How to get around in Portland?

How To Get Around In Portland?

What are the best ways to get around in Portland?

How to get around in Portland? One of the most common question when traveling to a new city. Figuring out how to get around efficiently and cost effectively is important when traveling to a new city. Visiting a new city can be a ton of fun, but pricey if you don't know your way around. We have created a list of some of the most popular transportation options available in Portland during your sports trip. Plan the ultimate trip with the help of our travel experts and don't get caught unprepared when traveling to a new city!

How to get around in Portland

Portland is known to have great public transportation that is very tourist-friendly. On top of that, the central city area is compact and easy to explore on foot. Despite these great options of getting around Portland, riding a bike is probably the top way to get around the city.

How to get around in Portland?

Here is a list of options on how to get around in Portland:


  • TriMet
    • fare: $2.50 for rides within two and a half hours, and $5 for unlimited travel within 24 hours.
  • MAX Light Rail - 5 lines servicing the entire city
    • Blue
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Orange
    • Green

  • Bus
    • No. 4 Division/Fessenden - services Clinton/Division neighbourhood and Mississippi Avenue
    • No. 20 Burnside/Stark - services Central Eastside and Burnside Street
    • No. 63 Washington Park

  • Portland Streetcar
    • North | South Line - Starts from SW Lowell & Bond in the South Waterfront to NW 23rd & Marshall in the Alphabet District connecting PSU, the central business district and the Pearl District.
    • A Loop, B Loop - provide two circular loops that connect the Pearl District, the Lloyd District, the Central Eastside Industrial District, the central business district and PSU in clockwise (A Loop) and counter-clockwise (B Loop) loops around the city center

  • Scooters
    • Lime
    • Bolt
    • Spin

  • Bike
    • Portland is constantly rated as a top cycling city in the US, with the nation’s highest percentage of bike commuters for a large city
    • 350 miles of protected bikeways
      • Biketown - the city’s bike share program

  • Rideshare
    • Uber
    • Lyft

  • Car Rental
    • Elite Sports Tours can assist you with a car rental reservation during your trip. One of the more efficient ways to get around without racking up huge fees.

  • Taxis
    • Can be difficult to hail on the street, best to get one at a hotel.

These are some of the best transportation options when trying to figure out how to get around in Portland.

Airport (PDX) to Downtown Portland

# of Major Portland Airports: 1


  1. Portland International Airport (PDX)


How to get to and from PDX

Portland International Airport (PDX) is the largest airport in Oregon, accounting for 90% of all passenger travel and more than 95% of all air cargo in the state. PDX services over a million passengers annually. 


Located only a 20 minute drive without traffic from Downtown Portland, it is quite easy to get to and from PDX. If you are flying in for a Portland Trailblazers game be sure to give yourself some added time before tip-off, traffic around any major airport can be unpredictable and you don’t want to risk being late to the game! 


Below are your best available options for how to get to Downtown Portland from PDX so you can start your sports getaway!


  • Public Transit: The Red Line of the Trimet Max/Light Rail services PDX, with trains departing every 15 minutes. The Trimet Max/Light Rail can be found on the main level of PDX, at the south end of the ticket lobby past the Starbucks. You need to have a valid ticket before boarding, with ticket machines and validators being located at the station. The ticket machines accept cash and debit/credit cards. This option costs $2.50 USD per adult but takes around an hour.


  • Taxi: Taxis are always plentiful at PDX. Droves of cabs can be found on the lower roadway outside of baggage claim. Here, proceed to the 3rd island closest to the parking garage and the taxis will be hard to miss. Always a convenient option, this ride will last around 20 minutes without traffic costing you between $30 and $40 USD.


  • Sedan Service/Limo: Numerous limousine, town car and shuttle companies provide services from PDX to downtown Portland. You can find your ride on the lower roadway, outside of baggage claim at the far end closest to the parking garage. To fully utilize this service be sure to pre-arrange your ride with your preferred provider. A private car can run upwards of $100 USD depending on your level of service.


  • Rental Car: Be sure to ask your Elite Sports Tours representative to secure a rental car for you before your trip! PDX offers a number of different rental car companies on-site, including Avis, National and Enterprise. On-Airport Rental Car pickup at PDX is located on level 1 of the short-term parking garage. The cost of your rental car will vary on the length of your trip and your car selection.


  • Ride Sharing: Lyft, Uber and Wingz all service PDX. Simply use your app to request a ride and then head to Island 2 outside of baggage claim to meet your driver! With PDX being so close to downtown Portland using a ride-share app isn’t a bad idea, just be sure to check your rate before accepting a ride!
  • Airport Shuttles: Be sure to ask your Elite Sports Tours representative about your hotel’s shuttle service, if applicable. Pick-up times can be coordinated by communicating your flight information with your hotel. Shuttles at PDX can be found on the lower roadway, outside of baggage claim.


Although it is pricier than taking the Red Line, we recommend taking either a cab or using a ridesharing service to get to Downtown Portland from PDX. The hour spent on the Red Line just isn’t worth saving the extra money (unless there is major traffic, at that point us your own judgment). Check your ride sharing app to get a quote for a ride and if it is anywhere between the $30 and $40 USD that taxi would cost you, just go ahead and order it. You’ll be thanking yourself when you get to your hotel in only 20 minutes. 

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