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If staying in the Disneyland area, there is a straight, one-route bus to get to the Balboa area in Newport- OCTA 47. No need to make multiple connections. At the intersection of Katella Ave & Anaheim St, one can catch the 47 heading south to make it down to charming Balboa.
If aariving to Newport via Los Angeles,start from Union Station and take a MetroLink or Amtrak heading south and stop at the Fullerton Station (about a 45 min trip). Then, head to the bus pick-up area of the Fullerton Transpotation Center to board an OCTA 47, which run about 20-30 minutes during the day. Check the OCTA site for full info on schedules.
Updated Apr 15, 2013
One can embark on a small scale but fun ride on a ferry for a few bucks! Though the ride is only for about 5 min, it sure beats riding on the shorter kiddie horses and other creatures found in the malls for a quarter. Well, certainly, adults would look silly on one of theose mall diversions. So, thankfully the ferry is still a-going in Newport. Adults' fare is 50 cents and for children only a quarter. the ferry starts at Palm Ave by the pavilion area
Cars often go for a ride on the ferry
Boats run from 6:30 to midnight (yes, midnight!) from Sun through Friday; and until 2 am on Fri and Sat nights.
Car w/ Driver: $2.00;
Adult with Bicycles: $1.25
Children with bicycles $.75
Updated Jul 2, 2012
A Duffy is a small (18-21ft) electic boat that was designed for Newport Beach, so it's perfect for cruising around the harbor. It can be described as driving a golf cart in the water, but this golf cart can hold 12 people and you can have lunch/drinks/or dinner on it. It's great fun and a great way to see all of the boats and houses around Balboa and all the smaller islands in Newport. We recently rented one and it costs $95/hour. Two hours is plenty to see most of the harbor...if you want to stop at a few places you may need to get it for a third hour. I think there are a couple of rental agencies, but i used Duffy Boat Rentals. They are on PCH... i think there is a place over by the Fun Zone as well. Duffy Boat Rentals phone number is 949.645.6812.
Updated Apr 4, 2011