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

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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.
  • 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!
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Round-trip ferry service
Brokerage fee (Child fares)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drink (available for purchase)
Parking (USD19 to USD23, based on departure point)

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Pickup Details

Travel available daily from Long Beach and San Pedro San Pedro travel not available November-March on Tuesdays and Thursdays Return point: Returns to original departure point booked, you will not be able to come into a different point Note: For San Pedro departures, GPS devices do not recognize the address properly, please use Catalina Express, San Pedro, CA. Parking available at ports. Cost per day varies.


320 Golden Shore Long Beach, CA 90802
Port of San Pedro, Berth 95 AKA Catalina Express, San Pedro, CA

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Round-trip ex Long Beach
1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Round-trip ex San Pedro
1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM

Return Details

320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Catalina Express, 95 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA

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 Bistro 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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • The safety and security of our passengers and employees are top priorities for Catalina Express. We have taken extra precautions during this time based on the guidance of the County of Los Angeles, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other local health departments. Passengers are required to wear a face covering or mask that covers their nose and mouth while in the terminal, waiting in line to board and onboard the vessel. Our team is also outfitted with masks, gloves and safety glasses. Physically distancing precautions including markings on the floor, fewer customers at a time during the boarding process, and crew members assisting with limited capacity seating. Check-in agents are separated with Plexiglass partitions. Enhanced cleaning procedures include a thorough wipe down using an effective, high grade disinfectant and multi-purpose cleaning of all high touch surfaces throughout the trip. Every evening, an electrostatic spraying-or (fogging) of the vessel to eliminate all contaminants.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 149 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Catalina Express

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon?
This activity will have a maximum of 149 travelers.

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88 Reviews
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, Dec 2020
If it hadn’t been for the older woman with the red hair that was helping us with our tickets at the Catalina express counter, (after I had purchased 8 of them), it would’ve been perfect. The entire way to Catalina all I could think about is why a person would be so rude just because you needed a little assistance? I understand people can have rough days but her attitude was completely uncalled for, and the fact that she said “she didn’t need anyone’s s**t today” was ridiculous.
Wonderful time
, Dec 2020
Wonderful trip good seating very comfortable lines moved well and great services the staff was excellent
, Nov 2020
It was a horrible experience booking with your agency. Your agents do not give appropriate instructions as to what to expect right after you purchase the tickets. This misinformation causes huge delays and misunderstandings on the desired travel dates. Agents have little knowledge on traveling to Avalon and the regulations of Catalina express.
My Catalina Island Jouney
, Oct 2020
This was my first experience I can say it was a great one! I think everything was very well organized and timely.
Great Experience
, Sep 2020
They were very timely and professional..A very clean environment..and the crew truly seemed to enjoy their jobs.
Excellent trip
, Sep 2020
Great boat ride, lots of space and social distancing, nice staff. Very clean, even the bathrooms. Quick one hour trip to Catalina.
Don't Book With Viator!!
, Aug 2020
Do NOT book your Catalina Express through Viator. The website doesn't alert you that the boats are full. They let you go ahead and book and pay for travel even though there is NO availability on the day/time you need. Then, when I asked for a refund at 9am the day before I wanted to travel, they inform me that to be refunded, I have to call 24 hours prior to travel. Well, I was calling the day before, I couldn't book a travel time because your website doesn't allow it, and there were NO SPOTS LEFT TO RETURN FROM THE ISLAND! I'm still waiting to see if they'll refund me my money. For some reason, they said it can take up to 72 hours for a response. That's AFTER I spent almost 45 minutes on hold while they (a) spoke to a supervisor and(b) called Catalina Express to confirm that I wasn't lying about the lack of availability on the return trips. They just want your money. Then, they'll figure out if they can actually accommodate your needs.
over all i had fun
, Aug 2020
it was cold on the boat, first timer didnt know what to expect i didn't know we could bring food, ice chest, lounge chairs for the beach
The boat trip was comfortable for me.
, Jul 2020
My work was all over the island, so travel was already organized by the customers. However, I had a pleasant site viewing of the island.
Catalina trip
, Jul 2020
Great crews very helpful. We had 2 in wheelchairs and they made sure we were taken to our seats and comfortable

Product code: 6073CEX

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