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Public transit and walkability make getting around downtown Long Beach a breeze
Coming to Long Beach and don't have a car? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Thousands of residents, commuters, visitors, and conventioneers move through Downtown Long Beach every day using a variety of our public transit options. The availability of our public transit system is attracting Millennials into the Long Beach area. With Downtown Long Beach’s workforce and residents, as well as the national workforce, skewing toward a younger, more environmentally conscious demographic, access to public transit has become an important factor in retaining talent and encouraging residential and business growth in urban cores.
Take advantage of the city's public transportation services available both on land and water! The Passport Shuttle offers service to major Long Beach attractions and is free throughout several stops in the downtown cultural spots. This is a great way to visit the Queen Mary without having to worry about parking! Hop on one of our electric or alternative fuel buses to ride throughout Long Beach for a minimal fee. During summer months, you can also hail water taxis, the Aquabus and the Aqualink, with services between the Queen Mary and Alamitos Bay Landing. All shuttles and water taxis are bicycle friendly. Finally, the Metro Blue Line runs between Downtown Long Beach and Downtown Los Angeles on a daily basis. You can catch the metro in downtown Long Beach almost every 15 minutes.
Once Downtown, workers and visitors are about a five-minute walk from more than 125 bars and restaurants, making for an easy stroll to lunch or happy hour when possible. Long Beach is consistantly recognized for being one of the top 10 Most Walkable Cities in the Country by WalkScore.com. With its seaside walkways and waterfront marinas, Long Beach has set the standard for "walkability” and is an ideal spot for strollers and bikers alike.
If you want to get out of Downtown, glide, ride or stride along the water's edge on the main beach path from Alamitos Bay to Shoreline Village. This 3.1-mile bike path is a 17-foot-wide concrete trail on the beach, extending from Alamitos Avenue on the west to 54th Place on the east. Two six-foot lanes are for bicycle traffic and one five-foot lane is for pedestrians. Many of the streets throughout Long Beach are equipped with bike lanes for easy travel throughout the city. Rent a bike & check it out!
If you're in town for a meeting or Convention, the convenient location of our convention center in the heart of downtown Long Beach, plus the walkability and public transit options, make it easy to get to an off-site lunch at one of our local restaurants or simply see some of our great attractions between meetings.