Transportation to, from and around The Dalles
GETTING TO THE DALLES FROM PORTLAND
- The best and easiest way to reach The Dalles from Portland is to catch the CAT bus (Columbia Area Transit) at Gateway Transit Center to Hood River….
- …Then ride a bike (your own or a rental) from Hood River to The Dalles.
- There are ways to reach The Dalles using transit if an incredible 26-mile bike ride isn’t your cup of tea.
Click here to see the combined weekday and weekend transit schedule with service to The Dalles (on-demand service is not included in this table)
- Columbia Area Transit (CAT) – Provides service M-F between Hood River and The Dalles. Capacity for 2 bikes on a first-come, first-served basis, no extra charge
- Greyhound – Provides direct, daily service between downtown Portland and The Dalles. The Dalles Greyhound stop, 802 Chenowith Loop Rd, 800-231-2222. Greyhound and bikes are not the best fit but possible. Bikes must be boxed (boxes are sometimes available for $10), and an oversized baggage fee is charged in addition to the box. Board early to ensure cargo space for the bike. Advisable to get a box from a bike shop.
- Explore The Dalles (ETD) – Provides FREE Saturday only service between Hood River and The Dalles. The service circulates all day Saturday in The Dalles between the Gorge Discovery Center & Museum and The Dalles Dam before returning to Hood River in the evening.
- The LINK – Once you’re in The Dalles, use The LINK M-F for on-demand transit service. Rides must be arranged 24-hours in advance (541) 296-7595.
For rides in and around town
- 5 Dollar Taxi (541) 296-8900
- Dalles Taxi LLC (541) 296-3965
- The Dalles Taxi (541) 296-3965
- Pacific City Taxi (541) 965-2204
One of the best and most scenic bike rides in Oregon links The Dalles and Hood River along the Historic Columbia River Highway. 4.5 miles of this 26-mile route are car-free and include stunning river views and passage through two tunnels.
The route also includes the Rowena Loops, 7 miles of dramatic hairpin curves that enabled the highway designers to maintain grades of 5% or less. When the highway was constructed (1916-1922), Model T cars did not have enough horsepower to climb steep hills, and the 5% grade was manageable for these vehicles. As a bicyclist, the loops will still require effort to climb and generate speeds above 20 mph on the way down – it’s not flat.
Historic Columbia River Highway route map between Hood River and The Dalles
Watersports – Rentals, Lessons & Guided Trips
Arrive in The Dalles car-free AND play in the water. These locally based businesses have the gear and expertise. Bring yourself and your sunscreen to experience the Gorge from its defining feature, the Columbia River.
- Celilo Paddle Company, Riverfront Park Rd, (541) 705-0701- kayak and SUP rentals and lessons
- Rugged Soul, 815 E 14th St, (719) 203-0395 – kayak and other outdoor gear rentals
- Oregon Kiteboarding, (541) 705-0475 – mobile kiteboarding school, can transport customers to lesson site
- Sturgeon River Monsters, 100 W 4th St, (541) 980-0078 – charter sturgeon fishing trips – catch a toothless river monster, RAR!
- Outcatching.com, Boat Launch Rd, (541) 993-7663 – guided catching trips for monster sturgeon, half and full day trips for 1-6 people, includes lunch