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The Best Way to Get Between Portland and Salem

Updated on January 23, 2009

Portland to Salem

I recently needed to travel from the Portland area to Salem to buy a car and so I needed a way to get there by another form of transportation. I was told there was only one form of public transportation to do this, but after some research I found three possible solutions which include the following:

-Go Greyhound(

The average trip will take an hour and fifteen minutes and will vary depending upon the time of day you choose to travel. There are normally 5-6 runs a day. The current fares are $11-$13.50 for one way. The cheaper fare is available if you are ok with a non-refundable ticket. The station in Portland is 550 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209. The station in Salem is located at 450 Church St NE, Salem, OR‎ 97301.These stations can be reached by public transportation in each city, Trimet( in Portland and Cherriots( in Salem.

-Amtrak( The average trip will take about an hour one way. They offer several trips throughout the day by train and bus. the current fares are $11-13 one way. The station in Portland is 800 Northwest 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97209. The station in Salem is located at 500 13th Street SE Salem, OR 97301. These stations can be reached by public transportation in each city, Trimet( in Portland and Cherriots( in Salem.

-Tri-Met (Portland's public transit system) and SMART ( and (South_extended="true"> Metro Area Regional Transit)() In Portland you can take the Tri-Met from your start location to Wilsonville. On Feb. 2nd 2009 the WES line opens and will take you there. Until then you may have to use a combination of bus routes depending on where you are coming from. Their web site, which is below, has a route finder option that will show you which buses and/or trains to take. They run all day and and times vary with each route. The fare varies depending on where you are coming from but the most expensive ticket is $2.30.

The SMART station in Wilsonville is located at 9699 SW Barber Street Wilsonville, Oregon 97070. The current fare from Wilsonville to Salem is $2.00. There are several trips between Wilsonville and Salem each day. There are several places that SMART picks up and drops off passengers. The drivers are very helpful in dropping you at the location closest to your destination. You can then use public transportation in Salem for the rest of your trip via Cherriots(


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      Sean Hoade 

      2 years ago

      This was very helpful! Thanks!

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      3 years ago

      Thank you for doing this write up, I'm traveling to Portland and Salem for the first time next week. This really helped in giving me options on how to travel between the two cities.

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      6 years ago

      Helping another get from Salem to Portland called 503-238-RIDE where Trimet travel planners can help a traveler not get stuck somewhere. Learned: WES only runs in rush hours 5:20am to 8:50am and 3:20pm to 6.50pm. An all-zone 2 hour TriMet ticket that also works on WES costs $2.40. All zone all day Trimet tickets are $5. Also learned: Wilsonville WES stop only takes credit or debit cards and DOES NOT TAKE CASH. WTF!? Trimet should fix that, as not everyone who uses public transportation has cards. On another topic, did you know if you try to park overnight at Max stations you will be ticketed and possibly towed? Makes it hard to use Max for an out of town airport transportation or for anything more than single day trips.

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      7 years ago

      Great info!!!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for this information! I have found it really helpful!

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      9 years ago

      i been searching the same as this directions...and for me make sense..

      i will tried this un few days..i hope it works because Im afraid to get lost


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