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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Portland Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Absolutely wonderful. If I had to live in an airport, this would be the one.
- Anton

Airport Overview

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Concourse D. Photo credit: Aboutmovies / Wikimedia

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

What to Expect

  • Portland airport has five concourses and a wide variety of nice shops with an overall friendly atmosphere and as equally friendly staff.
  • The airport is small but well organized, it’s easy to pass through security and find your gate.
  • There is a concourse connecter that will connect you from one side of the Terminal, Gates A B and C, to the international side, gates D and E without having to re-check through security.
  • There are plenty of outlets to charge your phone or computer.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi below.

Where to Sleep

  • Portland airport has an abundance of armless benches where you can completely stretch out.
  • Unfortunately, the seats are curved, so it won't be the smoothest bed.
  • Plan ahead and bring a pillow and jacket/blanket as this airport can be chilly.
  • Behind gates C21 and C19 there is a row of seats that face the windows, behind the ticket counter. One reviewer cites this as is a pleasant place to sleep because it is out of sight and has low lighting.
  • If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal, be prepared to meet a security officer who make the rounds asking for ID and proof of an ongoing flight. If you do not have a flight, you will be kicked out of the airport. One reviewer says the best place to sleep is downstairs near the international baggage claim area where there are rows of benches next to plugs.
  • There is a hotel on airport grounds and other nearby hotels that provide an airport shuttle. See Airport Hotels below.

Good to Know

  • Shops in PDX have a pricing policy to avoid gouging which is helpful for travelers; Oregon is also a tax free state!
  • Portland airport is also easily accessible by public transportation!
  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Phoenix Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Portland Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Portland airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge to members of the US military and their families. Amenities include: WiFi, TV lounge, snacks, and reading materials. Location: Landside, Mezzanine Level, near the PDX Conference Center. Hours: 5:00AM - 9:00PM (Daily)

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Portland Airport. Connect to the `flypdx`network.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Portland Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Portland Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Art in the Airport - Art and live music exhibitions are available throughout the airport.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are available landside and airside.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Nursing Mother breastfeeding rooms are located throughout the airport, both landside and airside.
  • Children's Play Area - Locations: near Gate C19 and in the Concourse connector between C and D.
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex has offices in the Ticketing Lobby (landside) and Concourse D (airside).
  • Entertainment - Digiboo. Download your favourite movie to laptop, tablet, etc. Kiosk locations: Near Gates C10, C12, C13 & C15, D4, E2 & E3.
  • Food & Drinks - Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.
  • Information Desk - There are information booths located at the airport's 2 main entrances.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Luggage Services and Logistics provides storage services. Location: north end of the baggage claim, past carousel 10. Hours: 8:00AM - midnight.
  • Movie Theater - coming soon
  • Showers - not available

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to terminal:

  • ABC Checkpoint: 4:00AM - 10:00PM
  • DE Checkpoint: unknown

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

Travel from the airport to the Amtrak/Union Station is very easy via the MAX Light Rail system. The rail departs approximately every 15 minutes from the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area. The Red Line connects the airport to the city. On the Red Line leaving the airport, get off at the Rose Quarter Station and transfer to the Green Line to travel to Union Station. Total estimated travel time is 30 minutes.

There are several scheduled buses and vans that will also take you to Union Station from the airport. The prices, schedules and travel times will vary depending on the provider you choose. By taxi, the estimated travel time is approximately 15 minutes. For more information visit the Portland Airport web site.

Ground Transportation, ie buses, vans, and taxis, can be located at the center section of the airport terminal's lower roadway on the baggage claim and departure level.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Alamo, Budget, Payless and Thrifty are located off-site, but provide courtesy shuttle service from the airport’s lower roadway near the parking garage.

Chauffeured Vehicles for Hire

Private airport transfers, including executive sedan and limousine service, can be arranged through one of hundreds of companies that service the Portland area. Vehicles for hire must be reserved in advance.

Hotel Shuttles

Many local hotels provide free airport shuttle service for their guests. Hotel shuttles pick up from the lower roadway in the center of the Departures and Baggage Claim level. Ask your hotel for shuttle service availability and details. Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station   •   Candlewood Suites - Portland Airport   •   Clarion Hotel Portland Airport   •   Comfort Inn & Suites Portland International Airport   •   Courtyard by Marriott Portland Airport   •   Hampton Inn Portland Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Portland Airport   •   Holiday Inn Portland Airport (I-205)   •   Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Portland Airport   •   Quality Inn & Suites Airport Convention Center   •   Radisson Hotel Portland Airport   •   Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel   •   Staybridge Suites Portland Airport   •   Super 8 Portland.

Shuttles

Several companies provide door-to-door local and inter-city shuttle services to and from Portland International Airport. Most of these services run daily, with some on a schedule and others available on demand. These shuttles pick up passengers on the lower roadway in the center of the Departures and Baggage Claim level. Contact your service provider of choice for service details and reservations.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available on the lower roadway in the center of the Departures and Baggage Claim level.

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Last Updated: 13 June 2016

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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