Travel & Transport
Portland is served by PDX, Portland International Airport. PDX has been rated the best airport in the US by Travel + Leisure magazine for the last four years, and is the former home of the only airport carpet to acquire a cult following.
Nonstop international service is available from Amsterdam (AMS), Frankfurt (FRA), Keflavik (KEF), and Tokyo/Narita (NRT). International travelers may also want to consider connecting through the much larger Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) airport, via one of many 45-minute shuttle flights operated by Alaska or other airlines.
PDX is 25 minutes from the DoubleTree Hotel via TriMet MAX Red Line Light Rail (cost $2.50, train station is at the terminal), or a similar travel time via taxi, Lyft, Uber, or rental car. If taking MAX, take any train to Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave station, a few steps away from the hotel.
Amtrak trains arrive at Union Station (PDX) just north of downtown. The popular Amtrak Cascades service runs WiFi-enabled trains from King Street Station (SEA) in Seattle. Cascades takes 3 hours 40 minutes and costs $26 one-way if purchased two weeks in advance. (Service from Vancouver, British Columbia to the north and Eugene, Oregon to the south is also available.)
Getting Around Portland
Max Light Rail System
The regional transit service TriMet runs frequent buses and MAX light rail trains throughout Portland and neighboring Oregon cities, from early morning through midnight (2:00am for buses). All buses, trains, and stations have accessibility features.
Adult fares are $2.50 for a 2.5 hour pass good on any bus or train (or the Portland Streetcar). All-day passes are $5 for adults. Passes may be purchased upon boarding a bus (cash only), or at kiosks at MAX stations (cash or debit/credit cards).
Smartphone users may wish to download TriMet apps that ease use of the system. The TriMet Tickets app allows e-tickets to be purchased via credit or debit cards. Note that the ticket app does not include trip planning functionality – you will need to use Google Maps or another third-party app for that.
There is no need to show your pass when you board MAX (or Portland Streetcar) trains. It is possible though unlikely that an inspector will enter and demand to see everyone’s valid passes (in which case you do not want to be caught without one). To board a bus, you will need to show the driver your pass (or purchase one from them).
The city of Portland operates the Portland Streetcar tram system in the central city. There are three lines. The A and B Loops circle downtown clockwise and counter-clockwise, respectively. The NS Line connects the recently developed South Waterfront district to the NW 23rd Ave shopping district.
An adult streetcar-only pass costs $2.00 for 2.5 hours. Fares may be purchased from kiosks at stations (credit/debit only), or onboard (cash only). TriMet fares are also valid.
The city of Portland also operates the BIKETOWN bicycle renting program. To rent one of the distinctive orange bikes at one of the 100 bike rack “stations” around town, first purchase a membership online (starting at $2.50 for one trip of 30 minutes, or $12 for 24 hours of unlimited trips). You can then unlock the bike using its integrated keypad. There is also a BIKETOWNpdx mobile app.
There are 10 permitted taxicab companies operating in Portland, as well as Lyft and Uber. We recommend these driver-owned taxi companies:
Downtown Portland is highly walkable, thanks to its pedestrian-friendly 200 x 200 foot blocks. A popular stroll around the Portland waterfront goes along Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the west bank of the Willamette, crossing over the Steel Bridge to the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, and then back across the Hawthorne Bridge to complete the loop.