Getting around Portland is quick and easy on the city's award-winning light rail system, nicknamed 'MAX' (Metropolitan Area Express), which extends to the east and west of downtown with a spur at the Portland International Airport. MAX also connects to the popular attractions at Washington Park in about 10 minutes from the city centre. Portland has a streetcar system connecting the downtown cultural district to the Portland State University, the Pearl District and northwest 'Nob Hill' area. The Tri-Met bus service also covers the town centre and suburbs. Taxis are readily available, with regulated rates, and those who prefer to hire a car will find plentiful car rental companies.
GMT -8 (GMT -7 from March to November).
120 volt, 60Hz. Over het algemeen maakt men gebruik van stekkers met twee platte pinnen, maar de drie-pinsstekkers zijn ook gangbaar. Voor Europese apparaten met dubbel voltage is een converter nodig.
De officiële munteenheid is de Amerikaanse dollar (USD). Eén Dollar is 100 cent. Alleen bij de grote banken kunt u geld wisselen. Creditcards worden algemeen geaccepteerd en overal zijn geldautomaten. Banken zijn open van 9.00 tot 15.00 uur van maandag t/m vrijdag.
Het landnummer voor bellen naar de Verenigde Staten is +1. Mobiele netwerken dekken het grootste deel van het land en alle stedelijke gebieden, maar de kans is groot dat uw eigen telefoon het niet doet, tenzij deze van het tri-bandtype is. In de grote en kleine steden zijn internetcafés te vinden.
|Nieuwjaarsdag||1 jan||1 jan|
|Martin Luther King-dag||19 jan||18 jan|
|Presidentendag||16 feb||15 feb|
|Herdenkingsdag||25 mei||30 mei|
|Onafhankelijkheidsdag||4 jul||4 jul|
|Dag van de arbeid||7 sept||5 sep|
|Dag van Columbus||12 okt||10 okt|
|Oorlogsveteranendag||11 nov||11 nov|
|Thanksgiving||26 nov||24 nov|
|Eerste kerstdag||25 dec||25 dec|
Portland has a temperate oceanic climate, with four distinct seasons. Winters, between December and February, are mild and wet, while summers, between June and August, are warm and comparatively dry. Summer temperatures average between 53°F (12°C) and 81°F (27°C), but during heat waves temperatures can be substantially higher. Winter temperatures average between 35°F (2°C) and 51°F (10°C). Spring and autumn are generally mild but unpredictable seasons. Rain is less common between June and September, but the weather is extremely wet between November and April.
Portland's MAX light rail system serves the airport, connecting to the heart of the city, for a fare of around $2.50, and with a travelling time of around 40 minutes. Trains depart roughly every 15 minutes. Taxis, shuttles, buses and rental cars are also available. All transportation pickups occur on the airport terminal's lower roadway, on the baggage claim and departure level.
The Car Rental Center on the first floor of the parking garage includes Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz offices. Alamo/National and Thrifty have kiosks outside the Car Rental Center.
The airport is served by taxis, although they may need to be ordered by telephone for late night arrivals. Taxi rates are regulated and the fare to downtown should be about $30. Reputable providers include Broadway Cab Company and Green Cab.
The airport has several ATMs, a currency exchange bureau, and a shopping mall called the 'Oregon Market', which includes restaurants, coffee bars and a pub. There is also a postal service, information desks and a state-of-the-art conference centre.
Portland International offers ample parking options, including long-term and economy, in close proximity to the terminal building and with a direct connection to the I-205 highway. Valet parking costs about $10 per hour or $30 per day. Short-term parking starts at around $3 per hour and costs $27 per day. Long-term parking costs about $21 per day and economy parking is $10 per day.
Free wifi is available throughout most of the airport.