Visiting Portland



Need lodging while attending a workshop, course, or conference in Portland? These two hotels are located closest (within a few blocks) to Portland State University:

In addition, the following hotels are also located within walking distance (roughly 1/2 mile):

For thoe wishing to travel a bit farther, there are lots of options on the east side (across the river) and a quick ride over the Hawthorne bridge to the PSU campus:


We recommend using Portland's public transit system, TriMet, as the quickest and most pain-free option. Portland’s light rail runs from the PDX Airport to downtown Portland.  MAX trains depart from the airport every 15 minutes on weekdays. Weekend trains run less frequently; every 20-25 minutes. Trains depart the airport from 5am to 11:45pm. Passes can be purchased at the vending machines inside the airport, or through the TriMet Tickets App.

----->To Downtown:  Take the RED line MAX light rail train (toward Portland City Center & Beaverton TC).
----->To PSU:  Once downtown, get off at the Mall/SW 5th Ave MAX Station. Transfer to the GREEN line MAX at Pioneer Courthouse Square/SW 5th Ave (toward City Center/PSU). Get off at PSU/5th & Mill St.
MAX Light Rail – MAX trains run about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day. Service is less frequent in the early morning, midday, and evening. $2.50 per single trip or $5.00 for the whole day.
Portland Streetcar – The streetcar runs approximately every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sunday. Arrival times are posted on real-time electronic signs at most streetcar stops. $2.00 per single trip.
TriMet Bus – The TriMet bus, system which covers the city and its suburbs thoroughly, offers low fares, friendly drivers, and full wheelchair accessibility. $2.50 per single trip or $5.00 for the whole day.
Biketown – Portland’s bike-share system. For a small fee (an average of $2.50 for 30 minutes of use), riders can check out bikes at one of the 20 kiosks or via the Biketown website or free smartphone app. When you’re done riding, you can park the bike at any bike rack in the service area or return it to one of the system’s 100 stations and receive a credit.
Rideshare – Uber and Lyft. Sign up in the smartphone app for use.
eScooter Share – Lime, Bird and Skip. Download the smartphone apps for use.

A map of the PSU campus is available at: