Transportation around Portland and to the Columbia Gorge

  • Biketown – City of Portland’s official bike share with stations covering metro Portland and adaptive bikes for those with disabilities.
  • Bikabout.com has a travel guide to help you wander Portland by bike with rentals, tours, bike friendly hotels, airbnbs, locally curated itineraries and logistics like etiquette, security and safety info.
  • Columbia Gorge Express – Leaves from the Gateway station 5 times a day in the winter and 8 times a day in the summer. Gateway is a major transit hub easily accessible by Trimet or car from almost anywhere in the Portland area.  
  • Tri-Met – bike friendly transit service with light rail and bus service connecting metro Portland.
  • Greyhound Bus – service from Portland to Hood River and The Dalles. Bus does not allow bikes.
    • Sixty-eight of the original 73 miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway are now open to travel. Only 5 miles are needed to complete the connection.
      • The Troutdale to Cascade Locks segment passes by many waterfalls, Crown Point Vista House and the Bridge of the Gods. 
      • The following Cascade Locks to Hood River segment features a new car-free segment of the restored state trail from Starvation Creek Trailhead to Viento State Park. 
      • Here is where the trail is under construction, including the the Mitchel Point Tunnel project which is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2023.
      • The Hood River to The Dalles segment includes a beautiful 4-mile car-free leg that goes through the Mosier Twin Tunnels, followed by a ride to the Rowena Crest Viewpoint and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. 
    • East Multnomah County Cycling Hub – information for biking from Portland east to Gresham.
    • Alternatively, Columbia Area Transit (CAT) can accommodate bikes. Here is the Bike route to Portland’s Gateway Transit Center.
    • Amtrak – Empire Builder service from Portland’s Union Station to Bingen, WA. From, Bingen, you can call Hood River taxi or catch the Mt Adams bus.
      • Amtrak lines that allow bikes:
        • Cascades – $5 reservation required.
        • Coast Starlight – $20 reservation required.
        • Empire Builder – $25 reservation required. ONLY folding bikes allowed if you’re getting off at Bingen, WA station in the Columbia Gorge.
    • Exploring Portland from the train station:
      • There are a few Tri-met options outside the Amtrak station. Use Google maps for the best directions and real-time train and bus info.
      • You can walk from the station to most places in downtown Portland.

      • The station is in a bike friendly spot in downtown Portland. 

    • Lyft – one way only from Portland to the Gorge
    • Uber – one way only from Portland to the Gorge
    • Hood River Taxi – on-call taxi for in trips or pre-scheduled rides to and from Portland Airport
    • Enterprise Rentals – rent a one-way or round-trip car from any Portland office to Hood River.
    • Tri-met has a station right at the airport outside baggage claim and will take you downtown in 45 minutes and cost $2.50. Use Google maps for directions and select “transit” for real-time train and bus info.

    • This airport is quickly becoming known as one of the most bike friendly places to fly in or out in America. Just the fact that they have a bike info page for how to bike there, bike assembly and Tri-met connections is a big deal.

    • Several providers offer shuttle service between Gorge destinations and PDX.

    • Enterprise Rentals – rent a one-way or round-trip car from any Portland office to Hood River.