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Catalina Express

95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
+1 800-481-3470
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US$ 73.50*
and up
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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US$ 75.50*
and up
Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
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With 8 boats and up to 30 daily departures year-round from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, Catalina Express is the best way to get to Catalina Island. In about an hour, you could be hiking, biking, shopping, diving, snorkeling, fishing, dining, stand up paddling, kayaking, relaxing at a spa or kicking back at the beach club. Just 22 miles from LA, but a world of difference. (Don't forget to upgrade to the Commodore Lounge and skip the lines with priority check-in, express boarding, plus a complimentary cocktail or soft drink, and more. Just $15 each way.)
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
+1 800-481-3470
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Catalina Express is the most popular way to get to Catalina Island. If you are planning a trip during the summer, especially on the weekend, plan well in advance. There are only so many seats available and they fill up quickly. San Pedro may not...More

Thank rharch
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a group of six and found this ferry service to be very efficient and comfortable. The price was reasonable (~$75 RT) and there is a senior discount. Would recommend to purchase tickets early as both boats we were on were sold out. Two...More

Thank derbyking98
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The people at the ticket boot and ticket pick up area are rude and unprofessional, the ferri it self is ok but is very old, dirty and outdated. You definitely need to book in advance your trip, but is very easy to do so in...More

Thank PattyFirenze5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a great trip on the Catalina Express.Paid a little more and sat in the private Captains room.Great views,Cocktails etc. Made a short trip more enjoyable.I highly recommend.

1  Thank Arielynn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Transit was perfect. The fleet is clean and well maintained, the service very good. Easy to embark and disembark, seats very comfortable.

Thank Deborah Lynn T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Catalina Express quick, easy and simple way to Catalina Island. Very comfortable, food and drinks on board. Attendants handle your luggage effectively and efficiently.

Thank King B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, quick trip. Able to sit on upper level. Trip to Catalina island view of many dolphins..

Thank Tonia T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really a nice way to travel to the Island. Comfortable and Reliable. Thought the Parking expense was excessive since they have a captive audience.

Thank rebusinessforms
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We took our first trip this weekend from Long Beach. The parking was easy and the terminal was bright and clean. The boarding was easy and organized (maybe need some shaded areas to wait both at Long Beach and in Catalina) and the boat ride...More

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Everything was great other than the $17 per day parking! Highly suggest The Commodore Lounge- considering that you are getting a free drink and snack the $15 extra is almost a wash. Smooth 1 hour ride- left on time- ALL good!

2  Thank Lifeisgood5255
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We will be taking a day trip with my 86 y/o mother whose mobility is limited - able to get around but on level ground and slowly. Recommendations for activities or transportation that may be available are requested. Thank you in advance.
17 January 2017|
Response from avalon2020 | Reviewed this property |
If she doesn't mind riding in a jeep on dirt roads, the Catalina Island Conservancy eco tours of the interior of the island are fantastic. She might like to see a movie at the Avalon Casino theater, a big, old-fashioned art... More
Catalina Express vs.Catalina Flyer... Does anyone know which is best? Thank you..
25 July 2016|
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Response from katek101 |
Great, thank you. That's just what I needed to know...