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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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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.)
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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95 Berth, San Pedro, Catalina Island, CA 90731-3384
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"dana point"
in 24 reviews
"long beach"
in 67 reviews
"san pedro"
in 20 reviews
"smooth ride"
in 15 reviews
"commodore lounge"
in 24 reviews
"comfortable ride"
in 10 reviews
"free ride"
in 8 reviews
"day trip"
in 19 reviews
"boat ride"
in 17 reviews
"newport beach"
in 6 reviews
"free birthday"
in 4 reviews
"two harbors"
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"general seating"
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"ferry service"
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"priority boarding"
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"round trip"
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"great ride"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was a lucky kid from the 1950's prowling the decks of the SS Catalina until the steam whistle signaled we'd arrived in Avalon... and how times have changed! From the comfy 'Commodore' chairs on my recent return to the island via the 'Express,' I...More

Thank patrickmL222RN
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Catalina Express has grown from a single boat to a fleet of modern, fast (28-32 knot cruising speeds) passenger vessels, carrying from 149 to 450 passengers. With service from San Pedro and Long Beach, it is, overall, easy to find and user friendly. Long Beach...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Catalina Express is great. It gets you from Newport Beach to Catalina Island in about an hour. The only downside is that the inside is hot and smells like food, so I recommend sitting up top outside. If you do this, be aware that...More

1  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This boat provides transportation to Catalina but seems barely clean and very outdated. it would be nice if it went faster and had more amenities for the price. It does the job but to park on the San Pedro port cost 18 dollars a day!...More

3  Thank lattejr
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were like many people who say they know about Catalina Island but have never been there. So this time when we were in Southern California we decided that we would be intentional about doing it. We weren’t disappointed. We booked the Catalina Express and...More

1  Thank Richard O
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to go to Catalina Island and do not own a boat or chartered one, chances are, this is the means that you will get there. Basic transport, it gets you from point A to point B. There are restrooms and snacks to...More

Thank Noli G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Going to Avalon, Catalina island, we had an uneventful ride, which was great. But while coming back for the 6 PM ride to Long Island, they were delayed by over half an hour. It was bitter cold, and we were freezing. No one notified us...More

1  Thank Elvor
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a sightseeing boat, but express boat to get to the island. We took a boat leaving from San Pedro to Avalon, which took one hour 15 minutes. It was not cheap – about $70 a person – but the service was friendly...More

2  Thank KayMacTravel7
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Web site worked well: desktop and ipad. Lots of selections of times and seatings even though booked within 12 hours of departure. Was easy to change booking at Avalon. Not cheap: parking also charged for. Both our travels directions were very smooth. Crew courteous and...More

1  Thank artthiel
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Catalina_Express, Customer Service at Catalina Express, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip with Catalina Express. Catalina Island is a special place and we are happy we can be part of a great experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

The express was loud but the scenery is beautiful. Snack bar is disappointing so eat before you come or save your hunger for the island. Crew is as courteous.

Thank Christi B
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JL F
6 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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SeattleAZ
13 July 2017|
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Response from PattyFirenze5 | Reviewed this property |
Don't worry, You will need to get the print ticket in the kiosk upon arrival (you just need your reservation number and an ID) just make sure you have enough time in case is too busy.
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