The Center for Philosophy of Science is in the University
of Pittsburgh’s main campus in Oakland, Pittsburgh, in the
landmark Cathedral of Learning. Pittsburgh is the largest city in
Western Pennsylvania and is readily accessible by air, using Pittsburgh
International Airport, and road. Pittsburgh is also
served by bus
::: Arriving by Air
::: Arriving by Car
::: Arriving by Rail
arriving by air
International Airport serves the Pittsburgh area and
is about 20 miles from the Oakland Campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
From the Airport to the University of Pittsburgh, Oakland
The drive takes 30-40 minutes depending on traffic.
Taxicab is the most expensive and most convenient way to make
the trip. (Yellow Taxi Cab: (412) 321-8100; People’s Cab:
(412) 466-8300). The fare to Oakland is approximately $60. Cabs
are generally freely available and advance reservation is not
Super Shuttle (800-258-3826) serves
the Pittsburgh International Airport and the hotels in Oakland.
The charge is about $25.00 one way (you must
mention that you will use round-trip service on your first trip
to get a slightly discounted, round trip rate). You can make reservations online (supershuttle.com) or in person at the airport. The depot is located
behind the escalator near the luggage pick-up (US Airways) and
car rental agencies. The Shuttle collects passengers all day and night. Check with the depot when you arrive for the departure
times. The shuttle will take you to the Holiday Inn, Oakland,
and you should mention that is your destination.
Airport Express (Port Authority Transit bus) (412-442-2000) is very
reliable and inexpensive, just several dollars. The bus runs each 20-30 minutes from the
ground transportation area of the airport. The driver does not carry change, so have small bills and change on hand. The bus stops in Oakland at
the Corner of Fifth Ave. and Bigelow Blvd, directly opposite the
Cathedral of Learning, which houses the Center offices. It is
a short walk from that stop to the Holiday Inn, Oakland. The driver
does not assist with luggage. For current rates and schedules see the Port Authority website: www.portauthority.org.
If you are arriving with substantial luggage and staying in private
quarters rather than a hotel, we recommend that you take a taxi limo
from the airport to your destination.
Private limousine service can be arranged through Corporate Sedan Service (1-888-666-4909).
Returning to the Airport
Taxicab is the most expensive and most convenient way to make
the trip. (Yellow Taxi Cab: 412-321-8100; People’s Cab:
412-466-8300) The fare from Oakland is approximately $60.
Super Shuttle will take you from most hotels to the airport.
However you must notify the hotel of your anticipated departure
time so that the service can be booked. The rate is about $25.00 one
way unless you purchased round trip service on your arrival.
Airport Express (Port Authority Transit bus) picks
up passengers for the airport at Fifth & Bigelow (corner across
5th Ave. from the Cathedral) in Oakland every 20-30 minutes and the fare is several dollars. The driver does not does not assist with luggage and does not carry change, so have small bills and change on hand. For current rates and schedules see the Port Authority website: www.portauthority.org.
arriving by car
will guide you to the Oakland Campus of the University of Pittsburgh
from points North, South, East and West.
They will bring you to the Oakland Campus along Forbes Avenue.
It is a one-way street permitting eastward travel only towards
the Cathedral of Learning, which houses the Center offices.
The most convenient cash-parking garage is under Soldiers &
Sailors Hall on Fifth Ave. To find it, drive in the left lane
on Forbes Ave. and turn left onto Bigelow Blvd. in front of the
Cathedral of Learning. Go straight through the next traffic light
which crosses over Fifth Avenue. Turn left into the parking garage.
Take your parking ticket with you. On your return, you pay at
the cashier at street level and take the validated ticket to you
car. It opens the gate on your exit.
Metered parking is plentiful in Oakland but virtually always fully
occupied. Illegal parking is policed vigorously and very likely
to attract a fine. A quest for a free meter often leads to a drive
into nearby Schenley Park and a fifteen minute walk back to the
map of campus parking
arriving by rail
Unfortunately rail connections to Pittsburgh are not as efficient
as with comparable locations in Europe and air travel is generally
much more convenient.
Station is in downtown Pittsburgh, about 10 minutes from the University
of Pittsburgh, Oakland. There is very frequent bus service from
downtown to Oakland. However, if you have luggage, a cab is more
convenient and may sometimes be waiting. Otherwise call Yellow
Cab Co., (412) 321-8100.
The Center offices are located on the 8th floor of the Cathedral
of Learning, which is on the Oakland Campus of the University of
Pittsburgh, three miles east of downtown Pittsburgh. The Cathedral
of Learning, a gothic skyscraper, is the tallest building on the
University of Pittsburgh campus and a distinctive landmark, readily
visible from most parts of Oakland.
Most Center events and all Lunchtime Talks take place in our
conference room at the rear of our offices. When arriving, allow
yourself extra time before talks, since the elevators may be very
busy during scheduled changes of classes and especially during
the noontime hour. If arriving by car,
allow extra time for parking.
To view a map of the campus, take a virtual tour from Pitt's Home
Page and more, see http://www.tour.pitt.edu.
The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center is one-half block from the
Center at 100 Lytton Avenue (Pittsburgh, PA 15213). Ask for the
university rate when you contact them by phone or on-line;
Phone: (412) 682-6200 or toll free (877) 999-3223;
Hotels located a few blocks from the Cathedral of Learning that
offer some shuttle services to university buildings are:
Residence Inn Pittsburgh Oakland by Marriott:
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place
The Hampton Inn University Center is one mile from the Cathedral of Learning and has shuttle service to the university.
Quality Inn University Center