Buses depart Rooster Rock about every 20-30 minutes during peak demand times. View the complete schedule on the Schedule and Tickets page.
If there is room on the Multnomah Falls-bound buses from Portland, you are welcome to catch a ride at Rooster Rock. Please note, not all buses originating from Gateway Transit Center stop at Rooster Rock, and full buses from Gateway may not stop at Rooster Rock if all users are heading to Multnomah Falls.
You can purchase individual tickets or a day-pass. Children under age six ride for free. There is no discount for seniors or students at this time. Fare information is summarized below:
Fares (Children age six years and under ride for free)
Gateway ↔ Multnomah Falls/Rooster Rock*
Cascade Locks ↔ Hood River †
Gateway ↔ Cascade Locks
Hood River ↔ Multnomah Falls/Rooster Rock*
Gateway ↔ Hood River
*Service between Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls is free † Hood River County residents eligible for $1.00 one-way fares for this trip by showing proof of residence.
Individual day pass (hop on/hop off at all stops): $12 online/$15 on the bus
Group day pass (hop on/hop off at all stops, up to four passengers): $40 (only available online)
Tickets will be available for purchase online soon. To receive the latest updates, sign up for our email list at the bottom of this page.
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. Individual tickets also are available for purchase on the bus by cash or credit card. Group passes must be purchased online in advance. Please note: Riders paying in cash will need exact change.
Only single-day tickets and passes are available at this time.
No. 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.
Buses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Standing is not permitted on the bus. All riders will be transported to their destination but may need to wait for another bus.
Your baby is welcome to ride with you, but note that car seats cannot be secured as buses do not have seat belts. Only fully collapsible strollers are allowed.
Yes, all Columbia Gorge Express buses are wheelchair accessible.
Each bus can accommodate up to three bikes in a bike rack or in the luggage compartment under the vehicle.
Only service animals are allowed on the bus.
No, the buses are not equipped with seat belts.
Only some buses are equipped with restroom facilities. Public restrooms are also available at Rooster Rock State Park and Multnomah Falls. In Cascade Locks, Gorge Express riders are welcome to use restrooms at the Columbia Market. In Hood River, Gorge Express riders are welcome to use the restrooms at the Valero gas station.
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 paid for through a combination of federal and state public transportation funds that ODOT has allocated to this project, including funding through the Federal Lands Access Program.
Partners involved in the Columbia Gorge Express include: