Transportation In and Around Hillsboro
Hillsboro is situated just west of Portland, Oregon. The Portland metro area has long been a model for urban planning and transportation. Hillsboro is no exception, maintaining its own strong tradition of local infrastructure investment and improvement.
Interstates 5 (Los Angeles to Canada) and 84 (Portland to Salt Lake City) are the major cargo routes into and out of the Portland metro area. Hillsboro is approximately 18 miles west of these arteries via U.S. Highway 26, a major route that runs through the northern section of Hillsboro.
Hillsboro is about 30 miles from Portland International Airport (PDX). Over 19 million people pass through PDX each year, with direct connections to most major airport hubs throughout the U.S., and nonstop international flights to Canada, England, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, and the Netherlands. More than 200,000 tons of cargo pass through PDX annually as well. The airport averages over 600 flights every day.
PDX has been voted the best U.S. airport in Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards reader poll for six consecutive years. In 2018, J.D. Power ranked PDX third in “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Large Airports”. Condé Nast Traveler ranked PDX second on the magazine’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards survey of The 10 Best Airports in the U.S., noting “Bike paths and a MAX light rail line make (PDX) one of the best connected airports in the U.S.”
Hillsboro also has its own general aviation airport–Oregon’s second busiest airport–providing convenient access to corporate air travel for several of Hillsboro’s national and global companies. The Hillsboro Airport includes a U.S. Customs and Border Protection office for international flights, and has three fixed-base operators. Additionally, a new air cargo service offering now connects Hillsboro airport to PDX every day for businesses looking to ship by air.
TriMet provides public transportation services–including bus, light rail (MAX), and commuter rail–throughout the Portland metro area. Hillsboro is served by the MAX Blue line, one of five light rail lines that connect Portland and surrounding cities. Hillsboro is also served by TriMet bus routes, as well as the North Hillsboro Link, a shuttle service providing employee transportation to the growing North Hillsboro Industrial Area.
- TriMet MAX light rail map
- TriMet bus routes
- North Hillsboro Link