Service in season two will operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and federal holidays), May 26 through Sept. 24, 2017. The first bus each morning departs Gateway Transit Center at 8:45 a.m. and the last bus to Gateway Transit Center departs Multnomah Falls at 6:40 p.m. View complete schedule information here.
Under normal traffic conditions, the trip from Gateway Transit Center to Rooster Rock State Park takes about 25-30 minutes. The trip from Rooster Rock to Multnomah Falls takes about 5-10 minutes.
You can park free of charge up to 24 hours at Gateway Transit Center. Columbia Gorge Express riders must pay the $5 per vehicle day-use fee to park at Rooster Rock State Park. Overnight parking at Rooster Rock State Park is not permitted.
The Gorge Express departs Rooster Rock for Multnomah Falls every 15-45 minutes. A large tour bus is available between these stops. Smaller 35-40 passenger buses travel to and from Gateway Transit Center in Portland.
If there is room on the Multnomah Falls-bound buses from Portland, you are welcome to catch a ride at Rooster Rock. Please note, full buses originating from Gateway Transit Center may not stop at Rooster Rock, if all users are heading to Multnomah Falls.
Round trip tickets from Gateway Transit Center to Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls are $5 per person. Riders boarding at Rooster Rock State Park can ride the Columbia Gorge Express to Multnomah Falls for free, but drivers must pay the $5 per vehicle day-use fee to park at Rooster Rock.
All users pay the same low fare, except small children seated on an adult's lap ride, who ride for free.
We encourage riders to purchase tickets online in advance to avoid boarding delays. Riders can print their tickets or show electronic confirmation to the driver. Tickets are also available for purchase on the bus by cash or credit card. Please note: riders paying in cash will need exact change.
Only day tickets are available.
Purchasing a ticket online does not reserve a seat on any bus. Buses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
We encourage riders to plan ahead and not wait until the last bus departs. The peak travel period to Multnomah Falls is mid-day. Visitation often tapers off in late afternoon.
The buses departing from Gateway Transit Center can accommodate 36 passengers plus two passengers in wheelchairs. The buses departing from Rooster Rock State Park can accommodate 44 passengers plus two passengers in wheelchairs. Tickets are not purchased for specific buses, and buses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Standing is not permitted on the bus.
A large tour bus is available between Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls. Full buses originating from Gateway Transit Center may not stop at Rooster Rock.
Your baby is welcome to ride with you, but note that car seats cannot be secured as buses do not have seat belts. A $5 ticket is required for an infant car seat occupying its own seat. Only fully collapsible strollers are allowed as a carry-on as space allows.
Yes, all Columbia Gorge Express buses are wheelchair accessible.
Each bus can accommodate up to three bikes in the luggage compartment under the vehicle.
Only service animals are allowed on the bus.
No, the buses are not equipped with seat belts.
Yes, all buses are equipped with restroom facilities. Public restrooms are also available at Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls.
Yes, all buses are air conditioned.
Other than water, open food and drink is not allowed on the Columbia Gorge Express.
WiFi and electrical sockets are not available on the Columbia Gorge Express.
The Columbia Gorge Express is a bus service connecting Gateway Transit Center in Portland with Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls. Service will begin by mid-June and run through Sept. 24, 2017. The bus operates Friday through Sunday and federal holidays.
The Columbia Gorge Express operates as a pilot service. ODOT and project partners are evaluating the service on an ongoing basis and will consider options for expansion beyond 2017. Near-term service expansion could include increasing the frequency of the existing intercity transit service between Gateway Transit Center and Hood River traveling along I-84 with stops at key destinations. Public transportation service between Hood River and Portland is currently provided two days a week by Columbia Area Transit.
The Columbia Gorge Express pilot service is paid for through a combination of federal and state public transportation funds that ODOT has allocated to this project.
Partners involved in the Columbia Gorge Express include: