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Old 05-19-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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Hi all,

I am looking to get me, my wife and a toddler from bend/sunriver to Eugene airport. we don't need a rental car while there, so just the trip in between.

any suggestions?

thanks
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:23 PM
 
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A little confused...you're not driving?

If you are, there are two basic routes. One is Hwy 20 to Hwy 126 into Eugene. The other is Hwy 20 to Hwy 242, only open during the non-snow months. The latter is more direct, but has many hairpin turns and probably takes just as long as the longer route. I've done both, it depends on your mood. If you like challenging drives, take 242. If you just want to get there in a reasonable amount of time, take 20/126. Unlike Washington State, there is no freeway route through the Cascades (except for I-84 through the gorge, but that would add 3-4 hours to your trip). Due to the lack of eastern Oregon population, there really has never been ever any effort to build a major freeway from E. Oregon into W. Oregon. (Although I keep hearing stories of an I-5 bypass North-South east of the cascades. Doubt it will happen in my lifetime.)
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:29 PM
 
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sorry, i should have been more clear. I am not looking for directions.

Rather, are there any airport shuttle buses or car services that will go from Bend to Eugene Airport? any idea on cost?
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Florida
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A little confused...you're not driving?

If you are, there are two basic routes. One is Hwy 20 to Hwy 126 into Eugene. The other is Hwy 20 to Hwy 242, only open during the non-snow months. The latter is more direct, but has many hairpin turns and probably takes just as long as the longer route. I've done both, it depends on your mood. If you like challenging drives, take 242. If you just want to get there in a reasonable amount of time, take 20/126. Unlike Washington State, there is no freeway route through the Cascades (except for I-84 through the gorge, but that would add 3-4 hours to your trip). Due to the lack of eastern Oregon population, there really has never been ever any effort to build a major freeway from E. Oregon into W. Oregon. (Although I keep hearing stories of an I-5 bypass North-South east of the cascades. Doubt it will happen in my lifetime.)
Thank you for your note, even though I'm not the OP. We're planning another trip to Oregon later this summer and wanted to find a different route. If we're coming from Idaho and want to go through Bend and on to the coast, is Hwy 20 good? Since we'll be in a motorhome, I'd rather not be on narrow, winding roads.

Any suggestions/advice will be appreciated!
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:58 AM
 
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sorry, i should have been more clear. I am not looking for directions.

Rather, are there any airport shuttle buses or car services that will go from Bend to Eugene Airport? any idea on cost?
I found this but I don't know if they go from Bend to Eugene.
Central Oregon Airport Shuttle - Bend, OR, 97701 - Citysearch

Or, maybe you can get a short flight from Bend to Eugene:

Welcome to the City of Bend Oregon Website - Bend Municipal Airport (http://www.ci.bend.or.us/depts/urban_renewal_economic_development/bend_airport/index.html - broken link)
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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Thank you for your note, even though I'm not the OP. We're planning another trip to Oregon later this summer and wanted to find a different route. If we're coming from Idaho and want to go through Bend and on to the coast, is Hwy 20 good? Since we'll be in a motorhome, I'd rather not be on narrow, winding roads.

Any suggestions/advice will be appreciated!
Yes Hwy 20 is fine for any vehicle. It is 2-lane, but a lot of passing lanes too.
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Bend Oregon
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I found this but I don't know if they go from Bend to Eugene.
Central Oregon Airport Shuttle - Bend, OR, 97701 - Citysearch

Or, maybe you can get a short flight from Bend to Eugene:

Welcome to the City of Bend Oregon Website - Bend Municipal Airport (http://www.ci.bend.or.us/depts/urban_renewal_economic_development/bend_airport/index.html - broken link)

Only way to get to Eugene from Bend Municipal Airport is to charter a flight. Commercial flights all leave from Redmond. I don't think you can fly to Eugene from Redmond any more - you have to go via PDX. I am not aware of any shuttle service between Bend and Eugene.
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Old 05-23-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Mid-West Willamette Valley Oregon
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I've driven this route many times, and hwy 20 is NOT ideal for an RV. It has a couple rough spots due to road wash outs a couple years ago that haven't been properly fixed. If I were driving a RV from Bend to Eugene, I would take 97 south to 58 west. its an easy road for a large vehicle, and some really pretty sights. May take a little longer, but much less stressful. I haven't taken 126 into Eugene, but I have driven 126/20 to Corvallis many times. I pulled a trailer one time, and I took the 58 route to I-5 up to Corvallis just to avoid the hairpin turns and downward slopes of hwy20. I feel I saved my brakes a lot of wear.

Coming from Idaho, I like both highways, 20 through Burns, and 26 through John Day. The 26 route is much more scenic than the long straights of hwy 20, neither one is very challenging. Hwy 26 has more elevation changes, but nothing too crazy.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Only way to get to Eugene from Bend Municipal Airport is to charter a flight. Commercial flights all leave from Redmond. I don't think you can fly to Eugene from Redmond any more - you have to go via PDX. I am not aware of any shuttle service between Bend and Eugene.
Or the Bend shuttle to Portland and then Amtrak south to Eugene. Likewise the Amtrak shuttle from Bend to Chemult and then Amtrak from there to Eugene. The first option will be faster (although "fast" is a relative term in either of these options), because there are more trains that run the Eugene-Portland-Seattle line. In the second option, there is only one train a day that goes north from Chemult to Eugene and it's frequently late.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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Wink Driving conditions on Hwy 126

Here's my question/concern: I need to get to Eugene from Bend on 12/21/12. I'm concerned (actually, my wife more so than me) about the drive. We've done this more than once in the summer time, but never in the winter. We are NOT Oregon natives, as you might have already figured out.

How safe is this? Will I need chains? I don't have studded or even all-weather tires. The best route, of course - although a bit longer - is Hwy 20 to the 126, and from there into Eugene. (The other route is closed in the winter anyway, and we've done that. No point in doing that at any time of year, unless driving very slowly through the forest is your thing.)

We've had a very mild winter so far, but as anyone in Central OR can tell you, that can change very quickly. Any and all feedback appreciated. Thanks!
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