Find all the information you need to get to Portland, Oregon and easily make your way around the city while attending ASCEND.


Delta Airlines

Reservations and ticketing are available at Enter the meeting code NMP46 in the box provided. Reservations may also be made by calling our Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328-1111 Monday - Friday 7am-7pm CDT.  

United Airlines

Reservations and ticketing are available at, or by calling United Meetings at 800-426-1122. Please give the following information: Agreement Code: 684172  Z Code: ZXVX. Outside the U.S., call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.

Southwest Airlines

Beginning on February 15, 2017, Kalmbach Publishing/ASCEND conference attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through our SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the conference. Book your travel between February 15, 2017 & July 2, 2017 to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts are available for travel July 16, 2017 through July 24, 2017.)

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Getting to and from the airport

The airport is located 9 miles northeast of downtown Portland. Light rail, taxicabs and ride services are all available as options to reach the Oregon Convention Center.


Light rail

The MAX light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. The trip between the airport and downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes. An adult ticket is $2.50. The MAX station and ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area.

A complete MAX light rail Red Line schedule and more information is available here.



The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is approximately $35 before gratuity.

Radio Cab offers a discount with coupons available on their website. The one-way trip takes 20-40 minutes. You can find taxis waiting in the center section of the airport terminal’s lower roadway outside of baggage claim; to get back to the airport from the city center, you can order a cab through the city’s main operators or from a hotel with a dedicated taxi stand.

Lyft and Uber also operate widely in Portland and are easy, affordable ways to get a quick ride throughout the city.

Information about how to request a Lyft from PDX Airport is available here.

Information about how to request an Uber from PDX Airport is available here.



The Downtown Airport Express by Blue Star runs every 30 minutes and costs $14 one-way and $24 round-trip to downtown and Lloyd Center/Convention Center hotels.

When leaving the airport, you can find the Downtown Airport Express on the terminal’s lower roadway (outside of baggage claim) on the far side of Island #2, closer to the parking garage.

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