Carnegie Mellon University
After you've completed the First Steps for Admitted Students, it's time to start planning your trip to Pittsburgh and we're here to help get you to Pittsburgh as smoothly as possible.
Although we recommend waiting to sign a lease until you have had a chance to view an apartment in person, we realize that this is not always an option for incoming students, particularly if you are moving from another state or country. 
Driving Directions
If you're driving to campus, use the address below to get directions via Google Maps.

Campus Address:
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Travel from Pittsburgh International Airport to Campus/Oakland

Public Bus Transportation

(Port Authority Transit)

  • The 28X Airport Flyer bus stops downtown and in the heart of the Carnegie Mellon campus. Rides typically take 45 minutes and buses depart from the airport every 30 minutes between 5:30am-12:00 midnight, everyday.
  • The bus uses exact change only and riders can also purchase a transfer ticket, which is good for one ride on another bus from the downtown or campus drop-off location.
  • For the current bus schedule and costs, visit the Port Authority website or call 412-442-2000.
Super Shuttle

Super Shuttle provides shuttle service between the airport and downtown hotels. For reservations and pricing information, contact Super Shuttle at 1-800-258-3826.

Taxi Service

Taxi cabs are typically located outside of the airport, but if you need to call a service, call zTrip (412-777-7777) or Classy Cab (412-322-5080). Whether you are staying in a hotel or on campus, taxi service will require a destination address (see campus address above). Most taxis will accept credit cards, but you should check with the driver before you begin your trip.


The on-demand, private taxi service provides service to/from the airport. You can request a pick up and view fare estimates for your trip via the Uber app on your smartphone. All Uber accounts must have an email address and verified mobile number associated with the account in order to request a ride.

Rental Car
  • You can rent a car on-site at the Pittsburgh International Airport. For more information, please refer to the transportation services section of the Pittsburgh International Airport website.
  • Driving directions from the airport: Follow 376 East toward Pittsburgh through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and onto the Fort Pitt Bridge. Once on the bridge stay in the far right lanes and follows the signs for 376 East/Monroeville. Take 376 East to the Forbes Avenue/Oakland exit. Stay in the right hand lanes, following Forbes Avenue approximately 1.3 miles through the Oakland business district to campus.

Amtrak, Greyhound, and Megabus



  • Amtrak rail passenger (train) and Greyhound (intercity bus) operate terminals in downtown Pittsburgh. Both are located at the intersection of 11th Street & Liberty Avenue, across the street from each other.
  • The Megabus express bus stop for all Pittsburgh arrivals is located at the David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown, roughly one block from the Greyhound and Amtrak stations.
  • Students arriving by Amtrak, Greyhound, or Megabus can request taxi or Uber service (see above) to campus or a hotel by providing pick up and destination addresses. If you are staying downtown, you may be able to walk from the station or bus stop to your hotel. City bus service to campus is available on the Port Authority's 61A, 61B, 61C, or 61D routes. Buses to campus depart from the intersection of Fifth Avenue & Smithfield Street.
Bring Cash With You
  • We recommend traveling with (US) small bills to cover incidental expenses (taxis, meals, books, etc.). For your own safety, you should not travel with large sums of cash. However, you will want to have enough currency to limit the number of times you may need to use an ATM and incur withdrawl or foreign currency exchange fees.  To avoid paying ATM fees once you arrive in Pittsburgh, consider opening a local bank account.
Bring Credit Cards With You
  • If you have major credit cards, bring them. Whether you are a domestic or international graduate student you should call your bank or credit card company before you travel to let them know your plans and avoid a situation in which they might decline 'suspicious' activity.
    For international students without a credit history in the U.S., it will be difficult or even impossible to obtain a credit card from a U.S. bank, so a credit card from your home country will be help you cover expenses until you can open a local bank account.

Bring Only What You Need
  • If you do not have an apartment secured for your arrival or are traveling long distances or from overseas, you may want to limit the items you bring with you initially. Bringing only the essentials will make it easier for you to travel.
  • During the summer, June through September, the weather in Pittsburgh is often hot and humid. Lightweight clothing is recommended. In addition to clothes and walking shoes, books and other essentials, consider bringing the following items: extra eye glasses or contact lenses, medications (in clearly labeled containers), addresses of friends and family, phone numbers of contact people in the U.S., and compact items that will help your residence feel like home.
  • Check with your airline regarding luggage weight and security measures or consult the Transportation Security Administration.  
  • For more information on traveling internationally, visit the Office of International Education.