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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

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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Quick boat tide

It's a about an hour boat ride to Catalina from Long Beach (another boat leaves from Newport). Comfortable seats, snacks and a bar onboard. $72rt pp. upgrade of $30 for VIP... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Arroyo Grande, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

1 Thank SeaweedSara
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a about an hour boat ride to Catalina from Long Beach (another boat leaves from Newport). Comfortable seats, snacks and a bar onboard. $72rt pp. upgrade of $30 for VIP seats/lounge.

Thank HotPocket505
Pasadena, California
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329 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On-time departure, expert crew, smooth and comfortable (even wen weather conditions create more choppy water), and a fast hour from mainland to Avalan Harbor: just enough time to enjoy a famous individually made Bloody Mary (with the best green bean in the world)!

Thank Ray Q
Bonita, CA
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An hour drive from San Diego to Dana Point and much better than trying to get to Newport Beach or Long Bach. Older ship but worked fine. The downside is parking and their shuttle needs improvement but all things considered, we do it again.

1 Thank Snorris57
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

nice ride to and from Catalina Island. friendly staff and on time. We decided to leave earlier than expected and were put on stand-by. worked out great!!

1 Thank Lucy2967
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we rode on the larger boats and had a smooth ride both going and coming back. Taxis are outside the terminal at long beach

1 Thank Bandi B
Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Overall the Catalina Express is an easy transit from LA/Long Beach to Santa Catalina Island. We opted for the Commodore Lounge roundtrip which came with one drink alcoholic nor non-alcoholic and allegedly a snack. i say allegedly as we never were offered a snack. That said, the lounge was booked to capacity but we were able to secure window seats... More 

1 Thank chictraavel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Smooth trip over and back. We saw a few dolphins and seals. Both of us took Dramamine II (less drowsy all day formula), and were very drowsy for 24 hours. On the return trip, I took nothing and was fine. Many people were traveling on their birthday because they received a free ride and a free scoop of ice cream.

2 Thank Cr1717
San Diego, California
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

This is a very well run island bus ride. The crew was excellent both directions and it was so efficient that we didn't notice the time. On the way over the captain noticed a couple of pods of dolphins and made it possible to watch them for as long as we could and we still arrived on time. Great way... More 

2 Thank Mal H
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

There are a few choices to get to Catalina Island, and the most popular and affordable is the Express. Their terminals are well designed, comfortable and educational (yes, they have exhibits and loads of information about the Island); the food courts, particularly the one in long Beach, are excellent too. The boats are comfortable and fast, offering two levels of... More 

3 Thank CarlosLdelaRosa

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