• Location: Long Beach, California
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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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!

What You Can Expect

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

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

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.

Customer Reviews

Betty H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great adventure totally n joyed


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The boat ride to Catalina was on time, well organized and fast from Long Beach. The island was beautiful, well worth the trip.

Gloria W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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.


Dominic V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Excellent! Fast Ferry Boat was very exceptional. I am little bit disappointing to learn that the Catalina Express offered passengers with upgrading first class since this information was not including.

Craig B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Everything went great from parking the car in the adjacent building, to checking in and boarding the craft...Commodore club was worth the extra 15.00...the boat was very clean and tidy, and the crew were very attentive and pleasant...the whole operation getting on and of ws effortless...10 out of 10 !!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

For us it was the getaway of a lifetime that will leave us with a memorable experience. It was my first time on a real island so that helped. Will definitely do this again in 2017!!

Sue F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommended. Everyone was very nice, the ride was fabulous. Worth every bit of it!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved the boat ride to the Island. Crew were friendly and polite and the trip was smooth sailing.

Roma P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Lovely. The Catalina express is really smooth and you get to enjoy a good 1 hour ride there and back. The island is awesome and has a lot of activates to do there.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was great had lots of fun. Very nice.

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