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Thanks to the MAX — Portland’s award-winning light rail system — your delegates can go from airport to hotel to convention center for the price of a famous Stumptown latte. All in the time it takes to slurp that last little bit of foam.
Or they may leisurely explore the city via the sleek Portland Streetcar, which travels to the city’s hottest shopping districts — and includes a eastside line connecting the convention center to the popular Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and great restaurants and nightlife.
Of course, we can also whisk delegates around the city in a fleet of charter buses. Regardless of the mode of transport, however, most visitors are struck by how compact and manageable Portland is. We may be a big city, but your feet will never know it.
At the heart of Portland’s world-class public transportation system is MAX light rail, with 84 stations and 52 miles of track connecting the city, airport and region. MAX has five lines, all of which run through downtown:
*These lines serve the Oregon Convention Center.
MAX trains run about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day. Service is less frequent in the early morning, midday and evening. An adult MAX ticket costs $2.50 and is good for 2.5 hours.
The Portland Streetcar’s 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. The A and B loops connect the city’s east and west sides, serving the Pearl District, Lloyd District, Oregon Convention Center, OMSI and Portland State University.
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. View a more detailed schedule.
For more information about transportation in the Portland area, visit Travel Portland’s main “Maps & Transportation” section.