Getting Around Portland is fun and easy!
  • The TriMet system:
  • TriMet   is the public transportation system in Portland Oregon, which covers a very large area, from downtown out to the surrounding suburbs. It includes the MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail, Portland Streetcar, and Buses.

  • A one day adult pass is a great bargain as it costs just $5 and will let you travel everywhere within the entire system. Youth passes are only $3.30, and senior fares just $2. You can also purchase a ticket for just a two hour time period, or a  pass for longer periods of time, from one week to one month-       

  • Tickets can be purchased at self service ticket machines located at the MAX, WES and Streetcar stations, and when you board the bus (exact change required). They can also be purchased online, at the TriMet Pioneer Square office, and at many Portland Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertson's stores. For smartphones, you can download the TriMet Ticket App-

  • The MAX Light Rail goes all over the city, out to the airport as well as to some attractions in town, such as the zoo.  MAX serves a wide area including the airport, the Expo Center to the north, Beaverton and Hillsboro to the west, Gresham to the east, and all the way south to Clackamas Town Center. Each MAX train stop has a kiosk with maps, schedules and an automated machine to purchase your ticket.

  • There are over 100 bus routes throughout downtown and the greater Portland area, and they connect with many MAX, WES and Streetcar stops.  The buses can take you to areas beyond the limits of the MAX train, as well as to more specific locations where the train does not reach. If you want to travel to outlying areas beyond the last MAX stop, you can take a bus to Forest Grove, Troutdale, Happy Valley, Oregon City and other towns. The TriMet bus system also connects to other transportation districts for travel to locations farther away. For a map and other information-                                               

  • The Portland Streetcar operates within the downtown districts of Portland.  Their coverage includes NW Portland, the Pearl,  Riverplace, City Center, Waterfront, Lloyd Center and the very popular OMSI-

  • The WES Commuter Rail connects downtown Portland with Wilsonville, Tualatin, Tigard and Beaverton. It runs on a limited schedule weekdays during morning and afternoon commuter hours-                    

  • Travelers connected with smart phones and tablets can access TriMet with a variety of over 50 apps available for all operating systems. These are packed full of useful information including stop locations, real time arrival information, maps and trip planning, which makes getting around on TriMet a breeze-                                                   

  • Other transportation options:

  • Downtown Portland is very walkable, with blocks a mere 200 ft long (roughly half the size of many major U.S. cities).

    In town, you can also get taxi, town cars, and pedi-cabs (bike that pulls a carriage). The major car rental companies including Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz and Avis have offices downtown that offer car rentals at lower prices than at the airport.

     Zipcar is an alternative way to have a car without having to go through a corporate car rental.

    You can also ride bikes, as Portland is considered to be a very bike friendly city, but use caution when riding in heavy city traffic, and please obey the traffic rules. Rental options-                                                                                                       

  • Getting to downtown Portland:

  • You can ride the MAX Light Rail for only $2.50 per person. There are also shuttles, airport car rentals, chauffeured executive sedans as well as taxis. Prices vary. Radio Cab offers a $26 one way rate, but you must call the office and ask for it specifically.

                Shuttles to and from Portland Airport (PDX) and other nearby cities:

    • HUT Portland Airport Shuttle has been serving communities in the Willamette Valley since 1973. They offer fast modern transport to Woodburn , Salem , Albany , Corvallis and Eugene to and from PDX. For more information:   http://www.portlandairportshuttle.

    Enjoy your visit to Portland :-)