Ashland is centrally located halfway between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California on Interstate 5. Ashland welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year and is primarily a drive destination though international airport access is 15 miles north of town. Once you arrive, we invite you to enjoy navigating Ashland as a driver, pedestrian or cyclist, exploring Ashland, as you like it.
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A number of transportation options are available in Ashland, including I-5 and multiple State highways, Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad and the Rogue Valley Transit System.
Ashland has excellent automotive access. Ashland is located along I-5, the primary north-south transportation corridor on the West Coast linking Ashland to domestic markets in the United States and international markets via west coast ports. In addition, Highway 99 runs through Ashland, connecting the City to nearby cities in Jackson County.
Potential traffic congestion can occur on I-5 and several of the State highway due to construction or weather due to the 4,000 elevation that the Siskiyou pass rises to. Oregon Department of Transportation works with local agencies to increase capacity on the roads near Ashland by replacing or upgrading highway interchanges, widening roads and bridges, and building new roads. Visit www.tripcheck.org for road and weather conditions.
Greyhound-Trailways bus lines provide ground transportation out of the Rogue Valley from Medford. AmTrak has a station at Klamath Falls, 70 miles east, and at Dunsmuir, California, 75 miles south.
AmTrak operates a bus that connects to the train through Klamath Falls. The air-conditioned bus leaves the parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Blvd. and Sherman Street in Ashland late afternoons and arrives in Klamath Falls to connect with trains to points beyond Sacramento (including San Francisco) and ending in Los Angeles. The South West-Point bus is locally operated by The Shuttle, Inc. out of Klamath Falls and can be reached at (888) 900-2609. Tickets for the Southwest Point Shuttle must be purchased through Amtrak or at the station. The Southwest Point Shuttle does not take reservations. (800) USA-RAIL, www.amtrak.com or www.oregon-point.com.
Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) provides public transit service Monday through Friday from one end of Ashland to the other with connecting service to Medford and other Rogue Valley communities. Buses operate Monday through Friday every 30 minutes from 5:00am to 8:30pm. RVTD is the first transit district in Oregon to operate buses powered solely by clean-burning, compressed natural gas. You can pick up local maps and bus routes at the Ashland Chamber office. Bus passes can be purchased at Ashland City Hall, 20 E. Main St. Visit www.rvtd.org, call (541) 779-2877 before 5:30pm or (541) 608-2400 after hours for route and schedule information. RVTD also offers TransLink and Valley Lift. TransLink provides transportation services to eligible Oregon Health Plan and eligible Medicaid clients traveling to authorized medical services. (541) 842-2060 or view the Rider’s Guide online at www.rvtd.org. Valley Lift is a shared ride, curb-to-curb, wheelchair accessible transportation service for people whose disabilities prevent them from using RVTD’s lift-equipped buses. (541) 842-2080.