Local buses and the MAX light-rail system are run by Tri-Met, which has an information center (503-238-7433; www.trimet.org; 8:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri) at Pioneer Courthouse Sq. A streetcar runs from Portland State University, south of downtown, through the Pearl District to NW 23rd Ave. Within the downtown core, public transportation is free; outside downtown, fares run $1.70 to $2. If you’re a night owl, be aware that buses and light-rail both stop running at 1:30am.
Major car-rental agencies have outlets at PDX airport and around town. Oregon law prohibits you from pumping your own gas. Most of downtown is metered parking; a free option is to park along an inner-Southeast street and walk across a bridge to the city center. If you use a SmartPark garage ($1.25 per hour), remember to move your car after four hours (even if just around the block and back in) or your costs will double.
Cabs are available 24 hours by phone. Downtown, you can often just flag them down.
Broadway Cab (503-227-1234)
Radio Cab (503-227-1212)
It’s easy to get around Portland on a bicycle. Rent bikes from Citybikes Annex (503-239-6951; www.citybikes.coop; 734 SE Ankeny), Fat Tire Farm (503-222-3276; 2714 NW Thurman St) or Waterfront Bicycle & Skate Rentals (503-227-1719; 315 SW Montgomery St).