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Flying into Beautiful Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is an adventurous city known for art, sports, music, and business opportunities. Because of its popularity, travelers can easily find inexpensive flights to Pittsburgh from London, Boston, Charlotte, and many other spots all over the globe. The key to finding affordable airfare is to know which airports offer the best amenities and which airlines offer discounted fares.
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The Best Airports in the Pittsburgh Area

Pittsburgh International Airport, or PIT, is the most popular airport in the area. It's around 20 miles from the city center and sees over 160 domestic and international flights each week. Its two terminals, the Airside Terminal and the Landside Terminal, make navigation seamless. Airside houses concourses A through D, which radiate out from the AirMall in the center. Landside houses ticket offices and baggage claim, and transports travelers to Airside with a people-mover.

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is 33 miles from Pittsburgh, and it was once a reliever airport for PIT. Now, however, it serves as a kind of niche airport. It no longer employs regional service, but it specializes in southbound flights to Florida. The small airport has a single terminal and baggage claim, and parking is free.

Airlines with Affordable Airfare

Southwest Airlines is a major operator from Pittsburgh International airport, although it is by no means the only airline available. The international airport works with many big name domestic and international companies. American Airlines and Delta Air both service PIT, as does Frontier via Delta. Other airlines include JetBlue, AirTran Airways via Southwest, United Airlines, Air Canada, and US Airlines.

Arnold Palmer Regional Airline is ideal for travelers looking to fly to points south. Spirit Airlines is the only airline that services the airport. It flies to both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando all year. Seasonally, travelers can also get tickets to Myrtle Beach, SC. As a result of the specialty niche, there are often cheap flights to Pittsburgh from Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and areas around Myrtle Beach. Flights from Pittsburgh are also affordable.

Peak Travel Times

Pittsburgh gets busy during baseball and football seasons, although that varies depending on the number of home and away games. Summer is peak time because it's considered the city's festival season. Spring and fall are prime times as well, due to the number of business conventions and meetings that occur in the city. Generally speaking, however, early spring and winter are excellent times to get cheap airfare.

How to Get Around Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh International Airport does not have an accessible train station. A number of limousine services do work with the airport, although that is a rather expensive option. Taxis are somewhat cheaper, with fares to downtown Pittsburgh averaging about $40. The bus is by far the cheaper choice. The West Busway transports visitors and passengers from the airport to a variety of stations in the city. The best bet is the 28X Airport Flier. A bus leaves at 20 minute intervals and a ride is only $2.75.

The good news is that several rental car companies operate within the airport. Travelers can get transportation from Budget, Avis, Hertz, Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar, and National. The kiosks are in the Landside, on the same level as baggage claim for extra convenience.

Inexpensive but Fun Local Activities

Two Three Rivers events, the Arts Festival and the Regatta, draw crowds in the summer. Football and baseball seasons also invite throngs of visitors seeking to see the Steelers or Pirates play. With the right connections, tickets are surprisingly affordable. Mount Washington and the Duquesne Incline are more outdoorsy highlights, while the Senator John Heinz History Center, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Phipps Conservatory delight lovers of history, culture, and plant life.