Important Travel & Transportation information for International Students

There are many rules governing travel for F and M visa holders. International students who plan to travel during school breaks, holidays, and vacations must meet with a Designated School Official in the International Programs office prior to travel. For general information and guidelines about F-1 student travel visit:

  International Flights Arrivals/Departures

Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

  • Students and visitors should arrive and depart from PDX. PDX is a 40 minute drive from LCC and free transportation dates are available.
  • PDX international arrival information
  • An LCC representative will greet you at the airport. Meet at the baggage claim area opposite carousel 10.

  Driving Directions to Longview, Washington

Arrivals at Portland International Airport (PDX)

Arrivals at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)


Lower Columbia College will arrange transportation to the airport (PDX recommended) for students who have reached the end of their time here. Students flying out during a school break are responsible for their own transportation to and from the airport.

  Local Transportation

Several options are available for students who wish explore on their own:

Lower Columbia Community Action Center (CAP)

  • Rural public transportation service connecting with many other transportation entities. Fare for each one-way trip is $1.00

River Cities Transit (Longview)

  • Local public bus service for Longview and Kelso, Washington (Cowlitz County)

C-Tran (Vancouver)

  • Local public bus service for Vancouver, Washington (Clark County)

TriMet (Portland, Oregon)

  • Local public transit system for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washngton counties)


  Regional Transportation

Options outside the local public transportation system.


  • Greyhound operates intercity buses that run from Kelso, Washington to Seattle, Washington for approx. $30-$40, one-way.


  • Train service from Kelso-Longview to anywhere you want to go. A train ride from the Kelso-Longview station to Seattle cost roughly $30-$50, one way.

International Programs Office

Agents and those inquiring about short term programs please contact LCC President Chris Bailey at, 360.442.2101

Director of International Programs

  Marie Boisvert

Homestay Questions / Host Family Support

  Laura Abelarde, Program Coordinator

Independent Living Questions

  Justin Ford, Program Coordinator

IESL Questions / Student Support

  Anna Davis, Program Coordinator

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