Fly from Ottawa to Pittsburgh, to visit a city once built on steel, now polished with sophistication.
From its past as the American industrial heartland, Pittsburgh has forged a new identity as a centre for culture and arts. Whether you have a day to spend wandering through the Carnegie Museum of Art, or a few minutes to pop into the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh’s art offerings are well worth your time.
If you’d rather see a game than a gallery, Pittsburgh has plenty to offer. Once your Porter plane from Ottawa to Pittsburgh touches down, head to Heinz Field to watch the Steelers score a touchdown. Or, for a home run Pittsburgh experience, catch a Pirates game at PNC Park. Cool off with a hockey game at the Consol Centre, where the Penguins take to the ice. With NFL, MLB, and NHL teams, Pittsburgh is paradise for sports fans.
When you’re done cheering, spend some time learning at the Carnegie Science Centre or spend some time at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, it has everything from polar bears to piranhas. Grow a green thumb at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, with extensive outdoor gardens and a Victorian greenhouse, horticulture has never felt so cultured.
Pittsburgh has left behind its steelworks and smokestacks for a greener outlook. Once the centre of industry, culture is now at the heart of this city. When you go from Ottawa to Pittsburgh, arts, sports, nature, and more await you. With all Pittsburgh has to offer, it’s clear this polished city has come a long way from its steel city foundations.
Don’t miss this example of the city’s transformation, on your trip from Ottawa to Pittsburgh.
For more than a hundred years, Lawrenceville bustled with the sounds of industry. Warehouses dotted the waterfront of the Allegheny River. Thousands of people found work in Lawrenceville, manufacturing everything from iron and steel, to beer and petroleum. With the decline of the steel industry in the 1960s, the neighbourhood also declined.
Now, Lawrenceville has gained a new lustre, attracting chefs, musicians, brewers, and artists. Pittsburgh’s populace has taken a shine to Lawrenceville as an alternative to the costly Shadyside neighbourhood.
Rather than processing iron and steel, Lawrenceville’s historic warehouses now produce coffee and fine cuisine. Lawrenceville still makes beer, but now it’s craft breweries and microbreweries doing the fermenting. Almost every day is the opening day of a restaurant or café in Lawrenceville, making this neighbourhood the hottest spot in Pittsburgh’s culinary and culture scene.
You’ll find the artistic influence of the nearby galleries in Lawrenceville’s restaurants. Treat your palate to a variety of flavours, prepared by some of Pittsburgh’s most creative chefs. If inspiration strikes you, the Lawrenceville farmers’ market in Arsenal Park is your source for ingredients.
Sate your retail appetites by shopping on Butler Street. Here, vintage homewares and clothes are always in fashion. Antique and boutique shops can also be found along Butler Street.
While the past few years have seen Lawrenceville change in big ways, some things have stayed the same. Lawrenceville’s Allegheny Cemetery has been open since 1845, and its 300 green acres hold some of Pittsburgh’s most famous residents. Having seen Lawrenceville through its transition, the Allegheny Cemetery is a scenic and historic stop, perfect for any trip from Ottawa to Pittsburgh.
During your trip from Ottawa to Pittsburgh, the city’s Little Italy is a delicious destination.
When you’re looking for places to eat in Bloomfield, take advantage of the neighbourhood’s history with a meal at some of Pittsburgh’s best Italian restaurants. Liberty Avenue is your path to Bloomfield’s pasta, pizza, and more.
If you haven’t had your fill of Italian fare, head to the aisles of one of Bloomfield’s Italian grocery stores. The old-fashioned Groceria Italiana has all the right ingredients for an authentic Little Italy experience.
For after-dinner drinks, head to one of Bloomfield’s friendly dive bars. Sonny’s Tavern and Nico’s Recovery Room are two neighbourhood favourites. After a few rounds at Nico’s, you may just find yourself belting out karaoke with the locals.
Once you’ve had your fill of Bloomfield, the neighbourhood’s central location makes it the perfect jumping-off point for exploring more of Pittsburgh. You can go east to see chic Shadyside or west for a cup of Pittsburgh’s finest coffee in the Strip District. Wherever you go next, Bloomfield is the perfect place to start any trip from Ottawa to Pittsburgh.
Fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), with a quick connection in Toronto. Ottawa to Pittsburgh flight time is 2 hours, on average. Connection time varies. Ottawa to Pittsburgh distance is approximately 710 km / 440 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Porter’s check-in desk is on the third floor, in the departures area.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is about 29 km / 18 mi from downtown Pittsburgh.
Taxis to downtown cost about $35 USD. Car service costs about $60 USD.
The SuperShuttle provides service from the airport to downtown.
Take the Port Authority’s West Busway 28X Airport Flyer from the pick-up spot outside door 6 of the baggage claim area. The fare is $3.75 USD.
Car rental services are available on the baggage claim level of the landside terminal of Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).