portland-oregonPortland, 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 around the world.

Getting Around…

The Portland International Airport (PDX) is located nine miles north of downtown Portland and is conveniently connected to the city center; the one-way commute is approximately 30 minutes.

Airport Shuttle Service

Blue Star Airporters provides shuttle service to and from the Portland International Airport (PDX) 7 days per week.  Online reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to pick-up time. Fares are approximately $14 USD each way. In addition to reserving online, passengers may contact a customer service representative at 1-800-247-2272 or 1- 503-249-1837.

The average taxi fare from the Portland International Airport to downtown Portland is approximately $35 USD – $40 USD, excluding gratuity. Radio Cab offers a discount with via online coupons.

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 USD to $2.40 USD, with options for daily and weekly passes. For complete schedules and more information, visit www.trimet.org/schedules/maxredline.htm.

Portland Streetcar

You can easily travel between the downtown cultural attractions, 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.