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Portland transport

Portland Visitors are quick to appreciate the ease with which they can mobilize in the area. The public transportation system in Portland, a modern tramway, cable car and a central area for walking are an important part of the identity of the city, as are its roses, its breweries and bicycle transit. There is enough options for those who dont require a car hire in Portland but still want to explore the city.

Portland airport

Just 16 miles from downtown, Portland airport - PDX hosts 15 airlines that provide uninterrupted service to more than 50 cities, including Amsterdam, Toronto and Tokyo. www.flypdx.com

Trimet in Portland

TriMet, the regional transportation management, manages a network of buses, light rail and trams. Get maps, pricing information and advice service in the Travel Information Center in Portland and also online. www.trimet.org

MAX light Rail

The public light rail system in Portland has four lines, including one that runs from the airport to the downtown area in less than 40 minutes. MAX also connects to downtown Portland in Washington County to the west, east Gresham and Portland Expo Center to the north. The most recent enlargement is a line that crosses the city and which became operational in 2009. www.trimet.org / max

Free Zone trail

This area of ​​330 square blocks of downtown are free transfers on all MAX light rail, trolleybuses and trams. The area extends free train across the Willamette River to include stops at the Rose Garden Arena, Oregon Convention Center and Lloyd Mall.


The Amtrak train service is available at its headquarters in Union Station, at the north end of downtown Portland, with daily departures to destinations on the west coast and the rest of the country. www.amtrak.com

Walking in Portland

The pleasant atmosphere of the city center and its streets with half the normal size, abundance of  public spaces make of Portland a ideal for those who enjoy walking. You can get maps for walking in the bookstore Powell's City of Books and information center for visitors, daily walking tours are offered under the guidance of resident experts. www.portlandwalkingtours.com

Portland by bike and bicycles

Portland offers a program of cycling's most modern country thanks to hundreds of kilometers of bicycle paths and a system of buses and trams to accommodate cyclists. For maps and information for cyclists, visit www.portlandonline.com / transportation

Portland cable car

Opened in 2007, the Portland cable car offers spectacular views of Mount Hood, Mountain St. Helens, the Willamette River and the downtown skyline. The cable goes from the South Waterfront district to the University Health and Sciences in Oregon. A round trip ticket costs $4 and can take bikes on board. www.portlandtram.org

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