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Passport / Visa

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
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Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

If you want to find out why Portland is known as the City of Roses, plan a trip for the summer months of July and August, when flowers are in full bloom, the chance of rain is low and the city hosts a number of outdoor events and festivals. This also means that you should expect the city to be packed with tourists and locals, which also brings higher prices on accommodation. Autumn and spring are both slightly more budget-friendly, so if you're not put off by the occasional rain they still make for solid choices. The cheapest time to book a trip to Portland would be winter, the period where most of the outdoor gathering points like parks and gardens shorten their opening hours. If you're a fan of winter games, though, the nearby Mount Hood and its slopes are there for you to enjoy.
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Portland International Airport (PDX)

Portland International Airport (PDX)

You can get to and from the airport by using the MAX Red Line light rail system, with its airport station being only 150 ft away from the baggage claim area, and extending to Downtown Portland and Beaverton. During late night hours transportation service is provided by the 272-PDX Night Bus. 40 minutes are required to reach Downtown Portland from the airport or vice-versa this way. For car rentals, head towards level 1 of the short-term parking garage, then it will take you roughly 16 minutes to reach Portland. For more information: www.pdx.com/GroundTransportation/RentalCar Taxis can be found on Island 3, the one closest to the short-term parking garage, with many companies offering transportation services: www.pdx.com/GroundTransportation/Taxi If you intend to use an app-based rideshare service, head to Island 2 outside the luggage claim area where you will be picked up. in both cases, the trip to the city would take around 15 minutes. Alternatively, you hotel may provide courtesy shuttles, but there are also scheduled vans making trips towards Downtown Portland, which would take roughly 45 minutes. For a list of the companies that provide this service: www.pdx.com/GroundTransportation/Shuttle
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Public Transport

Public Transport

TriMet is the public transportation company that operates in Portland, offering bus, commuter rail and the MAX light rail services. Tickets can be bought either at MAX stations or at the TriMet office in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Another option would be purchasing a Hop Fastpass Card at TriMet offices, supermarkets, and convenience stores, or doing it digitally by using the Hop app. If you're planning to also use a bike to get around the city, you can bring it with you on the MAX light rail or use the rack outside every MAX station. Buses also have racks on the front which are able to hold up to two bikes.
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