Visiting Willamette by Plane or Train

Willamette's beautiful campus is a 1 hour 5 minute drive south of the Portland International Airport, a 1 hour 15 minute drive north of the Eugene Airport and is located across the street from the Salem Amtrak Station.

Information on Portland International Airport

Portland International Airport is Oregon's largest airport with over 200 daily departures to non-stop destinations across the U.S. and to several locations internationally. The airport includes a number of onsite rental car agencies and is easily accessible to downtown Portland via the MAX light rail system. Driving to Salem is a quick 1 hour 5 minute drive south on I-205 and I-5:

  1. Get on I-205 south towards Salem/Oregon City
  2. Merge on to I-5 south toward Salem
  3. Take the Highway 22 exit (number 253).
  4. At the first light, head west (a left turn for those coming from the south, a right when coming from the north).
  5. Stay on Highway 22 for about 1.5 miles.
  6. As you pass 17th street you'll start up an overpass.
  7. At the top of this overpass there is an exit to the right.
  8. Take this exit (Willamette University is indicated on the sign).
  9. Keep left as the exit divides.
  10. After passing through the stoplight, you will see a Willamette University sign and entrance to the right. Pass by, and continue to the next stoplight, at Winter Street.
  11. Turn right on Winter Street, then pull into the Guest Parking lot immediately on the right.

Information on the Salem Amtrak Station

The Salem Amtrak Station is located directly across 12th Street from Willamette's campus and offers train and bus service (including Greyhound) north to Portland and Seattle and south to Eugene and California. The Amtrak Cascades train travels north and south through Salem three times daily. The Amtrak Coast Starlight travels north and south through Salem once daily. For up-to-date information and schedules, please visit the Amtrak website.

Information on the Eugene Airport

The Eugene Airport offers a number of direct daily flights to destinations across the West Coast region and is a short 1 hour 15 minute drive to Salem. A number of rental car agencies are available onsite. To drive to Salem from Eugene:

  1. Take OR-569 East from Airport Road/99E
  2. Merge on to I-5 north towards Portland and Salem
  3. Take the Highway 22 exit (number 253).
  4. At the first light, head west (a left turn for those coming from the south, a right when coming from the north).
  5. Stay on Highway 22 for about 1.5 miles.
  6. As you pass 17th street you'll start up an overpass.
  7. At the top of this overpass there is an exit to the right.
  8. Take this exit (Willamette University is indicated on the sign).
  9. Keep left as the exit divides.
  10. After passing through the stoplight, you will see a Willamette University sign and entrance to the right. Pass by, and continue to the next stoplight, at Winter Street.
  11. Turn right on Winter Street, then pull into the Guest Parking lot immediately on the right.