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Portland International Airport [PDX] — Ultimate Terminal Guide

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Portland International Airport (PDX) transports nearly 20 million passengers annually and is the primary airport in the state of Oregon.

PDX is consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the U.S. and took the number 1 spot. If you’re planning to fly in or out of PDX, then check out this in-depth airport guide.

Quick Info

Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)
Terminals: 1 terminal with 4 concourses – B, C, D, and E
Airport Address: 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218
Distance From Downtown Portland: 6 miles (10 km)
Website: flypdx.com
Phone Number:
Passengers Served: 19.8 million annually
Destinations: 66 domestic and 11 international destinations
Flight Information: Departures and arrivals info can be found online

PDX Terminal Map

Portland International Airport
Portland International Airport. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

Airlines Operating From PDX

PDX Airport Terminal

Portland International Airport Terminal
Portland International Airport terminal map. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

Portland International Airport has 2 long concourse buildings that are situated parallel to each other, with the main terminal in between.

The terminal consists of 3 levels — baggage claim on the lower level, ticketing on the upper level, and a mezzanine with a USO lounge and conference center. There’s a good selection of shops and restaurants on the ticketing level, which is useful for waiting visitors or for passengers that have arrived too early to check-in.

Security checkpoints are located at either end of the terminal, providing access to Concourses B and C or D and E. With the current construction work to the concourse connector, it’s not currently possible to walk between the northern and southern concourses. Passengers must ensure that they clear the correct security checkpoint for their concourse (see “Security and Customs at PDX” below for more information).

Ground transportation is located just outside of baggage claim, and the short-term parking garage and rental car center are opposite the terminal building. At the south end of the ticketing lobby is the TriMet MAX Light Rail station for connections to downtown Portland.

Concourse B

Portland International Airport Concourse B
Portland International Airport Concourse B. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

Concourse B consists of 9 gates — B3 to B11 — and a few restaurants and cafes. The south security checkpoint provides access to Concourse B, and passengers can walk between Concourses B and C through a connector.

Concourse C

Portland International Airport Concourse C
Portland International Airport Concourse C. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

Concourse C is the largest concourse, with 18 gates numbered C5 to C13 and C15 to C23. The south security checkpoint provides the only access to Concourse C while renovations take place to the concourse connector.

Concourse C has a good selection of shops and restaurants, including a food court located between gates C7 and C9. Moving walkways run most of the length of the concourse, and there’s an Alaska Lounge across from gate C5.

Concourse D

Portland International Airport Concourse D
Portland International Airport Concourse D. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

Concourse D is located at the northern end of the terminal and can be accessed via the north security checkpoint. There are 11 gates numbered D5 to D15 and a Delta Sky Club between gates D5 and D7. Concourse D has a reasonable selection of shops and restaurants, including a Burgerville and Hissho Sushi.

Concourse E

Portland International Airport Concourse E
Portland International Airport Concourse E. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

Concourse E was extended in 2020 to include an additional 6 gates for Southwest Airlines. It’s located at the northeastern end of the terminal and now has 12 gates numbered E2 to E13. As with Concourse D, Concourse E can temporarily only be reached through the north security checkpoint while construction work is underway.

There’s a United Club near gate E2 and a good selection of shops and restaurants located throughout the concourse.

Inter-terminal Transport

Passengers are not required to use transportation to get around PDX as there is only 1 terminal, but they’ll need to clear the correct security checkpoint to reach their concourse.

Once passengers have cleared security, they will have access to Concourses B and C or Concourses D and E, as the concourse connector is currently out of service due to ongoing airport construction.

For passengers that have parked in the economy parking lot, regular courtesy shuttle buses run between the terminal and the parking lots.

Security and Customs at PDX

PDX has 2 security checkpoints located at the north and south ends of the terminal. One provides access to Concourses B and C and the other to D and E.

The checkpoints operate during these hours:

  • Concourse B/C checkpoint (south): Open 24 hours
  • Concourse D/E checkpoint (north): Open 24 hours

TSA PreCheck

PDX has TSA PreCheck lanes at both security checkpoints, open during these hours:

  • Concourse B/C checkpoint (south): 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Concourse D/E checkpoint (north): 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PDX offers a TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center located after the north security checkpoint (near Gate E2) for traveling passengers, open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. No appointment is necessary, but you’ll need to bring your photo ID and proof of citizenship to enroll in TSA PreCheck seamlessly.

Hot Tip: Express lanes are available at both security checkpoints for qualifying mileage program cardholders, JetBlue Even More Space, and Even More Speed passengers, or first and business class passengers. Passengers traveling from Portland to Seattle may also use the express lanes at the B/C checkpoint.

