Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

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  • Xhosa
    "Always use the alternate security checkpoint outside to save time."(22 Tips)
    Todd C.
    "try out the Samuel Adams in Concourse C :)"(18 Tips)
    Kevin W.
    "Love free wifi without being forced to jump through any hoops."(18 Tips)
    Doug R.
    "Spend some time exploring, there is a dinosaur and a mall"(6 Tips)
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  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZiskaApril 2, 2014
    Love this airport! Security lines are never very long and there are some great shops in the main terminal where all the concourse branch off from! Just wish the had shuttles or buses out. Upgrade!!
  • Jenda
    JendaFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Traveling with a service animal? There's an animal relief area next to the post office in Concourse D. Even of you're not traveling with a svc animal, go anyway. Seeing the fire hydrant is worth it.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouSeptember 28, 2014
    For an excellent sit down breakfast, try Bar Symon, from renowned chef and Food Network star Michael Symon. Was fast and delicious!
  • Victor S.
    Victor SoaresOctober 17, 2014
    There's an awesome place across from gate A11 where there are two power outlets and some seats. None of the nearby gates were in use so the area was quiet enough to take a call while charging up.
  • Majid D.
    Majid DaudiNovember 4, 2010
    Head to Nature's Kitchen in the main food court...they've got some pretty decent Jerk Chicken chunks served on a bed of rice, with green beans and the Pesto pasta salad on the side. A delicious lunch!
  • Leah S.
    Leah SinsheimerJune 26, 2012
    If you have some time before your flight, eat at Bar Symon in the central area (top of the escalator to terminals). Great service, great food, great beer list, and great value.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StaleyApril 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have a pet and some time, take your pet to the outside relief areas instead of the one inside the terminals. The outdoor ones are on either side of the baggage claim doors in the grassy areas.
  • Drew H.
    Drew HawkinsMay 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Free WiFi and a back entrance "secret" alternative security checkpoint. Best parts of this airport
  • Joy P.
    Joy PachuckiJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the alternate security point, has always been dramatically quicker. Free wifi is also an added bonus of PIT!
  • Jackson G.
    Jackson GallagherAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Pittsburgh is one of the most well designed airports. It served as a US Air hub until 2004 or so and now many gates are empty but the shopping and food is still superb and constantly being renovated.
  • Jeannie
    JeannieAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy your drinks or snacks at Rite Aid. The prices there are the same as the street prices. You can also use your savings card ;) Everywhere else you'll pay steep airport/airplane prices.
    Upvoted Jul 1
  • Corey C.
    Corey ClaytonOctober 30, 2011
    Hidden power outlet!!: check out the TGI Friday's in the center of the midfield terminal. There's an outlet behind the column in the bar entrance. Be kind, tip your server well!
  • Brenda A.
    Brenda AskinsOctober 22, 2013
    If you're looking for a great breakfast while you're waiting for a flight, try Charley's Grilled Subs near terminal A. Outstanding omelet made with real eggs.
  • Bianca Z.
    Bianca ZeilerJune 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Small make your own at Currito, Irish coffee with both and whipped cream to go from chilis, and sunglass hut at 6 am for when you inevitably forget your shades at home!
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WilliamsSeptember 1, 2015
    Love free wifi without being forced to jump through any hoops. Need more charging stations tho. Love the post office and rite aid right in the airport gates. More airports need that
  • K Y.
    K YJune 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Traveling on Monday before 8 AM? Get here early. At 5:30 the line is starting to get long. By 5:45 it's 15 minutes. By 6 you're looking at an hour plus. At that point, go to alt checkpoint.
  • Jenda
    JendaJuly 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Extended parking shelter numbers don't match the numbers on the poles. Be sure to note both or you will wind up with a long walk.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SteinerAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Free WiFi, decent shopping for an airport and no single monopoly by any one airline keeps everybody fairly honest. Alternative checkpoint is nice for weekday mornings if you don't have PreCheck
  • Dafyd J.
    Dafyd JonesSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The "alternate security checkpoint" (upstairs, by check-in) typically has shorter lines, fewer nudey scanners and vomits you out on the far end of the transit, ready for a quick escape. Use it.
  • Daniella S.
