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Catalina Express
Catalina Express

Catalina Express

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125 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Catalina Island

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Catalina Experience
Aniedrea_G, Apr 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
The ride was smooth and the crew was professional and polite. We enjoyed the ride and was delighted by the views and cleanliness of the boat
star-5
Easy peasy!
ROSEMARY_L, Apr 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
They were well organised. The ship was clean and the people helping were friendly. Everyone wore a mask the entire time on board. You could not eat or drink anything even if you brought it yourself due to the new laws and regulations. It was a fast and smooth trip.
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.
star-5
Flawless and pleasant
Harold_A, Jul 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
When we arrived the counter lady was upbeat and very helpful. We got our tickets quickly and got on the Cruiser with no problems.
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Expeditions
RamiroR, Jun 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Seeing the Bison was a great experience. Snorkeling was also fun. The energy and atmosphere was amazing.
star-5
Smooth sailing
glorialngbch, Jun 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
The staff were polite and courtious and willing to answer any questions. The fog did not delay the boat ride over. Quick and simple.
star-5
I love it!!
Ana_C, Jun 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Awesome!!! I love it!! Thank you!! All it is very good! You are perfect! Your people Your places Very nice
star-5
Awesome
Damon_H, May 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
This was a great experience for me and my lady to celebrate our birthday together. I really enjoyed the hospitality and warm greetings that made the best part of our trip. If there are any promotions to experience a return in the future please forward the info. Thank you
star-5
Love Catalina
Deny_V, May 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
🙏🏻 Best experience ever we have so much fun, for lunch I really recoment mi casita, the food is amazing
star-5
Great Trip
Mark_D, May 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Everything was a breeze. Checking in, directions, parking, getting tickets. All of the staff was very friendly. Great experience and will use again..
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Catalina Express boat ride from Long Beach
Terri_R, May 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
Great experience using Viator to book my trip. Sometimes using a 3rd party can be problematic but this was a breeze.
star-5
It was Very Pleasant and Relaxing.
Martha_L, May 2021
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
The most memorable is the swift ride on the boat. The Friendly crew on board and very helpful and reapectful.

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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