Global Entry Program

PDX has Global Entry kiosks available for pre-approved travelers. The airport also has an enrollment center located on the mezzanine level in the main terminal. The office is open Monday to Wednesday; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Enrollment on Arrival is also available daily at booth 11 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mobile Passport

PDX accepts Mobile Passport for eligible citizens arriving in the U.S. Passengers can submit their information via the app, rather than completing an arrival form, and present their electronic receipt to a CBP agent.

PDX Airport Lounges

PDX has 4 airline lounges located in Concourses C, D, and E.

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LoungeLocationOpening HoursDay Pass Fee per Person**
Alaska Airlines Alaska LoungeConcourse C, across from gate C5Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.$60
Near the entrance of Concourse BMonday to Thursday from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Delta Sky ClubConcourse D, between gates D5 and D7Daily: 4:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.N/A
United ClubConcourse E, across from gate E3Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.$59
USO Lounge (active military only)Main terminal, mezzanine level (pre-security)Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed on weekends

N/A

* Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times due to capacity.
** Day pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as N/A only allow entry for eligible passengers in their premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.

Hot Tip: Check out these credit cards that include airport lounge access, and avoid paying the day pass fees.

Priority Pass Access

Priority Pass holders are not permitted access to any of the airline lounges, but eligible members can receive discounts at the following cafes and bars:

  • Capers Cafe Le Bar, Concourse C
  • Capers Market, Concourse D
  • Westward Whiskey, Concourse C

If you’re considering membership, read our Priority Pass guide and check out the best credit cards for complimentary Priority Pass access.

Dining and Drinks at PDX

PDX has more than 50 cafes, restaurants, bars, and fast-food counters, from Henry’s Tavern to McDonald’s. A good selection is located in the clock tower plaza (pre-security), with more located in each concourse.

PDX Wi-Fi and Charging Points

PDX provides free Wi-Fi in all of the public areas of the airport, pre- and post-security. To connect, select “flypdx” from the available connections and accept the terms and conditions. For any assistance, passengers may email PDXCustomerService@PortofPortland.com.

Hot Tip: Not all airports offer free Wi-Fi. If you don’t want to worry about being disconnected, think about investing in a mobile hotspot to keep you connected. 

PDX Airport Lost and Found

PDX has a lost and found office in the terminal on the baggage claim level. Passengers may visit the office Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 503.460.4272 during business hours.

For items that have been misplaced in the terminal or any of the public areas, passengers must contact the lost and found office. For items lost onboard an aircraft, passengers must contact the relevant airline.

Additional Airport Information

Information Services

Assistance is available from 2 staffed information desks located in baggage claim, or by calling customer service at 503-460-4234 (phones are staffed daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Children’s Play Areas

PDX Kids Play Area
Image Credit: Portland International Airport

While PDX has multiple children’s play areas, it does not rank as one of our most kid-friendly airports in the U.S.

Some play areas are located pre-security in front of the concourse entrances, and Concourse C and D both have play areas, too. There’s also a Hollywood Theatre showing films by local filmmakers.

Baby Facilities

PDX has 4 nursing rooms located at:

  • Concourse B/C: across from Capers Café
  • Concourse B: near gate B6
  • Concourse D: near gate D5
  • Concourse E: near gate E8

Traveling With a Pet

PDX has 3 pet relief areas located:

  • At the main terminal, outside baggage claim at the south end
  • Concourse C, adjacent to the Alaska Airlines Lounge
  • Concourse D, across from gate D5

Duty-free

There are no duty-free shops at PDX; however, with no sales tax in Oregon, all shops are required to charge the same as off-airport shops.

Smoking Areas

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside of the terminal. There are no smoking areas once through security.

Money

Foreign currency services are available in the international arrivals area.

ATMs are located throughout the airport, in the main terminal, and in the concourses.

Luggage Storage

There are no luggage storage facilities at PDX.

Important PDX Phone Numbers

Customer Service:

Parking: 503-460-4234

Lost and Found: 503.460.4272

Travel to and From PDX

Transport Options

PDX Ground Transportation
Portland International Airport shuttles and light rail station. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

Shuttles and Buses

Scheduled and charter buses operate to and from PDX, stopping outside the terminal on the lower roadway.

Train 

The TriMet MAX Light Rail station is located outside the terminal at the south end of the ticketing lobby. The red line service runs between the airport and the Beaverton Transit Center, passing through the Rose Quarter Transit Center and downtown Portland. Trains depart every 15 minutes from the airport, costing $2.50 for 2.5 hours of ride time or $5 for a day pass.

Limousines and Towncars

Limousines and town cars pick up and drop off on the lower-level roadway near the parking garage. The airport recommends these companies.

