The most important thing to know about your visit to Portland is that you will not need a car to get around.
The City Center (Pioneer Courthouse Square) and most major attractions are located on the west side of the Willamette River (pronounced will-am-it).
From Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, affectionately known as the city’s ‘living room,’ MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) Light Rail, Portland Streetcars, and TriMet Buses will take you everywhere you want to go.
Cheap, Reliable Transportation:
- For $5 (adult) or $2.50 a day (seniors and children), you can ride trains, buses, and streetcars — hopping on and off — all day long.
- Ridesharing is also big here: rental bikes, electric scooters, as well as cars you can rent by the minute (if you absolutely need one or want to take a day trip), are usually just steps away.
And, of course, you can walk. A big loop that covers downtown, the popular Pearl, Nob Hill, Goose Hollow and waterfront neighborhoods (all on the west side of the river), is about 4 miles. But walking from downtown to any one of any one of these areas is less than 1 1/2 miles.
Visitor Essential Checklist:
- Take the Max Train from the airport to the City Center – get your ticket on the train platform.
- Buy a Hop Fastpass at Pioneer Courthouse Square Visitor Center – add $5 ($2.50 seniors) for each day you plan to visit.
- Pick up maps in the Pioneer Square Visitor Center.
- Download mobile apps – click here for a list and links.
- Check WalkingPDX.com for the best walks.