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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

By Catalina Express
Travel to Catalina Island by boat with the 'Catalina Express’ round-trip ferry service from San Pedro or Long Beach. Disembark at the main town of Avalon, then spend the day exploring Catalina Island on your own. Opt to stay overnight or return on the same day; simply use your return ferry ticket when ready. Choose your departure point—Long Beach or San Pedro—when booking. This is a ticket purchase only, not a reservation for travel. To allow guests the flexibility of choosing their own travel time, guests must call in advance to reserve seats on a specific departure and return boat. You may return on the same day or stay overnight. We advise calling to make your reservations as soon as possible as boats often sell out.
from
$83.50
per adult
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$83.50
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 149 per group
Duration:
1h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile

Highlights
  • Includes round-trip ferry tickets to Catalina Island
  • View the southern California scenery from the ferry
  • Explore the island at your own pace
  • Choice of two popular departure points on the mainland
  • Your ticket is NOT confirmed until you call to book your actual departure and return time.

  • Round-trip ferry service
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking (USD19 to USD23, based on departure point)


Departure details
  • 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
  • 95 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6073CEX

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • REMINDER: Once your ticket purchase is complete, your reservation is NOT YET CONFIRMED until you call to book your actual boat departure and return time.
  • Two (2) bags per person is allowed with a maximum of 50lbs (28kgs) per bag. Bags may not be larger than 37" x 23" x 23" (94cm x 58cm x 58cm)
  • One (1) piece of carry-on luggage is allowed per person and must fit beneath your seat
  • Restrooms are available on-board the ferry
  • Maximum of fourteen (14) passengers per booking
  • The safety and security of our passengers and employees are top priorities for Catalina Express. CDC Guidelines require the use of face masks for public transportation. Face masks must be worn while in any of our terminals, in line for boarding, and on the vessels regardless of vaccination status.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 149 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon?
How much is Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon?
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon price starts from $83.50. Discover and book Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon on Tripadvisor
What is the Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon cancellation policy?
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon?
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon is hosted by Catalina Express. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Catalina Express on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6073CEX

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

eleshah2020
eleshah2020
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Always travel with Catalina Express!
Friendly, plenty of windows, clean, and with a paid bar, with food, and drink (alcohol too), it is a no brainer. Of
Glenn S
Glenn S
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Twenty Six miles across the sea!
We took the Catalina Express from Dana Point to Avalon and back. The boat was clean and comfortable. It was a 90
Cary L
Cary L
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A NICE RIDE TO AND FROM CATALINA
Catalina Express runs high-speed ferries to Catalina Island from several ports on the mainland. They are punctual,
783mukhtara
783mukhtara
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Great service
Great experience whale and dolphin watching. Very professional staff, great activity. Very informative about the wh
Gilbert00
Gilbert00
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Great ride, however...
As always the trip to and from Catalina Island from Dana Point was wonderfully smooth. The boat even stopped for a
DennyCraneEsq
DennyCraneEsq
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Mask Regulations Not Enforced
The Dana Point crew does not enforce mask rules, even when requested to, and even in the enclosed lower compartment
KumuWahine
KumuWahine
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First trip by boat to Catalina Island
Definitely stand be a window on the trip over to Catalina. A lot of passengers were sea sick, so that wasn’t pleasa
Joe N
Joe N
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A true Pacific Island Express!
The Catalina Express delivers a solid service. Good crew. Good equipment and a Great way to experience a true Pacif
tLynn18
tLynn18
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Nice boat ride, friendly staff
We took this ride out to Catalina Island and back. My husband and I sat in the top of the boat where there are few
CindyMBellevue
CindyMBellevue
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Escapism via Catalina Day Trip
This was the perfect day trip on a sunny day for a group of travelers from Seattle and Chicago. Very pleasant boat
karenkK7979CD
karenkK7979CD
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nice ride to and from catalina island
E.xactly 90 min each way, nice views and clean boat. Parking was easy - able to pay for this when buying the ticke
ct_coronado
ct_coronado
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Great
Can't go wrong taking the Catalina Express over to Catailna either for the day or a few days. Catalina is magical
48760JK
48760JK
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Not so clean
We booked the Captain Cabin but it was disappointed. The cabin was not clean and it pretty much gross us out. The
deedpuha
deedpuha
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On-time, comfortable seating, and helpful staff
Catalina Express staff was very helpful from beginning to end (lifted luggage, ensured safe footing embarking/disem
rayu
rayu
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Daily trips to Catalina
Most people go by boat to Catalina, but I get queasy on this boat when going toward Catalina. The trip back is okay
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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AuthorLAX
Los Angeles, CA29 contributions
Catalina Express is mostly a pleasant experience. Tickets are easy to purchase online, though we purchased via phone because I had questions about schedules. The phone operator was great. Check in was easy. The only negative part came after that. Everyone was required to stand outside in a line for about 30 minutes before boarding. The sun was quite hot, and a shaded queue would have been preferable. The boats were comfortable and clean. The crew was friendly. We didn’t buy food or drinks because the trip was only one hour, but the bartender and bar selection seemed pleasant enough. Some people like to sit outside and Starship Express (our return boat) is a much better experience for that. In contrast, Jet Cat Express (our outbound boat) has a strong diesel smell outside that wafts over half of the outside rear deck area even when the boat is traveling at full throttle. Inside seating is similar for both boats, comfortable enough for an hour, with large windows so passengers can watch the ocean. Commodore Lounge (available for an additional fee) is nearly identical to regular seating, but passengers are one level up and they get a free drink. They also get to board about five minutes earlier. It seems hardly worth it unless you plan to buy a drink. With a drink, the Commodore Lounge is a good deal. Reservations are for rides, not specific seats, so if you have a particular place you want to sit in the boat, then it’s a good idea to be at the front of the line. We were in the back part of the line both ways, so prime places were taken when we boarded. Nevertheless, we easily found seats together. Catalina Express is convenient and mostly comfortable, and for most people it’s the easiest and cheapest way to reach Catalina. So it’s worth the price.
Written July 12, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience to Catalina Island. We value all of our customers and take seriously all positive or negative feedback concerning our service. Thank you for writing a review and we look forward to having you aboard again soon!
Written July 19, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Elsa C. L.
New York City, NY2,200 contributions
A pleasant atmosphere to wait in but our boat departed later than the scheduled time. Everything was clean and soothing to the eye.
They should put a sign where and how passengers should line up.
Roofed parking is $20 for the day. Tickets purchased on line have to be claimed from the counters inside their building with clean restrooms.

