Portland International Airport (PDX) is more than just an airport for the Rose City, it’s a true point of pride. In fact, Travel + Leisure surveys have named it the number one airport in the United States out of the past ten years with travelers benefiting from its variety of amenities, transportation options and available domestic and international and international flights. The airport serves Portland and the surrounding communities, including Vancouver, Washington.
A part of the cities culture
PDX is perhaps best known among Portlanders for its carpet that, unfortunately, has been ripped out and replaced after nearly 20 years of use. The reason the carpet was so popular was its design, which was featured a pattern depicting an outline of the airport’s runways as they appear to air traffic controllers high above in the PDX tower at night. Over the years, the carpet has become one of the highlights of visiting the airport with many travelers taking the time to take photos of their feet with PDX carpet as the backdrop.
Getting to and from PDX
Another reason travelers love PDX so much is just how easy it is to get to and from the airport. The TriMet MAX Red Light Rail Line runs right up the arrivals and baggage claim area, so travelers can quickly and easily hop on the train and head to downtown Portland or just about anywhere else they would like to go without a car.
If you do want to use a car, the airport is highly accessible. Unlike other airports in metro areas, PDX is relatively close to the city core. In fact, when there’s no traffic, it can take as little as 20 minutes to get from the airport to downtown Portland.
If you need to grab a ride, there are a few unique options available to travelers. One is Wingz, a ride sharing service beginning in 2016 in which trained drivers use their own vehicles to provide rides to and from the airport. There’s also EcoShuttle, a more typical shuttle service for groups that has fleet eco-friendly biodiesel vehicles.
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