Portland Transportation

With Portland’s public transportation system you don't need a car to live in the city! Students can reach any part of the city by bus, train, streetcar, or bicycle.

Bus and MAX on 5th at Yamhill. Steve Morgan photo, 2011.

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Our school is located near several MAX train lines, a light-rail system of street-trains. The MAX can take you to many popular Portland neighborhoods, and even to other cities next to Portland. You can buy a monthly bus & train pass, or pay each time you board.

See Portland train map

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Portland has an convenient bus system that you can use to get to any location in Portland, as well as other cities next to Portland. You can buy a monthly bus & train pass, or pay each time you board.

See Portland train map

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The Portland Street Car connects the great shopping and cafes on NW 23rd Avenue with the beautiful views from the Portland Arial Tram in the South Waterfront area. It also passes Powell’s Bookstore, the Central Library, Lloyd Center and the OMSI Science Museum.

See Portland train map

parkwaysjpg-1d1e83cf8a55ea91Bicycle Routes 

Portland, Oregon is recognized as the most bicycle friendly city in America. More people bicycle to work in Portland than any other city in America. Portland’s system of bicycle trails and bicycle lanes makes it easy and enjoyable to travel around Portland on two wheels.

See Portland train map

Antique Car 4Driving

There are many places in Portland where people with valid driver's licenses can rent cars to travel throughout Oregon and to other parts of the United States. Here are some of the most popular places PELA students drive to:

Vancouver, Canada - 6 hours (505 km)
Seattle, Washington - 3 hours (250 km)
Mt. Hood, Oregon - 1 hour (90 km)
Oregon Coast - 1.5 hours (120 km)
San Francisco, California - 10 hours (1020 km)


Amtrak is the American commercial train system for people wishing to travel to various major cities in the U.S. and Canada:

Chicago, Illinois
Los Angeles, California
Seattle, Washington
San Francisco, California
Vancouver, Canada

Students receive student discounts on Amtrak trains.

portland-airportAirplane Transportation To/From Portland

The Portland International Airport (PDX) has won the "U.S. Airport of the Year" award three times. The airport is connected by MAX train to downtown Portland and PELA.

Portland International Airport has non-stop flights to and from the following major U.S. cities:

Anchorage, Alaska
Atlanta, Georgia
Boston, Massachusetts
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago, Illinois
Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Detroit, Michigan
Honolulu, Hawaii
Houston, Texas
Kansas City, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada

Los Angeles, California
Maui, Hawaii
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New York, New York
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix, Arizona
Orlando, Florida
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Seattle, Washington
Washington D.C.

The Portland Airport also has direct flights to and from these international cities:

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Calgary, Canada
Frankfurt, Germany
Guadalajara, Mexico
Los Cabos, Mexico
Pureto Vallarta, Mexico
Reykjavik, Iceland
Tokyo-Narita, Japan
Vancouver, Canada


What I really liked about PORTLAND is that generally it is a very tidy, quiet and safe city. I liked that the cost of living is low, and there are many festivals and events to go see.
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