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Out-of-town Visitors’ Guide

Creative Nonfiction (CNF) is located in the heart of Pittsburgh, in an arts corridor in the Bloomfield neighborhood. If you are thinking about visiting for a workshop or event, here are some tips about where to stay, how to get around, and things to explore in the area!


Below are some of our favorite hotels (within walking distance or a short drive from CNF).

Friendship Suites - A bed and breakfast in a beautiful old home in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood. Rates starting at $145/night (0.6 miles away from CNF)

Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside - A centrally located hotel with kitchen suites and a pool. Rates starting at $139/night (0.7 miles away from CNF)

Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Shadyside - A modern hotel that offers complimentary shuttle service to Oakland & Pittsburgh universities. Rates starting at $254/night (0.7 miles away from CNF)

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh - A boutique hotel in an old YMCA once frequented by Mister Rogers. Rates starting at $119/night (1 mile away from CNF)

The Mansions on Fifth - A luxury hotel in an old industry baron's mansion. Rates starting at $149/night (1.5 miles away from CNF)

*Please note that the Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference is located in downtown Pittsburgh, about 20 minutes (via car) away from the CNF office. If you’re visiting for the conference, these hotels are a better option.


From Pittsburgh International Airport:

The Pittsburgh airport is located about 45 minutes (23.7 miles) away from CNF. There are a few different ways to get into the city.

Bus - Pittsburgh Port Authority Transportation (PAT) provides bus service to and from the airport every 30 minutes on the 28X Airport Flyer. The one-way trip from the airport to downtown Pittsburgh costs $2.75 (exact change only) and takes about 40 minutes, and the route ends in Oakland near the universities. Passengers are responsible for handling their bags when getting on and off the vehicle. To find the stop closest to your destination, use the Trip Planner tool at the Pittsburgh Port Authority website.

Cabs - Cabs are easily found at the airport.* The cost to travel from the airport to the downtown area is approximately $40.

Car Rental - There are several car rental counters at the airport. Click here for phone numbers of available providers.

SuperShuttle - This can be scheduled in advance or booked upon arrival at the baggage claim area of the airport. Service from the airport to the downtown area is about $27 one way. Call to make reservations (800-258-3826) or book online.

Uber and Lyft - Both rideshare services are available to and from the airport and in all parts of the city; costs vary depending on the time of day and other factors (available drivers, city events, etc.).

Transportation in the City:

Once you are in the city, the Port Authority's light rail system (known locally as the T), buses, and Uber/Lyft services are the primary public transportation options in Pittsburgh.

Uber and Lyft - Uber and Lyft are reliable sources of transportation in the city. Prices will vary.

Bus - Port Authority buses can get you around Pittsburgh for a low price. The fare is $2.75 per trip, and exact change is required. You can purchase a reloadable ConnectCard at the Pittsburgh International Airport (and other locations) and use that during your stay in the city;  the ConnectCard allows you to travel at the discounted rate of $2.50 per trip, with the option of transferring routes for only $1. (Transfers are not available for purchase with cash.)

You can find bus schedules through Google Maps or by downloading a transit app on a smartphone or tablet. Schedules are also posted on the Port Authority website. Real-time bus arrival/departure information can be found using the Port Authority's True Time site.

The T - The Port Authority's light rail system travels through downtown Pittsburgh via underground rails. You can also use the light rail system to reach several local stadiums (PNC Park, Heinz Field), restaurants (Burgatory, Southern Tier), concert venues (Stage AE), museums (Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Science Center) and the South Hills Village shopping mall. View the map of the T stations and two routes offered here.

Bike - Pittsburgh is a fairly bike-friendly city. It's hilly and many of the roads are narrow, but there are a number of dedicated bike lanes throughout the city. BikePGH offers an incredibly useful (and free!) map of all the bike routes in and around Pittsburgh. Additionally, Pittsburgh Bike Share’s Healthy Ride bike rental stations are available in most parts of the city. A Port Authority ConnectCard gets you unlimited free 15-minute rides; $2 gets you a 30-minute rental.

*Cabs - Cabs cannot usually be hailed on the street and must be scheduled in advance. Please use the numbers provided below to schedule your ride.

Checker Cab (412) 664-5600
People's Cab (412) 441-3200
Yellow Cab (412) 321-8100


Metered parking is available Monday through Saturday on most public streets. For more details on parking in the city, visit our About 5119 Coral Street page.

Local Experiences and Food Options

Looking for locally owned coffee shops, pressed juice, gluten-free options, or a good slice of pizza? All of this and more is available within walking distance of the Creative Nonfiction Foundation (5119 Coral Street). Check out some of our favorites here and here. Please note that these selections are for specific neighborhoods near CNF and don't cover the multitude of food options throughout the entire city.

Questions? Please contact our Events and Building Manager, Hannah Waltz, at  waltz@creativenonfiction.org or call us at 412-404-2975.