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Catalina Express

95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
+1 800-481-3470
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
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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.)
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
+1 800-481-3470
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Woohoo! The Catalina express is the ONLY way to go to Catalina. It's moderately priced and gets you from Long Beach (our departure point) or San Pedro to the Island in less than an hour. Ample seating, good space, smooth ride, and courteous staff. We...More

Thank Skipjack906
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been going to Catalina for over 30 years. Lived there for a while and haven't taken the Express out of San Pedro for at least 7 years as Long Beach has been the schedule that worked best. The San Pedro terminal is beautiful. User...More

Thank kcslatts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Commodore Club seems like a good idea when you're leaving the island, as you get to board before everyone else. But then the entire boat disembarks at the same time, so unless you feel a drink and a bag of cookies is worth $15 per...More

Thank SundanceMountain
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

first, make reservation first. space is limited, thus, online or phone to make reservation. second, leave earlier in the morning, traffic is bad, no matter what time in LA area. gosh, I almost miss the ferry! leave enough time for traffic and parking. you do...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Which port to use for Catalina Island? Long Beach or San Pedro? I chose Long Beach because the online reviews were better and coming from the Los Angeles area, the difference in distance was nominal. Covered parking is very convenient and just across the street...More

1  Thank James C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My hubby and I rode the ferry last Sunday from San Pedro, it was a fun activity for a Sunday spending the day on Catalina Island. Even though there's a lot of people it was well organized and didn't seem crowded. All the people we...More

2  Thank DReadFindlay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is not a whole lot of choices to get to Catalina Island from the mainland. The Catalina Express does a good job getting people back and forth. The staff are professional and very helpful. It's the passengers that will kind of make or break...More

2  Thank Davyboy75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great ride on the way to Catalina Island in the morning but the afternoon ride was very hot. They need to get more air circulating in the cabin.

Thank Denise W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I usually take my own boat over but this time I went to meet a friend on her boat. I had no problem figuring out the online reservations and there was plenty of room Saturday afternoon with only about 10 passengers. I found the wait...More

1  Thank Sailing_Sweetie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I reserved with my 17 year old as he wanted to scuba dive. The terminal is clean with restrooms and a snack bar offering a nice selection of food. The boats are clean. The staff were nice. The ride from Long Beach is about an...More

Thank sharon m
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13 July 2017|
Response from PattyFirenze5 | Reviewed this property |
Don't worry, You will need to get the print ticket in the kiosk upon arrival (you just need your reservation number and an ID) just make sure you have enough time in case is too busy.
22 June 2017|
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Response from Pamela H | Reviewed this property |
The parking is $17.00 per day.
16 January 2017|
Response from avalon2020 | Reviewed this property |
If she doesn't mind riding in a jeep on dirt roads, the Catalina Island Conservancy eco tours of the interior of the island are fantastic. She might like to see a movie at the Avalon Casino theater, a big, old-fashioned art... More