Should I rent a car or Uber in Portland?

I’m going to be in Portland for about a week for work. I do want to see at least some of the city while I’m there, so should I rent a car?

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Answer provided by
Sarah Gray
Answered on Apr 25, 2022
Have a great trip! An Uber is a good option if you don’t like crowds, or if you want to keep to a tight schedule, but generally you do not need to rent a car or Uber in Portland If you’re planning to keep your explorations within the metro area.
Portland is well-served by public transit, with several cheaper options than renting a car or Ubering, such as:
  • the light rail,
  • streetcars, and
  • buses.
However, you should pick up a rental if you plan to head out to see any of the natural sites surrounding Portland. Here are some tips for renting a car in Portland if you end up deciding you need one:
  • Reserve your car in advance: Reserving your car in advance will ensure you get the best option at the best price.
  • Determine who can drive the car: If anyone besides you will need to drive the car, be sure their name is included in the rental agreement.
  • Check your rental car insurance: You may have rental car insurance through your current insurance provider or a credit card.
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