How to Road Trip to Florence Without a Car
Get away to the Oregon Coast, only sixty miles west of Eugene. Even if you don't have a car, you can still make this journey out to Historic Old Town Florence and the coastal beaches. In Florence there is great shopping, gaming, sightseeing, hiking and dining. And don't you want to put your feet in the sand?
Pacific Crest Bus Lines operate a public bus which connects Eugene to Florence on a daily schedule. However; because of the time schedule it requires at least two overnights in order to have one full day exploring. The bus departs from downtown Eugene's Amtrak station in the evening stopping at the Shell station along Highway 101. Return trips from Florence back to Eugene are in the morning. The bus continues on to service Reedsport and Coos Bay (Pre's home town).
Additionally, Lane Council of Governments operates a special Link Lane Connector service to travel between downtown Eugene, Veneta, Mapleton, Florence (Three Rivers Casino and Old Town) and Yachats on a daily, morning and afternoon schedule.
This schedule makes it easy to enjoy a day of shopping and exploring in Florence, going out in the morning and getting back in the evening. Or you can take the Florence to Yachats route on a roundtrip sightseeing drive along Highway 101 (enjoy views of dramatic ocean cliffs, gorgeous sand beaches and a historic lighthouse), or disembark for a day exploring Carl G. Washburne State Park or the tiny coastal town of Yachats with great restaurants and picnic spots.
Please note: the Link Lane Connector does not run on holidays, and the Florence-Yachats route does not operate on Sundays.
Once you are in Florence, you can then use the Lane Transit District (LTD) Rhody Express to get around town. The shuttle follows a 60-minute circuit on two loops covering the north and south ends of town including stops at the Three Rivers Casino and in Old Town. Along the way, you can flag the driver to disembark at the next reasonable stop. The Rhody Express is accessible and can transport up to two bicycles if you rent one in town. As bike rentals come and go, check with the cycling enthusiasts at Bikes & Guitars to figure out current cycling options.
Nearby things you can do from the Rhody Express stops:
- Fred Meyer - try sandboarding!
- Oak Street near the Elementry School (not a routine stop) - visit the very cool Oregon Coast Military Museum, subject to current pandemic protocols.
- Peace Harbor Hospital - take a walk on the beach from Exploding Whale Memorial Park.
- Old Town - Enjoy a cup of chowder at Mo's and shop Bay Street.
- Three Rivers - go gaming or golfing.
Please note: the Rhody Express does not operate on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Bus Travel Tips
- Pack or wear layers as weather conditions may change quickly. Make sure you have rain gear.
- Make sure you have any needed permits and licenses before you go.
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