Portland, Oregon is known for its thriving culinary scene, passion for sustainability, and pride in its local, artisan communities—all set against a backdrop of spectacular Northwestern beauty. These qualities (and more) have made Portland a favorite destination for travelers from all over the world.

Getting To and Around Portland


The Portland International Airport (PDX): is located nine miles north of downtown Portland and is conveniently connected to the city center.

Airport Shuttle Service

Blue Star Airporters provides shuttle service to and from the Portland International Airport (PDX) 7 days per week.  Online reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to pick-up time. Fares are approximately $14 each way.

Make your online reservations today, or call and speak with a customer service representative at toll-free at +1-800-247-2272, or +1- 503-249-1837.


The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is approximately $35 – $40 before gratuity. Radio Cab offers a discount with coupons available on their website. The one-way trip from the airport takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

Public Transit

Portland has one of the best public transit systems in the United States; even if you’ve never used public transit, you’ll find that it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive (and maybe even fun). Trimet provides light rail, streetcar, and bus service in and around the Portland Metro area. University Place Hotel is a very short walk from several major transit stops—ask for directions at the front desk, or use Trimet’s excellent Trip Planner service to locate stops, calculate fares, and plan trips. Trips from University Place Hotel to anywhere in downtown Portland’s Free Rail Zone are always free; fares to other destinations range from $2.10 to $2.40, with options for daily and weekly passes.

Portland Streetcar

You can easily travel between the cultural attractions of downtown, the galleries and restaurants of the Pearl District and the boutiques of Northwest Portland — all on the sleek and modern Portland Streetcar. The streetcar line also serves Portland State University, RiverPlace and the Portland Aerial Tram.

Visit the Portland Streetcar site for more information on how to ride and fares.