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Address: 95 Berth, San Pedro (Admin Office), Catalina Island, CA 90731
Phone Number: +1 800-481-3470
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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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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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Excellent ride great view

This is one of the best ways to get to Catalina. Frankly I don't see why people are complaining. It's a rid that has lots of seats and average food and drinks. And maybe some... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Faranak M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best ways to get to Catalina. Frankly I don't see why people are complaining. It's a rid that has lots of seats and average food and drinks. And maybe some turbulence, but not much by comparison with other trips around the world ☺️ friendly staff and great view. You can go upstairs for a better... More 

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Thank Faranak M
los angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing against Catalina Express itself, just want to notify riders that if you are sensitive to motion, or if you are pregnant, you will get sick. The ride to Catalina was horrible for me, not sure if it was overwhelming because too many people, the idea of an hour ride! or a bit of a bumpy ride, but I got... More 

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Thank Nanci G
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free to and fro ride to Catalina island on your Bday. The entire boarding process is very seamless and staff is very welcoming. Departure is on time. Great way to spend your bday

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Thank KartikJain13q
Merced, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love Catalina Express-especially upstairs. A little on the pricey side but worth it. I have taken this boat over to Catalina 4 times now and each time was a perfect experience. Friendly staff, great drinks, and of course the view is to die for. Highly recommended.

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Thank Stephanie H
Loudon, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we had a fabulous trip over and back last week. weather cooperated and had smooth sailing both ways. be aware tho parking in their parking garage is $17/day. the staff and crew were courteous and knew their jobs. so no surprises. would recommend these guys to take you to catalina [but that island is another story and review]

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Thank tndawoods
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Catalina Express really lives up to its name. It's a quick ride over to the island and they run very smoothly. I actually slept the whole way back. Open seating is easy but get there early if you want a window seat. The free bday trip is totally worth it and they give you a guide to all the free... More 

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Thank Rachel M
Denver CO USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You don't have a lot of options in terms of how you get over to Catalina Island, but the Catalina Express is definitely one of those options. As we are coming into the port on Catalina our captain so down the boat so we could check out a family of dolphins riding the waves with us. The schedule is timely... More 

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Thank JJBlondie
San Tan Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After reviewing several alternatives, Catalina Express from Long Beach proved to be the best option and the most convenient. We ordered our tickets online through the website and received very detailed information that was helpful. You need to select your times for departure and return, but the variety of times gave us flexibility in our day. Seating was available inside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Just an average boat ride for a slightly pricey cost. Professional and pleasant staff. Seats may be a bit narrow for larger folk. Beautiful views but cold so make sure yoi bring a sweater even if its a warm day.

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Thank Travette P
Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I traveled from Long Beach to Catalina Island, and back on this well-appointed vessel. I was fortunate enough to upgrade to the Commodore Lounge, where up top one can enjoy the views while having refreshments and snacks during the approximately 1-hour journey across.

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