Long Beach

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

Long Beach, United States

From US$84.00

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  • 1 hour (approx.)


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.

What's Included

  • Round-trip ferry service
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking (USD20 to USD23, based on departure point)

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  • 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
  • 95 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA
  • What To Expect

    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.

    Additional Info

    • 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.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 149 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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    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

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    Featured review
    great experience, helpful and friendly crew. visiting from new york, and definitely would recommend this experience to other friends!


    228 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    Catalina Express from Long Beach to Catalina Island
    Nancy_T, May 2023
    Very easy process to purchase tickets for the Catalina Express from Long Beach. No problems whatsoever.
    I would recommend booking...
    Irma_R, Apr 2023
    I would recommend booking directly with Catalina Express. The price is the same, the only difference is that with Viator, you have to make an extra step. After you purchase through Viator, you MUST call Catalina Express to confirm your trip
    Gal pla fun under the sun
    Orquidia_C, Apr 2023
    We did the zip lining adventure with Mary and Elena (both super friendly and professional) was a beautiful way to see the island and learn some history about the place.
    I'd do it again...
    Doug_E, Apr 2023
    Cocktails and snacks on the Commodore Deck were great. Service folks very friendly. We did have to wait longer than usual to board as they were running about 30 minutes late. But who cared. It was a lovely day in Long ⛱️
    friendly service
    Eileen_T, Apr 2023
    great experience, helpful and friendly crew. visiting from new york, and definitely would recommend this experience to other friends!
    It was affordable and...
    Patricia_V, Apr 2023
    It was affordable and very worth the price!! We had a fun day with lots of activities ☀️🛳. It was nice to ride on the boat and seat at the top and enjoy the view
    Our crossing experience-
    Dolly_W, Apr 2023
    The ride to Catalina from Long Beach felt occasionally like flying in an airplane! Lovely trip. Coming back we had to deal with some rough water due to heavy winds. Many people got sick (we did not) and the attendants were wonderful, helping everyone. My cousin and I are slightly handicapped and everyone was so kind and helpful.
    Fun times in Catalina
    Daniela_D, Jan 2023
    The mansion house and the bus ride was awesome and the zip lineing looked very fun but will try next time
    Worrysome travel
    Lulu_d, Dec 2022
    I put a wrong date on my ticket. Viator was very accommodating and Catalina Express was very helpful and able to accommodate the changes. Catalina Express station is very clean, bathroom and surroundings. Catalina Express ferry was clean as well.
    1st time on Catalina...
    Mike_M, Oct 2022
    1st time on Catalina express To Catalina island had a wonderful time and it was quite Wonderful ride From Long Beach to Catalina
    Best organized and fast service!
    Hyesun_P, Oct 2022
    Blessed with rain while waiting in line😂 one of passenger offer me a towel to dry myself. What a sweet gesture it was😊
    Beautiful memories
    Jose_C, Oct 2022
    It’s been 23 years since we visited Catalina Island. It was a honeymoon destination revisited. It’s still beautiful.
    Golf cart around the...
    Alicia_A, Oct 2022
    Golf cart around the island,great drinks at Luau Larry's. and ice cream. Walking distance in Avalon.
    Smooth ride
    Estella_P, Sept 2022
    Employees very friendly & nice. Family friendly. Boat was very clean . Good experience over all . Definitely would recommend
    Peace of mind
    Mercedes_M, Sept 2022
    First of all I love the ease of booking with Viator. Every thing was smooth and that made my trip enjoyable. Catalina island is so relaxing no one bothers you. I love this place.
    Ocean Breeze
    Kamika_B, Sept 2022
    The island is so peaceful and the community is very family oriented . Next visit we will have to stay for the weekend
    Can I leave less than 1 star?
    Jeanne_G, Sept 2022
    Viator is a horrible way to travel. Avoid at all costs. The customer service was bad. Hurricane looming and Viator was the only company that would not allow me to reschedule.
    Went with family to...
    Michael_P, Aug 2022
    Went with family to Catalina for the first time the boat was beautiful staff from check in to your crew were delightful thank you so much for being a part of a great two days
    Awful experience
    Alex_G, Aug 2022
    It was awful. I’ve spent a ton of nerves taking to your representative to get my trip. You are not communicating with your partners like Trip advisor. I’ve bought a tickets for 9AM trip which doesn’t exist. I must pay additional $80 to get on 9:50 ship. As we arrived one hour later we lost our guided tour $275 cost. I spent a lot of time and nerves to find and buy another awful tour on golf cart for $160. As a result whole our experience was very bad. Hope you will fix all your organizing problems and cover my expenses. Alex Greenberg
    Easy parking. 2/5 on...
    Abigail_J, Aug 2022
    Easy parking. 2/5 on front desk staff because I heard one worker say 'it's going to be a rough day' and 'I already told you...'. Also 2/5 on Check in to the cruise ship as there was no announcements like they said and they could not care if you missed the boat or not. 5/5 for cruise ship drivers and experience once on the island.

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