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Water Taxis, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Water taxi in Cardiff
Water taxi meets water bus in Rotterdam
Water taxi in Potsdam/Germany
Water taxi in Auckland
A pair of water taxis operating on the waterfront of Boston
Water bus in Bristol Harbour
Abra in Dubai
Water bus in Dubai
Thames Clipper in London
New York Water Taxi

A water taxi or water bus is a commuter passenger boat used to provide public transport, usually but not always in an urban environment. Service may be scheduled with multiple stops, operating in a similar manner to a bus, or on demand to many locations, operating in a similar manner to a taxi. A boat service shuttling between two points would normally be described as a ferry rather than a water bus or taxi.

The term water taxi is usually confined to a boat operating on demand, and water bus to a boat operating on a schedule. In North American usage, the terms are roughly synonymous.


Cities and other places operating water buses and/or taxis include:

On demand water taxis are also commonly found in marinas, harbours and cottage areas, providing access to boats and waterfront properties that are not directly accessible by land.


On March 6, 2004, a water taxi on the Seaport Taxi service operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation capsized during a storm on the Patapsco Rivermarker, near Baltimore's Inner Harbormarker. A total of 5 passengers died in the accident, which the National Transportation Safety Board determined was caused by insufficient stability when the small pontoon-style vessel encountered strong winds and waves. The company no longer operates water taxi vessels in Baltimore harbor.

See also


  1. Ed Kane's Water Taxi. See also

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