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Address: 95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
Phone Number: +1 800-481-3470

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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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon

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From Long Beach to Avalon was a fun ride across the bay...

This was my surprise for my birthday. We took the Catalina express to Avalon and my wife gut us the Commodore club. Which is seating on second deck inside. you get a free drink... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Moreno Valley, California
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Moreno Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was my surprise for my birthday. We took the Catalina express to Avalon and my wife gut us the Commodore club. Which is seating on second deck inside. you get a free drink and snacks for the hour long ride to Catalina. And we got to watch the olympics along the way,

Thank Rickczap
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I traveled on the Catalina Express with a group of friends scoping out the distance and the nature of St. Catalina Island. Our round-trip ticket only included disembarking at Two Harbors....BIG mistake! It's a rustic village meant for campers, hikers, snorkelers, and fisherman. We should have been in Avalon, the town where there are restaurants, shopping, and lodging. The island... More 

Thank mgwelsh61
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Ferry from New Port Beach round trip was amazing. Staff was very friendly and explained everything in detail (safety, snacks, etc). Highly recommended it.

Thank Angela L
Redondo Beach, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Getting there is part of the experience! Catalina Express offers a large schedule to choose from and their staff is always friendly and helpful.

Thank slabate
Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff is so friendly & helpful (except for the lady who checked us in at the Long Beach Terminal...but we will just ignore her! I'll chalk her behavior up to a bad day!) Upgrade to the Commodore's Lounge - it's nice and quiet and not as crowded as downstairs; plus you get a drink ticket & free snack &... More 

Thank SBayKat
Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This ferry was an hour long and had a smooth ride. I was worried about my 14yr old getting seasick but he was fine. Didn't appreciate some of the moms letting their kids run rampant throughout the isles of seats. Get seats facing the stern of the boat so you can get a tan or warmed up by the sun.

1 Thank Theodora C
West Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Comfortable seating both below and up in Commodore Lounge. Can sit inside or out. Grandsons loved their first big boat ride, The Commodore Lounge is well worth the little extra money. Loved that there were many different times both going to Catalina and returning. Would definitely do again , IF there was something to do on Catalina which there is... More 

1 Thank retiredteacher0
Orange, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The boat crew was accommodating and friendly. They ensured your safety at all times. The ride is as smooth as can be expected. If you feel queazy at all they sell Ginger Chews on board which are amazing and can really settle your stomach so that your ride is enjoyable.

1 Thank Sandra A J
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Catalina Express is a fast, comfortable and lovely way to get to Catalina Island. It sets the mood for your adventure and is highly recommended. The fleet is modern and clean with comfortable seating. The staff is excellent. You won't be disappointed.

1 Thank Deborah Lynn T
Arroyo Grande, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The boat ride was efficient and fast to Catalina Island. Going to Catalina the staff was pleasant, coming back they treated everyone like cattle. Even to the point of talking loudly about their least favorite interactions with their guests/patrons. Impatient, rude and truly not polite or helpful in guiding you to load of offload gear from camping on Catalina. I... More 

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