    Daniella SquicqueroMarch 26, 2014
    1) Connect to "FlyPittsburgh" for a good Wi-Fi connection. 2) Purchasing the preferred upgrade at check-in is truly worth it. Zero line and first to board. 3) Fly often!
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CraftDecember 20, 2013
    Mayorga Coffee Roasters in the center hub (between D and A) seems to be the best coffee option here. Try a double red-eye.
  • Sean S.
    Sean StaleyApril 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously, skip the main TSA line and go through the alternate route. Never fails to blast through security using the alternate route. It's located on the top floor by United and restrooms.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OAugust 20, 2013
    If you're a first-time visitor, start looking for dinosaurs as soon as you step into the airport. Pittsburgh is littered with dinosaurs, and the airport is no exception.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey Zeldman2 weeks ago
    Clean, spacious, modern. Have never seen it crowded. TSA line never too bad. Friendly and polite staff. High staff to customer ratio.
  • Jonathan A.
    Jonathan AdamsJune 5, 2013
    No surprise, but the Pittsburgh Welcome Desk people (downstairs by baggage claim) were charming and helped me pick a great run for the morning.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MicheJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the alternate security check! Shorter lines! From the drop off area, enter ticketing area, then keep walking straight through to the opposite side. Go outside and follow the signs!
  • Rayad K.
    Rayad KhanFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try Brueggers in Concourse B for lots of fresh toppings to go with your bagel. The squeezed OJ is also great.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny L.September 20, 2015
    Get here early or sign up for precheck. Security line on a Sunday afternoon snakes around and extends to the doorway.
  • uncapd
    uncapdMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are picking up a traveller, drive thru baggage claim and make immediate left into garage lot. Park and meet them the old fashioned way! $1
  • Michael E.
    Michael EJune 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The new restaurant Bar Symon is worth a visit. Michael Symon runs a notable restaurant, Lola, in Cleveland and is a Food TV chef.
  • Don D.
    Don DibertDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    YES! RYAN SAID IT RIGHT! When yur stuff comes out of the xray machine slide down to the end so OTHER people can get their stuff Too! YOU are NOT the only one here flying! Show a little consideration
  • Graham K.
    Graham KukuckaMarch 21, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Such great carpet we have at PIT! I think it's 3 Rivers, but then the rivers are also the exhaust trail from that little plane there. "You seen 'at!???"
  • Christine S.
    Christine SadleyAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Alternate security checkpoint is def the way to go. I usually walk right through, no more than ~10 minute wait most days.
  • Gianna F.
    Gianna FoltzDecember 9, 2013
    Shops and eateries were all closed by 11. Eat before you arrive!
  • Rusty S.
    Rusty ShacklefordJuly 27, 2012
    The man will do everything in their power to make you miss the flight, up to and including stealing your luggage and causing a monsoon.
  • Manasvi S.
    Manasvi SomaiyaNovember 22, 2012
    Cut the kiosk wait and head down one floor for a check in kiosk to any flight! Works even at 3 am before the kiosks of the carriers start functioning. This check in kiosk is right next to the ATMs.
  • Jayne
    JayneJuly 25, 2012
    If you just have one carry on item you can go through the express security lane which is one short line opposed to weaving through a huge long one- the alternate ckpoint only has 2 lanes- is slower!
  • A
    ASeptember 20, 2012
    Nicest TSA agents out of any International Airport I've been to. Probably jinxing myself by writing this, but very nice...never an attitude from them!
  • Avery J.
    Avery JenkinsOctober 9, 2012
    Please check to make sure you seat belt is securely fastened. Your seat back and tray table are in the full upright and locked position & all carry-on luggage is placed completely underneath the seat.
  • Vina O.
    Vina OrtizSeptember 19, 2014
    Lots of shopping, and stores aren't allowed to mark up the prices like most airports. Also has Italian brand Pinko's only location in the U.S.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JJune 3, 2013
    Nice airport, nice people, nice city. Only "bad" is security check-in. Much slower that other airport lines I have been to.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HarrellApril 28, 2013
    Avis here is awesome. Rental broke down as I pulled into the garage to return and they were quick to help and even took money off the rental for inconvince.
  • Stephanie Z.
    Stephanie ZimmermanFebruary 10, 2013
    Those awaiting transplant or transplant recipients can ask to be expedited through security to avoid exposure [and] request a gate pass for a loved one to escort & wait with you until you board.
