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Car-Free Road Trips on Public Transit

Published: July 11, 2022


Want to road trip but don't have a car? Explore the region beyond Eugene using public transportation. You can hike to waterfalls, mountain bike renowned trails, walk on the beach, shop farmers' markets, sightsee in small towns, hang out at must-visit bakeries and craft breweries, or just enjoy the scenic landscape from the bus windows.

The region's public buses and shuttle services are wheelchair accessible and can transport a limited number of bicycles, but arrangements may vary by service, so confirm before departing. 

Here are additional tips for riding the bus:

  • As bus schedules may change without notice, due to pandemic protocols or weather events, always confirm bus schedules before heading out.
  • Some destinations may require an overnight due to schedules, so have an overnight plan if needed.
  • Pack layers for all destinations as the weather may dramatically differ from Coast to Cascades.
  • When heading into the mountains, take along food provisions, as local eateries have limited hours.
  • If you are planning outdoor recreation, make sure to have all the proper licenses and permits in advance since it may not be possible to obtain them on-site.
  • Check our adventure checklist to prepare for your adventure.

Here are your best options to head up into the mountains, out into the valley, or over to the ocean beaches without a car.

How to Get to the Cascades Mountains

There are several mountain communities within thirty to sixty miles of Eugene-Springfield. The McKenzie River is to the northeast along Highway 126 E and Oakridge-Westfir is to the southeast along Highway 58. As elevation increases, temperatures may be cooler, so pack along layers as well as protection from the sun. 

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How to Get to the Oregon Coast

The amazingly beautiful Oregon Coast is only sixty miles from Eugene. Take the bus right to Florence where you can shop, dine and explore nearby beaches. Then take another bus service up or down Highway 101 to see more of the coastal beauty.

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Nearby Valley Towns to Explore

All around Eugene there is magnificent wine country and small classic American towns. Shop farmer's markets, visit historic landmarks or Hollywood film sites. Rent a bicycle and cruise the backcountry roads.

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Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.