Getting Around

Getting around Portland is quick and easy on the city's award-winning light rail system, nicknamed 'MAX' (Metropolitan Area Express). It extends to the east and west of downtown, with a spur to the Portland International Airport.

MAX also connects to the popular attractions at Washington Park about 10 minutes from the city centre. Portland has a streetcar system connecting the downtown cultural district to the Portland State University, the Pearl District and Nob Hill.

The TriMet bus service covers the town centre and suburbs. Taxis are readily available, with regulated rates, and those who prefer to hire a car will find plentiful car rental companies. Lyft and Uber are also available.


Portland International Airport

The airport is situated 13 miles (21km) from downtown Portland.

Portland International Airport (PDX)


The airport is situated 13 miles (21km) from downtown Portland.

Getting to the city

Portland's MAX Light Rail system serves the airport, connecting to the heart of the city. There's a travel time of around 40 minutes and trains depart roughly every 15 minutes. Taxis, shuttles, buses, and rental cars are also available. All transportation pickups occur on the airport terminal's lower roadway which is on the baggage claim and departure level.


GMT -8 (GMT -7 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).

Car rental

The Car Rental Center on the first floor of the parking garage includes Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, National, and Hertz offices.

Airport Taxis

There are a few taxi companies which serve the airport. They may need to be ordered by telephone for late night arrivals. Reputable providers include Broadway Cab Company, Flat Cab and Radio Cab Company.


The airport has several ATMs, a currency exchange bureau, and a shopping mall which includes restaurants, coffee bars, and pubs. There is also wifi, a postal service, an information desk, and a state-of-the-art conference centre.


Portland International offers ample parking options, including long-term and economy in close proximity to the terminal building. Valet parking costs about $10 per hour or $35 per day. Short-term parking starts at around $3 per hour and costs $27 per day. Long-term parking costs about $24 per day and economy parking is $12 per day.