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2017 Hotel & Transportation Information

Official Conference Hotel

Stay within a short walk from the conference venue. This year's conference is being held on Point Park University's downtown Pittsburgh campus. The official conference hotel is the Omni William Penn Hotel.

Omni William Penn Hotel 
Official CNFWC Hotel
$169/night (if booked before April 30th)
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

This offer is available only until April 30th, 2017. Rooms may be booked online here
If you experience difficulty with online booking, please call the hotel directly: 412-281-7100.

Embassy Suites by Hilton
$159/night (if booked by April 28th)
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

This offer is available only until April 28th, 2017. Please call the hotel directly at (412) 338-2200 to book a room in the CNFWC block.

Please follow the links below for more information about:

Other Conference Area Hotels

The following listings represent four of the hotels that are closest to the conference venue, with the closest hotels listed first.

Rates below do not include 14% hotel tax. As always, you may find lower rates on sites such as hotels.com, AirBnB, Room Key, Priceline, Expedia, Kayak, etc. 

Downtown Hotels

Fairmont Pittsburgh
0.3 miles from conference
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 773-8800

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
0.4 miles from conference
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 391-4600

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
0.5 miles from conference
107 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 562-1200

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
0.5 miles from conference
1 Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 281-5800


Not seeing a hotel that suits your needs? Airbnb offers vistors an interesting and fresh perspective of Pittsburgh, allowing you to rent out unique spaces for short or extended periods of time. Choose from hundreds of properties for the chance to experience the city as a local would. Or, search for a more unique experience that can't be found anywhere else.


The Greyhound, Amtrak, and Megabus stations are all located in downtown Pittsburgh within a few blocks from each other and from the conference venue. 

If you're arriving by air, there are four ways to get from Pittsburgh International Airport to the conference venue and/or downtown hotels:


Cabs can be found at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The cost to travel from the airport to the downtown area is approximately $40.

Uber and Lyft services are available to and from the airport and all parts of the city. Pittsburgh is known as the home of the world's first self-driving Uber cars; download the app and maybe you'll get lucky enough to be able to witness this innovative technology in action.


SuperShuttle can be scheduled in advance or booked upon arrival at the baggage claim area of the Pittsburgh International Airport, in the rental car area, behind the elevators by Door 4. Service from the airport to the downtown area is about $27 one way.

Reservations can be made online or call 800-258-3826.


Pittsburgh Port Authority Transportation (PAT) provides bus service to and from the airport every 30 minutes on the 28X Airport Flyer. The trip from the airport to downtown Pittsburgh takes about 40 minutes. Passengers are responsible for handling their bags when getting on and off the vehicle. The attached link will take you to a PDF of the 28X schedule. The stop closest to the conference venue is Downtown-Liberty Avenue at Wood Street. To find which stop is closest to your hotel, visit the Pittsburgh Port Authority website here and enter your desitination into the Trip Planner.

Fare for Port Authority buses costs $2.75 per trip. Exact change is required. You can also purchase a reloadable Connect Card at the Pittsburgh International Airport (and other locations) and use that to pay for fare during your stay in the city. The Connect Card will allow you to travel at the discounted rate of $2.50 per trip, with the option of transferring routes for only $1. If you decide to pay with cash during your stay in the city, transfers are not available for purchase with cash. Tipping the bus driver is not permitted.

The best option for finding bus schedules is through Google Maps or by downloading a transit app on a smartphone or tablet. Schedules are not posted at bus stops but can be found via Google Maps or through the Port Authority website. Realtime bus arrival/departure information can be found using the Port Authority's True Time site.

You can also purchase a Connect Card and the Port Authority Service Center located in downtown Pittsburgh at 534 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Car Rental

The Pittsburgh airport has several car rental counters. Click here for a list of phone numbers for available providers.

General transportation within the city

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

Cabs are also an option but attendees should note that unless you are leaving from the airport or a hotel, cabs in Pittsburgh must be scheduled in advance and cannot usually be hailed on the street. 

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

Once you're in the city, Port Authority's light rail system will allow you to travel around downtown Pittsburgh via underground rails. You can also use the light rail system to travel outside of the city to several local stadiums (PNC Park, Heinz Field), restaurants (Burgatory, Southern Tier), concert venues (Stage AE), museums (Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory MuseumCarnegie Science Center) and the South Hills Village shopping mall. To view a map of the T stations and two routes offered, click on this link.

Getting around by 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 has HealthyRide bike rental stations available in most parts of the city. 


Metered street parking is available around the city but is often limited to two-hour increments. Parking rules and regulations are strictly enforced. Street parking is free in most parts of the city after 6:00 PM.

The Third Avenue Garage and the Wood-Allies Garage are the closest parking garages to the conference venue. Visit this website to view all of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages (rates included) that are located downtown, most of which are in walking distance of the conference center.

ParkPGH is a very useful application available on the iPhone, the web, text messaging and a call-in service. It supplies real-time information about parking availability in all garages in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh, calculating the number of available spaces every 30 seconds.

You can also download the Go Mobile Pittsburgh app to add time to your meter from anywhere in the city.

For information about parking in downtown Pittsburgh. Click this link.

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Questions? Contact our Events Manager, Lauren Boehm, at [email protected].

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