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Catalina Express

95 Berth, San Pedro, Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
+1 800-481-3470
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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USD 75.50*
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Round-trip Ferry Service from Dana Point to Catalina Island
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With 8 boats and up to 30 daily departures year-round from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point, Catalina Express is the best way to get to Catalina Island. In about an hour, you could be hiking, biking, shopping, diving, snorkeling, fishing, dining, stand up paddling, kayaking, relaxing at a spa or kicking back at the beach club. Just 22 miles from LA, but a world of difference. (Don't forget to upgrade to the Commodore Lounge and skip the lines with priority check-in, express boarding, plus a complimentary cocktail or soft drink, and more. Just $15 each way.)
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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95 Berth, San Pedro, Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
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+1 800-481-3470
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"dana point"
in 25 reviews
"long beach"
in 70 reviews
"san pedro"
in 22 reviews
"smooth ride"
in 16 reviews
"comfortable ride"
in 11 reviews
"commodore lounge"
in 25 reviews
"free ride"
in 8 reviews
"newport beach"
in 7 reviews
"boat ride"
in 17 reviews
"day trip"
in 19 reviews
"free birthday"
in 4 reviews
"general seating"
in 3 reviews
"great ferry"
in 3 reviews
"two harbors"
in 6 reviews
"ferry service"
in 6 reviews
"great trip"
in 11 reviews
"the upper deck"
in 6 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I first went on my birthday which was free at the time. If it hadn't been free I probably would not have gone. They've discontinued the free boat ride on your birthday and they shouldn't have. It was a great way to get people like...More

Thank Patricia J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a recent visit to Catalina island, we had the pleasure of riding the Catalina express. Spring for he commodore lounge and enjoyed upgraded seating and complimentary adult beverage...which I chose as the chandon, one of my favorite California sparklings! Shocked they had that quality,...More

Thank roamingreeds
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had plans to go to Catalina for my birthday this year and they apparently ended their 2 for 1 rides! No discounts or anything offered when I explained we had been planning this for months! SO DISAPPOINTED!!! :(

Thank Abbie J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much smoother trip both ways than we both remember as kids. Sitting in the lounge is great with few kids running around and a free drink. Our mimosas were a good start to our weekend getaway.

Thank ECTravelerW
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled to the island fromSan Pedro and returned to Long Beach and were impressed with the service as well as the crew. On the way over the captain spotted a Grey Whale and slowed to a stop and waited for it to resurface for all...More

Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Catalina Express is a great Ferry service. We took the ferry from Long Beach Port to Catalina. The staff was polite and friendly. The ride was very smooth.

Thank Suzie623
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Catalina Express provides a great service that is well run. Easy to find and comfortable ride. Options for seats inside and outside for different experience. Had Uber ride after departure and pickup spot accommodates many vehicles and ease of loading.

Thank theskiing62018
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We took the ferry from Dana Pt. The ride was very smooth, although there were a few among our group who got motion sick even with some over the counter meds. Those of us on the top deck outside were a bit cool but had...More

Thank DoryGuy
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

There are three locations to board the Catalina Express from the mainland; Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. My Bride and I left from Dana Point on one of the smaller boats, not the jet catamaran which goes out of LA. At booking we...More

Thank Brian G
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is an easy way to get to the island. You can book tickets in adavance or walk up too. The staff are friendly and you can purchase refreshments on board. It took us about 55 minutes to cross. Seats are comfortable but not luxurious.

Thank Lio-and-Ben
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Snoopspaw
27 February 2018|
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Response from RDM12345 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure how you would get from the airport to the dock (maybe a shuttle), but the boat docks and ships are wheelchair accessible. The restrooms on the lower level of the boats are also. So you should have no trouble with... More
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JL F
7 October 2017|
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Response from derbyking98 | Reviewed this property |
There were not a lot of seats at departure point at Avalon. A few wooden benches.
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