Update: To see a more serious list of options for public transportation between Corvallis and Portland (and Albany, Salem, Eugene and Newport), see this newer post.
Coming back from Portland after a short bicycle tour, we wanted to make it to Corvallis in time to put a little work in on a Monday afternoon. Amtrak does make travelling with your bike very easy on the Cascades line, but the busses that they run on the line only have one bike-spot-per-bus, making travelling as a duo problematic. The trains, with a cushier (although still reservation-worthy, especially in the summer) 6 spots per train, don’t depart Portland until 3PM. And you’re still faced with a 12 mile ride from Albany to Corvallis. And this costs roughly $24 (including the $5 bike fee). Or, you could take the Linn-Benton Loop, with 3 spots for bikes on the front rack, for $1.25.
Or, like we perhaps ill-advisedly did, you could do this for as little as $6.80 and 12 miles of riding.
- TriMet bus from Portland to Tigard Transit Center, $2.35
- WES train from Tigard Transit Center to Wilsonville, free with above transfer
- Cherriots bus from Wilsonville to Salem, $2.50
- CARTS bus from Salem to
- bike from Monroe to Adair Village, free
- Benton Country Rural Transit from Adair Village to Corvallis, $0.75