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City Population583,776

Elevation77 ft.

Sales TaxOregon levies no sales tax. The Portland area has a lodging tax of 11.5 percent and a rental car tax of 17 percent.

Emergency911

Police (non-emergency)(503) 823-3333

HospitalsAdventist Medical Center, (503) 257-2500; Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, (503) 413-2200; Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, (503) 413-7711; OHSU Hospital, (503) 494-8311.

Visitor Information The Travel Portland Visitor Information Center 877 S.W. Taylor St. Portland, OR 97205. Phone:(503)275-8355 or (888)503-3291

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Air TravelCheap airline flights can be found from cities all over the country. Portland International Airport (PDX), 9 miles east of I-5 off I-205, is served by most domestic airlines. Transportation from downtown to the airport is available from airport shuttles, which run between the airport and major downtown hotels every 30 minutes daily 5 a.m.-midnight. The public bus and light-rail system, TriMet, also serves the airport; phone (503) 238-7433 for schedules. Taxi fares between the airport and downtown average about $35.

Rental CarsSeveral rental car agencies serve the Portland area. Hertz, (503) 528-7900 (airport), (503) 249-5727 (downtown) or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail ServiceThe Amtrak passenger train terminal is at 800 N.W. Sixth Ave.; phone (800) 872-7245.

TaxisCabs must be hired by phone or at taxi stations, although a few will answer a hail from the street in the downtown business district. Companies include Broadway Cab Co., (503) 333-3333; and Radio Cab, (503) 227-1212. Fares are metered. Most taxi services charge $3-$5 for one person for the first .1 mile then $2.60 for each additional mile and a $1 fee for each additional passenger.

Public TransportationTransportation by bus, streetcar or light-rail is available in Portland.

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Travel Information

City Population

583,776

Elevation

77 ft.

Sales Tax

Oregon levies no sales tax. The Portland area has a lodging tax of 11.5 percent and a rental car tax of 17 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(503) 823-3333

Hospitals

Adventist Medical Center, (503) 257-2500; Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, (503) 413-2200; Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, (503) 413-7711; OHSU Hospital, (503) 494-8311.

Visitor Information

877 S.W. Taylor St. Portland, OR 97205. Phone:(503)275-8355 or (888)503-3291

Air Travel

Cheap airline flights can be found from cities all over the country.

Rental Cars

Several rental car agencies serve the Portland area. Hertz, (503) 528-7900 (airport), (503) 249-5727 (downtown) or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

The Amtrak passenger train terminal is at 800 N.W. Sixth Ave.; phone (800) 872-7245.

Taxis

Cabs must be hired by phone or at taxi stations, although a few will answer a hail from the street in the downtown business district. Companies include Broadway Cab Co., (503) 333-3333; and Radio Cab, (503) 227-1212. Fares are metered. Most taxi services charge $3-$5 for one person for the first .1 mile then $2.60 for each additional mile and a $1 fee for each additional passenger.

Public Transportation

Transportation by bus, streetcar or light-rail is available in Portland.

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