Thursday, January 17, 2013

Portland, OR: Taking Public Transportation to the MAX

(Complimentary outbound air travel provided by Southwest Airlines. Southwest flies nonstop between Portland and Boise, Chicago-Midway, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Reno-Tahoe, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Jose-Mineta, Albuquerque and Austin.)

PDX is a connected to the city center via the MAX rail. And guess what? There's a live pianist!

Between Portland International Airport (PDX) and city centre:
MAX Red (light rail)

Arriving/Departing by Rail or Bus:
Amtrak uses Union Station and adjacent to it, Bolt and Greyhound buses use the Greyhound Station. From there you can catch the MAX Green or Yellow line in front of or behind the bus station. Bus stops are along NW Broadway and NW Glisan.

Maps and guidebooks are free at information kiosks and hotel desks. For an official online version of the transport map, click here.

Main transit systems:
TriMet (bus, MAX, Streetcar, Vintage Trolley)
Aerial Tram to/from OHSU

The  MAX train is good for going on day trips out to places like Beaverton.

Me inside the Portland MAX. Where could you go without it?

The metropolitan area is spread out, so points of interest are all over the place. Perhaps the most useful routes for tourists are, well, all MAX lines and all Streetcar lines!

Detailed map of central Portland and its transit network. Click to expand!

Further afield: Beaverton to the west, Gresham to the east, Vancouver, WA to the north and Lake Oswego to the south.


Transit Notes: The very affordable one-day TriMet ticket covers unlimited riding on all buses, MAX and Streetcar lines. The Vintage Trolley is free. The Aerial Tram to/from OHSU is a separate per-ride ticket.

My Secret Photo Ops:
Voodoo Doughnut in downtown
City skyline from the Aerial Tram ride
City skyline across the Willamette River, behind the OMSI

Feed your sugar addiction at the eccentric and iconic Voodoo Doughnut!

And yes, it's possible to use Portland as a base for making day trips to other nearby cities, such as Seattle. Currently, Bolt Bus ( offers the least expensive fares between these cities, but if you want the in-car dining and lavatory facilities of rail travel, then Amtrak-Cascades is the option for you.

Order your travel kit today at Travel Portland!

Portland recycles! Please dispose of waste into the correct receptacle.

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