Plan Your Trip to Eugene, OR for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22

By Matt Wastradowski

Your Oregon Track and Field adventure awaits

Eugene, Oregon is home to the University or Oregon and legendary TrackTown USA Legend

Planning your trip  to Eugene, Oregon, for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22? Great! We look forward to welcoming you to the Willamette Valley. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll want to keep in mind as you plan your trip. (For more detailed, up-to-date planning information, visit Travel Lane County’s website on WCH Oregon22.)

Airports: The Eugene Airport sits just 15 minutes south of downtown Eugene and offers direct flights from more than a dozen cities (including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago) through seven major carriers; from the airport, shuttle service is available to Eugene and surrounding communities.

Visitors can also arrive via Portland International Airport, home to hundreds of flights each day through carriers based all over the world. Car rentals are available from eight major companies at (and around) the airport; the drive between Portland and Eugene takes about two hours via Interstate 205 and Interstate 5.

If traveling car-free, daily shuttles via Groome Transportation are available between the airport and communities throughout the Willamette Valley – including Eugene. Learn more about getting to Eugene from Travel Lane County. 

Photo of Office Covered Bridge, courtesy of David Putzier
Office Covered Bridge, photo courtesy of David Putzier

Train stations: Amtrak Cascades offers daily passenger train service between Eugene, Salem, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C. Visitors can also arrive via Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train, which provides daily service between Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. All trains arrive at Eugene Station in downtown, offering easy access to nearby hotels, attractions, mass transit, and more.

Inn at the 5th is one of the many lodging options with transport to Hayward Field
Inn at the 5th is one of the many lodging options with transport to Hayward Field

Lodging: Even though the world’s best track-and-field athletes won’t lace up their spikes for several more months, lodgings are filling up fast. Consider making reservations as soon as possible for your WCH Oregon22 stay; in addition to accommodations throughout the Eugene area, you’ll find hotels, motels, and other lodgings in nearby communities – including Corvallis, Albany, and Salem – that are a short drive from Hayward Field.

To help improve the planning process, we’ve partnered with Travel Lane County to provide this booking widget – which shows available rooms throughout Eugene and the wider Willamette Valley:

Drive times: From communities in the West Cascades (such as Vida and McKenzie Bridge) to some of the most popular cities around the Willamette Valley (including Salem, Corvallis, and Albany), you’re rarely more than an hour from the heart of the action in Eugene. Our partners at Travel Lane County have put together this helpful graphic that shows drive times from nearby cities and towns.

A map of drive times from Eugene

Coming from elsewhere?  Learn more about driving to Eugene from Travel Lane County.

Eugene’s Car-free Travel: Eugene makes it easy to enjoy a car-free experience around town. PeaceHealth Rides is a locally run network of bike share stations, with hubs throughout the greater Eugene area. (For something more than a quick ride, longer-term bike rentals are available through services and shops all over town.)

If taking mass transit, Lane Transit District operates a robust bus system, with daily service all over the Eugene area; that includes the Emerald Express (EmX), a bus rapid transit option that serves some of the most popular areas of Eugene and enjoys priority access in traffic for a quicker ride. Standard ride-share services, such as Uber and Lyft, are available, as well.

Bus transportation in Eugene, photo courtesy of Travel Lane County
Bus transportation in Eugene, photo courtesy of Travel Lane County

Want to know more about making the most of your outing to WCH Oregon22? Learn more about planning your trip with Travel Lane County.