The easiest way to get to the airport when driving is via I-205. Exit at the Portland Airport signs, just south of the Columbia River, and follow the signs.
If you prefer, you can also access PDX from NE 82nd, 122nd, and 137th -- go north towards the Columbia River and Marine Drive. Airport Way is the last through street south of Marine Drive. Turn left to head west, and follow the signs.
Don't have a car? Allergic to public transportation? Not to worry. There is cab service to and from, as well as shuttles, hotel courtesy vans, executive cars, and of course, rental cars. You can find information on all of that at the PDX Ground Transportation page.
Not parking at the airport
You can now take MAX right to the airport from downtown, or the Gateway Transit Center (or anywhere else on the MAX line). The Red Line runs every 15 minutes or better between 5 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., and there are six different "Quick Drop" areas if someone is driving you part way. The MAX takes you to a covered portion of the airport, adjacent to the baggage carousel. It's quick and easy and incredibly cool.
Other than driving, or taking the MAX Red Line, get a friend to "kiss and drop"; or use one of the many Airport Shuttles or taxis listed in the PDX Ground Transportation page
Like most airports, parking is a hassle at PDX. There are several different parking options: the garage adjacent to the terminal ($18 per day), long-term ($14 per day) and economy ($8 per day). There is also free bicycle and motorcycle parking
Economy parking lots are on the north side of Airport Way between 82nd and I-205 -- if you are coming from the freeway, they will be on the right hand side.
Long-term parking is in between Airport Way near the terminal, just south of the garage. Follow the signs.
And the garage is just to the left of arrivals and departures.
With both the economy & long-term parking lots, you don't necessarily want to park in the spot closest to the airport; you want the spot closest to the Shuttle stop. Shuttle stops are well marked—find the shuttle stop, and then find your parking place.
Shuttles are every 5-10 minutes. Still, plan for the extra time for you and half of Portland loading their luggage in and out of the shuttle bus.
The airlines continue to revise how early they'd like you to be there. Call yours for details...
PDX has info booths and kiosks, both for accommodations, rental vehicles, and for speakers of Chinese, English, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. There is a currency exchange location in the ticket lobby and on concourse D. English speakers can get help from the VIPs, who wear blue polo shirts with an "ask me" logo.
The Conference Center has meeting rooms and business services. For
information, call 460-4050.
At various points in the airport, there are ATMs, telephones, TTY, a self-service postal facility, UPS and FedEX dropboxes, self-service insurance counter, a barber/beauty shop, a shoeshine stand, a photocopy machine, a fax machine, telephone workstations equipped with computer ports and change machines. Oh, and DVD rental!
One of the coolest things about PDX is the fact that vendors are
obligated to charge street prices. So the Coffee People drink, the Marsee Bakery goodie, the book from Powells or object from Nike, Norm Thompson, Made in Oregon, etc, will all cost what they cost elsewhere in town. Powells, for example, has a selection of cheap used paperbacks, perfect for spending the day in a plane or at an airport. Anyhow, don't feel any additional trepidation about buying at the
If you are looking to kill time, you can go shopping, get something to eat or drink, get a haircut or a shoeshine. And the kids cockpit (near the North Service Center) will be something that will delight the young and young at heart.
Portland International Airport
7000 NE Airport Way
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