If you’re planning to go beyond downtown Portland or the other areas close to downtown, and especially if you’re going to be making any day-trips, you’ll probably want to rent a car. You’ve got lots of options to do so, the most obvious being right at the airport. But if you only want to rent a car for a day or two during your trip, there are other car rental locations around town, too. Here are some of the places you can rent a car in Portland:
- At Portland Airport – Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz all have rental counters on the airport grounds.
- Near Portland Airport – Alamo, E-Z Rental and National are off airport grounds, but not far from the airport – and there are shuttles from the airport to and from those rental offices.
- Away from Portland Airport – Lots of companies have car rental offices in downtown Portland as well as areas close to downtown, including Enterprise, Hertz, Alamo, Avis, Bee, National, Thrifty, Budget, Crown and Rent-a-Wreck.
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If you’re staying in Portland for an extended period, or even thinking about moving here and going car-less, one option you might consider instead of renting a car is becoming a member of Zipcar. There are lots of Zipcars in the Portland Metro area, and if you only need one occasionally it’s much cheaper than owning it or even renting sometimes. Plus, for the eco-conscious among us, most (if not all) of the Zipcars in Portland are hybrids or otherwise friendly to the environment. This arrangement doesn’t work if you’re just in town for a few days and looking for transportation to the coast or Mt. St. Helens, but it’s a great alternative if you’re living in Portland without a car or staying here for a while. You can find out more at Zipcar’s official website here.