Portland International Airport (PDX) | The Official Portland Guide

Travelers love PDX for its convenience, amenities, and great local food and drink.

Travelers named Portland International Airport (PDX) the best airport in the United States in Travel + Leisure’s 2021 survey, as well as every year from 2013-2019. Why do they love PDX? Easy rail links to the city centre, free Wi-Fi, great local food and drink (including microbrews, craft spirits and even food carts) and duty-free shopping with no surcharges are just some of the reasons. That’s not to mention the superior guest experience travelers report every time they pass through the Portland airport.

Know before you go

The airport is undergoing major renovations that will not be fully completed until 2025. Check the website for more information and be aware that you may encounter route changes and ongoing construction.

Portland International Airport (PDX) is currently served by more than 15 international and domestic airlines serving approximately 500 scheduled passenger arrivals and departures daily. More than 60 cities in the US offer direct flights to Portland.

Air Service

Portland International Airport (PDX) is currently served by more than 15 international and domestic airlines serving approximately 500 scheduled passenger arrivals and departures daily. More than 60 US cities offer direct flights to Portland, including Atlanta, Orlando, New York, Boston and Chicago. Internationally, you can fly directly to PDX from Amsterdam, Calgary, Frankfurt, Guadalajara, London, Puerto Vallarta, Toronto and Vancouver, British Columbia. PDX offers more than 60 direct flights to cities near and far, including international destinations.

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What is the easiest way to get to and from PDX?

There are several ways to get to and from Portland Airport. The most popular is the MAX Light Rail, which has a station on the lower level of the airport. The Red Line takes passengers from the airport to the center in approximately 38 minutes. Other options include taxis, rideshare services, and shuttles.

If you’re trying to get to PDX Airport from outside of Portland, you can connect to Portland’s Trimet system through other transit agencies or rent a shuttle in Oregon.

How do I get from Union Station to PDX?

One of the easiest ways to travel to and from Union Station is the MAX Light Rail. If possible from airport, take the Red Line to any stop between Gateway/NE 99th Transit Center and the Rose Quarter Transit Center, where you can get off and transfer to the Green Line—the Green Line will take you the rest of the way. To get from Union Station to PDX, take the same trip in the opposite direction, switching from the Green Line to the Red Line.

Why is PDX one of the most popular airports?

Although other airports took the top spot in Travel + Leisure’s survey more recently, PDX won top honors in 2021 and was the reigning world champion for the world’s best domestic airports from 2013-2019. (Even when it doesn’t win , it’s almost always in the top five.) Some of the things that regularly earn PDX this accolade include friendly guest interactions, free Wi-Fi, great local food and drink, and duty-free shopping with no overcharges.

Why is Portland called PDX?

The city of Portland is nicknamed “PDX” after the International Air Transport Association airport code for Portland International Airport, which is PDX.

Airport hotels

Stay close to PDX and you’ll be close to so much more.

Getting to and from the airport

Portland Airport is located 9 miles (14.5 km) northeast of downtown and is conveniently connected to downtown via the MAX Light Rail.


The MAX Light Rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. Here are some fast facts:

  • The trip between Portland International Airport and downtown takes about 45 minutes.
  • Starting in 2023, an adult ticket costs $2.50 (youth and Honorary Citizen fares are $1.25). Get the latest ticket and fare information on the TriMet website.
  • You can take your luggage on board.
  • The first train of the day arrives in PDX at 4:50 AM. The last train leaves PDX at 12:30 PM.
  • The MAX station and ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area (turn right at the base of the escalator). See the airport map for more details.
  • For complete schedules and more information, visit the Red Line page on TriMet’s website.


The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown Portland as of 2023 is about $50 before tip (note that this can vary greatly depending on traffic and time of day). A one-way trip takes 20–40 minutes. You can find taxis waiting in the central part of the lower road of the airport terminal outside the baggage claim area; to return to the airport from the city center, you can order a taxi through the main operators in the city or from a hotel with a dedicated taxi rank.

Shop local in PDX

Check out Portland brands like Nike, Pendleton and Columbia without leaving the airport.

Car and ride sharing services

Uber and Lyft offer pick-up and drop-off services at Portland International Airport. Fares are calculated based on a number of factors including distance, time, base fare and vehicle option. Both ride-sharing services offer fare estimation tools on their websites and mobile apps.


When you leave the airport, you will find the shuttles at the lower entrance of the terminal (outside the baggage claim area) on the other side of the second lane (“Island 2”) near the parking garage. Many airport hotels offer complimentary services.


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