Getting Here

Award-winning Portland International Airport (PDX) is just 9 miles north of the Oregon Convention Center and downtown Portland, and is conveniently connected to both via light rail.

Portland International Airport (PDX) is currently served by 17 international and domestic airlines offering more than 246 scheduled passenger arrivals and departures daily. PenAir now has two daily flights to Crescent City, Calif., and Alaska Airlines started new nonstop service to Austin, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2015. In calendar year 2014, PDX served 15.9 million passengers. Learn more.

Travelers have named PDX the best airport in the United States in Travel + Leisure surveys in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and four times from 2006 to 2010 in the Condé Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards.

Travelers love PDX for its:

  • ease of connections;
  • “street-priced” local shops and restaurants; and
  • comfort, design and security.

Portland’s excellent air service results in very competitive rates and official carrier designation for larger convention groups.

Airport transportation

PDX is an easy 20-minute drive from the Oregon Convention Center/Memorial Coliseum site and downtown. The light rail ride from PDX to downtown costs $2.50 for adults and takes about 38 minutes.

MAX light rail

The MAX light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. The trip between the airport and downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes and 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.

Here’s how to take the MAX from PDX to Portland:

  1. Follow the signs to the baggage claim area, turning right at the base of the escalator. From there, follow signs to the MAX station.
  2. Purchase your ticket before boarding the train. Before boarding, buy your ticket from a ticket machine or with the mobile ticketing app. An adult ticket costs $2.50 (Youth $1.25, Honored Citizen $1). MAX ticket machines return change in coins, so small bills are recommended.
  3. Board any train for City Center/Beaverton. (All trains departing the airport serve City Center.) MAX stops at every station; the station name is announced before each stop and appears on a reader board overhead.

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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.


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.

Ride-sharing Services

Operating in Portland since 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.

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