Using Uber & Lyft to Get to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports

In a region that’s almost as famous for its car culture as it is for Hollywood, there has been a huge change in how people get around Los Angeles… and it’s great news for cruise passengers.

Years ago, you option to getting to the port was to catch a taxi or schedule a private car. Today you can use a rideshare service, namely, Uber and Lyft.

If you’re not familiar with these companies, the premise is simple. Drivers are everyday people, driving their personal automobiles (cars have to be in good condition and relatively new). Riders use an app on their smartphone to call for a ride, make the payment, and rate their driver.

Drivers love it because it allows them to earn extra cash on their own schedule. Riders love it because it is faster to catch a ride (literally thousands of drivers are in LA) and much cheaper than a traditional cab.

Both Uber and Lyft are available throughout southern California. That means no matter where you are, you can catch a ride.

LA Uber and Lyft availability

Note: If you are a first-time user with Lyft, you can sign up at this link to receive $50 free ride credit good toward your first rides.

Drop Off/Pick Up at Airports
You can be dropped off at any area airport using these services. If you are flying into LAX or Orange County (John Wayne Airport), then you can also be picked up at the airport. Ontario and Long Beach airports don’t allow rideshare pickups at this time (July 2016).

Estimated Fares to the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach

To give you an idea of how much Uber or Lyft would cost, we’ve rounded up some estimated fares between popular pickup locations and the cruise ports. We’ve also compared the fares to the cost of a taxi, based on searches from TaxiFareFinder.com

Los Angeles Uber and Lyft Prices

Long Beach Uber and Lyft Prices

For those unfamiliar, here is a breakdown of the different options shown above:

UberX – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
UberXL – Upgraded service, carrying up to six passengers in an SUV
Lyft – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
Lyft Plus – Service carrying up to six passengers

Keep in mind that the fares listed above are for one car, not per person. If traveling with a group, the cost per person is even lower.

If you are not already and Uber or Lyft user, you can sign up in minutes by downloading the app to your smartphone. If you planning to use Lyft, you can sign up at this link to receive $50 free ride credit good toward your first rides. That makes Lyft among your cheapest options.

More on Cruising From Los Angeles

Getting to the Port of Los Angeles — Directions, maps, and information on taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Los Angeles Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers for their cruise? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

Los Angeles Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.

More on Cruising From Long Beach

Getting to the Long Beach Cruise Terminal — Directions, maps, and information on taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Long Beach Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers for their cruise? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

Long Beach Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.