Johnstown is a city in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, 41 miles (66 km) west-southwest of Altoona, and 70 miles (110 km) east of Pittsburgh. The Conemaugh River forms at Johnstown from its tributaries, the Stonycreek River and the Little Conemaugh.


Like many other Rust Belt cities, Johnstown has fallen on hard times since the decline of the manufacturing industries that once provided the majority of jobs in the region. Certainly not helping matters is the fact that the area was subject to devastating floods for some time, most recently in 1977 (although modern dams and rainwater diversion systems have since been installed to mitigate further flooding). Nonetheless, for American history-minded travelers, Johnstown and the surrounding area offers a number of interesting attractions.

Get in

By car

The main highway connecting Johnstown to the Pennsylvania Turnpike is US 219. In addition, there is also State Route 56, which is an expressway from 219 until Walnut Street. From there, it provides a connection to US 22 to the north of Johnstown, which connects to Pittsburgh and Altoona.

By plane

The local airport is the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport (IATA: JST) , located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district. However, with just one airline (United Express) serving only one destination (Washington-Dulles, via Altoona) fares are usually quite pricey. A likely cheaper alternative (even factoring in rental car costs and tolls) would be to fly into Pittsburgh International Airport and then make the two-hour drive to Johnstown via I-376 to the PA Turnpike.

By train

Johnstown Station is an Amtrak railway station located at 47 Walnut Street in Johnstown. The station is currently only served by Amtrak's Pennsylvanian, which operates once daily in each direction. Primary cities served on Amtrak to and from Johnstown include Altoona, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York to the east and Greensburg and Pittsburgh to the west. Staffed ticket service is available for both daily departures.

In addition to the Amtrak service, CamTran has two routes that stop at the train station:

The primary Camtran transit center is located approximately 1/2 mile to the southeast of the Amtrak railway station. Greyhound buses also stop at the transit center.

Get around

CamTran operates the local bus service, a fleet of 51 buses on a rural and an urban fixed route system.







Go next

Routes through Johnstown

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