Planning Your Visit

Portland Waterfront
Downtown Portland on the Willamette River

To help plan your stay, see below for ideas on transportation, hotels, dining (more than you can count), and directions to campus.

PDX to downtown

There are several ground transportation options for traveling between PDX and Downtown Portland. The PDX website lists several of these options, as well as contact information - below is a summary.

  • Public Transportation - The MAX Red Line runs directly from PDX to downtown Portland. Cost is $2.50 one-way and takes approximately 35-40 minutes. Once downtown, the MAX intersects with bus routes and the Portland Streetcar. Use TriMet Trip Planner to find quickest route.
  • Rideshare - Uber and Lyft operate in Portland. Price will vary based on time and drop-off location.
  • Shuttle - Door-to-door service is generally a flat rate, approximately $40, depending on drop-off location.
  • Taxi - Radio Cab, Broadway Cab and Green Cab are a few of the taxis that run in Portland. Cost will be approximately $35-$40 to downtown area. 

Public transit

  • TriMet - From Marquam Hill Campus, the 8 Bus is the main line to and from downtown. Departures are approximately every 10-15 minutes. The 8 bus intersects with both the MAX and Streetcar. Other bus routes at OHSU are: 61,64,65,66,68.
  • Portland Streetcar - The Streetcar intersects with OHSU's Center for Health & Healing (CHH) at the South Waterfront.
  • Portland Aerial Tram - Connects the Marquam Hill campus with the South Waterfront campus.


Parking can be tricky at OHSU's main campus on Marquam Hill. We encourage visitors to use rideshare, public transit or taxi when possible. If you do drive, please plan ahead and know where you will be parking. You can visit OHSU's Transportation & Parking site to learn more about where to park and current daily rates. To purchase an all-day virtual parking permit, go to OHSU Daily Permits.


We have compiled a list of recommended hotels for your Portland stay. Some hotels offer shuttle service to Marquam Hill - inquire about a shuttle when making your reservation.


Portland has become a culinary destination for burgeoning entrepreneurial chefs, seasoned restaurateurs, and foodies alike. Featured in The Washington Post and Vice as "One of" and "The Best Food City in America", we make it really hard to choose just one place to eat. If you are unable to decide, perhaps some of the below resources highlighting long loved Portland favorites and new breakout stars of the foodie scene will help.


List of useful apps for your iOS or Android device while visiting Portland.

    Specific to Portland and everything that keeps our beautiful city interesting.
    Easy to navigate site with great suggestions for what to do while in Portland and Oregon.