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Portland Transportation

Getting There

Airport
Twenty minutes from downtown, Portland International Airport (PDX) is served by 17 airlines that fly to some 100 cities, including nonstop international flights to Canada, Japan, Mexico and the Netherlands. The airport is a major hub for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The TriMet MAX light-rail train ($2.30 one-way) whisks passengers from the airport to downtown Portland every 15 minutes. The airport is also served by taxis ($25-$35 one-way to downtown) and shuttle vans.
Bus
Travelers within the city’s “Fare-less Zone,” which encompasses most of downtown, can ride the Portland Streetcar, Tri-Met buses and Max trains for free. The Portland Streetcar is a very handy transportation option. The Euro-style streetcars travel a 4.8 mile loop through the Cultural District, Pearl District, Nob Hill and the RiverPlace neighborhood. Outside the free zone, fares are the same for the Portland Streetcar, Tri-Met buses and MAX trains.
Train
Portland is one of the easiest cities to get around in, thanks to TriMet, which offers bus, light rail and commuter rail services connecting downtown Portland to the airport and communities throughout the metropolitan area; TriMet trains are free in downtown Portland. The TriMet bus system offers excellent coverage of Portland and its suburbs. Fares are low and drivers friendly. Portland’s well-deserved reputation as a green city is easily seen by the number of bike commuters aboard TriMet trains. And the best thing about it is the 10-minute ride from downtown. Neat note: Washington Park station, 260 feet below the surface, is the deepest underground transit station in North America.

Getting Around

Public Transit
Portland is one of the easiest cities to get around in, thanks to TriMet, which offers bus, light rail and commuter rail services connecting downtown Portland to the airport and communities throughout the metropolitan area; TriMet trains are free in downtown Portland. The TriMet bus system offers excellent coverage of Portland and its suburbs. Fares are low and drivers friendly. Portland’s well-deserved reputation as a green city is easily seen by the number of bike commuters aboard TriMet trains. And the best thing about it is the 10-minute ride from downtown. Neat note: Washington Park station, 260 feet below the surface, is the deepest underground transit station in North America. get to the city using the selected medium of transportation.
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