  • Katelynn C.
    Katelynn CAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to the alternate security checkpoint, you wont regret it!
  • Kirk N.
    Kirk NealDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    PIT was recently named the fourth safest airport by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Based on information from the FAA's runway Safety Report and individual runway safety data supplied by the FAA.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    Travel is a great excuse to clean out your purse! Getting rid of clutter in your carry-on bag will allow Transportation Security Officers to get a clear X-ray of your bag and save you time.
  • Painting with a Twist
    Don’t get stuck in the security lines. Try the alternate security checkpoint. Head upstairs for much shorter lines.
  • Sunidhi G.
    Sunidhi GuptaMay 11, 2014
    Huge airport. Lot of options to eat and drink. Take the train to commute between check in and boarding.
  • Connor G.
    Connor GarrettAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Be warned, to my knowledge, there is one and only one security line. You're gonna be waiting awhile. Nice airport other than that though.
  • Bethany L.
    Bethany LangJune 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything closes at 7:30pm on Sundays but McDonald's, so don't count on any food or shopping. Also, I have never seen the TGI Fridays near the Southwest gates open.
  • Woody W.
    Woody WommackNovember 10, 2016
    Pretty easy to make it in and out. More importantly the rental car facility is on site so no need to shuttle
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew StephenJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you don't want all the unhealthy food court food in the center there's a Subway on one of the concourses (the USAir one).
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanNovember 3, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the big Christmas tree that they put on in December 🎄🎄🎄
  • Karl W.
    Great airport and well maintained. They even have a separate pick up area for Uber and Lyft! How innovative!
  • Paulina L.
    Paulina LeonovichNovember 6, 2016
    Very impressed with Pittsburg airport . Make sure to check out Botega dei Sapori, for breakfast and glad to See Armani Jeans shop
  • Bernhard E.
    Bernhard ErbMarch 8, 2014
    Like the view of the city through the tunnel or Mt. Washington, the airport is one of the many beautiful surprises.
  • Kate B.
    Kate B.November 30, 2013
    Got through alternate security checkpoint in no time at all today (11/30/13!)
  • Jerseybrownstone
    JerseybrownstoneJune 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Not sure why the United ticketing agents insist on helping everyone individually, but walk up to an open kiosk and check yourself in to avoid missing your flight!!
  • Rishi P.
    Rishi PatelJune 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Look for your Arline's check in counter outside the airport door. The line is always smaller than the one inside the airport.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin ThompsonAugust 6, 2014
    This airport is much easier to maneuver than the one back home in atlanta. The people are also more helpful here.
  • Adam P.
    Adam PaulisickSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    At Bar Symon you can add $5 to your bill for the next military person to enjoy. Support our troops!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HeatonSeptember 3, 2012
    After you get your ticket, walk outside and cross the street to access an alternate security checkpoint (with shorter lines)
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HowardSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Plan on charging your phone before you get to the airport because there are only 6 plugins in the entire airport!
  • JP R.
    JP RopelNovember 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try Nature's Kitchen just before security check to the left. They'll warm up the quiche and give a hefty portion of salad only 7 and change!
  • James U.
    James UnderbergAugust 28, 2015
    Great space - good food and shopping - just needs more flights! An airport waiting for a hub!!
  • Richard B.
    Richard BNovember 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Taking the bus? There is a ticket machine near the exit closest to the bus stop, so you can purchase with your credit card.
  • Jarrett G.
    Jarrett GoetzApril 28, 2013
    First time I've ever seen an airport with a Rite Aid that had non-airport prices. Bizarre & awesome.
  • zachary b.
    zachary bonenbergerDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    i like PIT, but it's floor tiles were laid pre- roller bags. rolling bags and suitcases sure do make a ruckus going through the landside terminal!
  • Corey C.
    Corey ClaytonOctober 30, 2011
    Look for the signs for the "Alternate Security Checkpoint" on the ticketing level. Much much faster than the main queue!!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My goto for long distance travel by air in and out of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
  • Katelyn S.
    Katelyn SMay 30, 2013
    Use the alternate security checkpoint upstairs then hit up Bar Symon and get the Lola burger!
  • CMA 4.
    CMA 412October 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    sign up for a FREE Godiva reward card at their kiosk in the main concourse. you get a free piece of chocolate every month!
