Transportation in Portland - Oregon
Taxis are readily available and fares are regulated. A small surcharge is applied for more than one passenger.
Good though the MAX Light Rail is, the city's bus network is far more extensive. Buses stop at many MAX Light Rail stations so combine the two networks to get around the city quickly and cheaply.
Walking is often the quickest way to get about for short trips, as well as being a great way to discover the unexpected. City blocks are short and the downtown area, Old Town and Pearl District, for example, can all be seen without the need of public transport. Portland has numerous welcoming coffee houses, cafes and bars should you need refreshment.
Rent your car
A car is useful for reaching Portland, which lies at the confluence of several interstate highways. Downtown you can park for free at SmartPark car parks near shopping areas provided you spend over $25. Or you can park on the street, paying at SmartMeters and parking within a set area.
All TriMet journeys within the Fareless Square are free. This area includes most of downtown Portland (within the boundaries of the Willamette River) as well as MAX stations from the Rose Quarter to Lloyd Center and bus stops along NE Multnomah to 13th Avenue. If you are travelling further afield, consider an All Day Ticket.