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Jill Nicholson
April 11th
Listing Essay
How to Get to Portland International Airport

Do you ever have to go to the airport? If you do, it's probably because you are going to take a flight somewhere. It's important not to be late, so you need to know how to get there. So, how do you get there? There are three basic ways to get to Portland International Airport.

The first way is to take a taxi. It's the fastest and most convenient way, but it's also the most expensive. You can call a taxi to come pick you up wherever you are, or if you're on a busy street, especially downtown, you can wait for a taxi to come by. When you see one, check the light on the roof. If the light is off, the taxi is already occupied. If the light is on, it is free, so you can hail it by raising your hand. When you have a cab, you can load your suitcases, or the driver will do it for you. Most taxis have an automatic charge for luggage, about $1.00 per bag. In addition, some taxis also charge more for extra passengers, and some have a special airport tax! Therefore, be prepared to pay well for your taxi ride. The benefits are the speed, the privacy, the comfort, and the fact that a taxicab will drop you off right where you want. Don't forget to tip the driver! That's an additional 10-20%.

Another way to get to the airport is on public transportation. MAX is Portland's light rail, or streetcar. MAX is cheap; it only costs a few dollars to ride to PDX from as far away as Hillsboro or Gresham, but it can be painfully slow. It may take an hour or more to get to the airport, so you need to give yourself plenty of time. You also need to carry your own luggage and get from the airport MAX station to the airport. This can be difficult if you're carrying a lot of luggage, or traveling with small children. The bus also goes to the airport, and it takes passengers right to the departing flights terminal. The bus costs less than $2.00 and runs every 15 minutes or so. It's less convenient than a taxi, but much cheaper.

Finally, you can take an airporter shuttle bus. This is a van that seats 10-20 passengers. Some shuttle buses only run between the airport and downtown hotels, such as the Hilton and the Marriott. Other airporters take advance reservations by phone, then pick passengers up directly at their homes or work at an appointed time. Airporters are almost as convenient as taxis, but they are not private-you share them with perhaps a dozen other people. They are not as fast as taxicabs, either, but they cost less than $10 from most parts of Portland.

So, next time you go to Portland International Airport, how do you think you will get there? Will you go for speed and convenience and take a taxi? Will you take an airporter shuttle bus? Or will you save your money and take the bus or MAX? You have a number of choices when it comes to going to the airport.

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