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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. 

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!

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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

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.

Bryan23

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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

Maria K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Spent a wonderful day there!

Patsy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My husband and I really enjoyed oureading trip to Catalina island was amazing. I would recommend this my family and friends

Astrid M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My husband and I had an amazing experience. You need to call Catalina Express to rsvp, besides Viator.

Anahid Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was good! Friendly staff

Ana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Timothy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Easy access getting g to the location, good food service, reasonable wait to board ferry. True on both ends of the round trip.

sonia.harris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved it!

Dale W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

GREAT

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