Public Transportation

The closest airport is Portland International Airport (PDX).  We urge you to consider using public transportation during your visit to Portland.

Light rail

The MAX Light Rail – Red Line is Portland’s efficient light-rail system that runs from Portland International Airport (PDX) to downtown Portland. Pioneer Square South (Stop ID: 8334) is located 1.5 blocks from the Portland Hilton Downtown. Google Map with Details

The MAX light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. Here are some quick facts:

  • The trip between the airport and downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes.
  • An adult ticket costs $2.50  – Youth $1.25 –  Honored Citizen $1.25 (Honored Citizens are 65+, Medicare, or physical/mental disability. Proof of Eligibility required.)
  • MAX ticket machines return change in coins, so small bills are recommended.
  • You can roll your luggage on board.
  • The first train of the day arrives at PDX at 4:45 a.m. The last train departs PDX at 11:50 p.m.
  • The MAX station and ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area (turn right at the base of the escalator). View airport map.

For complete schedules and more information, visit


Driving Directions from Portland International Airport

Driving Directions
From Airport Way: RT on HWY 205 South; RT on I-84 west; Approx. 4 miles, Follow signs to City Center/Morrison St. Go over Morrison Bridge; Go straight 5 blocks; LT on SW Broadway; LT on Salmon, LT on SW 6th Ave. Front doors will be on the left.
Distance from Hotel: 10 mi.
Drive Time: 30 min.



Lyft and Uber both operate in Portland.

Parking near the Hilton Portland Downtown

  • As conference registrants, you will receive 20% valet parking at the Hilton. With the discount, parking is $40/day.
  • For a more economical option, park at the 6th Ave Garage, less than a block away for $18/day.
  • Other downtown parking options can be found on this searchable map.
  • On-street Parking in Portland is $2-$3.50/ hour with 2, 4 and 5 hour limits depending on the zone. The downtown zone is a 2 hour limit almost exclusively.

Suggestion: Use the Parking Kitty App (on-street parking). To use Parking Kitty, download the app, create an account within the app and set up your payment information. You can get cell phone alerts when you need to pay (online) for more time.