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Royal Daffodil ship in Liverpool, Mersey Ferry
Water Bus in Tigre, Buenos Aires
Water taxis parked at Labadie Beach, Haiti
Water Taxis, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Water bus in Cardiff
Water taxi meets water bus in Rotterdam
Water bus in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Water taxi in Auckland
A pair of water taxis operating on the waterfront of Boston
A water taxi operating on the waterfront in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz.
A yellow water taxi on the water between stone quaysides. The far bank has large buildings and in the distance is a three arch bridge.
Water bus in Bristol Harbour
Abra in Dubai
New York Water Taxi
Tokyo Water bus

A water taxi or a water bus is a watercraft used to provide public or private transport, usually, but not always, in an urban environment. [1] 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.

The earliest water taxi service was recorded as operating around the area that became Manchester, England.[ citation needed]


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

San Martín de los Andes [18]

Salmaris Water Taxi Trogir

Water taxi in San Martín de los Andes
Water taxi near the train station, Grand Canal, Venice
Vaporetto and bus stops in Venice

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 River, near Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A total of five 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. [25]

See also


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  14. ^ Ruter (2008-03-07). "Båt" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  15. ^ "Potsdamer Wassertaxi" (in German). Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  16. ^ "The Channel Cat Water Taxi". Archived from the original on February 4, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2009.
  17. ^ "Waterbus Rotterdam/Dordrecht" (in Dutch). Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  18. ^ "Mari Mari en el Lago Lácar" (in Spanish).
  19. ^ "Han River Water Taxi". Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  20. ^ "Local boat transport". Stockholm Visitors Board. Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  21. ^ "Purjetamine Tallinna Lahel - - Naissaar, Pärnu ja muu". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  22. ^ [ dead link]
  23. ^ "Victoria Harbour Ferry". Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  24. ^ "Water Transportation". Walt Disney World. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  25. ^ "Insufficient Stability Caused Passenger Vessel to Capsize". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved July 26, 2007.

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