Better Wheels to Portland

This is probably old news to some of you, but there are now two convenient ways to get to the Portland Airport. In addition to the HUT Shuttle, which has been the primary option for Corvallisites since 1973, we now have the Oregon Express Shuttle (OES). So, which one should you choose?

If you’re most concerned with price, OES is the way to go. While HUT charges $49 for a one-way trip, OES can get you to PDX for only $29. However, it gets a little trickier when you start to look at children’s prices. HUT does not allow children under 13 to ride without adult supervision, but those children ride for free. Through OES, children aged 7 to 13 can ride alone if their parents sign an Unaccompanied Minor form.

If you ride OES, you must pay for children, including infants, to have a seat. That’s because OES requires every passenger to wear a seatbelt and for children under eight years or under 40 pounds to be in a car seat or booster seat for the duration of the trip. Unfortunately, OES does not provide these. HUT doesn’t require seatbelts because they operate larger vehicles and, according to Oregon state law, vehicles that hold at least 15 passengers are not required to have this safety feature.

As far as pets go, only service dogs are allowed through OES, but they ride for free. At HUT, all animals are welcome for an additional $10, but they must be in approved airline carriers. If they’re not small enough to go on your lap, they must go in the baggage compartment. Additionally, unlike HUT, OES doesn’t have Wi-Fi or outlets for laptops—which could be a deal-breaker for some. Thankfully, both provide handicap-accessible vehicles. 

Neither option is perfect, but the addition of OES does bring new jobs to town and another option for travelers. In Corvallis, you can catch a ride at the Comfort Suites or at Reser Stadium.  Happy shuttling!

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By Anika Lautenbach