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

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

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Long Beach, United States
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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
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Parking (USD19 to USD23, based on departure point)
  • 320 Golden Shore , 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
  • 95 Berth , 95 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA

  • Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
    Round-trip ex Long Beach
    4/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
    Round-trip ex San Pedro
    4/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 07:30 PM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    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
    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.

    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.

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    star-3
    No personal attention.
    Larry_T
    , Jun 2022
    The cruise and vessel was clean and efficient. We are in our 70’s. Very disappointed with the help of the crew standing around watching us struggling to pull luggage up the boat ramp.
    star-4
    Our excitement for the day, Tuesday June 21, 2022
    Steven_M
    , Jun 2022
    It was three seniors all 75 years young and the first time on the island we had fun though like little kids. We paid for a tour, but I don’t know if we got what we paid for. We did get a tour on a tour bus, Thank’s to a lady named Dede, who really helped us, because it was our first time on the island. But overall we had fun and I will suggest the Island to everyone I speak to. The people were very friendly and helpful, young and old. So thank you very much
    star-5
    Summer time 2022
    Yolanda_L
    , Jun 2022
    Just spending time with my daughter and friends. Getting away from out regular daily life to just hang out and relax.
    star-4
    Beautiful and fund round trip ride from Long Beach, California to Catalina Island
    Jenkins_K
    , Jun 2022
    The most memorable part of the trip was the ride from Long Beach, California to Catalina, Island. Seeing the ships waiting to dock and looking at various scenery including San Pedro was fun and very memorable.
    star-1
    Horrible service
    armando_z
    , Jun 2022
    First i got over charged i asked for two senior tickets i got two adult over charged me then i show up to port and im not in the system they said you guys were supposed to have reserved me on line or call why was i dirrected to you when i went to Catalina express to biy my tickits bad experience and ripped off!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Nice trip!
    Quan_T
    , May 2022
    The island is beautiful! Short trip but it’s wonderful. The crew is friendly. Would go there earlier and recommend to book some things to do there before going!! Overall great experience!!
    star-5
    The trip to the island...
    Linda_O
    , May 2022
    The trip to the island was a treat for us. We enjoyed looking at the shops and the food was great. Wish we had taken in the beaches
    star-5
    Magnificent
    Trish_M
    , May 2022
    The position Lon the boat. The captain was wonderful friendly and humorous.. great sights of grey nosed whale.
    star-5
    Beautiful sight seeing!!
    Mayra_G
    , May 2022
    Great trip!! Well organized and the island is beautiful! There’s a ton of things to do, would definitely recommend to book some things to do there before going!! Overall great experience!!
    star-5
    Friendly Crew….great experience
    Deby_C
    , May 2022
    It was a safe short 1 hour trip to and from Catalina. Crew was very friendly and professional. Thank you!
    star-5
    Great experience. It was...
    Dao_V
    , May 2022
    Great experience. It was an easy process. We had a great time. We would do it again and would recommend it.
    star-4
    Amazing
    Chue_L
    , May 2022
    The beautiful scenery of the island and the sight scene were amazing. I am glad that were able to switch our return time to an earlier one.
    star-5
    Catalina Adventure
    Latonna_W
    , May 2022
    The private city tour was phenomenal. The views were breath taking. The guide was very informative & personable.
    star-1
    Viator is a scam. Thank you for ruining our trip
    Ana_G
    , May 2022
    Viator is a scam.. I don’t recommend them at all. It’s not very clear that you have to book 2 separate reservations to get on the Catalina Express.. our entire trip was ruined. The people are rude and don’t care if you’ve traveled 1000’s of miles. They could care less and the worst part is when I called Viator to get a refund On the sold out ticket they sold me the representative hung up on me.. they don’t care about customers at all. DO NOT USE VIATOR..
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    WONDERFUL!!
    Roterria_S
    , May 2022
    When we were on the speed boat 🚤. It was AWESOME 🤩 to do that with my family on my Birthday. Myself,Husband and my son.
    star-5
    Birthday surprise
    LISA_S
    , May 2022
    This was a surprise for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was a good day , wished we could’ve gone on the zip line tour But it was booked and golf carts was too costly. Food was good weather was perfect!!!
    star-5
    Great experience for family with 5 kids
    Lamika_T
    , Apr 2022
    Very good experience for a family with 5 kids. Enjoyed there was a option to have a facing seats. Really enjoyed that there were pull down tables as well.
    star-5
    Had a great time
    Ervin_M
    , Apr 2022
    Parasailing out at Catalina Island 🏝 Was the most memorable part of being out at the island. It was so relaxing and calming.
    star-5
    ...
    Valeria_P
    , Apr 2022
    I liked it all it was very fast friendly and I want to do it all again! We are already planning on going back in summer
    star-5
    A peace of mind
    Raynell_C
    , Apr 2022
    Just love the views and there was always something to do… great food and drinks … prefect workout and all around good fun

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