Save on travel insurance
Save on mobile phone roaming costs with a USA SIM card
Search over 500 car rental agencies to find the cheapest rate
Explore the United States with an AMTRAK railpass


Destination guides > North America > USA > Mid-Atlantic > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh


With two and a half million residents in its metropolitan area, Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania.

The city has historically been known as a hub for the steel industry. Although Pittsburgh suffered a decline, along with the steel industry, in the 1970s; the city has recently experienced somewhat of a renaissance and is now a relatively prosperous city.
The compact city centre occupies a triangular area at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. Pittsburgh is known as the city of bridges, with 446 bridges in the city and over 2000 in the metropolitan area.


Practical information

Downtown Pittsburgh Welcome Centre

Liberty Avenue adjacent to Gateway Center
Open Jan-Mar Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm; Apr-Oct MOn-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm; Nov-Dec Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm

Pittsburgh International Airport Welcome Center

Landside Terminal in Baggage Claim, Pittsburgh International Centre
Open Mon 9am-4pm, Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 2pm-6pm

Senator John Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman Street, Strip District
Open 10am-5pm daily

Pittsburgh + Its Countryside

PA Turnpike I-76, mile post 21.7 heading east from Ohio
Open 7am-7pm daily


Wi-Fi Downtown Pittsburgh provides two hours a day of free wireless hot zones in outdoor areas of the city centre. There are also free Wi-Fi hotspots at Caribou Coffee (3619 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh; tel (412) 687 2617) and Panera Bread (3800 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh; tel (412) 683 3727 and 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh; tel (412) 683 9616).


Follow us:

Follow us on Twitter Like BUG on Facebook