Know Before You Go
COVID-19 Update: Portland International Airport requires face coverings and asks that people picking up passengers wait outside the terminal. Find the latest information for travelers at flypdx.com/TravelSafe.
Travelers named Portland International Airport (PDX) the best airport in the United States in Travel + Leisure’s survey in 2021, as well as every year from 2013–2019. Why do they love PDX? An easy light rail connection to downtown, free Wi-Fi, great local food and drink (including microbrews, craft spirits, and even food carts) and tax-free shopping without markups are just a few of the reasons. That’s not to mention the superior guest experience travelers report having whenever they pass through the Portland Airport.
Portland International Airport is currently served by 13 international and domestic airlines offering more than 500 scheduled passenger arrivals and departures daily. Sixty U.S. cities offer nonstop flights to Portland, including Atlanta, Orlando, New York, Boston, and Chicago. Internationally, you can fly direct to PDX from Amsterdam, Calgary, Frankfurt, Guadalajara, London, Puerto Vallarta, Reykjavik, Tokyo, Toronto, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Getting to and From the Airport
The Portland Airport is located 9 miles (14.5 km) northeast of downtown and is conveniently connected to the city center via MAX light-rail train.
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 Portland Airport and downtown takes about 38 minutes.
- An adult ticket costs $2.50 (Youth / Honored Citizen $1.25). Get the latest ticket and pricing information on the TriMet website.
- 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 the Red Line page on the TriMet website.
The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is approximately $35 before gratuity. 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 the 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.
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Car- and Ride-Share Services
Uber and Lyft both offer drop-off and pick-up services at the Portland Airport. The fares are calculated based on a number of factors, including distance, time, base rate, and vehicle option. Both ride-share services offer fare estimator tools on their websites and mobile apps.
When you leave the airport, you will find the shuttles at the bottom entrance of the terminal (outside the baggage claim area) on the other side of the second strip (“Island 2”) near the parking garage. Many airport hotels offer free services.
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