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Portland, OR Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 161
Total Sleeping Rooms 20,103
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 782
Committable Meeting Rooms* 105
Convention Center Space 3,251,906 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 255,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 255,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $182
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $210
*Maximum for a single hotel

Portland, OR Airport Information

Portland International Airport (PDX)

Approximate taxi fare: $35.98 USD

A 20-minute drive from downtown, Portland International Airport is serviced by 17 airlines, with direct service from many large cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit and Denver. About three million passengers pass through the airport annually, traveling to and from more than 50 nonstop destinations. Portland International is composed of one terminal and five concourses, served by three runways.

Thanks to the area's mild year-round weather, Portland International has only closed once for a period of over an hour in the past 20 years. To make traveling at the airport a more pleasant experience, travelers enjoy free wi-fi connectivity in most areas as well as no sales tax on food and drink purchases. The airport's conference center caters to business and event guests by providing meeting rooms and private computer work stations and business services. Long-term, daily and economy parking is available.

Airline carriers serving Portland International Airport

  • Air Canada Jazz
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Horizon Air
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Mexicana
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines / United Express
  • US Airways

Portland, OR Train Information

Portland Union Station

Portland is serviced by Amtrak's national passenger rail system with three routes passing through the city's Union Station depot. The Coast Starlight route runs between Los Angeles and Seattle; the Empire Builder runs between Portland and Chicago; and the Cascades commuter line runs between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Eugene, Oregon.

Portland, OR Public Transportation

TriMet

TriMet operates Portland's buses and Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail system.

Buses

Portland's buses run 94 routes, including many connections to the MAX light rail. Bus service is available to many of Portland's prime attractions, such as Washington Park, the Chinese Garden and the Oregon History Center. Fare is based on the number of zones traveled. A two-hour ticket for one zone is $1.40 for children ages 7-17 and $1.75 for adults. Fare for stops in the Fareless Square, an area around downtown Portland, is free.

MAX Light Rail

Light rail trains connect downtown Portland with the airport and suburb communities such as Beaverton and Hillsboro. Other notable stops include Washington Park, which offers convenient access to the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum and the Children's Museum. Trains run daily from 4:30 AM to midnight. Fare is based on the number of zones traveled.A two-hour ticket for one zone is $1.40 for children ages 7-17 and $1.75 for adults. Fare for stops in the Fareless Square, an area around downtown Portland, is free.

Portland Streetcar

The Portland Streetcar lends a European flair to the downtown area, servicing an 8-mile loop including the Cultural District, Pearl District, RiverPlace and Nob Hill. Streetcar stops are located every three to flour blocks throughout the route with a total of 46 stops. Fare is based on the number of zones traveled. A two-hour ticket for one zone is $1.75 for adults and $1.40 for children ages 7-17. Fare for stops in the Fareless Square, an area around downtown Portland, is free.

Car Rentals

Portland, Oregon offers all the major car rental companies, including Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Alamo, and Thrifty. Airport rental shuttles are found at the lower roadway closest to the garage.

Taxis

The Portland metro area has close to 100 taxi companies providing transportation for the metered rate of $2.20 per mile. Taxis are available at the Portland International Airport and the average fare to downtown locations ranges between $25 and $30. Travelers should call to arrange for pick-up from areas other than the airport.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Salem, OR 47 mi 56 min n/a N/A
Seattle, WA 175 mi 2 hr 52 min 45 min USD $140+
Vancouver, BC 315 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 14 min USD $270+
San Francisco, CA 635 mi 5+ hrs 1 hr 50 min USD $171+
 
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