Why should I rent a bus in Portland?
Like many aspects of travel, how you get around Portland depends on where you’re going, what your budget is, and how many people are tagging along (among other factors). Not sure which Portland transportation method is right for you? Here’s an overview of some popular options:
- TriMet: Often praised as one of the best and most tourist-friendly public transit systems in the country, Portland’s TriMet system includes bus routes, a light rail, and a commuter rail. Fare for most adults is $2.50 per two and a half hours of ride-time. The downside? It’s heavily used by locals and can get very congested at peak travel times, which can mean your ride may take longer than you’d originally planned. If your group doesn’t want to share a cabin with a crowd of commuters, consider another transportation method.
- Cycling: Riding a bike is eco-friendly and easy to do in Portland. For many locals, it’s the preferred method of transport, and for visitors, it can be a great way to get in touch with the city’s laid-back vibe. Rental bikes usually go for $35 per bike per day, so if you’re a large group from out of town, renting enough bikes for everyone can be a hassle. Besides, not everyone can or wants to work up a sweat just to get where they need to be—especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
- Rideshare Apps and Taxicabs: Uber, Lyft, and three separate taxi services all operate within Portland city limits. These on-demand services can be convenient when you have a loose itinerary and don’t mind waiting for your ride to show up. Large groups on a tight schedule, though, are at a disadvantage—not to mention that Portland taxis charge extra per every additional passenger. Rideshare services can also get pricey during major events, conventions, and festivals, so consider another option if unpredictable travel expenses are a concern.
- Private Bus Rental: The perfect option for groups who don’t want to share a cabin with strangers and want total control over their routes and schedule. If you split the cost of your charter bus or minibus among everyone aboard, your entire trip will likely cost less than hailing a Lyft or Uber to every destination—and everyone will arrive all together, in one vehicle. Renting a bus also grants groups small comforts you won’t find on other transport methods, such as climate-controlled cabins, free WiFi, restrooms, reclining seats, and more—just ask your Shofur rep about these features when you call 1-800-436-8719 .
Get Your Sports Fans Moving
The Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers, the Portland Thorns, or your own amateur team—no matter who you root for, one thing is certain: no one wants to get lost or separated on game day.
So rather than wrangling your fan group into a carpool caravan and answering a bunch of “where are you?” texts when you reach the stadium parking lot, reserve an all-in-one sporting event shuttle service through Shofur. With one of our network’s experienced professionals behind the wheel of a roomy motorcoach, your sports fans can store their tailgating gear in the undercarriage luggage compartment, stretch out in reclining seats, check on on their favorite players through onboard WiFi, and arrive all at once to the big game. Plus, everyone has a guaranteed DD for the rest of the night—so feel free to celebrate your team’s victory as much as you want!
Address: 1 N Center Ct St, Portland, OR 97227
20,000-seat indoor arena and home to the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team
Address: 1844 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
An open-air stadium with 25,000 seats; home turf for the city’s major league soccer teams
Punctual and Reliable Corporate Transportation
Portland may have one of the best public transit systems in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the city’s commuter rail system works for everyone. Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees are hesitant to take the public rails to and from work and risk exposure to strangers every day. Grant your team peace of mind and a comfortable ride with a regularly sanitized employee shuttle service! That way, your team can take custom-tailored routes to the office and only share a cabin with coworkers they already see at work every day. Also, you can set as many onboard safety measures as you wish—mandatory mask-wearing, onboard hand-sanitizing stations, regular contactless temperature checks, you name it!
Need short-term business travel instead? Whether you’re treating your San Francisco clients to a punctual airport pickup service from PDX or your team is heading into Seattle for a tech conference, the Shofur team can streamline your Portland corporate trips. Drivers in our network are certified professionals who value your busy schedule—so you can expect them to run your shuttle service on an airtight itinerary, so everyone arrives right on time. With productivity-boosting amenities like onboard WiFi and power outlets, your passengers can even answer emails, tweak presentations, and recharge their devices between stops.
Portland International Airport (PDX)
Address: 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218
Oregon Convention Center
Address: 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Tour Portland’s Best Wineries and Breweries
Whether it’s for a well-earned company party or a last hurrah before your wedding day, Portland has no shortage of wineries, breweries, and distilleries for groups looking to live it up or wind down.
Rather than sticking to a cookie-cutter winery or brewery tour program or calling an Uber/Lyft or cab every time you want to switch up the scenery, let us keep your group moving with a custom tour shuttle. We’ll set up your merrymakers with a roomy motorcoach or minibus that only goes where you want it to. With a built-in DD and relaxing amenities like plush seats, total climate control, and free WiFi, everyone can enjoy all the craft beer, Willamette Valley wine, and Distillery Row spirits Portland has to offer in safety and comfort.
Spanning across multiple neighborhoods (from the SE Industrial District to Slabtown District), this collective offers tours and tastings of the whiskey, gin, and brandy crafters located here.
Elk Cove Vineyards
Address: 27751 NW Olson Rd, Gaston, OR 97119
Refining Pinot Noir and Chardonnay since the 1970s, this vineyard offers sweeping views of the Oregon wine country and the Cascade Range.
Portland’s Most Popular Destinations for Groups
Great for: sightseeing tours, foodies, nightlife seekers
Many Portland visitors consider this historic neighborhood a two-in-one destination. By day, your group can wander through the tranquil Lan Su Chinese garden and explore the rich history of the underground Shanghai Tunnel network. By night, bounce from party lounge to cocktail bar—just be sure to grab a bite from the infamous VooDoo Doughnut Shop before you leave.
Charter Bus Parking Address: 239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
Mount Hood National Forest
Great for: outdoor adventures and scout troop get-togethers
Named for Oregon’s tallest peak and active stratovolcano that lies within, this national park is home to peaceful mirror lakes, 11 named glaciers, and an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Stop by in the summer for a brisk hike or rock-climbing trip, or visit in winter for a thrilling ski trip in this relatively untouched wilderness.
Charter Bus Parking Address: 88900 Government Camp Loop, Government Camp, OR 97028
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Great for: class field trips and visits with history buffs
If your group is interested in the machines that helped make Portland what it is today, be sure to stop by this rail museum to see the city’s three steam engines—two of which are fully restored and operational! Train enthusiasts young and old will enjoy learning how locomotives influenced the city and the science behind how they work.
Charter Bus Parking Address: 2250 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Reserve Your Portland Bus Rental Today
The Shofur team is always available to simplify your Portland group travels when you call 1-800-436-8719 . Get in touch when you’re ready to get started, and our representatives will be more than happy to walk you through the reservation process, answer any questions you might have, and offer a free quote personalized to your bus rental needs—with no obligation to book!
Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Portland
$110 - $170
$105 - $160