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Catalina Express

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Address: 95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731
Phone Number: +1 800-481-3470
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With 8 boats and up to 30 daily departures year-round from Long Beach, San...

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.)

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Quick service to Catalina

It's a boat ride so not too much to review. We were lucky that both crossings were very smooth and the weather was great. Service was good with boat leaving and arriving on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
jerjon
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Mojave California
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Mojave California
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140 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a boat ride so not too much to review. We were lucky that both crossings were very smooth and the weather was great. Service was good with boat leaving and arriving on schedule. No complaints. Nice they have a ride for free on your birthday promo so I plan on going again on my b-day (what better way to... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great ferry very big and stable. Got alittle chilly on the way back but stayed on deck, love the breeze and the views! Crew was great and very accommodating!

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Thank Rick H
oahu
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many may not know but if you go on your birthday, you get a free boat ride, a great saving. People were so nice that worked for catalina express from the person that helped me with our reservations to the one that took our ticket. Even though it was stormy looking with lots of clouds, the ride was smooth and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Never went to Catalina Island before. For those traveling to the Catalina Express be sure to follow the directions they give you....don't follow the apps out there for directions. We made the mistake of taking Google's advise and we ended up in the ship yards at a dead end. Luckily a friendly shipyard worker directed us out and from there... More 

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Thank LEM1200
New Jersey
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Nice calm boat ride to Catalina Island, but very expensive! Wish there were less expensive means of getting on the island besides a helicopter.

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Marina del Rey, California
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185 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

First off, I think it's great that they offer a free ride on your birthday! I asked some island natives if there was anyway to get discounts for this boat, but they said generally not. One native suggested checking the Catalina Flyer (from Newport) because they sometimes have deals on Groupon. However, it looks like the Flyer has a much... More 

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Thank NYCaliKara
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

I've traveled in the Catalina Express several times over the last 7 years or so. Service has always been punctual. The boat is clean and comfortable. You can sit outside or inside in air conditioning/heating.

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Thank Michael S
Indianapolis
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Purchased tickets to Two Harbors because they were the cheapest form of travel to Catalina Island. Due to the price of the tickets and the non-contact from the company concerning possible ferry cancellations I can only rate 3 stars. Had we not received a call from our location in Two Harbors, we would have had no idea of ferry cancellation.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

It was a good trip we took on Catalina Express.We reserved the tickets on line but this time of the year you probably can get on board as you come basis You have to park your car $12 paid to Catalina Express walk 10 minutes from parking lot. Parking next to the ferry is allowed for 4hr so you have... More 

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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

First time on the Catalina Express. Great sitting up on deck. Fun seeing the island as we got closer. Coming home on the 4:30 was smooth as glass.

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