Taxi

Taxis are available on the lower-level roadway outside of the terminal near the parking garage. A taxi from PDX to downtown costs around $35, not including tip, and takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Rideshare

PDX Rideshare Operators
Image Credit: Portland International Airport

Lyft, Uber, and Wingz operate from PDX, and passengers may arrange to meet their driver on the lower-level roadway outside of the terminal. Each rideshare provider is designated an area on the second island.

Directions by Car to PDX

Arriving From Downtown Portland

Take I-405 S and take the exit towards Seattle/The Dalles/Interstate 84 E/I-5 N. Merge onto I-5 N and take exit 300 for I-84 E/US-30 E towards Portland Airport/The Dalles. Continue onto I-84 EUS-30 E and take exit 8 for I-205 N towards Seattle/Portland Airport. Merge onto I-205 N and take exit 24A for Airport Way W towards Portland Airport. Merge onto NE Airport Way for access to the terminal.

Arriving From Salem

Take I-5 N until exit 300 for I-84 E/US-30 E towards Portland Airport/The Dalles. Continue onto I-84 EUS-30 E and take exit 8 for I-205 N towards Seattle/Portland Airport. Merge onto I-205 N and take exit 24A for Airport Way W towards Portland Airport. Merge onto NE Airport Way for access to the terminal.

PDX Airport Parking Information

Official Airport Parking

PDX has garages and uncovered lots suitable for short and long-term parking, with over 15,000 spaces available.

Portland International Airport Short Term Parking
Portland International Airport short-term parking. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

The short-term garage is adjacent to the terminal and is connected via a pedestrian bridge, offering the quickest access to the terminal.

The maximum vehicle clearance is 8 feet, and the garage has 24 electric vehicle charging points.

Parking fees are $3 per hour or $30 per day.

PDX Long Term Garage
Portland International Airport long-term parking. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

The long-term garage is situated behind the short-term garage and has direct access to the terminal via pedestrian tunnels. 4,400 spaces are available, and the garage has a maximum vehicle clearance of 8 feet.

Parking fees are $4 per hour or $24 per day.

PDX Economy Parking
Image Credit: Portland International Airport

7,900 spaces are available in the red and blue economy parking lots, located southeast of the airport near I-205. Courtesy shuttle buses run between the terminal and the parking lots every 7 to 9 minutes from 4 a.m. to midnight and every 15 minutes out of hours.

Parking fees are $4 per hour or $15 per day.

Bicycle and Motorcycle Parking

PDX Bicycles and Motorbike Parking
Portland International Airport motorcycle parking. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

PDX offers free motorcycle and bicycle parking under the upper roadway on the arrival level. Motorcycle parking is not available at any of the other parking garages.

Ribbon racks are available to lock up bicycles free of charge. These are located at the north and south of the lower level outside of the terminal.

Pick-up and Drop-off Parking

The cell phone waiting lot is located off N.E. Airport Way and N.E. 82nd Avenue and enables visitors to park for free for up to 30 minutes. Once friends or family receive a call from the passenger, then they can drive the 3 minutes to the curbside to pick them up.

Off-site and Hotel parking

PDX has reasonably priced economy parking at $12 per day. When booking external parking with airportparkingreservations.com, the cheapest rate is $9.95 per day, so it might make sense to use the economy lot where shuttle buses are likely to be more frequent than with external parking sites.

If you’re looking for a hotel with parking combined, you might be able to get yourself a better deal that makes it worthwhile to park off-airport property.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

Disabled parking is available within all airport parking lots, located closest to the elevators in the covered parking lots and nearest to the bus shelters in the economy lots. Disabled parking is charged at $12 per day at any of the parking garages.

Parking Contact Number

General Inquiries: 503-460-4234

Car Rental at PDX Airport

PDX Rental Car Facility
PDX Rental Car Facility. Image Credit: Portland International Airport

The rental car center is located next to the short-term parking garage and is accessible through the south tunnel.

The following companies are located on-airport property:

Hot Tip: Avoid excessive rental insurance fees with these credit cards that include rental car insurance as a benefit.  

PDX Airport Hotels

Country Inn Suites by Radisson Portland International Airport OR
Country Inn Suites by Radisson Portland International Airport OR. Image Credit: Booking.com

The Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel is located on-airport property, just under a mile from the terminal building. All hotels surrounding the airport are 2- or 3-stars, so you would need to venture to downtown Portland for a more luxurious stay.

