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Traveling to Portland

Home to a train station, international airport, and bus hub, traveling to and from Portland is a breeze. For more detailed transportation information, please visit Travel Portland.

By Plane

Travelers named Portland International Airport (PDX) the best airport in the United States in Travel + Leisure’s survey every year from 2013–2019. PDX is currently served by 13 international and domestic airlines offering more than 500 scheduled passenger arrivals and departures daily. Sixty U.S. cities offer nonstop flights to Portland, including Atlanta, Orlando, New York, Boston, and Chicago.

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Portland International Airport is conveniently located less than 10 miles from Portland’s city center.

  • TRAIN: The Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. The trip between PDX and downtown takes about 38 minutes and costs less than $3.00.
  • TAXI: The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is approximately $35 before gratuity. The one-way trip takes 20-40 minutes. You can find taxis waiting in the center section of the airport terminal’s lower roadway outside of the baggage claim.
  • RIDE-SHARE SERVICES: Uber and Lyft both offer drop-off and pick-up services at PDX.

By Train

Amtrak/Union Station, with its elegant architecture, 50-foot (15.2 m) clock tower and cheerful “Go By Train” neon sign, is a Portland landmark. The station is located at the foot of the Broadway Bridge in Old Town Chinatown, just minutes from the center of downtown. The Portland Transit Mall, which carries many bus lines, as well as the MAX light rail Green, Orange, and Yellow lines, is one block from Union Station on Fifth and Sixth avenues. Three Amtrack passenger trains provide daily service out of Union Station.

By Bus

Travel regionally to and from Portland with ease on FlixBus and Greyhound buses.

  • The German-based FlixBus offers low fares starting at $4.99 and offers frequent service to many Pacific Northwest locations. Portland’s FlixBus stop is located just north of Union Station on NW Station Way.
  • The Portland Greyhound bus stop is located on Northwest Station Way and Marshall Street, north of Union Station train station and near the MAX light-rail line.

By Car

Downtown Portland is ringed by Interstate 5, the main north-south route from Canada to Mexico, and Interstate 405, a loop that encircles downtown and the Pearl District.

Interstate 84 originates at I-5 on Portland’s inner east side and continues east to Portland International Airport (accessible via the connecting Interstate 205), the Columbia River Gorge and on to Idaho and Utah. I-84 in Portland is also known as the Banfield Expressway, or just “the Banfield.”

Running west to the coast and east to Mount Hood is U.S. Route 26. The westbound stretch is also known as the Sunset Highway and leads to Beaverton, Hillsboro and Forest Grove. Eastbound Highway 26 is dubbed the Mount Hood Highway. Mount Hood is about 55 miles from downtown Portland; the highway continues east to Nebraska.

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