Flights, Buses, Trains, Drive
|Train$37 | 8h 52min||Flight$89 | 1h 19min||Bus34 lb of CO2|
It's 241 miles between PDX to LMT. On a typical day, it might take between 4h 20min and 4h 33min from PDX to LMT under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 4h 46min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to LMT by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.
We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $32.
Take the train, it is cheaper and more comfortable than the bus!
For short-haul trips, it's best to book as soon as possible. It won't necessarily help reduce your price by a large amount, but will ensure that you have a spot on the bus or train. Shuttle service may be available to LMT. If you're traveling with a large group, you should probably take a shuttle as it will reduce the price per person. Alternatively, there are shared shuttle services available. With this option, you'll want to book as soon as possible to allow the shuttle service enough time to coordinate your pickup and dropoff.
While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to LMT is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the PDX/LMT buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from PDX is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between PDX and LMT during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!
The plus side of taking the train from PDX to LMT? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of LMT traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to LMT is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.