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PDX Question

Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:56 pm

Question for all of you PDXers out there.....

What is the best way to get from the airport to the Amtrak station downtown? I've never been to the area before so I'd like to hear what my options are.

Is there a good "Super Shuttle"-type van service or is the light rail the best way to go?

I appreciate any assistance that you can give me! Feel free to send me an email if you choose with the info.

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RE: PDX Question

Sat Feb 07, 2004 11:24 pm

From what I have heard there is a light rail line that runs from the airport to downtown.

Check out the PortlandPDX airport web site. Portland is well know for having a great transportation option to downtown. I dont know if it goes to the Amtrak station but its worth a look.

Good luck.

RE: PDX Question

Sat Feb 07, 2004 11:45 pm


In answer to your question, there are both at PDX. And like at BWI and STL, the light rail system actually has a station within the airport. For other ground transportation options you can try

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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 4:57 am

You can ride the MAX light rail train from the airport terminal into downtown Portland for about $2.00. From there, the Amtrack station is about 10 blocks away. Tri-Met buses are free to ride within downtown. A taxi from the light rail station to the Amtrack station would run you about $5.00.
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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 5:06 am

Definitely MAX...much cheaper. You'll stop at the Gateway station first, and then I believe it continues on to downtown Portland.

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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 7:42 am

Thanks a lot for the responses! I won't have too much time to spend in PDX before my train leaves for MSP (I'll have a few hours to explore) but i'll be back. Once again, thanks!  Smile

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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:00 pm

once downtown on MAX get off at the pioneer square stop. almost all bus routes go up and down 5th and 6th streets. Most lines don't go all the way to the Amtrak station. I know the 35 does, but it only comes once every 30 minutes (1 hr on sunday). If you don't have much luggage I'd say walk. if you do, check out
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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:15 pm

The MAX (Metropolitan Area eXpress light rail) station is on the baggage claim level at the west end of the terminal at PDX. You will have to transfer to a city center train @ Gateway transit center. When you get downtown, you have a few options. The Old town/Chinatown stop is not too far from Union Station. You can also take a tri-met bus from almost any MAX stop. Another option would be to transfer to the Portland streetcar at 9th ave and that will drop you right across from Union Station. Have fun, and if you have a chance, look aorund downtown and in the pearl district, lots of interesting things to see and do.

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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:22 pm

Yes, the MAX line is one of the many reasons I like PDX a lot better than SEA. If PDX-NRT and PDX-FRA stick around I really won't have any reason to use SEA anymore. PDX is so nice and convenient that its worth the extra hour drive to me.
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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:27 pm

IIRC, the Portland Streetcar doesn't go near Union Station and certainly not right across from it.
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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:40 pm

According to TriMet system map that I picked up today, the following routes go by Union Station:

14,35,44,54,56,58,and rush hour are 31,32,96.
From the Old Town/Chinatown MAX stop, Union Station is 5 blocks West, then 5 blocks North. Just a couple blocks from the Greyhound Terminal.
I think it may be faster to walk this distance then take MAX downtown then bus to Union Station.
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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 1:09 pm

If the weather is decent and you have comfortable luggage you can easily walk from the MAX line to Union Station. Downtown Portland isn't that big! If the weather is shitty or you have a ton of luggage you might wan't to just cough up for a taxi or maybe take the bus.
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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 2:07 pm

Take MAX. Get off at Old Town/China Town. Walk west on Everett. North on 6th Ave. 10 total blocks

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RE: PDX Question

Sun Feb 08, 2004 8:40 pm

Ramprat thanks for that map!

Looks like the weather will be decent in PDX tomorrow so I'm looking forward to a nice walk through some of downtown.


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