car rentals near PDX?
Posted 16 February 2008 - 12:16 AM
As far as I can tell, I'll need to get to the airport, as most of the local rental companies close at 6:00. Assuming the CS is up and running, it's scheduled to arrive at the Amtrak PDX station at 3:40 pm. Considering that most local rental places close at 6:00, that leaves me less than 2 1/2 hrs in case the northbound CS is running late.
So, it looks like my best bet is to rent a car at the airport (24 hrs). I can get there via the MAX rail system, the stop for which is half a mile away from the Amtrak station. I'm hoping it doesn't rain. In Portland.
Any other suggestions?
Posted 17 February 2008 - 04:33 PM
that being said, the MAX is a fast way to get to the airport.
separately, are you staying in portland or headed further afield? is it possible to avoid the car altogether?
Posted 17 February 2008 - 06:26 PM
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 10:25 PM
I would call them ahead of time though to make sure their policies have not changed from last year.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 11:04 PM
We'll be driving from PDX to Mt. Rainier National Park. I know that several stops in Washington are closer (i.e. Tacoma), but the long station stop at PDX combined with the later arrival times in Washington means it's probably the "closest" stop to Mt. Rainier, even though the drive may be a little longer. I know it means more time in the car and less time on the train, but in this case I think the tradeoff is worth it.
Posted 18 February 2008 - 12:57 AM
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Posted 18 February 2008 - 06:12 PM
Just remember that we aren't sure when the CS is going to run again. There are speculations as late as June.
Yeah, I know. My reservation on the CS is for the second week of June. I haven't made any other reservations yet (cars, hotels, etc.) that can't be canceled in case the CS isn't running then.
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