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2014 Hotel & Transportation Information

Official Conference Hotel

Stay just a few blocks from the University Club and take advantage of the special conference room rate ($139/night) available at the Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference's official hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn

This offer is available only until April 26. 

Reserve your room

Hilton Garden Inn

$139/night ($179/night if reserved after April 26)
0.5 miles to conference
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Other Conference Area Hotels

Rates below do not include 14% hotel tax. As always, you may find lower rates on sites such as hotels.com, Room Key, Priceline, Expedia, or Kayak, or for non-refundable reservations.

Oakland Neighborhood Hotels

Hampton Inn Pittsburgh-University Center
.8 miles from conference
3315 Hamlet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
.2 miles from conference
100 Lytton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-6200
Marriott Residence Inn
.8 miles from conference
3896 Bigelow Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-2200


Economy Options

Quality Inn University Center
1 mile from conference
3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 683-6100

Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport
21.5 miles from conference; connected to airport
Public transportation to oakland neighborhood available–see transportation sheet
1111 Airport Boulevard, 15231

Additional economy hotels are located near the Pittsburgh airport but do not have access to public transportation.


There are four ways to get from Pittsburgh International Airport to the conference venue and/or Oakland hotels. The Greyhound, Amtrak, and MegaBus stations are all located in downtown Pittsburgh. Public transportation is available from downtown Pittsburgh to Oakland and the conference venue.


Cabs can be found at the airport. The cost to reach Oakland/University of Pittsburgh is approximately $50/one way.  There are no tolls or additional fees except for tips. 


SuperShuttle can be scheduled in advance for faster service or booked at the baggage claim area of the Pittsburgh International Airport, in the rental car area, behind the elevators by Door 4. Service to Oakland/University of Pittsburgh is $27/one way.

(800) BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826)


Pittsburgh Port Authority Transportation (PAT) provides bus service to and from the airport on the 28X bus. Buses leave the airport every 30 minutes and take about 66 minutes to reach Oakland. Buses leave from outside the baggage claim area and cost $3.75 one way. This must be paid in cash and no change is available on the buses or at the bus stop. The link below will take you to a pdf version of the 28x schedule. The closest stop to the conference venue is Forbes Avenue at Bigelow Boulevard (Schenley Dr.).


Car Rental

The Pittsburgh airport has several car rental counters. The link below provides phone numbers for available providers.

General transportation within the city

  • Buses and cabs are the only public transportation options in Pittsburgh.
  • The best option for finding bus schedules is Google Maps. Bus fare is $2.50 each way. This must be paid in cash and no change is available on the buses or at the bus stop. Schedules are not posted at the bus stops.
  • Attendees should note that unless you are leaving from the airport or a hotel, cabs in Pittsburgh must be scheduled in advance and cannot be hailed on the street. Cab service is provided by Yellow Cab: 412-321-8100.


The closest parking garage to the University Club is the Soldiers and Sailors Garage. Additional information on parking near the University Club can be found here.