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Catalina Express

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Address: 95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
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+1 800-481-3470

With 8 boats and up to 30 daily departures year-round from Long Beach, San...

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.)

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USD 73.50*
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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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Exceeded my expectations!

We took our first trip this weekend from Long Beach. The parking was easy and the terminal was bright and clean. The boarding was easy and organized (maybe need some shaded areas... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pamela H
Durango, Colorado
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Durango, Colorado
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took our first trip this weekend from Long Beach. The parking was easy and the terminal was bright and clean. The boarding was easy and organized (maybe need some shaded areas to wait both at Long Beach and in Catalina) and the boat ride was smooth and on time. The crew was helpful and friendly. There are clean restrooms... More 

Thank Pamela H
Pacific Palisades
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything was great other than the $17 per day parking! Highly suggest The Commodore Lounge- considering that you are getting a free drink and snack the $15 extra is almost a wash. Smooth 1 hour ride- left on time- ALL good!

1 Thank Lifeisgood5255
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the express from Long Beach since it had the most frequent schedule. Staff was nice. Boat seemed clean. People lined up a good 45 minutes early and it was very crowded on a Tuesday which surprised me. Overall pleasant experience although I think it's a little over priced, but so are most of the ferry rides, imho.

Thank thehep
Hesperia, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was a storm and so we were asked to stay another day on the island. The Catalina express actually canceled it's pick up. This wasn't a bad thing, this was actually a pretty great thing that we were stranded. It was rainy and again it was stormy weather. What was hectic was that nobody could give us an answer... More 

1 Thank ladc2001
Upland, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we decided to purchase the commodore package, it was great. nice window seats and had a bloody mary on the way over to Catalina. the ride was so smooth and fast.

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San Jose, California
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pretty efficient service altho the waiting out in the sun can be a bit much. No reason to line up when they first call is what I have discovered. Just wait til they start boarding to get in line. Boats are pretty nice. Get to Catalina in an hour. In the future I might consider commodore lounge upgrade if its... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Catalina Express from Long Beach was a good experience. The waiting room in Long Beach was clean and the seating was comfortable. They have a restaurant there which I did not try. Getting on board was an easy experience and the seating there was comfy with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating and enough room to move about.... More 

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Huntington Park, California
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12 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going to Santa Catalina Island for over 18 years now and I always take the Catalina Express very courteous and polite are the employees that work there they make my trip a pleasant one everytime.

Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

The ride was short and quick. Long enough to grab a drink and walk upstairs to enjoy the view. Get a seat near the window and outlet to charge your phone! Its not a bumby ride at all. You can also grab some zzzzz's which is what a few people did on our ride over. Short and sweet

Thank Aliscia A
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Went on the Catalina Express for a trip to the island roughly takes 1 hour to arrive nice comfortable and affordable transportation, can also buy food and drinks on board if needed.

Thank CraigAussie

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