  • Jesse W.
    Jesse WilsonNovember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    cute girls in tall boots anywhere else on the planet = :) cute girls on tall boots standing in front of you in the Tsa line = good luck getting to the gate in time!
  • Astronaut P.
    Astronaut PoeAugust 4, 2012
    No Cell Phone Waiting Lot. But, at least at 1:45am on 2012-08-04, there's no cops so you can chill in your car at the arrival gates. Nice pre-9/11 nostalgia.
  • Pam H.
    Pam HarrisApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early for Sunday evening and Monday morning flights. They still haven't figured out that those are peak travel times.
  • Oualid B.
    Oualid BellaghaNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    When exiting to baggage claim area thru main escalator: doors 1-4 are on your left and 5-8 to the right (not indicated). Enjoy your stay!!
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy Halbert-WrightAugust 28, 2013
    TSA was the most friendly TSA checkpoints I have ever been through. Trying to find the ticket counter was a little difficult. Great airport
  • Sebastian F.
    Sebastian FrauenholzMay 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Consider alternative check point when in a rush, airport busiest hours are from close to noon to 4 PM. Plan ahead all the time.
  • jin s.
    jin stedgeJuly 30, 2012
    bright and early Monday morning, alternate security checkpoint is closed and 200+ equally frustrated, bleary-eyed travelers are ahead of me in line. note to self: next time, grab breakfast first mrawr
  • Mike N.
    Mike NicholasAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The wi-fi here is free. The speeds are also pretty good. Nice if you have a long wait for your flight!
  • Ben B.
    Ben B.September 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are active duty go to the left of the security line where the special needs section is and they will check you in past the long ass security line
  • Dannel J.
    Dannel JuradoOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Always look to see if the alternate security checkpoint is open on the 3rd floor. Usually much faster and less crowded because people miss it.
  • Declan L.
    Declan LynchOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The new Express Security Lane is great. If you only have one carry on item then you should make good use of it.
  • Joel D.
    Joel D'AlessandroOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Alternate security checkpoint is the way to go! Way faster and shorter line
  • Disturbia W.
    Disturbia WolfJuly 9, 2013
    The queues for security are the quickest I've ever experienced. Good places to eat too.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BarnhartMay 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Surprised by the comments about speed of baggage claim. My bags usually beat me to the belt when flying continental. We shall see what happens post-merger!
  • Timothy N.
    TSA supervisors are remarkably dense and unwilling to use common judgement, be careful if you bring anything not made by NERF!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SprakeSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Bar Symon has a pretty good breakfast for being in an airport but laughably renames craft beers.
  • erika c.
    erika c.February 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Security wait times are much longer since new scanners were put in. Come early or try for the alternate checkpoint if it's open
  • Jenya S.
    Jenya SAugust 22
    Been here 5+ times
    Alternate security point gets you in quicker. Cannot fault free high speed wifi.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KlenckOctober 23, 2013
    Small quaint and easy to get around, the main security check point is SLOW motion, use the alternate.
  • N P.
    N POctober 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to terminals A or D for seating with power outlets. You won't find workstations though.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SchroederAugust 4, 2013
    They now have the TSA pre-check service so Global Entry folks can bypass all the big security lines.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    DoubleTree by HiltonSeptember 27, 2011
    If you feel like you live at the airport, join an airline airport club to make the most of your jet setting experience. For more travel tips and fun, follow @DoubleTree on Twitter!
  • Mark S.
    Mark StarkeySeptember 18, 2011
    Alternate Security line is awesome! Go outside for it (it's semi-hidden) and walk across the sky bridge...never a line there
  • Jenda
    JendaJuly 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy the game of getting out of the extended parking lot! With the road blocks and one-ways, the whole family can enjoy!
  • Keith P.
    Keith PDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If your a Pre TSA qualified traveler be sure to use special line over to the left when facing security- the one with no one in it!!!
  • Richard C.
    Richard CerconeDecember 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    You do not need to park your car in the drop off zone and make out with your boyfriend or girlfriend! Let them out and leave!
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerJune 12, 2016
    Nice airport. Many shops and eateries. Easy to get around.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KuipersSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The alternative checkpoint is usually horrible, in my experience. The main one moves much faster. Don't be scared of the line.
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