Transportation OptionsGetting Around This Town Is Easy
is the designation for Portland International Airport. Amtrack and Greyhound also use "PDX" - some of the time.
Amtrak & Greyhound
are Downtown, across the street from each other. They are located on the Portland Transit Mall, inside the Free Rail Zone
. Tracks for MAX - Portland's Light Rail system - cross between them.
Bus, Rail, Taxis, Towncars, Rentals, Tour Buses
Less than $3 Each Way
will get you from PDX Airport to Downtown and the Convention Center, on MAX,
, Portland's Light Rail system. Follow signs on Baggage Claim Level.
may help visualize taking MAX from Airport Baggage-Claim into Downtown Portland.
is a Free Rail Zone
were you may ride all MAX lines and Streetcars for free.
The Free Rail Zone extends from
Portland State University
Through Downtown Portland, across the river to
The Rose Quarter,
The Oregon Convention Center
The DoubleTree Inn at Lloyd Center,
Lloyd Center Mall.
is the local Light Rail, Heavy Rail, Streetcar and Bus Agency. One ticket on any mode is good for a transfer to another mode during it's effective time. Absent snow or other natural disaster, these trains do run on time. So do the busses.
A 7-Day pass
on TriMet is only $23 ($13 for age 65+). That's less than most one-way airport shuttles. You can buy passes of all types from a machine at the Airport, or any MAX stop. An all-day or multi-day pass lets you ride bus and rail all over the City of Portland and 'burbs. You don't have to show a pass to board, but you do need to show one if asked by a "Fare Inspector" while onboard.
Transit System Quirks
Urban transit systems have quirks that are known to locals, but bedevil travelers. Tri-Met has two. Not so bad, but worth knowing, nevertheless.
Zones - when buying a pass for a few hours you can select 2 or 3 zones. Buy all 3 zones unless you want to spend a lot of time figuring out if you could have saved $0.30.
Most bus lines have two "legs." That is, they have a Northern run and a Southern run. Most lines come downtown where you can transfer from one train or bus to another. A bus or train going downtown from the Northern "leg" will drop off passengers downtown then pick up passengers for the Southern "leg."
However: The bus will not change numbers when it crosses through downtown. You can think you're boarding a #42 going North, but end up boarding #42 going South if you're not careful.
Fortunately, the downtown Transit Mall is on one-way streets, one running North, the other South, which will give you a clue to the whole system. You're expected to know all this, but it's rarely stated.
Example: The #12 Bus shows where this can confuse: Heading North from downtown, it will take you to The Groto botanical garden in Northeast Portland. Heading South, it will take you to the big Barbur Blvd. Transit Center.
Ask any bus driver or bus rider if you feel uncertain.
In Portland, as with most cities its size, there are taxi stands outside the airport, train station and many hotels. Otherwise you generally call and wait.
It's possible to flag an empty passing taxi, but they are rare, even downtown.
Broadway Cab (#1 Cab Co.)(No website) 503/227-1234
Radio Cab (#2 Cab Co.)(No website) 503/227-1212
Portland Taxi, 503/256-5400
Green Cab ---- 503/234-1414
Royal Shuttle Airport Service 503/5545-0005
Rent A Car Locations via Google Maps
Raja Tours Airport Shuttle Services ---- 503/524-4386
White Van Airport Shuttle ---- 503/774-9755
Typically it is much cheaper to rent a car away from the airport. If your hotel is served by MAX this can work out quite well for your pocketbook. The off-airport rental source may even pick you up at your hotel and deliver you a MAX stop, or the airport when you're all done.
Bus and Tour Operators
Wine Country Tours and Adventures
New car dealerships sometimes have car rental desks where prices are very good. Broadway Toyota is one such, and quite near Downtown and the Convention Center.