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Getting In and Around Portland

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Public transportation, by far, serves as the best means to get in and around Portland. The city's local transportation system is reputed in the US as one of the most convenient, easy and tourist friendly means. The light rail trains and TriMet buses, with their extensive routes connect people to almost all nook and corners of the city. PDX is also a very walk-able or pedestrian friendly city and, of course you can use your feet to explore the city, and when you get tired hob on any local transit available. The city-owned Portland Streetcar is also an amusing and fun way to travel around this transit friendly city.

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Travel to Portland by Air

Portland International Airport is the commercial, primary airport in Portland. There are two other reliever airports - Portland–Hillsboro Airport and Portland–Troutdale Airport.

Portland International Airport:
Portland International Airport is a joint civil-military airport, owned and operated by Port of Portland. PDX is Oregon's largest airport and serves as the hub for Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Ameriflight and SeaPort Airlines. PDX has daily flights that connect to all over the US, and also to several other international destinations.

Address:7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon 97218
Phone: 1 503-460-4234
Website: www.flypdx.com/PDX

Getting To/From PDX

  • Tri-Met’s light-rail MAX line will take approximately 40 minutes to reach the airport from downtown.

  • Blue Star bus offers shuttle services between PDX and several downtown stops. Call at 503-249-1837 for more information.

  • The taxis fare from the airport to downtown is around $34 (not including tip).

Travel to Portland by Train

Amtrak: Amtrak provides services up and down the West Coast. The following Amtrak trains provide connectivity from Portland to other several cities.
  • The Empire Builder Route: Chicago - St. Paul/Minneapolis - Milwaukee - Spokane - Portland/Seattle

  • The Cascades Route: Vancouver, BC - Seattle - Tacoma - PDX - Salem - Eugene

  • The Coast Starlight Route: Seattle - Portland - LA
Address: 800 NW 6th Avenue
Phone: 503-273-4865
Website: www.amtrak.com

Travel to Portland by Bus

Greyhound: The Greyhound bus services link the City of Portland with several other US cities along I-5 and I-84. The major destinations it serve, include Chicago, Denver, Boise, Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver, BC.

Address: 550 NW 6th Ave
Phone: 503-243-2361
Website: www.greyhound.com

Bolt Bus:
Bolt Bus offers services in large buses that come with wi-fi facility and power outlets. Bolt Bus provides good connectivity between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC.

Phone: 877-265-8287
Website: www.boltbus.com

Roadways in Portland

Portland has been ranked as the 13th most traffic congested city of all American cities, and among all North American cities, it is ranked 16th. Portland uses 2 separate numbering systems of roadways. Routes are used by general public and comprise of Interstate highways, Oregon Routes and US Routes. Highways are used by ODOT (Oregon Department of transportation). They are numbered and named.
  • I-5: It links Portland with the Willamette Valley, California and Southern Oregon to the south and to the north with Washington.

  • I-405: Around the central downtown area, it forms a loop with I-5.

  • I-205: On the eastern side, it forms a loop freeway route and links to the Portland International Airport.

  • US 26: It runs along the metro area and maintains westward to Mount Hood and eastward to Central Oregon.

  • US 30: It stretches to Astoria to the west and passes along Oregon, Gresham, and the eastern exurbs. It continues and links to I-84 that travel towards Boise, Idaho.

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Getting In-and-Around Portland

By Public Transportation

Portland has a very easy and tourist friendly public-transportation system. The local transit in PDX mainly comprises of local buses, the MAX light-rail and streetcars. The entire Portland public transportation system is run and maintained by TriMet. For night travel, visit the TriMet website to check the timings and service. Most services stop at 1 am and only fewer services run past midnight.

Contact TriMet

Address: 701 SW 6th Ave
Phone: 503-238-7433
Website: www.trimet.org

Tickets for local transportation

The tickets are valid for two hours from the time of purchase. Tickets are available at different locations.
  • For buses - buy tickets from the fare machines in the stations
  • For streetcars, - buy tickets on the streetcar itself or at streetcar stations
  • For the MAX light rail - buy from ticket machines at MAX stations

By Car

The city has many car rental services available. You can easily find one at Portland International Airport (PDX) and downtown. The car rental rates vary seasonally and parking cost a lot. Hotel's garages charge about $15 to $30 per night. It is recommended to rent a car for outside city travel or for a specific day.Some notable car rental services in Portland are:

Address: 739 SW 10th Ave, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-328-3539

Crown Auto Rental
Address: 4826 NE 105th Ave, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-230-1103

Budget Car Rental
Address: 310 SW Lincoln St, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-222-5421

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 1623 W Burnside St, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-220-8200

National Car Rental

Address: 7105 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 888-826-6890

Avis Car Rental
Address: 7102 Northeast Airport Way, Portland Intl Airport, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-249-4950

By Charter Services

EcoShuttle: The vehicles of EcoShuttle are run on 100Call biodiesel. You can hire the custom bus or van charters for tours or sightseeing. For more information call at 503-548-4480 or visit the website.

By Streetcar

The Streetcar is another funway to get around PDX. The route it follows is from Northwest Portland to the Southwest waterfront, and run trough downtown and south. Use a daylong unlimited ride pass which is available for $5. Get more details about Portland Streetcar.

By Pedicab

This is a really eco-friendly option and also a fun way to get around the city. The Bicycle pedicab services provide you with ‘drivers’ that pedal you around downtown. The city has several pedicab operators, including PDX Pedicab. You can get more details via 503-828-9888 or visit the website.

It’s really easy to ride a bicycle yourself in and around Portland - ‘the most bike-friendly city in America.’ There are many bike rental companies in the city, such as -

Cycle Portland Bike Tours & Rentals  

Address: 117 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 844-739-2453

Everybody's Bike Rentals & Tours  
Address: 305 NE Wygant St, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-358-0152

Waterfront Bicycle  
Address: 10 SW Ash St #100, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-227-1719

Clever Cycles
Address: 900 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-334-1560

Kerr Bikes  
Address: 1020 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-808-9955

By Taxi

You can hire taxi or cab anytime as services are available 24 hours by phone. Traveling by taxi is not a very expensive affair as PDX is a more compact city, compared to other major American cities. You can expect taxi fare to start at about $2.50 and about $2 is added with each added mile. For each additional person, it charged a dollar extra. Some notable taxi services are-

Green Transportation aka Green Cab & Green Shuttle  
Address: 10118 East Burnside St, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-234-1414

Portland Taxi Cab Company  
Address: 12624 North East Halsey Street, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-256-5400

Radio Cab
Address: 1613 North West Kearney Street, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-227-1212

Yellow Taxi Cab
Address: Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-922-1234

Address: 14415 South East Stark St, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-222-2222

Broadway Cab  
Address: Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-333-3333

New Rose City Cab Co
Address: 1533 North East Alberta St, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 1 503-282-7707

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