A one way trip to Catalina Island’s Avalon takes an hour and 15 minutes.
Written August 28, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and look forward to having you aboard again soon. We value all of our customers and take seriously all feedback concerning our service.
Written September 21, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karen
1 contribution
Had a great time on the Catalina Express. Boarding was easy and we enjoyed it. I would have to say that due to the extreme weather (Heat), it would have been better if they would have allowed boarding on the boat earlier as everyone was melting in line.
Written September 9, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and look forward to having you aboard again soon. We value all of our customers and take seriously all feedback concerning our service.
Written September 21, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dave N
Las Vegas, NV5 contributions
Great Trip to Avalon - Highlight was going through a huge pod of dolphins, they were everywhere jumping into the air and following the boat. I know it was probably luck but I'll never forget this boat ride. We saw a pack of seals on our way back to long beach making up for an Alaska Trip once where we saw no fish.

Take a big coat to sit outdoor in the winter months and speedo if you are sitting indoors facing the sun. Use the 1st Class if possible to have the best experience possible especially if you drink alcoholic drinks.

Look forward to going again.
Written February 22, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience to Catalina Island. We love hearing about our passengers’ trips. Thank you for writing a review and we look forward to having you aboard again soon!
Written February 22, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Brooke P
1 contribution
Couples
Need more information about how the ticketing system works, we are on a roadtrip in the southwest and purchased tickets to go to Catalina on our way to Long Beach and we were in and out of cell service. By the time we got to see the email about having to call to confirm your departure or cancel 24hours in advance it was already too late. I would really like my refund.
Written August 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Customer service is a core value of Catalina Express and we take all matters concerning our service very seriously. Please contact our corporate office at 310.519.7971 and ask to speak to our Passenger Services Representative.
Written August 14, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bella
25 contributions
What a 1 hour experience from Long Beach to Avalon on the Catalina Express.

The staff were all very very nice. I do wished that they had more help onboard serving drinks and snacks. The line got a bit backed up but it was fun.

The boat moves very fast and very smoothe.

We were very excited to be getting off the boat to enjoy all the island had to offer.
Written March 7, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience to Catalina Island. We love hearing about our passengers’ trips. Thank you for writing a review and we look forward to having you aboard again soon!
Written March 11, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

David W
1 contribution
Couples
Buy your tickets from the Catalina Express directly, you have to call them to schedule after buying this anyway. We didn’t know that and ended up driving 2 hours to Long Beach for no reason as trip advisor doesn’t actually book your ferry. This is basically a gift voucher.
Written October 24, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

shiredweller50
Richmond, VA53 contributions
Couples
The Catalina Express has really improved over the years... Not that it was ever bad, but today the ride seems smoother and definitely faster than it used to be. (Even the food at the snack bar at the Long Beach terminal has improved ... We were surprised at how good their hamburgers are!)

I should add that we went in December, right before Christmas, so there were no crowds, the line to board wasn't long, and we pretty much had our pick of seats. So I don't know what the summertime experience would be. But in December the experience was very enjoyable: friendly crew, clean vessel, smooth ride, quick trip.
Written January 21, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience to Catalina Island. We love hearing about our passengers’ trips. Thank you for writing a review and we look forward to having you aboard again soon!
Written January 23, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

carmic01
Melbourne, Australia44 contributions
Bit of an imagination trip trying to guess how it was when the rich & famous used to visit on their lux mtr yachts. Thousands of ppl ballroom dancing at the casino. Very step country chocolate box house to mansions & so many golf carts as the common mode of transportation.
Written February 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

amadd78
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Friends
buy with you 3 tickets. for Catalinas for March 31st. they sold them to me. without denying that that day was already full. When I spoke to book my tickets, I didn't miss a thing. nor back. I called you and you never answered.
Written April 1, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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