Car Hire from Portland Airport
Portland Airport is a great starting point for an Oregon adventure. It’s a state of great natural beauty and state of the art cities. When you hire a car from the airport you’ll find rugged coastline, national parks and cosmopolitan towns all close by.
Where to hire a car at Portland Airport
Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National all have car hire desks located inside Portland Airport’s terminal building. They’re based close to the baggage reclaim area in between Concourse E and Concourse B.
It’s also possible to arrange car hire with companies not based at the airport. Alamo, Budget, Payless and Thrifty all provide a meet and greet service, collecting passengers from the airport and transporting them to their local car hire office.
Petrol Stations near Portland Airport
There’s a petrol station seven minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. It’s a 7-Eleven service station located on Northeast Glenn Widing Drive, at the end of Northeast Airport Way and across from route 205. At all petrol stations in Portland an attendant will fill your car for you.
Driving around Portland Airport
From the airport, route 205 heads north to across the Columbia River and south towards Sunnyside and Oregon City. Route 30B travel east to west, connecting to route 204 and route 5, a main highway heading south into Portland city centre and north across the state border to Vancouver. Portland Airport is located in the state of Oregon, very close to the state border with Washington. If you are planning on driving between states, be sure to check with your car hire company as to any additional fees or insurance issues.
Roads around Portland Airport and throughout the state of Oregon are well-maintained and signposted. You may need to take extra care on winding coastal roads and keep an eye out for wildlife when driving in rural areas. Winter storms can also cause traffic problems and road closures to be sure to check local travel news if you’re planning to travel in wintery weather.
Getting to your destination
Hiring a car from Portland Airport allows you to explore lots of great nearby destinations. Here are a few highlights:
Portland is Oregon’s largest city. It sits on the Willamette River and boasts beautiful surrounding countryside, lush parks and historic architecture. There are lots of museums, arts venues and, for beer fans, lots of microbreweries offering tours and tastings.
It takes around 15 minutes to drive from Portland Airport to Portland city centre. Drivers should take route 205 south and then route 84 heading west into the centre. The city is laid out over a grid system and roads are divided between five different sectors – SW, SE, NE, N and NW. Road names are preceded by the sector which can help with navigation.
Smart Park car parks are the cheapest place to park in the city centre. They charge $1.60 per hour with flat fees for stays of over four hours. Metered street parking is also available and it’s free during evenings and on Sunday mornings.
Mount Hood National Forest
Mount Hood National Forest is a popular nature spot for Portland residents looking to escape the city. Its forests, lakes and streams provide opportunity for some great outdoor activities. Visitors to the forest can go kayaking, fishing, hunting, horse riding, hiking and, during winter months, skiing and sledding.
Mount Hood National Forest is a 65 minute drive from Portland Airport, taking route 205 south and then route 26 east. There are a number of car parks around the park. During winter months roads and car parks are subject to closure so it’s wise to check the forest website for updates.
Cannon Beach is a city on Oregon’s coastline. The city has four miles of sandy beaches where you can go surfing, rent beach bikes and fly kites. There’s lots of wildlife to see at Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park and a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants in the city centre.
It takes just under two hours to travel from Portland Airport to Cannon Beach, taking route 205 and route 84 into Portland city centre before heading westwards on route 26. Cannon Beach is a small city and, despite a few pedestrianised roads, it’s generally easy to navigate.