A Guide to Portland International Airport

PDX (Portland International Airport) is the most important airport in Oregon with almost 20 million travelers using it each year. It has excellent online reviews including 4.5/5 on Yelp and 5/5 on Yellow Pages.

Where is Portland Airport?

You’ll find located approximately 12 miles to the northeast of Portland city center at 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, United States. 

Basic Information about Portland International Airport

Name Portland International Airport
Airport Code PDX
Number of terminals One with four concourses (B to E)
Address 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon, 97218
Telephone number 877 739-4636
Opening times 24 hours
Website www.flypdx.com
Number of destinations 58 international destinations, 87 domestic destinations
Distance to Downtown Portland Six miles
Airlines Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Boutique Air, Condor, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Icelandair, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Volaris, WestJet

Portland International Airport Terminal Information

Portland International Airport Terminal Information

PDX occupies two parallel buildings that have the main terminal between them. There are three levels: the upper level is ticketing, the lower level is baggage claim, and the mezzanine has a conference center and USO lounge. On the upper level, you can also find a good variety of restaurants and shops.

The terminal security checkpoints can be found at either terminal end and provide access to the concourses B to E. If you happen to go through security at the wrong checkpoint, you can still get to the other concourses via a connecting corridor.

Outside the building, you’ll find the car rental center and short-term parking directly opposite. You can also find ground transportation outside the baggage claim.

The TriMet MAX Light Rail station is located at the ticketing lobby’s south end. You can use this to get to downtown Portland.

Concourses

Portland Airport Concourses

Concourse B is a small concourse with two gates: B1 and B2. As well as these two gates, you will find a café and a Travel Mart that sells travel necessities. Access to this concourse is quickest through the south checkpoint.

Concourse C is the biggest of the concourses and has twenty-six gates. These are numbered C1 to C13, C15 to C19, C20A and C20B, C21, C22A, C22B, C23A and C23B. Access to this concourse is quickest through the south checkpoint.

As well as the twenty-six gates, there are lots of restaurants and shops. Between gates 7 and 9, there is also a food court. Most of this concourse has moving walkways and gate C5 has an Alaskan Airlines Lounge.

At the terminal’s northern end, you’ll find concourse D and this is accessed through the north checkpoint. Concourse D has fifteen gates numbered 1 to 15. There is a Delta Airlines Sky Club located between gates 5 and 7. There is also a selection of restaurants and shops.

Finally, concourse E is at the north-eastern edge of PDX. It has four gates with numbers E1 to E4. It is best to reach this concourse via the north checkpoint. This concourse has a United Airlines Club opposite gate 1. There are not many shops or restaurants in concourse E but it’s easy to use the amenities at other concourses.

PDX transport links

Since there is only one terminal at Portland International Airport, there is no inter-terminal transport needed.

After clearing security, there is a concourse connector. This links all of the concourses, and there are also moving walkways through this connecting corridor.

If you park at the economy parking lot, there are courtesy buses at regular intervals running between the parking lot and the terminal.

Customs and Security at PDX

Portland International Airport has north and south security checkpoints. To access concourse B and concourse C, it’s best to use the south security checkpoint. To access concourse D and E, it’s best to use the north security checkpoint.

There are different operating hours for each checkpoint. The north checkpoint is open 24/7, while the south checkpoint operates between 4 am and 10 pm.

TSA PreCheck

There is a TSA PreCheck available at both the north and the south security checkpoint. The south checkpoint is open between 4 am and 7:30 pm while the north remains open 24/7.

There is no Enrollment Center for TSA PreCheck at the airport. The closest is at 10350 N. Vancouver Way, which is about three and a half miles away.

Global Entry Kiosks

These are available at Portland Airport for travelers who are pre-approved. There is an enrollment center in the main terminal on the mezzanine level. This is open between 9 am and 3 pm on weekdays.

Booth 11 also offers Enrollment on Arrival between 9 am and 9 pm daily.

Mobile Passport System

Portland International Airport accepts the Mobile Passport system for U.S. arrivals. Travelers can enter their information on the app instead of filling in an arrival form. They then present their receipt electronically to an agent.

Airport Lounges at Portland International Airport

There are three airport lounges. One in concourse C, one in concourse D, and another in concourse E. Passengers can purchase access to two of the lounges, while the other is only for those eligible.

Cost and locations of lounges

Lounge Cost Location Opening times
Alaska Lounge $50/person/day Opposite gate C5 5 am to 11 pm daily
Delta Sky Club Nil Between gate 5 and 7 on concourse D 4:45 am to 9:50 pm daily (closes at 10:35 pm Fridays and Sundays)
USO Lounge (for military personnel) Nil Pre-security, mezzanine in main terminal 5 am to 9 pm daily
United Airlines Club $59/person/day Opposite gate E1  

Priority Passes

It is not possible to access lounges with a Priority Pass, but you can get discounts off your bill at some bars and cafes including Capers Café Le Bar (Concourse C), Capers Market (Concourse D), Westward Whiskey (Concourse C).

