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

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

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. This is a ticket purchase only, not a reservation for travel. To allow guests the flexibility of choosing their own travel time, guests must call in advance to reserve seats on a specific departure and return boat. You may return on the same day or stay overnight. We advise calling to make your reservations as soon as possible as boats often sell out.
  • 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!
  • Your ticket is NOT confirmed until you call to book your actual departure and return time.
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Round-trip ferry service
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Parking (USD19 to USD23, based on departure point)

Departure Point

320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Round-trip ex Long Beach
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Round-trip ex San Pedro
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

95 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Round-trip ex Long Beach
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Round-trip ex San Pedro
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.

Once your Viator ticket purchase is complete, your reservation is not yet confirmed until you call to book your actual departure and return time.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • REMINDER: Once your ticket purchase is complete, your reservation is NOT YET CONFIRMED until you call to book your actual boat departure and return time.
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Maximum of fourteen (14) passengers per booking
  • The safety and security of our passengers and employees are top priorities for Catalina Express. CDC Guidelines require the use of face masks for public transportation. Face masks must be worn while in any of our terminals, in line for boarding, and on the vessels regardless of vaccination status.
  • 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.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where does the Catalina Express Ferry depart from in Long Beach?
A:The Long Beach departures leave from 320 Golden Shore Long Beach, CA 90802. The Catalina Landing at Downtown Long Beach is located in the heart of the city, along the waterfront beside the Pike and the Aquarium of the Pacific near Shoreline Village.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the Long Beach departure location for the Catalina Express?
A:Yes - there is parking available directly across the street from the terminal. There is a $19 daily max per 24 hr period.
Mar 2021
Q:
Where does the Catalina Express Ferry depart from in San Pedro?
A:San Pedro departures leave from the Port of San Pedro, Berth 95 AKA Catalina Express, San Pedro. The Catalina Sea and Air Terminal in San Pedro is located at the heart of the waterfront promenade in the LA Port.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the San Pedro departure location for the Catalina Express?
A:Yes - there is parking available in front of the terminal. Parking fees are free for the first hour and $2 per hour after the first hour with a $20 daily maximum.
Mar 2021
Q:
How long is the ferry ride on the Catalina Express?
A:Long Beach/Avalon trips take approximately 1 hour (each direction.) San Pedro/Avalon trips take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes (each direction.)
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage on the Catalina Express?
A:Each passenger is allowed 2 pieces of luggage, no larger than 23”x23”x37” and weighing no more than 50 lbs each. In addition, each passenger may bring one carry-on. Please make sure you have an ID tag on each item.
Mar 2021
Q:
How do I redeem my Catalina Express ticket?
A:Once your booking is confirmed, please call the local operator at the phone number on your ticket to confirm your departure time. You may also confirm your return date/time directly with the local operator.
Mar 2021
Q:
Do I have to use the round trip Catalina Express tickets on the same day?
A:No - you may absolutely stay overnight (or a few nights) in Avalon and use your return ticket on another date.
Mar 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for my trip on the Catalina Express?
A:Please plan on arriving at least one hour prior to departure and check in at the ticket window.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Catalina Express handicap accessible?
A:Ports are wheelchair accessible. Restroom doorways on certain vessels are narrow and may not accommodate scooters and large wheelchairs. Smaller wheelchairs are available upon request.
Mar 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms on board the Catalina Express?
A:Yes, all vessels have restrooms onboard.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring a pet/animal with me on the Catalina Express?
A:Yes, all animals must be leashed and secured in a full face commercial manufactured muzzle and/or Airline-style Pet Carrying case while in the boarding line and throughout the duration of the trip. One animal per passenger.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring my service animal on the Catalina Express?
A:Yes. The Catalina Express accommodates service animals as defined by the ADA and the Disabled Persons Act. Service Animals are defined by the ADA as dogs that are individually trained to do work of performed tasks for people with disabilities.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I buy food and/or drinks onboard the Catalina Express?
A:Yes - there is an onboard snack bar for your convenience.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 149 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon.

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star-5
Definitely going again
Natlie_Q
, Sep 2021
Staff was friendly, boat was clean, I had a lot of fun for my birthday it was a great experience. I recommend everyone should check it out.
star-5
Had a wonderful time!!
Isaac_B
, Sep 2021
Touring the island on the golf carts and seeing the beautiful view!!also enjoying the wild animals that just walk around!
star-5
Some where in time
Donald_n
, Aug 2021
THis was filled with memories that will last a lifetime. To say it was exactly what we wanted is an understatement. The island has so much to offer. PLAN .your memories of your future.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Fun trip
Marlys_L
, Aug 2021
Everything went great. It was fun. On time and professional. Told use we needed to be there 90 minutes in advance. That was too early. Check was a little bit of a hassle to reserve space the day before.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip
Leisha_M
, Aug 2021
Great experience! Great trip inspite of wearing masks during the trip. Staff was nice. Smoothe ride.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great’
Alejandra_M
, Aug 2021
It was a great experience. I was just worry about to call and not have the time I wanted but it went well.
star-5
Girls trip
Janelle_C
, Aug 2021
All of it with girlfriends playing cards all the way the view. Too many people for Covid time though
star-4
Nice Ride
Michele_V
, Aug 2021
Unfortunately it was just a trip thanks to mandates imposed on them. They did however get us from point a to point b.
star-5
Very fun & Amazing!
DLano_B
, Aug 2021
The whole trip was filled with fun and amazing scenery. The food was great and the adventures to do on Catalina Island are so much fun. I will be going back in the future and also will be using viator to book future trips!
star-5
Smooth Sailing
Brandon_B
, Jul 2021
We had a great time in Catalina and getting there was smooth sailing. The Catalina Express is always a great way to get there and it takes only an hour.

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