Travel to and around the City


Travel from Portland Airport (PDX) to Downtown Portland 


Public Transit

Max Light Rail Cost: $2.35 per person

Hours of Operation: 05:00 – 24:00

Trip Time: Approximately 40 Minutes



  • Board MAX Red Line to City Center & Beaverton Town Center at the station located near baggage claim on the lower level. 
  • Get off at the Morrison/SW 3rdAve. MAX station and walk 0.5 mile south to the hotel at 1401 SW Naito Parkway. 
  • If you’re not comfortable walking 0.5 miles with your luggage, you might consider other options. 


Blue Star Shuttle Service

Cost: $14.00/ One Way or $24.00/ Round Trip

Reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to pick-up time.

To reserve your shuttle online, click here.

To reserve your shuttle by phone, call: 1-800-247-2272



Cost: Approximately $35.00

Taxicab rates are set and regulated by the City of Portland and can be picked up outside the baggage claim on the ground level.  Reservations are not required. 


Car Rental and Hotel Parking

Car rentals are available at the airport and at several downtown locations.  The Marriott Hotel’s on-site parking rate is $8.00/hour and $30.00/day USD. 


Driving Directions from Portland International Airport to the Marriott Downtown Waterfront:

  • Take Airport Way East to I-205 South.  
  • Take I-84 West to the City Center (City Center/Oregon City) exit
  • Continue to follow signs to City Center.
  • Cross the Morrison Bridge and then take Naito Parkway Exit and turn right.  
  • The Marriott Hotel is 1/2 mile on right.  


If you drive from locations south of Portland:

  •  Take I-5 Northbound. 
  • Then take City Center/Naito Parkway Exit.  
  • Go through 2 stoplights and the hotel is directly on right. 


Travel around Portland, Oregon


Portland is a great city for walking.  City founders created the pedestrian-friendly 200 linear foot block grid back in the 1800s and then plotted out a system of parks and greenways to span the city.


MAX Light Rail

Take advantage of MAX, Portland’s light rail service, offering free service within downtown’s 330-block Free Rail Zone.  MAX connects downtown Portland with the Portland International Airport.  Trains run about every 15 minutes from 5:00 –24:00, every day.  The nearest MAX yellow/green line stop to the Marriott is at SW Fifth and Jefferson (SB) or SW Sixth and Madison (NB).  The yellow or green line will take you to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Pioneer Square, and numerous shops and restaurants downtown and in the Pearl District.  The nearest MAX red/blue line stop is at SW Third and Morrison (WB) or SW First and Yamhill (EB), a half-mile walk from the conference hotel.  The red line will take you directly to and from Portland International Airport. 



Portland Streetcar also offers free service within downtown’s Free Rail Zone and connects Northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Portland City Center, PSU, RiverPlace and the South Waterfront District.  Hours of operation vary, but streetcars run about every 13 minutes during the day (less frequently in the evening and on weekends).   The streetcar takes you to Powell’s and the many shops and restaurants in the western end of the Pearl District.  The nearest streetcar stop is at SW Fifth and Market (EB/SB)) or SW Sixth and Mill in the PSU Urban Center (WB/NB). 


Taxis are a convenient way to get directly from one location to another in the Portland Metropolitan area.  Standard rates for taxis in Portland are $2.50 USD for the first 1/10 of a mile and $2.50 for each additional mile.