Food and Drinks at Portland International Airport

There are almost thirty bars, cafes, restaurants and fast-food serveries at PDX. These include McDonald’s and Henry’s Tavern. You can find many of these before going through security in the clock tower plaza.

Charging Points and Wi-Fi

There is free Wi-Fi available in Portland International Airport both before security and after. It’s simple to connect to it. All you need to do is choose “flypdx” from the list of connections available, then accept the T&Cs. You can get help from [email protected].

Lost and Found

There is an office for Lost and Found on the mezzanine level in the main terminal building. The office is open weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm. You can also call the office between 10 am and 4 pm on 800-547-8411.

This office is for items that have been lost in public areas in the terminal. If items have been lost while on an aircraft, you should contact your airline.

Extra PDX information

International Portland Airport Guide

Airport Information

There are two information desks in the baggage claim area where passengers can seek assistance. You can also call Customer Services on 503-460-4234. The lines are open between 6 am and 11:30 pm.

Play Areas for Children

Portland Airport is well-liked for its child-friendly approach. There are many play areas in the terminal. Some of the children’s play areas can be found in front of the entrances to the concourses. There are also play areas located in concourse C and concourse D. As well as these, there is a Hollywood Theatre that shows movies by local moviemakers.

Facilities for babies

There are two nursing rooms at PDX. These can be found opposite Capers Café in concourse B and C, and near gate D2 in concourse D.

Traveling with pets

Traveling with pets Portland Airport

There are two areas for pets to relieve themselves at Portland International Airport. One pet relief area can be found outside the baggage claim at the terminal’s north end. The second is on the concourse connector at the terminal’s south end.

Duty-Free Shopping

PDX doesn’t have any duty-free shops. That said, Oregon State doesn’t have sales tax so all shops charge the same.

Designated Smoking Places

You can only smoke in the designated area outside of the PDX terminal. Once you are through security, there are no-smoking areas.

Foreign Exchange

Currency exchange is located in the baggage claim area close to carousel 9 as well as near gate D9 in Concourse D. There are also ATMs throughout the airport, both in the main building and the concourses.

Baggage Storage

You can store baggage at the terminal’s north-end baggage claim. The company is called Portland Provisions and the telephone number is 503-284-1292.

Telephone numbers for PDX services

Parking 503-460-4234
Customer service 503-460-4234
Lost & Found 800-547-8411

Getting to and from the airport

There are many ways to get to and from Portland International Airport:

Buses and Shuttles

There are buses that stop directly in front of PDX terminal.

Train services

Portland is home to the TriMet Max Light Rail and there is a station just outside the south end of the PDX terminal.

The Red Line runs to downtown Portland via the Rose Quarter Transit Center. There are trains four times an hour.

Town cars and Limousines

You can find a town car or limousine near the parking lot on the lower-level roadway. These companies come recommended by PDX.

Taxis and Rideshare

You can get a taxi from the roadway lower level near to the parking lot. It usually costs about $45 to get a taxi from Portland International Airport (tip not included). The journey is around half an hour but it depends on the time of day.

It is also possible to use Wingz, Uber and Lyft from PDX.

Parking at the airport

Airport Parking Portland Oregon

There are both uncovered parking lots and parking garages at PDX and both have availability for long-term or short-term parking. In total, there are more than 12,000 parking spaces available.

In terms of fees, you’re looking at $27 a day for long-term parking or $3 per hour for short-term.

Motorcycle and Bicycle Parking

Cyclists and motorcyclists can park at PDX free of charge underneath the upper roadway. There are racks on the lower level outside the main terminal building.

Drop-off and Pick-up

There is a car parking lot off NE 82nd Avenue and NE Airport way that allows people to park free of charge for thirty minutes. When the arrival is ready to be picked up, it’s a short 3-minute drive to the pick-up point.

PDX Airport Car Rental

There is a car rental center in the short-term parking garage on level one. These are the companies that have offices at the airport or nearby with a shuttle bus service.

Company Telephone number On/off the airport
Avis 503-249-4950 On
Dollar 503-249-4792 On
Enterprise 503-252-1500 On
Hertz 503-528-7900 On
National 800-227-7368 On
Alamo 800-462-5266 Off + shuttle bus
Budget 503-249-6331 Off + shuttle bus
Thrifty 503-254-6565 Off + shuttle bus

 

 

We also have posts on…

Leave a Comment