Portland became the birthplace of car-sharing in the United States in 1998, with the founding of a small local company that eventually became part of Zipcar. Today, car-sharers in Portland have access to five car-sharing services — and that number is growing every day. Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft also operate in Portland, making it easier than ever to get around the city without bringing your own vehicle.
Zipcar members from around the country can access a ﬂeet of hundreds of new vehicles in designated parking spots throughout the Portland metro area — there are more than 80 cars in the central city alone. Zipcar has a storefront location in downtown Portland, at Southwest 10th and Yamhill.
Portland is one of 30 cities worldwide with car2go “point-to-point” service, meaning members access the fleet of more than 200 blue-and-white car2go Smart cars parked throughout the city and rent them by the minute without needing to return them to the starting point. You can find the real-time locations of available cars, including some that have bike racks, using the car2go app or website, or the storefront location in the Pearl District, at Northwest 11th and Glisan.
Turo is the country’s first peer-to-peer car-sharing service that allows owners to rent out their personal vehicles when they’re not using them to other members who want to rent them for a set time. In addition to outlying neighborhoods and the downtown core, Turo rentals are available at Portland International Airport.
Another peer-to-peer car-sharing service, Getaround is a free-to-join, Facebook-linked network currently in six U.S. cities that promises instant approval for membership applicants over 19 with a good driving record.
ReachNow BMW Carsharing lets members drive BMWs and Mini Coopers for an introductory rate of 41 cents per minute. Drivers use the ReachNow app to locate, reserve and unlock cars (parked on streets throughout most Portland neighborhoods). Drive to your destination, park for free at any legal parking space in the city, then tap to lock the car and end the trip.
Introduced in Portland in 2015, ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft offer convenient, cash-free rides scheduled via mobile app. Both companies serve Portland International Airport (PDX), picking up outside of baggage claim at the far left end of the first island.
Lyft serves the greater Portland metro area with basic service for up to four passengers and Lyft Plus, with room for up to six people.
Uber serves Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard and Vancouver, Washington. Services include basic UberX and XL (for up to six passengers), Uber Select (high-end vehicles), Uber Access (wheel-chair-accessible vehicles) and Uber Pedal (vehicles with bike racks).