By Plane -- Pittsburgh International Airport (tel. 412/472-3525; www.pitairport.com) is 15 miles west of downtown. US Airways is the dominant carrier. To get downtown from the airport, take the public 28X Airport Flyer bus (tel. 412/442-2000; www.portauthority.org) for $2.25. A cab ride costs $30. The airport is a 20-minute drive (45 min. during rush hour) from downtown.
By Train -- Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL [872-7245] or 412/471-6172; www.amtrak.com) provides daily service from Philadelphia (trip time: 7 1/2 hr.), Washington, D.C. (7 3/4 hr.), Cleveland (3 hr.), and Chicago (9 1/2 hr.) to its station at 1100 Liberty Ave.
By Car -- Major routes into the belt roads around Pittsburgh are I-76 from the northwest (Cleveland) and east (Philadelphia), I-70 from the west (Columbus) and southeast (Baltimore), and I-79 from the north (Erie, Pennsylvania) and south (Charleston, West Virginia).
The Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau, 425 6th Ave. (tel. 800/359-0758 or 412/281-7711; www.visitpittsburgh.com), operates several Welcome Centers: downtown, Liberty Avenue next to the Gateway Center; at the Airport Landside Terminal; and at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County (tel. 412/442-2000; www.portauthority.org) operates subways and buses throughout Pittsburgh as well as the "T" Light Rail. Fares are free within the Golden Triangle downtown; prices vary outside that area but are generally less than $2. A weekly unlimited pass goes for $20 to $30, depending upon the zones; children ages 6 to 12 pay half-fare.
For medical services, call Mercy Hospital downtown, 1400 Locust St. (tel. 412/232-8111). In the Oakland area, the major local hospital is UPMC Presbyterian, 200 Lothrop St. (tel. 412/647-8762). The 7% city sales tax is not assessed on clothing, shoes, groceries, or prescriptions; hotel taxes total 14%.