Free Rides on New Year's

New Year's Free Rides in California


AAA Tipsy Tow: On New Year's Eve, AAA's Tipsy Tow service provides a complimentary ride and vehicle tow for drivers who have consumed too much alcohol in our effort to help remove drunken drivers from the road. Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts, or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-400-4222 for a free tow home. Callers simply tell the AAA operator, I need a Tipsy Tow,” to receive the free tow and ride home. This free service transports both the driver and their vehicle. Keep in mind that the service excludes rides for passengers; is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver; and the destination is limited to the driver's residence. Reservations are not accepted. Drivers should expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor for long-distance rides beyond the free Tipsy Tow range.


  • CAPITOLA: Capitola Police give free rides on Dec. 31, 2016 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017. Rides are not given to another party. Give a call if you need a ride between Live Oak, Capitola, Soquel and Sea Cliff. Call: (831) 475-4244.
  • LONG BEACH: Long Beach Transit free rides Dec. 31, 2015, 5 p.m. to Jan. 1, 2016, 2:30 a.m.
  • LOS ANGELES: Metro bus and rail lines free starting 9 p.m. on December 31, 2015 until 2 a.m. on January 1, 2016.  All Metro Rail Line Stations with latched gates will be unlatched during this time. A One-way fare is $1.75 and includes transfers to other Metro lines for up to two hours to complete a one-way trip. A $7 Day Pass covers unlimited travel starting on date of purchase until 3am the next morning. Note: All Metro Rail lines and the Metro Orange Line will operate all night every 20 minutes on New Year's Eve. The Metro Silver Line will operate every 60 minutes during this time. See schedule:
  • OAKLAND: Downtown Oakland B free Broadway shuttle running New Year's Eve every 10-15 minutes from 7 p.m. to 1 am Hop on and hop off at any stop between Embarcadero West (Jack London Square) and 27th Street.
  • ORANGE COUNTY: OCTA (public bus service) is offering free rides from Dec. 31, 2015, 6 p.m. to  Jan. 1, 2016, 2:30 a.m. on regular routes.  Bus rides are free on New Year's Eve so go ahead and plan a fun night on the town and OC Bus will get you there and back safely.
  • PALOS VERDES PENINSULA: PV Transit offers free New Year's Eve bus from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1. You can reserve a ride, call: (310) 544-3710Same-day reservation requests are also welcome. Please note that this special, free bus service covers the Palos Verdes Peninsula only. The last pick-up will be at 1:30 AM on Friday, January 1st.
  • RIVERSIDE: Riverside Transit offers free rides on New Year's Eve after 2 p.m. There is no service on New Year's Day.
  • SAN DIEGO COUNTY: Coaster, Sprinter & Breeze between Oceanside and Downtown San Diego offer free NYE rides Dec. 31 after 6 p.m. with extended hours. See for schedule
  • SAN FRANCISCO: MUNI & Caltrain Free rides Dec. 31, 8 p.m. - Jan. 1, 5 a.m.
    Ride Muni Free NYE includes all Muni routes and lines. Clipper® card customers must remember not to tap their cards for the free rides. Metro fare gates will be set for "fare-free" starting at 8 p.m. New Year's Eve.
    Ongoing Blue Light Emergency Telephone and Radio System Replacement Projects which have been closing metro stations for the past few months will take a holiday reprieve to accommodate Ride Muni Free NYE. Muni Metro service will be available and running until 4 a.m. on Jan. 1.
    Prepare for your free rides around town by checking out the full New Year's Eve Planned Alert. A few key details:
    Complimentary Muni service from 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 31 to 5 a.m. on Friday, January 1.
    Extra Owl service (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl and the L and N Owl bus routes.
    Service on the F Market historic streetcar line is provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.
    Service on cable cars will be provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.
    Extra 1 California service will operate between Presidio Ave and Drum Street from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.
    Late night transit services will also be available from our regional transit partners: AC Transit, BART, and SamTrans.
  • SAN JOSE / SANTA CLARA COUNTY: Free New Year's Eve Service provided by VTA, along with transportation partners around the region starting at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve. See:
    Light Rail (Alum Rock- Santa Teresa and Mountain View-Winchester lines)
    Last trip leaving Santa Teresa at 1:53 a.m.
    Last trip leaving Alum Rock at 1:35 a.m.
    Last trip leaving Winchester at 1:12 a.m.
    Last trip leaving Mountain View at 10:51 p.m. - Last trip leaving Baypointe at 1:27 a.m.
    Express Line 180/181 (to the Fremont BART Station)
    Last Northbound bus leaving Diridon Station at 2:03 a.m. arriving at Fremont BART at 2:48 a.m.
    Last Southbound bus leaving Fremont BART at 3:04 a.m. arriving at 2nd & Santa Clara at 3:40 a.m. (Does not go to the Diridon Station)
    The service hours are regular weekday hours for each bus route, plus extended service on light rail and Express 181. For our 24-hr. service on Line 22, service is free until 5 a.m. on January 1.
  • SANTA MONICA: Big Blue Bus free rides after 9 p.m. on NYE till 1 a.m.  Hop on any Big Blue Bus from 9:00pm Thursday, December 31, 2015 until 1:00am, Friday, January 1, 2016, and your ride is free!
  • WEST HOLLYWOOD: New Year's Eve Shuttle Service between West Hollywood and Hollywood and Highland on New Year's Eve is free. Service  departs from Hollywood at 7:15 PM and runs approx. every 20 minutes until 2 a.m.  The Hollywood shuttle stop is located on Highland Avenue, just South of Hollywood Boulevard. The shuttle will make stops in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard at La Brea and on San Vicente Boulevard South of Santa Monica Boulevard.


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