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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- http://trimet.org/fares/index.htm
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- http://trimet.org/mobiletickets/index...
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. http://www.trimet.org/maps/railsystem...
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- http://trimet.org/howtoride/wes.htm
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- http://trimet.org/apps/index.htm
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- https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transp...
Getting to downtown Portland:
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.