The Portland International Airport takes some of the sting out of modern air travel—for four years in a row, it’s been named the best airport in the U.S. Travelers give PDX such high marks based on its ease of use and convenience, airport amenities, and a great selection of local food, wine, and craft beers. After all, where else can you watch a free local short film, nab an iconic Pendleton blanket, and eat Portland favorites like Blue Star doughnuts and Country Cat fried chicken while killing time before a flight?
Read on to learn how to navigate PDX, where to eat, drink, and shop for souvenirs, and the best ways to spend your time.
Airport Guide Code, Location, and Flight Information
- The airport code is PDX.
- The airport’s address is 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218. It is located in Northeast Portland 9 miles from downtown.
- The airport's website is flypdx.com.
- Here's a link to flight tracker/departure & arrival info.
- Find an airport map here.
- The airport's phone number is (503) 460-4234.
Know Before You Go
PDX is a fairly easy airport to navigate: there’s just one terminal shaped roughly like a “U,” so you don’t have to worry about taking a train in between terminals if you’re making a connecting flight. It’s easy to take the MAX light rail for just a couple bucks. It’s located immediately outside the terminal and takes you straight into downtown, avoiding traffic all the way. PDX is also known as a clean and efficient airport with helpful customer service representatives.
There are five concourses: A, B, C, D, and E. Concourses A, B, and C are located on the south side of the terminal, and concourses D and E are on the north. The two sides are connected by a corridor with a moving pedestrian walkway.
These are the airlines operating out of PDX.
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- Boutique Air
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Jet Blue
- Sun Country Airlines
- West Jet
PDX offers the following parking options. Short-term parking is located next to the terminal, the long-term garage is nearby, and there is also an economy lot near I-205 off of Airport Way. All are secure and well-lit. You can check availability ahead of time here. Pay by cash, debit cards, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.
- Short-term ($3/hour or $27/day)
- Long-term ($3/hour or $24/day)
- Economy ($3/hour or $12/day)
- Valet ($10/hour or $35/day)
There are also services for electric vehicles, oversize vehicles, disabled parking, and extended stay. A cell phone lot is located off of N.E. Airport Way and N.E. 82nd Avenue, a few minutes’ drive from the terminal. Those waiting to pick up travelers can wait there in their cars for up to 30 minutes.
From downtown, head east on the Morrison Bridge, and merge onto I-84 East. Merge onto I-205 North, take the exit to Airport Way West, and follow the signs to the PDX terminal.
Driving to the airport from downtown can take as less than 20 minutes but could take 45 depending on traffic. So be sure to allow some extra time, especially during rush hour. Traffic is often heavy on I-84 and I-205.
Public Transportation, Taxis, Shuttles, & Rental Cars
The MAX light rail is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. Here’s what you need to know.
- The red line connects the airport to downtown Portland. Expect the trip to take about 38 minutes.
- An adult ticket costs $2.50.
- It’s easy to roll your luggage on board.
- The first train of the day arrives at PDX at 4:45 a.m., and the last train departs PDX at 11:50 p.m.
- You’ll find the MAX station and ticket machines on the lower level next to the south baggage claim area. Turn right at the base of the escalator.
Other Ground Transportation
- Taxis and Uber: Uber cars and taxis from companies like Radio Cab can be found on the middle roadway island outside of baggage claim.
- Airport and private shuttles: These are also located on the middle roadway island outside of baggage claim.
- Rental cars: Find these across the roadway from baggage claim on the first floor of the airport parking garage.
Where to Eat and Drink
- Before Security: Bangkok Express Thai Food, Beach Shack Good Grub, Beaches, Blue Star Donuts + Coffee, Flying Elephant Delicatessen, Panda Express, Food Carts PDX, Stanford's
- Concourse A: Laurelwood Public House, Starbucks
- Concourse B: Capers Café, Capers Market, Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen, Stumptown Coffee Roasters
- Concourse C: Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen, Café Yumm!, Henry’s Tavern, McDonalds, MOD pizza, Mo’s Seafood & Chowder, Portland Roasting Company, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Starbucks
- Concourse D: Burgerville, Deschutes Brewery, Hissho Sushi, Peet’s Coffee, Tamale Boy
- Concourse E: Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland Roasting Company, The Country Cat
Where to Shop
Forgot to pick up souvenirs for those at home? There are lots of airport shops with fantastic options so you won’t get stuck buying overpriced, tacky T-shirts. Made in Oregon has a delicious array of chocolates, wines, and cured meats from the state. Tender Loving Empire is stocked with unique handmade gifts from PNW artists. Pick up some sports or outdoors gear at Nike or Columbia, or one of Pendleton’s iconic wool blankets.
How to Spend Your Layover
Stop by the Hollywood Theatre in concourse C to watch short film screenings sharing stories that take place in the Pacific Northwest. All the films are all family-friendly, and screenings are free of charge.
The Dragontree Spa (also in concourse C) offers chair and full-body massages and stocks local and organic beauty products.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the airport provided by the Port of Portland. Charging stations for electronics can be found throughout the terminal.
Tips for Your Visit
Standout Food and Drink Options: Some of Portland’s most beloved restaurants and breweries now have outposts at PDX, so seek these spots for great local eats and brews.
- Blue Star Donuts + Coffee (before security)
- Cubo de Cuba, a Cuban food cart (before security)
- Burgerville fast food with fresh PNW ingredients (concourse D)
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters (concourse B)
- Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen for pastrami and Reuben sandwiches (concourse B)
- Tamale Boy (concourse D)
- Hopworks Urban Brewery (concourse E)
- Laurelwood Public House (concourse A)
- Deschutes Brewery (concourse D)
Famous flooring: PDX’s green, graphic carpet has a cult following. Travelers from around the globe snap selfies of their feet on the carpet and post them to social media using the hashtag #pdxcarpet.
If you’re looking to spend the night nearby before or after a flight, there are numerous options, including Embassy Suites, Radisson, Holiday Inn, Residence Inn, Hyatt and Aloft that are within a few miles of PDX.