For those booking flights to Pittsburgh, please note our general schedule for RailsConf has us starting our days around 9:30am and ending them around 6pm. Registration on Day 1 (Tuesday, April 17) will open approximately two hours before programming begins. On Day 3 (Thursday, April 19), we will be ending programming around 5-6pm. All three days are full days of programming; we will not be having any workshop- or tutorial-only days.
Our conference hotel is The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, which is conveniently located downtown, connected via skywalk to the Convention Center where all RailsConf 2018 programming takes place. Our negotiated group rate of $189.00/night is available via the below link, so be sure to grab it soon!
Our conference venue and hotel, located in downtown Pittsburgh, are about 20 miles from Pittsburgh International Airport. The airport is serviced by taxis, ride share services, and shuttles. Taxis cost about $40 one-way and the drive takes around 30 minutes.
Additionally, the Port Authority operates an airport bus (#28X) that goes from directly outside Baggage Claim (at Door 6) to downtown Pittsburgh. This line has a stop at Liberty/Wood, from which you can walk a few blocks east on Liberty to get to the conference hotel. This route costs $2.75 one way (payable in exact change) and takes about 40 minutes.
Pittsburgh is a city of many waterways, hills, and bridges. As such, the streets have a tendency to be slightly confusing, due to not being laid out in clear grid patterns. While downtown is compact and walkable, it is advisable to regularly check to make sure you’re headed the right way! For those seeking public transit, there are buses and a lightrail operated by the Port Authority -- tickets are $2.75/ride or $7 for a day pass.