I have driven, and it takes...
I have driven, and it takes about 8 hours from just north of Chicago. I have also flown out of Midway on Air Tran for very little $.
A car is very handy, but a word of caution, if you are directionally challenged (like me) you must get a detailed map and study it before you drive anywhere. If you take a wrong turn you will not just be able to go around the block to get back where you came from, you have to stop and turn around or else you will be LOST. This is an incredibly challenging driving experience. If you have some patience and don't mind asking bus drivers for help you can get around downtown on the bus. I have driven around town and I have taken the bus. Alot of times the bus was easier because parking is also an issue. I think the number 500 bus probably gets you to within 4 blocks of most places you want to visit. The bus drivers were very helpful.
Pittsburgh International Airport is ranked as one of the best airports in the world. It is new,and state of the art. It has an airmall and a people mover train underground that takes you to the terminals. Also major highways intersect in and around the city. I-79 is the main north/south route, I-70 and I-76(PA Turnpike) run to the south and I-579,I-379,I-279 all intertwine and connect you with various places. Keep in mind that since Pittsburgh is built in the mountains,the roads are narrow at some points and windy and traffic can get heavy. So be careful. Pittsburgh aslo has traffic tunnels,which are really cool. The main one,Fort Pitt Tunnel is currently under construction,so use caution if driving into PGH.
Taxi's I suppose,also I just drive. There is some parking in the city. Also,there is a free subway that a few stops that connect major sights downtown.
EZ pass is accepted at the toll booths. So there was no need to dig out money to pay the toll, which made the trip alot easier.
Port Athority Transit Busses
A great way to get about relatively cheaply...but not the classiest ride around.
- Budget Travel
Pittsburgh is very Biker-Friendly!
The city has developed a number of bike paths.
- Family Travel
Pittsburgh International Airport
It is a modest airport with all the amenities of a major international airport. The airport is facilitated with shops and eateries.
- Family Travel
The Incline - Mount Washington
This is the famous 'incine' of Pittsburgh - One of the oldest in the country...The top holds one of the best views of the city...
The best way to go to Pittsburgh from Europe, is by plane. There are divers airlines which are flying between the continents.