Information and resources about Portland's public transit systems, compiled by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Learn the essentials for taking public transit, including how to plan your trip and how to pay.
Portland has an enviable public transit system for a city of our size. TriMet buses, MAX Light Rail, Portland Streetcar, and even the Portland Aerial Tram make it easy to travel without a car.
Public transit is often the best and most convenient way to access many popular destinations, since parking can be challenging and expensive. It’s also a great way to reclaim personal time to catch up on emails, read or just gaze out the window when you let someone else do the driving.
Portland public transit systems
- TriMet bus and MAX Light Rail - Frequent service across the region.
- Portland Streetcar - Operates three lines around 16 miles of track in Portland's central city.
- Portland Aerial Tram - From South Waterfront to Marquam Hill, enjoy sky-high views of Portland and beyond.
Tools for planning your route
- Call 503-238-RIDE (7433) to talk with a real person (7:30am - 5:30pm daily).
- TriMet Online Trip Planner
- Get There - Statewide tool for mixing and matching different transportation options including carpooling.
- Google Maps
- The Transit App (iPhone and Android)
- PDX Bus (iPhone only)
- List of more apps and tools
What to know for your first trip
- Overview - First-timer's guide to TriMet public transit system.
- Paying - Costs and how to pay.
- Honored Citizen Fare - Find out if you qualify.
- Track arrivals - Available online, by text, and by phone.
- Accessibility features - Know what features to look for including boarding ramps, audio instructions, large print schedules.