In 2001, City of Roses built the nation’s first modern-day streetcar: the sleek and modern Portland Streetcar. The original line, now known as the NS line, travels through downtown from Portland State University to the Nob Hill neighborhood via the popular shopping and dining area of the Pearl District.
Two lines, the A Loop and the B Loop, were also recently opened and provide service across the city’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing. The A Loop runs clockwise and connects the east and west sides of the city through the Pearl District, Broadway Bridge, Lloyd, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Tilikum Crossing, and Portland State University. The B Loop passes through the same locations but moves counter-clockwise.
Know Before You Go
Details are subject to change; please check the Portland Streetcar website for current information.
Hours & Frequency
The streetcar operates from 5:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Sunday. The streetcar runs approximately every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sunday. Arrival times are posted on real-time electronic signs at most streetcar stops. View a more detailed schedule.
Fares & How to Pay
- A 2.5-hour adult streetcar-only ticket costs $2 for 2.5 hours or $5 for all-day. They can be purchased onboard any streetcar.
- Riders can also purchase tickets that are valid on light-rail trains and TriMet buses, as well as the streetcar. The adult fares for these tickets cost $2.50 for 2.5 hours or $5 for all-day.
- Riders can use Hop Fastpass, an electronic-fare payment system launched by TriMet in 2017. Hop cards can be purchased for $3 at TriMet’s ticket office and at local retailers and grocery stores and reloaded using the platform’s mobile app or at local stores. To use a Hop Fastpass, tap the card on a designated card reader each time you board the MAX light rail, streetcar or bus.
- You can also pay with cash or purchase adult fares using your mobile phone’s wallet function (Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay).
- Fare boxes on the streetcars accept coins and $1 and $5 dollar bills.
- Tickets purchased on TriMet buses and MAX light rail are accepted on the streetcar.
- Yellow validator boxes on the cars can be used to validate pre-purchased TriMet tickets.
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