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!
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.
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.
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 by Viator travelers
Timely and Nice trip
, Sep 2019
Both the ride to and from catalina were right on time with staff that were very friendly and professional.
I bought 2 tickets to go to Catalina island for my wife's birthday, which we we're both excited about. We woke up very early to make it to Long Beach for the earliest departure only to find out the viator booking was a reservation to make another reservation. We had to wait several hours at the port for the next available departure for us. I've never had this issue with other 3rd party booking sites. Terrible experience overall.
I only knocked this down one star because of how impossible it was to get to the port due to the detours. Not their fault, but when you are coming from out of town, it's miserable. The ferry ride is efficient and easy and does the trick.
I personally think that this ferry is too expensive. We paid nearly 140 dollars for the round trip and then had to pay to upgrade to the lounge to keep from freezing. The penalties for being late threaten to void your tickets and keep you from enjoying the trip to the island. I am handicapped and they offered no assistance to me on boarding or debarking the ferry.
I loved the Catalina Express Journey, the lovely day on Avalon we hired umbrella and chairs for the beach - which meant that we did not have to take any heavy items on the boat the water was perfect for swimming - the whole day way a wonderful experience and I just wish we could have stayed for a few days and not just the day.
My only complaint was the booking of the trip- the person I spoke to at the Catalina Express office was very short with me, kept repeating herself and said I MUST take the 'voucher' with me otherwise I would have to pay again - my family from UK would need ID which meant their passports -which was not a problem but she made it sound like it was going to be difficult somehow when I asked her if the printout I received from Viacom was the voucher' and tried to read exactly what it said she just kept repeating as above - I was feeling VERY anxious until we arrived at Berth 95 and a young lady took what turned out to be 'the voucher' printed out the tickets, was charming and efficient - from that point on the day was 'PERFECT
Can't wait to go again.