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Metropolitan Area Express (MAX)

Address: Gresham to Hillsboro east-west through downtown, Portland, OR 97209
Phone Number: 503 238 7433
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Ranked #37 of 278 Attractions in Portland
Type: Public Transportation Systems, Transportation
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Type: Public Transportation Systems, Transportation

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Folsom, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

Great transit system to just ride around. Very cheap attraction and can give you hours of enjoyment. Brand new clean Siemans trains, very quiet and smooth.

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Good if you are on a budget for getting to central downtown hotels and Lloyd District hotels, especially during rush hour. But by taxi without traffic it is 12 minutes to the Lloyd Center versus 30 minutes by Max plus waiting time and walking to your hotel with bags...so maybe 40 to 45 minutes. I take it when I am... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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732 reviews 732 reviews
373 attraction reviews
390 helpful votes 390 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

It may seem strange to list a light rail system as an attraction, but I admit that it is one of the things that attracts me to this city. It's easy to use, convenient, generally takes you where you want to go, and makes Portland one of those cities I can visit for business or pleasure without needing to rent... More 

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Hong Kong
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

easy to travel everywhere in Portland with this public transportation. Quick and tidy, and you passenger can go to main places in the area. Not difficult using the ticket machine, a convenient choice. And, as a matter of fact, MAX looks good and value-add to Portland as a tourist attraction as well.

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Sedona, Arizona
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131 reviews 131 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We used the MAX several times during a recent visit. It was affordable and easy to use. As we are both seniors, we paid only a dollar for a two hour period as we are in the category of Honored Citizen. Check the description to see if you qualify. Our tickets were checked once by a monitor on board. As... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

First experience with this type of public transportation and we thought it was great! Easy to use and reasonable priced.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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154 reviews 154 reviews
75 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The public transportation in Portland is incredible. For an area of approximately 600,000+ people, Portland is small compared to Orange County, CA. The MAX is so convenient, priced right and well run that residents put it to good use. I wish we had the system here.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We took the yellow line MAX from our hotel to downtown Portland and enjoyed our trips. Relaxing, prompt and reasonably priced ($5 for a day pass). Big thanks for the driver who saw us running and waited for us!!! Highly recommended, leave the car at your hotel, take transit. Gordon

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A quick, easy, and economical way to get around Portland - while avoiding the hassle of parking and the inevitable Portland traffic jams. If your final destination is downtown, MAX can't be beat.

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Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Free within parts of City Center Portland! It's a fun thing to do with the kids. They enjoy riding around town. Just make sure it's not at the time of a Blazers game (some people might have had too much to drink and make the experience less fun for the family).

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