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Thinking about holiday travel?

With Thanksgiving only three weeks away, many families are confirming holiday travel plans.  Here’s a few tips on traveling from Willamette University to just about anywhere.

Getting to the Portland International Airport (PDX) is easy with a little advanced planning.  For the end of the semester break, the Associate Students of Willamette University (ASWU) offers several shuttles from campus to the airport for only $10.  For more information see the Parents website or contact Evan Jones at ejones@willamette.edu.

The Hut Shuttle is another way to get from Salem to PDX.  The shuttle departs from the Red Lion Inn (just a few miles from campus) every two hours every day.  For more information see www.portlandairportshuttle.com.

Train travel is an option to consider, especially if you’re traveling to the Puget Sound area.  Traveling by train to Seattle is about a 4-5 hour trip and the train station in Salem is conveniently located across the street from campus.  See www.amtrak.com for more information.  The code for the Salem station is SLM.

Many parents ask if the train is a good way to get to PDX.  Unfortunately, downtown Portland is the closest stop Amtrak makes to PDX.  Getting to the airport this way will require an additional cab ride or a 45 minute ride on the Portland light rail.

Of course, the least expensive and perhaps most enjoyable way for your student to get from here to there is a ride with a friend or acquaintance.  Your students can ask friends around campus, or you can try the parents listserv at www.willamette.edu/parents/resources/network.html.

Safe travels!