Travelers named Portland International Airport (PDX) the best airport in the United States in a 2013 Travel + Leisure survey and four times from 2006 to 2010 in the Condé Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards. Why do they love PDX? An easy light rail connection to downtown, free Wi-Fi, great local food and drink (including microbrews and craft spirits) and tax-free shopping with no markups are just a few of the reasons.
PDX is currently served by 14 international and domestic airlines offering more than 259 scheduled passenger arrivals and departures daily. You can fly nonstop to PDX from 60 cities, including Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York and Washington, D.C. New flights are added regularly: In June 2013, Alaska Airlines launched seasonal service to Fairbanks, United Airlines started service to Cleveland, and American Airlines introduced two daily flights to Chicago O’Hare that will operate year-round.
Getting to and from the airport
The airport is located nine miles northeast of downtown Portland and is conveniently connected to the city center via MAX light rail train.
ALERT: From Aug. 11-15, 2014, maintenance work in the Lloyd District will disrupt MAX service. The Red Line will not run between Lloyd Center and Portland International Airport (PDX). While shuttles are available, TriMet advises travelers to find another way to get to and from the airport during this time.
The MAX light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. Here are some quick facts:
- The trip between the airport and downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes.
- An adult ticket costs $2.50 (Youth $1.65, Honored Citizen $1). MAX ticket machines return change in coins, so small bills are recommended.
- You can roll your luggage on board.
- The first train of the day arrives at PDX at 4:45 a.m. The last train departs PDX at 11:50 p.m.
- The MAX station and ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area (turn right at the base of the escalator). View airport map.
For complete schedules and more information, visit www.trimet.org/schedules/maxredline.htm.
The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is approximately $35 before gratuity. Radio Cab offers a discount with coupons available on their website. The one-way trip takes 20-40 minutes. You can find taxis waiting in the center section of the airport terminal’s lower roadway outside of baggage claim; to get back to the airport from the city center, you can order a cab through the city’s main operators or from a hotel with a dedicated taxi stand.
The Downtown Airport Express by Blue Star runs every 30 minutes and costs $14 one-way and $24 round-trip to downtown and Lloyd Center/Convention Center hotels. Other shuttle services are available, and many airport hotels provide free shuttles.
When leaving the airport, you can find the Downtown Airport Express and other hotel shuttle buses on the terminal’s lower roadway (outside of baggage claim) on the far side of Island #2, closer to the parking garage.