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

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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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!
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Round-trip ferry service
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drink (available for purchase)
Parking (USD19 to USD23, based on 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
Round-trip ex San Pedro
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original 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
Round-trip ex San Pedro
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
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
  • 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
  • Maximum of fourteen (14) passengers per booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • The safety and security of our passengers and employees are top priorities for Catalina Express. We have taken extra precautions during this time based on the guidance of the County of Los Angeles, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other local health departments. Passengers are required to wear a face covering or mask that covers their nose and mouth while in the terminal, waiting in line to board and onboard the vessel. Our team is also outfitted with masks, gloves and safety glasses. Physically distancing precautions including markings on the floor, fewer customers at a time during the boarding process, and crew members assisting with limited capacity seating. Check-in agents are separated with Plexiglass partitions. Enhanced cleaning procedures include a thorough wipe down using an effective, high grade disinfectant and multi-purpose cleaning of all high touch surfaces throughout the trip. Every evening, an electrostatic spraying-or (fogging) of the vessel to eliminate all contaminants. https://www.catalinaexpress.com/know-before-you-travel.html
  • 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. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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 social distancing policy during Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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.
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

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Toros_D
, Apr 2021
Had a negative experience with one of the employees in the boat. Employees need name tags #1. I never got the name of the rude employee from him or the captain of the boat.
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Booking process
Li_G
, Apr 2021
Process was a little confusing as I did not realized my online ferry booking was through a 3rd party. When I call the Catalina express to finalize ferry time I was told all ticket sold out and I need to talk to Viator to refund. The agent at Viator was nice enough to promise a refund process. Eventually we got into the ferry as we originally planned using a standby ticket process and was still able to have a good time following original vacation schedule. My suggestion to Viator would be modify the reservation procedure if a customer did not finalize ferry schedule, just do not charge them. Send out a notice to tell them the reservation will be cancelled if a ferry time was not finalized and secured. Most people will think their reservation is good if they are charged. Thanks Li
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star-5
Easy peasy!
ROSEMARY_L
, Apr 2021
They were well organised. The ship was clean and the people helping were friendly. Everyone wore a mask the entire time on board. You could not eat or drink anything even if you brought it yourself due to the new laws and regulations. It was a fast and smooth trip.
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Amazing time
David_S
, Apr 2021
First time on the boat. Family and i had a great time. Took my wife for her birthday to Catalina. We enjoyed or time and looking forward on our next family trip back.
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Great time!
NABOR_U
, Apr 2021
We had a great time! We highly recommend going to Catalina island. The trip over was great and everyone was very nice and helpful.
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star-4
Great Spring Break!!
Saira_H
, Apr 2021
It was a great customer service with Lisa when you call the agent to confirm the departure to Catalina Island. I also like that they take seriously to have the mask at all time when you’re in the boat. My family and me had a fabulous time at the Island.
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Worst! Requires a refund
Meshi_S
, Apr 2021
Even though I bought a ticket and even though I set an hour to get on the boat when I arrived they said everything was sold out. I woke up at 5 AM to arrive, arranged everything. I drove for 40 minutes, paid parking. To hear someone tell me sold out if it's sold out Why do you sell tickets online?
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star-3
Don’t understand why we still have to call hours before boarding when you already bought the tickets for that scheduled
Ruben_D
, Mar 2021
Our first time in this trip and I forgot to call the number before boarding so we ended up on the standby in the cold. Luckily we got on but almost missed the scheduled purchased tickets.
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50/50
Michel_D
, Dec 2020
If it hadn’t been for the older woman with the red hair that was helping us with our tickets at the Catalina express counter, (after I had purchased 8 of them), it would’ve been perfect. The entire way to Catalina all I could think about is why a person would be so rude just because you needed a little assistance? I understand people can have rough days but her attitude was completely uncalled for, and the fact that she said “she didn’t need anyone’s s**t today” was ridiculous.
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star-5
Wonderful time
Charles_F
, Dec 2020
Wonderful trip good seating very comfortable lines moved well and great services the staff was excellent
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