HOW TO GET DOWNTOWN
It’s easy to get to downtown Vancouver by transit, bicycle, foot, and car!
Bus and Train Directions
Many C-Tran buses provide direct service to downtown Vancouver, and others can get you there with one transfer. Plan your route to downtown at c-tran.com.
From Portland, Beaverton and Gresham:
C-Tran runs buses from Portland’s downtown, OHSU, the Lloyd Center, Gateway, Parkrose, Delta Park and Jantzen Beach to Vancouver destinations.
Vancouver is accessible to even more of the metro area through TriMet.
Plan your route to downtown Vancouver at c-tran.com or trimet.org.
Amtrak offers a 20-minute train or bus ride from Portland’s Union Station to downtown Vancouver six times a day. Plan your train trip at Amtrak.com.
From Oregon, Washington, California and Canada:
Amtrak will deliver you to downtown Vancouver from Portland, Oregon City, and Kelso/Longview as well as more distant points in California, Oregon, Washington and even Vancouver, BC. Learn more about Amtrak’s Cascades train and bus service at Amtrak.com.
Download local and regional bike maps from the City of Vancouver’s website.
From the south
Bicycling to downtown Vancouver from south of the Columbia River can be a challenge due to confusing paths around the I-5 bridge. But a detailed map will eliminate confusion and show you the best way. View the I-5 bridge bicycle map online here (PDF).
From the east
Evergreen, Mill Plain and McLoughlin Boulevards connect to downtown Vancouver and offer bike lanes. A bike path along Columbia Way can also get you there. For more information, see the Vancouver Bike Map.
From the north
NE Hazel Dell Avenue and NE St. Johns Road both lead to downtown Vancouver from the north and offer bike lanes. Closer to downtown, F Street and Jefferson Street/Kauffman Avenue are low-traffic bicycling options. For more information, see the Vancouver Bike Map.
Downtown Vancouver is nice and compact, so you can walk from one end to the other in about 15 minutes.
If you are starting within a mile of downtown, consider walking! Most people can easily walk a mile in about 20 minutes.
For an east-west walk, Evergreen Blvd is one of the downtown’s nicer streets. For north-south walks, Main St is a pleasant walk, with an appealing street environment and small shops.
From the north:
Drive south on I-5. Take exit 1C Mill Plan Blvd and bear right towards the City Center onto 15th Street. Turn left onto Washington Street, which leads you into the heart of downtown. Visit our parking webpage for information on how to park.
From the south:
Drive north on I-5. Take exit 1B towards the City Center. Drive around the looping exit and then turn left onto 6th Street. Follow 6th Street a few blocks to Esther Short Park and the center of downtown Vancouver. Visit our parking webpage for information on how to park.
From the east, via I-84:
Drive west on I-84 towards Portland. Take exit 9, on the left side of the freeway, to I-205 north. After about 4 miles on I-205, take exit 27 towards Vancouver. This leads you onto State Route 14, which you take for about 5 miles before exiting towards the City Center. Turn left onto 6th Street. Follow 6th Street a few blocks to Esther Short Park and the center of downtown Vancouver.Visit our parking webpage for information on how to park.
From the east, via SR 14:
Drive west on SR 14. Follow signs for the City Center, and after exiting, turn left onto 6th Street. Follow 6th Street a few blocks to Esther Short Park and the center of downtown Vancouver. Visit our parking webpage for information on how to park.