LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION
In Oregon’s north coast, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, you will find the thriving communities of Astoria and Warrenton. Located at the western end of U.S. Rt. 30 in Clatsop County, Astoria is separated from Warrenton by a quick trip west across the Youngs Bay Bridge. The community of Warrenton is bordered on the north by the river as it enters the ocean and by the Pacific to its west. Warrenton’s southeastern side is transected by U.S. Hwy 101, which crosses over the Young’s Bay Bridge east to Astoria. It continues north from Astoria across the Columbia River via the 4.2-mile Astoria-Megler Bridge into Pacific County, WA. Interstate 5 is a short one-hour drive along Hwy 30, connecting the area to Seattle to the north and Portland to the south.
Sunset Empire Transportation District provides public transportation services that link the cities of Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach and the entire scenic Clatsop County region. Weekday and Weekend service is available connecting bus services to neighboring counties and cities including the Long Beach Peninsula to the north, Clatskanie and Longview, WA to the east and Tillamook to the south. Park your car and get on the bus, the views and sights are wonderful. The Northwest Point Bus provides service between Astoria and the Portland Amtrak Station with connecting service to the Portland Airport. All Sunset Empire Transportation District busses are handicap accessible and have bike racks and Dial-A-Ride scheduled services. Sunset Empire Transportation Transit Center is located in downtown Astoria and is open daily except on holidays. www.ridethebus.org.
Other public or shared transportation options include Royal Cab, Mom’s Cab, and Northern Lights Towncar Service as well as local tour operators and guides Lor’s Tours, Seaside’s Best Tour and Rae Goforth, Step-On-Guide.
The Port of Astoria manages the Astoria-Warrenton Airport which is home to a fleet of private planes as well as the Columbia River Bar Pilots and US Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. They also operate a deep-water port that can accommodate the industry’s largest vessels, the Astoria Warrenton Airport, two marinas and a boatyard. The port houses numerous tenants providing services and supplies to the fishing and boating industries. In the spring, summer and fall, major cruise ships make Astoria a port of call. Warrenton has two marinas serving the recreational and commercial fishing industries. The Columbia River provides a major shipping channel for the northwest region allowing cargo ships and barges of all kinds to travel upriver to additional ports east.
Astoria and Warrenton residents each enjoy beautiful paved walking, biking and skating trails that traverse riverfront and woodland areas, making intra-city travel safe and enjoyable. Astoria’s Riverfront Trolley runs daily along the waterfront in summer and weekends in the off-season, weather permitting.