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Catalina Express

Catalina Express

400 Oceangate, Ste. 300, Long Beach, California, USA, 90802

The Basics

Trips to Catalina Island aboard the Catalina Express depart from San Pedro, Long Beach, and Dana Point on the mainland and take about an hour one way. All three mainland ports offer ferry service to the town of Avalon, while San Pedro also offers service to Two Harbors, a better choice for visitors wanting to hike or mountain bike the interior portion of the island. Explore Avalon at your own pace by downloading an audio guide for a leisurely, educational walk around town.

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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
$76.00 per adult
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I loved the service...
I loved the service Viator gave me , the most memorable experience was on the boat seing my sons face when he saw the family of dolphins swimming next to the boat
Miguel_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Catalina Island

star-5
Definitely going again
Natlie_Q, Sep 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Staff was friendly, boat was clean, I had a lot of fun for my birthday it was a great experience. I recommend everyone should check it out.
star-5
Girls trip
Janelle_C, Aug 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
All of it with girlfriends playing cards all the way the view. Too many people for Covid time though
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Smooth Sailing
Michael_B, Jul 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
We had a great time in Catalina and getting there was smooth sailing. The Catalina Express is always a great way to get there and it takes only an hour.
star-4
App was fairly easy to...
Patricia_M, Sep 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
App was fairly easy to navigate however one of our tour times was incorrect. It worked out as the tour company helped us but.....
star-5
Had a wonderful time!!
Isaac_B, Sep 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Touring the island on the golf carts and seeing the beautiful view!!also enjoying the wild animals that just walk around!
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Some where in time
Donald_n, Aug 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
THis was filled with memories that will last a lifetime. To say it was exactly what we wanted is an understatement. The island has so much to offer. PLAN .your memories of your future.
star-4
Fun trip
Marlys_L, Aug 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Everything went great. It was fun. On time and professional. Told use we needed to be there 90 minutes in advance. That was too early. Check was a little bit of a hassle to reserve space the day before.
star-5
Great trip
Leisha_M, Aug 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Great experience! Great trip inspite of wearing masks during the trip. Staff was nice. Smoothe ride.
star-4
Great’
Alejandra_M, Aug 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
It was a great experience. I was just worry about to call and not have the time I wanted but it went well.
star-4
Nice Ride
MICHELE_V, Aug 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Unfortunately it was just a trip thanks to mandates imposed on them. They did however get us from point a to point b.
star-5
Very fun & Amazing!
DLano_B, Aug 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
The whole trip was filled with fun and amazing scenery. The food was great and the adventures to do on Catalina Island are so much fun. I will be going back in the future and also will be using viator to book future trips!
star-5
Memorable
Moni, Jul 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
First time vacation to Catalina and everything was perfect. Easy going nice employees that made it worth coming back again. Very pleased with their accommodations.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Catalina Express is one of the best ways to reach Catalina Island from the mainland.

  • Book your roundtrip ferry service ahead of time to skip the lines at the port and guarantee your spot on the ferry.

  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as it’s often sunny on the island.

  • Both the San Pedro and Long Beach ports offer on-site restaurants.

  • Ports and vessels are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

San Pedro and Long Beach ports offer the closest access from Los Angeles and Anaheim, California, while the Dana Point location is most convenient for travelers coming from South Orange County or San Diego. The easiest way to reach the ports is to drive or take a ride-sharing service or taxi.

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When to Get There

Each Catalina Express port has its own schedule of departures, which often sell out during the summer and on holiday weekends. Weather on the island is best during spring and fall. The water can get choppy during the winter.

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The Catalina Express Fleet

Catalina Express began operating in 1981. Today, the fleet comprises eight high-speed vessels, including four spacious catamarans. Passengers will find seating inside and on the outdoor upper deck and a full bar with snacks and refreshments on each ship.

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