Long Beach Transit allows customers to not only explore the city by land, but also by sea. LBT offers two types of water taxis, the AquaLink and AquaBus, both offering a scenic ride on the water and a way to get around Long Beach’s coastline.
AquaLink one-way fare: $5.00
Fare for children aged 2 and under is complimentary.
Pay on board with cash or credit card. Exact fare only (no change will be given).
You can also buy your tickets in advance with the free Ride LBT app, the only mobile app that delivers Water Taxi tickets instantly to your phone.
Available for iOS and Android.
Please note: TAP cards, including the GoPass TAP card, are not accepted on LBT water taxis.
How to use the Ride LBT app
Signing up & purchasing your ticket:
- Create an account
Sign up with an email and password.
- Purchase your pass
Select AquaLink one-way and the number of tickets you’d like to purchase.
- Enter your payment information
Boarding with your mobile ticket:
- Activate your pass
Click the green “Active” button when you board. A pop-up will appear to confirm activation. Wait to activate your pass(es) until you board to avoid the pass expiring. Please note that passes are activated one at a time.
- Check the timer
A 10 minute countdown will appear – your pass will expire 10 minutes after activation.
- Present the bar code
Scan the active bar code on the farebox when boarding.
What else to know before you board
The AquaLink currently transports customers to and from Alamitos Bay and Rainbow Harbor at Aquarium Dock 4 for $5 each way. It is LBT’s largest vessel and can hold up to 70 passengers. AquaLink’s docks at the Queen Mary and Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier are not in service.
- If you miss your planned departure time, the next boat will arrive 90 minutes later.
- We recommend arriving early to ensure your spot onboard as the boat fills up quickly.
- AquaLink service is subject to weather conditions. Customers can check LBT’s Instagram and Facebook or call Customer Care at 562.591.2301 to confirm if service is operating.
- Strollers and bikes are welcome aboard.
AquaLink and Aquabus are accessible to all, including people in motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs. This includes:
- Ramps at all stops
- A hand-crank chairlift at Dock #4 in Rainbow Harbor
- Reserved space inside and on the back deck of AquaLink
- All points of pickup for the Aquabus
Food and Beverage
Food and beverages are now available for purchase on board.
See the full menu.
How to Get There
To avoid citation or tow, AquaLink customers are encouraged to use the designated long-term parking area when departing off Marina Drive and Basin 2 when departing from Alamitos Bay.
Please view our parking map for details on where to park and how to get to the dock.
Bikes are allowed, you can secure them on board AquaLink and the bus. When bringing a bike on board AquaLink, check out this how-to video. For tips on how to load your bike on a bus, visit our Basics page and see “how to ride.”
Where to board
AquaLink Departure Times Friday – Sunday
|ALAMITOS BAY Landing Berth 3||AQUARIUM Dock 4|
|11:30 am||12:15 pm|
|1:00 pm||1:45 pm|
|2:30 pm||4:00 pm|
|4:45 pm||5:30 pm|
|6:15 pm||7:00 pm*|
*The last boat departs the Aquarium at 7:00 p.m. and service ends when it arrives at Alamitos Bay (at approx. 7:45 p.m.)
Please arrive several minutes before the boat’s departure time to ensure your spot onboard. Capacity is limited to 70 on a first come, first board basis.
AquaLink service is subject to weather conditions.
Please note the AquaBus is not in service until further notice.