you arrive.

On-street, metered parking is available throughout the neighborhood, but be sure to check all posted signage for special event closures, valets, and other restrictions. On-street parking in permitted areas is free after 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all-day on Sundays and major holidays.

Learn more about parking resources in Downtown.

Driving

Driving into Downtown doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow these recommended routes to get in and out of Downtown, and stay up-to-date with construction on our Construction Updates page.

Tools & Resources

Downtown Made Easy Guide

Download and save this free map of Downtown Pittsburgh, featuring parks, bicycle parking, the light rail free fare zone, and more.

Looking for a physical map? Request free physical copies for your home or place of work by sending us an email.

Note: If you’re outside the Golden Triangle and are requesting more than 50 guides, please arrange to pick them up at our office. We can mail them to you, however, there will be a fee associated with the mailing.

Scoobi

You can zoom around town quickly and affordably using Scoobi, a system of on-demand electric scooters available seasonally, from spring to fall, in Downtown and through the East End neighborhoods. Scoobi.co.

Zipcar

More and more Pittsburgh’s are choosing to live without a car, but for those times when having a car is needed, Zipcar Pittsburgh is there. Cars, trucks, and vans are available to rent by the hour or the day throughout Downtown Pittsburgh, with special rates for college students. Zipcar.com/Pittsburgh

Uber, Lyft, & Z-Trip

Catch easy, affordable, and reliable rides within minutes using Uber, Lyft, and Z-Trip services throughout Downtown and the City of Pittsburgh.

Tools We Like

Simplify your daily commute and make getting around even easier. Here are some of our team’s favorite apps and tools:

  • Transit App: get real-time information and route planning that combines public transportation, ride-hailing, bike share, and car share (Smartphone App)
  • Moovit App: find peace of mind for public transportation with all local transit options and alerts (Smartphone App/Web)
  • Google Maps: plan your journey and map out detours, whether by foot, bike, car, or public transit (Smartphone App/Web)
  • CommuteInfo: find info on how to schedule your daily commute, including regional transit, vanpooling, carpooling, biking, and park-n-ride facilities (Web)
  • Walk Pittsburgh: get information on walking benefits, routes, safety, and more (Web)
  • ParkPGH: plan ahead with real-time availability info for Greater Downtown Pittsburgh garages (Smartphone App/Web/Text/Call)

Note: the tools listed above are third-party products and services that are helpful in getting around Downtown, but are not administered by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Downtown Made Easy Guide

Downtown Shopping Guide

State of Downtown Pittsburgh Report

Downtown Map

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