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Let it feel like summer: Long Beach Transit’s AquaLink and AquaBus return May 24


After gloriously returning last year after a three-year absence due to the pandemic, Long Beach Transit’s much loved water taxis will return to the shores of our city come May 24.

What are Long Beach Transit’s water taxis and what services does they provide?

Long Beach Transit’s water taxi system consists of two vessels: The AquaBus (the small one) and the AquaLink (the big one).

The AquaBus service takes you around Rainbow Harbor for only one buck each way. Yup: one dollar. You can board the AquaBus at the following places, with services seven days a week from 11AM to 6:20PM:

  • Aquarium of the Pacific, Dock 4
  • Shoreline Village, Dock 9
  • Queen Mary

And for only $5 each way, you can take the (admittedly much cooler) 40-minute trip aboard the AquaLink from Downtown Long Beach to Alamitos Bay, witnessing the entire expanse of our coastline.

Even better? You can eat and drink aboard the AquaLink—and yes, that includes alcohol as they sell Tito’s, Bacardi, Jack Daniel’s, and Cazadores for $8, a bloody mary or margarita for $10, and various wines and champagnes at varying prices. On top of this, there are little snacks and non-alcoholic beverages you can enjoy as well.

You can board the AquaLink at any of these places seven days a week from 11:30AM to 7PM:

  • Aquarium of the Pacific, Dock 4
  • Queen Mary
  • Alamitos Bay Landing, Berth 3

The AquaBus carries a maximum of 35 passengers (with limited availability for strollers, bikes, and wheelchairs) while the AquaLink can carry up to 70 people. Each are on a first-come, first-board basis.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.


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