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

Long Beach, United States
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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!
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.
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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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  • "The only disappointment was to wait on line for an hourin the 92 degrees heat , and this company cant just build a tent for customers!!!" See review


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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
Catalina Express
, Jul 2020
The trip itself was great. It is the Viator app experience that was poor. I will not use this app again because I still had to call Catalina express to make reservations, and print a physical voucher. This app should function like an airline app and provide The reservations and a mobile boarding pass. Otherwise there is no reason to use this app.
Not recommended
, Jun 2020
We had a good time however the website we received the tickets did not notify we had to call Catalina express to get the tickets and register then we did not know how to get our self guide tour we bought and that also was disappointing. Won’t get tickets here again.
, Jun 2020
Worst ever! They did not even know the time schedule for the cruise to departure. At the day they did not even tell us that San Pedro was close
Dinner at Steve's steakhouse ..the submarine tour
, Jun 2020
Eat at Steves Steakhouse if you have the means and do the submarine it was fun..the private beach was nice as well
Worst experience
, Jun 2020
They did not give detail information, ticket was being cancelled on the same day. My refund is not even refunded yet. Just saying, its a disappointing experience!! How could they even said that the cruise departure time could be anytime between 6.30am-7.30pm. Is that even possible? They don’t even know the information and told the customers the false information.
Commodore Lounge
, Jun 2020
The trip on the Catalina Express was very satisfying. The boat left on schedule and arrived to the destination in an hour. I would recommend upgrading to the Commodore Lounge for an even better experience with a complimentary drink and smoother ride.
, Feb 2020
everything was perfect. from the smoothness of the ride to great customer service. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a great weekend getaway.
Always a Pleasure
, Nov 2019
We've been to the Catalina Island many times and the Catalina Express boat is always clean, prompt and the staff is friendly and helpful. Many happy returns are expected.
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.

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