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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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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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First Sea Experience on Catalina Express

We were a family of 5 adults and decided to visit Catalina Island through a cruise ship Catalina Express. This ship has 3 floors Fully-covered, Half-covered and Fully-Open... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Bengaluru, India
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were a family of 5 adults and decided to visit Catalina Island through a cruise ship Catalina Express. This ship has 3 floors Fully-covered, Half-covered and Fully-Open floors. The fully covered one is warm/hot for a cold day journey and has a two snack/beverage serving counters in 2 separate floors. The journey was about an hour from New Port... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our extended family of 14 spent a memorable day traveling to and fro Catalina Island on the Catalina Express and exploring the island on foot and local bus. The ferry is comfortable on deck and only take just over an hour each way. Coming from the mountains, it was thoroughly appreciated. We bought sandwiches and drinks in the little town... More 

Thank merryhell36
Lafayette, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Catalina Express on Tuesday December 27, temps were in the 50's, seas were calm. Only an hour boat ride. I tend to get seasick very easily, so took a non-drowsy dramamine an hour before we left, sat in the back of the boat, outside for fresh air. No problems with seasickness! We arrived in Catalina about 11... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The most popular way to reach Catalina. Large, fast, comfortable boats with inside and outside seating. Pedestrian only - no cars. There are ferries to Avalon from Long Beach, San Pedro, and Dana Point. There is also a ferry from San Pedro to Two Harbors. In the current off-season (until April 6, 2017), there are at least 4 ferries a... More 

Thank avalon2020
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Catalina on the Express for my birthday weekend. Was absolutely wonderful to get there in record time. The service on the Comodore Lounge was excellent. Will definitely travel with them again.

Thank Nury R
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The Catalina fun starts with the boat ride from Long Beach, CA. Round trips are $77 adults, $65 seniors, and $56.50 kids. The boats are all windows and comfort as you head out into the open Pacific. When you reach Avalon Bay, the water is crystal clear and sailboats moor off pocket beaches along Crescent Ave. Yes, it's full of... More 

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Catalina_Express, Guest Relations Manager at Catalina Express, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of Catalina Express. We're happy you enjoyed your trip with us and had a wonderful birthday. We do value all of our customers and strive to produce quality service at all points of our operation. We hope to see you again soon. Ramona F. Catalina Express More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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 

Thank Faranak M
los angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 

Thank Nanci G
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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

Thank KartikJain13q
Merced, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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.

Thank Stephanie H

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