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Metropolitan Area Express (MAX)

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Address: Gresham to Hillsboro east-west through downtown, Portland, OR 97209
Phone Number:
+1 503-238-7433

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Works Great!

Only used it to and from the airport. On time and no problems. Sections of it are quite fast so I expect it is quicker than driving.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Sequim, Washington
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When visiting Portland, take advantage of the good public transportation system. You can leave your car at home!

Thank Lccdesign
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Only used it to and from the airport. On time and no problems. Sections of it are quite fast so I expect it is quicker than driving.

Thank SaunteringGuy
Tigard, Oregon
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208 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I wanted an adventure with the 3 1/2 year old twins. It was a nice day and I looked up Max. The schedule showed that the farthest stop was in Hillsboro. I then looked to see if there were restaurants around that area. We left before lunch time and ended up having a great day. We saw... More 

Thank Madge464
Fairfield, California
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126 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

for $2.50 you can go 50 miles. example, airport to Hillsboro. An all day pass is $5. Signage and purchasing are easy-peasy. Trains are clean - folks are respectful. Dont hesitate to save some bucks and catch the rail.

Thank DaveyJ5150
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200 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Instead of driving in, we often take the train so we don't have to worry about parking. The trains are clean and well maintained. Service is great. You rarely have to wait more than 15 minutes for the next train.

Thank Steve K
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419 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

MAX is so very convenient, especially from the airport to downtown Portland and to other locations in the metro area. The station is just outside the Terminal and so very easy to buy tickets for MAX. The trains are comfortable and very smooth. It is also very convenient to get day tickets or even a weekly ticket which can be... More 

Thank geotech522
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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142 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Portland area is served by one of the best transit systems not just in the U.S. but in the world. Covering most of the area, efficient, convenient and inexpensive. Visitors should investigate this option instead of automatically renting a car.

Thank beerwriter
Newport News, Virginia
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveled by Maxx everywhere I went. Close to many attractions. Very clean and the passengers were friendly: helped guide me to my many locations.

Thank TaritaA
El Cerrito, California
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I took the MAX train from the airport into downtown Portland on a weekday and went back to the airport on the train on a Sunday. On both days the train ran every 15 minutes, was not too crowded, and was on time. It was comfortable and much better than sitting in traffic. The cost is very reasonable and tickets... More 

Thank Barbara L
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Max is a great way to get around portland, but it is dirty. Be sure to use purel, gloves or handy wipes after riding

Thank Deb123travel

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