Car-Free Transportation To, From and Around Hood River 2019-01-23T21:13:40+00:00

Transportation To, From and Around Hood River

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Biking From Portland to Hood River

WARNING – Due to the Eagle Creek Fire of 2017, the Historic Columbia River Highway is closed for a major section of this bike route, Bridal Veil to Cascade Locks and, and the only alternative is biking on the Interstate. If riding next to 75 mph semi trucks is your idea of fun, proceed with extreme caution. From Cascade Locks to Hood River, you get a mixture of shoulder riding on side roads, dedicated bike trail, but again, most of the route is on Interstate-84. Map of Historic Columbia River Highway closures.

  • Alternatively, the Columbia Gorge Express, can accommodate 3 bikes on board, and CAT can accommodate 2 (both listed below). Bike route to Portland’s Gateway Transit Center.

Biking From Hood River to Mosier and The Dalles

  • The bike route between these 3 cities is some of the best in America. The route is predominantly car-free, paved Historic Columbia River Highway Trail between Hood River and Mosier. Otherwise, you’ll be riding on the shoulder on calm, rural Historic Columbia River Highway. Expect jaw dropping scenery.

Biking Around Hood River

  • Hood River is very, very hilly. We recommend a super light bike with 8 or more gears or an electric bike (see rentals below). In general, people driving are used to sharing the road with people biking and are courteous.
  • WARNING – bikes are not allowed on the Hood River Bridge to Washington.

Bike Routes

Bike Rentals & Tours

Transit, Bus & Shuttles

  • Hood River Trolley– Hop on hop off trolley route provides a fixed schedule seven days a week; open air Pink Trolley runs Sat & Sun, CAT bus runs M-F
  • Columbia Area Transit (CAT) – Providing a fixed schedule, Tuesday-Thursday, service between Hood River and Portland; and, Monday-Friday service between Hood River, Cascade Locks, The Dalles, Parkdale and Odell. Use Google Maps transit directions for real-time information
  • Columbia Gorge Express – Beginning May 25, 2018, Columbia Gorge Expresses daily service will take you from Portland’s Gateway Transit Center to Rooster Rock State Park, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and finally Hood River
  • Greyhound Bus – service from Portland to Hood River and The Dalles. Bus does not allow bikes
  • MountNBarrel Bike Tours – with the reservation of a bike tour, this tour company will pick you up in Cascade Locks and bring you to Hood River
  • MountNLoop – A shuttle service that transports guests from a select group of Hood River hotels to a select group of Hood River wineries in a round-trip looping system
  • Pedicab- solar powered pedal transport service moving people and hauling goods around town carbon-free and fun-filled


  • Amtrak – Empire Builder service from Portland’s Union Station to Bingen, WA. From, Bingen, you can call Hood River taxi or walk to the Hood River bridge and hitch a ride (socially acceptable). Although bikes are allowed on board, there is no bike service to Bingen. However, folding bikes are accommodated to this station.
  • Mount Hood Railroad – more of a tour than transportation, this train will take you from the historic train depot in downtown Hood River to Parkdale, at the base of Mount Hood.

Taxi, Car Rentals & Pedicab

  • Lyft – one way only from Portland to Hood River
  • Uber – one way only from Portland Hood River
  • Hood River Taxi – on-call taxi for in trips or pre-scheduled rides to and from Portland Airport
  • Hood River Pedicab -solar powered pedal transport service moving people and hauling goods around town carbon-free and fun-filled

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