Trip Plans and Travel
Transportation resources for car-free travel throughout Oregon
Though ODOT is most often recognized for its work on our state's highway system, the agency actively supports a multimodal transportation system. As the Rail and Public Transit Division, our expertise is transit and we are here to help Oregonians use it for everything from daily commuting to taking trips across the state and beyond.
Below you will find easy-to-use trip planning tools and resources including information about transit, park and ride lots, passenger rail, intercity (city-to-city) buses, ridesharing (carpools, vanpools), and active forms of transportation (bicycling, walking).
For help using any of these resources, see the Local Assistance section below or click "Contact Us" in the left navigation menu.
Did you know that ODOT's TripCheck website offers more than just traffic cameras and road conditions? The Transportation Options tab on the TripCheck site provides resources to help you travel more easily, economically, and sustainably. You can find transit and taxi services, find a park and ride lot near you, learn about ridesharing, see which car sharing options are available in your area, and get information about bicycling and walking. You don't have to register to use TripCheck and it is always free-of-charge.
Drive Less Connect is Oregon's secure online ride-matching tool that can point you to individual rideshares as well as carpool, vanpool, and bicycle trip sharing resources. It is easy to register and search for ride matches, and the security settings allow you to share as much or as little as you choose while you explore your options. You can also browse local options without registering. Simply click "Local Support" in the menu at the top of the Drive Less Connect home page. Or, for more targeted information, use the "Find your Service Provider" tool on the right-hand side. The partner agencies listed there offer a wealth of options in each area and can help you locate connecting services to get where you need to go.
Most people use Google to search for things on the internet, but it also offers one of the best tools for planning a trip using transit. Thanks, in part, to ODOT's investment in data called GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification), you can use Google Maps' tool to plan a trip aboard most transit services across Oregon. To use the trip planner, download the free Google Maps app for your smartphone or use the online version on your computer. (Click on "Get Directions", specify an origin and destination, then click on the bus icon to view transit information.)
ODOT's POINT (Public Oregon Intercity Transit) bus program provides reliable transit options for statewide travel. These fast, affordable buses crisscross the state connecting Portland to Astoria and Eugene, Klamath Falls to Brookings, Redmond to Chemult, and Bend to Ontario along with many points in between. They also connect travelers with AMTRAK passenger rail services. Visit the POINT website for maps, schedules, and ticket pricing.
ODOT periodically updates this pocket-size guide with timetable data from many agencies that provide long-distance transportation. The guide also contains a transit services directory sorted alphabetically by city and other information to assist you as you travel. You can download the Oregon Intercity Passenger Timetables guide here (filesize: 500 KB) or click "Contact Us" in the left navigation menu to request a hard copy.
Through a unique partnership with Amtrak and the Washington State Department of Transportation, ODOT is proud to support the Amtrak Cascades train service. This service connects 18 cities in the Pacific Northwest along a 467-mile route from Eugene to Vancouver, B.C. Trains stop at each Amtrak station in Oregon, which allows for vital connections to local and long-distance bus services. Visit the Amtrak Cascades site for maps, schedules, and ticket pricing. You can also visit the main Amtrak site to learn more about other passenger rail options through the state.
Park and ride lots provide opportunities to safely and conveniently access a wide range of transportation modes including transit, bicycling, car sharing, and ridesharing. To help Oregonians locate these lots, ODOT produces this free, pocket-size directory of park and ride lots in Oregon. It contains maps plus information about lot amenities and nearby transit connections. You can download the Oregon Park & Ride directory here (filesize: 8 MB) or click "Contact Us" in the left navigation menu to request a hard copy. You can also click here to view Park and Ride Lots by City and print or download specific maps for your desired locations.
Rome2rio (for travel beyond Oregon)
Rome2rio is a free multimodal trip planner best suited for planning longer out-of-state trips. For example, if you want to go from Bend to Seattle or Medford to Boise, Rome2rio can help you determine whether it's faster to take a train, bus, airplane, ferry, car, or a combination of modes. It can even provide options for lodging along the way. It works like Google Maps but includes additional features that make planning out-of-state and international travel easier.
Each area in Oregon has an official ODOT partner agency ready to help you get where you need to go. Contact the agency in your area to find ways to take advantage of the many transportation options available to you in Oregon.