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Public transit fares in Portland can seem confusing, because the city has so many different types of transit service. Fortunately, unlike in Seattle or San Francisco, cooperation among the agencies that operate mass transit means that a fare purchased on one service is often good on another service.

Children 6 and under ride free on all public transit in Portland with a paying adult.

Visitors to Portland who expect to ride transit regularly should check out Nick Welch's Portland Visitor's Transit Fare Calculator, a simple, free tool for calculating the cheapest combination of TriMet daypasses, weekly passes and 30-day passes.

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[edit] Fares on bus, MAX, WES and LIFT

See also TriMet's own fare page and the history of TriMet fares.

These fares apply to buses, MAX light rail, and WES commuter rail. They are also valid on the Portland Streetcar and C-Tran, and monthly passes (but not daypasses or single fare tickets) are accepted on the Portland Aerial Tram. LIFT, TriMet's van service for people with disabilities, has a separate set of fares, also listed here.

For the purpose of this page, "adult" refers to ages 18 to 64; "honored citizen" refers to people ages 65 and up, plus anyone on Medicare or an eligible disability; and youth refers to ages 7 to 17.

[edit] One-trip ticket

A one-trip TriMet ticket is valid on buses, MAX and WES for one hour from the time of purchase. It's valid all day on Portland Streetcar, but never valid on the Portland Aerial Tram.

A $1 streetcar ticket does not count for TriMet travel. Streetcar sells joint TriMet-Streetcar tickets for the same prices as TriMet.

[edit] 1-day TriMet pass

Daypasses (like all multi-trip passes) expire not at midnight but when the TriMet system shuts down for the night -- effectively, until about 2:30 a.m. (Very few TriMet lines run that late, though.)

As of September 2012, daypasses cost twice the price of a single ride for all riders, though they're not offered on LIFT. They are also valid on the Portland Streetcar.

This was a major price cut to the daypass for youth and honored citizens. Transit planning student Zef Wagner argued when the double-fare daypass launched that the daypasses are "a major experiment that other agencies should watch closely."

[edit] When to buy a 1-day pass

  • Adult, youth or honored citizen: Unless you're likely to finish your round trip in 2 hours, or to take it on another day or by another mode of travel, it is almost always a good idea to buy a daypass if possible. This covers the return trip, allows midday improvisation and prevents any stress around making timely transfers.

Remember that bus transfers are good for one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends, and validated tickets are good for two hours.

[edit] 7-day TriMet pass

7-day passes are good for seven days from the date of purchase, counting the day of purchase. They are also valid on the Portland Streetcar.

  • Adult: $26
  • Youth: $8
  • Honored Citizen: $7

[edit] When to buy a 7-day pass

  • Adult: If you plan to make at least 11 separate trips (including return trips) over 7 days, it's cheaper to buy a 7-day pass.
  • Youth: If you plan to make at least 5 trips (including return trips) over 7 days, it's cheaper to buy a 7-day pass.
  • Honored Citizen: If you plan to make at least 7 separate trips (including return trips) over 7 days, it's cheaper to buy a 7-day pass.

Remember that bus transfers are good for one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends, and validated tickets are good for two hours.

[edit] 14-day TriMet pass

MAX bandit left
MAX ticket machine

These passes are good for 14 days from the date of purchase, counting the day of purchase. They are also valid on the Portland Streetcar.

[edit] When to buy a 14-day pass

  • Adult: If you are likely to make at least 21 separate trips in two weeks, but not keep it up all month, it's cheaper to buy a 14-day pass. Remember that bus transfers are good for one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends, and validated tickets are good for two hours.
  • Youth: If you are likely to make at least 10 separate trips in two weeks.
  • Honored citizen: If you are likely to make 14 separate trips in two weeks.
  • LIFT rider: If you are likely to make at least 15 separate LIFT trips in two weeks.

[edit] 1-month TriMet pass

monthly passes
TriMet monthly passes

These passes are also valid on the Portland Streetcar and the Portland Aerial Tram. They expire on the morning of the first day of each calendar month.

See also TriMet monthly pass sales figures.

[edit] When to buy a 1-month pass

  • Adult: If you are likely to make at least 40 separate trips in one month but not keep it up all year, it's cheaper to buy a 1-month pass. Remember that bus transfers are good for one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends, and validated tickets are good for two hours.
  • Youth: If you are likely to make at least 19 separate trips in one month.
  • Honored citizen: If you are likely to make at least 27 separate trips in one month.
  • LIFT rider: If you are likely to make at least 29 separate LIFT trips in one month.

[edit] 1-year TriMet pass

As of September 2012, TriMet's 1-year pass is a photo ID that offers 12 months of TriMet fare for the price of 11 (an 8.3% discount). The passes are also valid on the Portland Streetcar and Portland Aerial Tram.

Unless TriMet already has your photo on file (if you're an honored citizen, for example) the photo must be taken at the downtown TriMet Ticket Office in Pioneer Courthouse Square during its business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

If you lose your TriMet-issued annual pass, TriMet will replace it for $20.

[edit] When to buy a 1-year pass

  • Adult: If you are likely to average at least 9 separate trips per week all year. Remember that bus transfers are good for one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends, and validated tickets are good for two hours.
  • Youth: If you are likely to average at least 4 separate trips per week all year. (If your transit use changes significantly in one season, it's probably cheaper to buy monthly passes as needed, though that's also more complicated to keep track of.)
  • Honored citizen: If you are likely to average at least 6 separate trips per week all year.
  • LIFT rider: If you are likely to average at least 7 separate LIFT trips per week all year.

[edit] Fares on the streetcar

Portland Streetcar
a Portland streetcar

The Portland Streetcar sells two types of tickets: standard TriMet tickets, sold at standard fares, and streetcar-only fares. Children 6 and under ride free.

Single-ride streetcar tickets are not valid on the Portland Aerial Tram, though annual streetcar passes are.

Streetcar only sells youth fare tickets on platforms, not on vehicles themselves.

See also the streetcar's own fare page.

[edit] 1-year streetcar pass

For $150 a year, the streetcar also sells annual all-you-can-ride passes. These passes are also valid on the Portland Aerial Tram, but not on TriMet buses or MAX.

[edit] Fares on the Portland Aerial Tram

Tram tickets
ticket machine at the base of the tram

Tickets on the Portland Aerial Tram from the South Waterfront to OHSU's Marquam Hill campus cost $4. The downhill trip is always free, and children 6 and under ride free.

The tram is also free to anyone on OHSU business, including employees, students, patients and inpatients' guests. For a free ticket, visit the concierge desk on the first floor of the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. No proof is required.

Tickets can be purchased from the automated ticket machine at the bottom of the tram, from the pharmacy on the first floor of the OHSU Center for Health and Healing or from offices on the OHSU campus. See also the tram's own fare page.

The ticket machine accepts only debit cards, credit cards and coins, but no bills. Other tactics are usually needed for people wishing to pay with cash.

[edit] 1-year tram pass

For $100 a year, the tram also sells annual all-you-can-ride passes. These passes are not valid on buses, MAX light rail or the Portland Streetcar. See the Tram's own fare page for details.


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