Portland International Airport is served by most major U.S. carriers. It has been extensively renovated and expanded in recent years and is located approximately 15 miles east of the Red Lion Hotel, also on the south side of the Columbia River. The airport is about 18 miles northeast of downtown Portland.
There is a free shuttle service between the airport and all three of our major hotels (Red Lion on the River, Oxford Suites & Courtyard by Marriott). Use the courtesy phones at the airport baggage claim for the Red Lion and Courtyard by Marriott: for the Oxford Suites, call the hotel (503-283-3030) on arrival to arrange for pick-up (BE SURE to notify your hotel at registration when you will need a return ride to the airport). Taxi service is also available and costs about $15-20. Car rentals are available at the airport and at the Red Lion on the River.
Portland is also served by Amtrak. The modern train station is in north Portland, about a ten-minute cab ride from the hotel.
Portland has an extensive bus system and modern light rail system, the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX), both operated by Tri-Met. Tickets for both are interchangeable and cost approx. $4 for an all-day pass or $10 for a 3-day pass; they can be purchased at MAX stops, but exact change is required on buses. The nearest MAX station to the Red Lion, the EXPO stop, is about 1 mile from the hotel. The hotel shuttle transports guests to & from the EXPO stop on an on-call basis (in fact, the shuttle will transport guests anywhere within a 5 mile radius if pre-arranged). Call the front desk or 503-283-4466.
The Red Lion is located at the Jantzen Beach exit of Interstate 5, the first exit south of the Columbia River I-5 bridge, marking the Oregon/Washington border.
Downtown Portland is 5-10 minutes away by car, but rush hour problems can significantly alter this. Seattle is 174 miles north on I-5, while Vancouver, B.C. is another 130 miles away (note that Vancouver, Washington, is Portland's sister city on the Washington side of the Columbia - not to be confused). Interstate 84 has Portland as its western terminus and serves most cities to the east.