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Terminal (Miles)
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel8235 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220
503-281-2500
30.9
Hampton Inn Portland Airport8633 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220
503-288-2423
31
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Portland International Airport, OR7025 NE Alderwood Rd., Portland, OR 97218
503-255-2700
31.1
Embassy Suites Portland – Airport7900 NE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR 97220
503-460-3000
31.1
Red Lion Hotel Portland Airport7101 NE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR 97220
503-255-6722
31.2
Home2 Suites By Hilton Portland Airport50 Maine Mall Rd., South Portland, ME 04106
207-517-3636
21.3
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portland Airport9189 NE Cascades Pkwy., Portland, OR 97220
503-249-3636
31.4
Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Airport at Cascade Station9301 NE Cascades Pkwy., Portland, OR 97220
503-284-1800
31.4
Radisson Hotel Portland Airport6233 NE 78th Ct., Portland, OR 97218
503-251-2000
31.5
Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station9750 NE Cascades Pkwy., Portland, OR 97220
503-288-2808
31.7
Aloft Portland Airport Hotel at Cascade Station9920 NE Cascades Pkwy., Portland, OR 97220
503-200-5678
31.8
Holiday Inn Portland-Airport I-2058439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97220
503-256-5000
31.8
Best Western Pony Soldier9901 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97220
503-256-1504
22.5
Econo Lodge Port of Portland9520 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97220
503-252-6666
22.5
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Portland Airport8247 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97220
503-256-4111
22.5
McMenamins Kennedy School5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211
503-249-3983
32.5
Super 8 by Wyndham Portland Airport11011 NE Holman St., Portland, OR 97220
503-388-4166
22.5
Cameo Motel – Portland4111 NE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR 97220
503-288-5981
22.6
Candlewood Suites Portland Airport11250 NE Holman St., Portland, OR 97220
503-255-4003
22.6
Comfort Inn & Suites-Portland Airport8225 NE Wasco St Jct. 82nd & I-84, Portland, OR, 97220
503-408-8000
32.6
La Quinta by Wyndham Portland Airport11207 NE Holman St., Portland, OR 97220
503-446-1737
32.6

Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)Loyalty ProgramAward Night Cost
Embassy Suites Portland – Airport7900 NE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR 97220
503-460-3000
31.1Hilton Honors
From 50,000 points
Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station9750 NE Cascades Pkwy., Portland, OR 97220
503-288-2808
31.7World of Hyatt
From 9,000 points
Aloft Portland Airport Hotel at Cascade Station9920 NE Cascades Pkwy., Portland, OR 97220
503-200-5678
31.8Marriott Bonvoy
From 30,000 points

Just 5 minutes from Portland International Airport, the Embassy Suites offers travelers free made-to-order breakfast, an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a 24-hour fitness center, an on-site restaurant, and a free on-demand shuttle to the airport. Hilton no longer publishes an award chart, but you can expect award nights to cost from 50,000 points per night.

The Hyatt Place Portland Airport offers free daily breakfast, 24/7 dining, a fitness center, a pool, and a shuttle to and from the airport. The hotel is also minutes from downtown Portland and attractions like Providence Park, the Oregon Convention Center, and The Moda Center. As a Category 3 property, award nights will cost from 9,000 points per night for off-peak dates. 

The Aloft Portland Airport is close to several attractions like the Portland Art Museum, Washington Park, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Guests staying at the hotel can take advantage of the on-site restaurant, swimming pool, fitness center, and airport shuttle. Award nights at the hotel start at 30,000 points per night.

Hot Tip: If you’re looking to top off your points to stay at any of these options, see our guides on the best ways to earn Hilton Honors pointsWorld of Hyatt points, or Marriott Bonvoy points.

Final Thoughts

PDX ranked number 1 in our best airport study due to its on-time performance, access to public transport, free Wi-Fi, lounge access, and overall passenger satisfaction with facilities.

Although the airport is a consistent favorite with passengers, it’s still focusing on enhancing the experience further. PDX is in the midst of a $2 billion redevelopment project to expand its concourses and security checkpoints, develop a new rental car facility and additional parking, and improve airside facilities. Phased development will see completion staggered until 2025.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Portland International Airport called PDX?

PDX is the official airport code for Portland International Airport, used by airports and airlines for identification.

What airlines fly out of PDX?

The following airports operate out of Portland International Airport:

What part of Portland is the airport in?

Portland International Airport is located in Northeast Portland, about 6 miles from downtown Portland.

Does PDX have TSA PreCheck?

PDX has TSA PreCheck lanes at both security checkpoints, open during these hours:

  • Concourse B/C checkpoint (south): 4 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Concourse D/E checkpoint (north):4 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How early should I arrive at PDX airport?

The standard guidance for any U.S. airport is that passengers should arrive 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight.

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Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.

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