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

Highlights
  • Round-trip day ferry service to Catalina Island from Long Beach or San Pedro
  • Enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise on the Pacific Ocean to arrive in the quaint town of Avalon
  • This is a leisurely, fun and scenic way to experience Catalina Island!
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
From US$73.50
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Round-trip ferry transfer from Long Beach
From US$73.50
Round-trip ex San Pedro
Round-trip ferry transfer from San Pedro
From US$73.50
Overview
Travel to Southern California’s Catalina Island by boat with this round-trip ferry service from Long Beach or San Pedro on the 'Catalina Express.' Enjoy views of the Pacific during the journey, and then spend the day exploring Catalina at your leisure. The ferry drops you in the town of Avalon, the main town on the island, home to shops, restaurants, hotels, activities and more. Select your departure point—Long Beach or San Pedro—when booking. You may return on the same day or stay overnight and use the return ferry ticket when you like.
What to Expect
Hop aboard the Catalina Express in Long Beach or San Pedro, and relax on the 1-hour journey across the Pacific to Catalina Island, where you’ll arrive in Avalon, the southernmost city in Los Angeles County.

When you get off the ferry, walk just five minutes into downtown Avalon to begin your independent exploration of the island. This is not a guided tour—your time on Catalina is your own to do whatever you wish. Admire views of the waterfront along Avalon Bay, perhaps visit a restaurant or café, go shopping or do something more active (all at your own expense). The number of vehicles on the island is limited, so enjoy the pedestrian-friendly streets of town.

Return to your original departure point on the ferry when you’re finished on the island.

Long Beach
If you have time before or after your ferry departure or arrival at Catalina Landing, perhaps check out some of Long Beach’s attractions, such as the Aquarium of the Pacific. You can grab food and drinks at the Catalina Lounge or Catalina Deli if you need something before or after your ferry ride. The ferry service runs daily (schedule varies by season) and can accommodate surfboards, strollers and bikes.

San Pedro
Part of Los Angeles Port, San Pedro is home to landmarks like the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, as well as the USS Iowa and SS Lane Victory ships. You’ll embark and disembark the ferry at the Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, which opened in 2012. Ferry schedule varies by season; the ferries can accommodate surfboards, strollers and bikes.
Reviews (48)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lovely Ride

Enjoyed the ride, could not tell that the water was really choppy until we docked. Staff very helpful with luggage and assisting with navigating the ramp.

Thank LoveTravel823853
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Boat, but parking prices here are ridiculous.

We've always had a good experience on the Catalina Express, but be prepared to lay out a chunk for parking at $19.00 per day. Really stupid added cost if you have to travel from far away and are stuck leaving a car there for several...More

3  Thank Curt C
Reviewed 6 August 2018
Pleasant journey ot Catalina

The trip to Catalina Island was very pleasant. I would highly recommend to anyone to upgrade their ticket to the Comodore Lounge.

4  Thank LeandroV1111
Reviewed 28 July 2018
Nice trip!

Everything about it was just as promised. We left from Dana Point, and the parking is a bit of a hassle because you have to shuttle each way. Boat ride was just fine and the crew is polite and helpful. From San Diego, it is...More

6  Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 18 June 2018
Had a great trip!

This trip was a once in a lifetime experience and the Express got us their and back! We hiked 65 miles on the Trans Catalina Trail. Epic is all I can say!

3  Thank Mike B
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