Corvallis is incredibly walkable. Everything you need is less than a mile away. The local busses are free. You don’t need a car.
Here is a walking tour of Corvallis that I would recommend, designed to start and stop at the Hilton where many University guests stay.
Getting to and from Corvallis
If your trip is being expensed to an OSU account, you must book flights through our travel agent.
Fly into the Portland airport (PDX) and then take the Hut Shuttle (which has free reliable wifi) to the OSU Bookstore or the Corvallis Hilton (depending on where you are staying). If your plans involve adventures outside of Corvallis, you may consider (at the risk of making me cry) renting a car at PDX and driving to Corvallis (1 hr 45 mins).
If you are coming from within Cascadia, consider taking Amtrak. Get off the train in Albany, OR and enjoy the beautiful, flat 12 mile bike ride from the station. Bringing your bike on the train only sets you back $5! Didn’t bring your bike? Take a $25 taxi to Corvallis or, if the timing works out, take the Linn Benton Loop or Coast-to-Valley Express.
Corvallis is served by the Greyhound line that runs up and down I-5. You can arrive from Salem, Newport, Portland and Bend additionally by the Valley Retriever. The Coast-to-Valley Express connects Newport to Corvallis and Albany.
Bicycling in Cascadia is wonderful! Try biking here from nearby.