Portland International Airport (PDX) is just nine miles north, or about a 20 minute drive, from the Oregon Convention Center and downtown Portland, and is conveniently connected to both via light rail. There are various ways to get to the city from the Portland International Airport.

MAX Light Rail:

The light rail ride from PDX to downtown costs $2.50 for adults and takes about 38 minutes.

  • You can roll your luggage on board
  • The MAX station and ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area at the base of the escalator
  • The MAX ticket machines return change in coins so small bills are recommended.
  • The first train arrives at PDX at 4:45 am, and the last train departs from PDX at 11:50 pm.
  • For complete schedules and more information, visit


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.


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.


Union Station, the main Amtrack station is located at the foot of the Broadway Bridge in Old Town Chinatown, just minutes from the center of downtown.  The Portland Transit Mall, which carries many bus lines, as well as the MAX light rail Green and Yellow lines, is one block from Union Station on Fifth and Sixth avenues.

Union Station is served by three Amtrak passenger trains – Amtrak Cascades, Coast Starlight and Empire Builder.


MAX Light Rail:

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 four lines, all of which run through downtown:

MAX trains run about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day. Service is less frequent in the early morning, midday and evening.

How to ride MAX:

The Oregon Convention Center is accessible via the Blue, Green and Red Lines.

  • You must have a validated ticket, bus transfer receipt or pass before boarding MAX. Ticket machines and validators are located at the station. There are no fare boxes onboard MAX. Before boarding, buy your ticket from a ticket machine or with the mobile ticketing app — or validate your previously purchased ticket in the validator located near the ticket machine. A validated ticket is your proof of payment, good for two hours on MAX, buses and the Portland Streetcar. (Full-day tickets are also available.) Keep your ticket until you have completed your trip. Note: MAX ticket machines return change in coins, so small bills are recommended. If you have a TriMet pass or bus transfer receipt, just board MAX and have a seat. (Check the expiration time at the top of your transfer; you may board until that time.)
  • Signs at the station indicate where to wait and when the next train is due. Signs on the front of each train identify the line (Blue, Green, Red or Yellow) and destination.
  • MAX stops at every station, so you don’t need to signal the operator to get on or off. The station name is announced before each stop and appears on a reader board overhead.