Best Ways to Get Around Town

Best Ways to

Get Around Town

So you're coming to Portland. Rad! While you're here, you might be wondering how you'll get around. Rent a car? Sure, you could. Walk everywhere? I mean, definitely (especially in our 'hood). Wondering how else you'll be able to make your way around town? We've come up with a list of the best ways to make your way around the Rose City from walking to biking to TriMet's many public transportation services. While you're planning your trip around Stumptown, make sure you...

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Walking

One of our favorite past times is walking across Portland's many gorgeous bridges. We are known in some circles as Bridge Town, since there are 12 bridges that cross the Willamette River within Portland's city limits. Want a recommendation on where to walk? Here's our version of a perfect sightseeing trip: Head to Water Ave Coffee on (you guessed it, SE Water Ave), then walk across the Hawthorne Bridge with its wide pedestrian sidewalk alongside the car traffic, head north along the Waterfront Park, then back across the beautiful black Steel Bridge. Finally, you can swing back to Water Ave via the Eastbank Esplanade, heading South. It's about a 3 mile trek, but worth it for the downtown/river/bridge/eastside views. Plus it's free... so that's cool too!

Biking

Portland's a bike city with loads of pathways, bike lanes, bike-specific stoplights, and other safety practices around keeping bicyclists safe on the roads. Didn't bring one? Check out Nike's Biketown bike share system. You can't miss them—they're bright orange, and we are lucky enough to have a large station between our two buildings on SE 9th Ave and E Burnside St (up against the Doug Fir side of the building). They even have baskets, so you could load up a nice picnic lunch at Wellspent Market (flash your hotel key card for a discount!), then head down to any number of Portland's gorgeous parks.

Portland Streetcar

Okay, so they're not the cute vintage-looking streetcars you might find in an episode of Full House or that one scene in Princess Diaries (don't act like you don't know!) or any other San Francisco media moments, but we love the fact that our sleek and new streetcars not only zip us around town with ease... they're also AIR-CONDITIONED! And heated, but since it's the middle of summer when we're writing this, we can't begin to express the glory of stepping out of the hot Portland sun (yes, it's HOT in summer) and into a completely cool aircon while being whisked away to our next destination. Jump on!

Portland Streetcar Maps, Fees & Hours

The MAX

The MAX is Portland's above ground light rail system. With new and expanded lines happening with some level of frequency, you're pretty much covered to get anywhere from the airport to all corners of Portland. Need to get to Beaverton? Jump on the Orange Line. Trying to get to North Portland? Transfer to the Yellow! Need to hop on from the Eastside and head west? You have your pick of lines from where they all meet around Lloyd Center (or the mother of all meetups in Pioneer Square downtown). You might see your fair share of folks on the MAX, so be prepared for people watching while you find your way around the city.

Metropolitan Area Express Map, Fees & Hours


Trimet Buses

When in doubt, hop on a bus! The TriMet bus system extensively covers the greater Portland area, and during business hours (think the 7am-9pm range), you're pretty guaranteed to have regular service throughout town. Now, we've heard tell of delayed lines and all kinds of issues with timing, but we haven't found that to be much of an issue. If you need to get somewhere ASAP, this might not be your best option, but it'll definitely get you where you need to go. Another hot tip: You can use the same ticket for buses and the MAX (Streetcar, too!), so we recommend buying a day pass to hop on and off as needed.

TriMet Bus System Map, Fees & Hours

Rentable Scooters

Ah, rentable scooters. We are arguably saving the best (or worst) for last. Maybe they drive you crazy, but having tried them out ourselves, we will admit that they are a LOT of fun. Do we wish helmets were required? Kind of. Do we wish people would stop throwing them in the Willamette River? A little. But listen, test one of these bad boys out, and you'll be wishing you'd done it sooner. These are especially great for shorter distances, don't cost much, and can definitely get you from point A to point B in no time at all.

Lime Scooter Fees

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