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1hr Catalina Express Round Trip Ferry from Long Beach/San Pedro

4.5 (269)
Long Beach, US

1hr Catalina Express Round Trip Ferry from Long Beach/San Pedro

4.5 (269)
Long Beach, US
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Experience the thrill of cruising across the Pacific Ocean on the Catalina Express ferry service. Departing from either Downtown Landing in Long Beach or Catalina Sea and Air Terminal in San Pedro, this round-trip service takes you to the breathtaking Avalon on Catalina Island. With your ticket, you have the freedom to choose your departure and return times, allowing you to explore the island at your own pace. Upon arriving in Avalon, you can immerse yourself in the charm of this pedestrian-friendly town. Take in the stunning waterfront views, indulge in delicious food and drink options, go shopping, or engage in more active pursuits. The limited number of vehicles on the island ensures an enjoyable and relaxed experience. Before or after your ferry ride, you can explore the attractions of Long Beach or discover the landmarks of San Pedro. Don't miss the opportunity to embark on this incredible adventure to Catalina Island.

About this experience

  • 1 hours
  • Suitable for 1-14 Participants
  • Guided Experience
  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean
  • Round-trip ferry service
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking (USD20 to USD23, based on departure point)

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

More about this experience


Experience the beauty of Catalina Island with the Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service. Departing from either Downtown Landing in Long Beach or Catalina Sea and Air Terminal in San Pedro, this ferry service offers convenient and scenic transportation to and from the island. As you embark on your journey, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, setting the stage for an unforgettable adventure on Catalina Island. The flexibility of this service allows you to choose when to depart and return, giving you the freedom to explore the island at your own pace. Whether you're planning a day trip or a longer stay, the Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service is the perfect way to start your Catalina Island experience.

What to expect?

With the Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service, you can expect a smooth and comfortable ride to and from Catalina Island. The ferry schedule varies depending on the season and terminal location, ensuring flexibility for all passengers. After purchasing your ticket through Viator, it is essential to call Catalina Express to book your boat reservation promptly as seats fill up quickly, especially during the spring and summer seasons. Once aboard the ferry, enjoy a scenic one-hour journey across the Pacific to Avalon, the charming southernmost city of Los Angeles County. Upon arrival, you'll have the freedom to explore Catalina Island at your leisure.

Who is this for?

The Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service is perfect for anyone looking to escape the mainland and immerse themselves in the beauty of Catalina Island. Whether you're a solo traveler seeking adventure, a couple in search of a romantic getaway, or a family looking for a fun-filled excursion, this ferry service caters to all. The pedestrian-friendly streets of Avalon make it a welcoming destination for visitors of all ages. With limited vehicles on the island, enjoy the tranquility and ease of exploring Avalon on foot. This experience is ideal for those who appreciate the freedom to create their own itinerary and discover the island's unique charm.

Why book this?

Book the Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service to embark on a hassle-free journey to Catalina Island. With awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean throughout the one-hour ferry ride, this experience offers a picturesque introduction to your island adventure. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a beach lover, or a history buff, Catalina Island has something for everyone. Spend your days exploring the picturesque waterfront, indulging in delicious cuisine at local restaurants, shopping for unique souvenirs, or engaging in exciting outdoor activities. The convenience of the Catalina Express allows you to make the most of your time on the island, providing the opportunity to create lasting memories at your own pace.

Good to know

When booking the Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service, keep in mind that your reservation is not confirmed until you call to book your actual boat departure and return time. Due to the popularity of the service, it is crucial to contact Catalina Express promptly to secure your desired schedule. Additionally, take advantage of the picturesque surroundings by exploring the attractions near the departure points. In Long Beach, consider visiting the renowned Aquarium of the Pacific or enjoying a meal at the Catalina Bistro or Catalina Deli. In San Pedro, discover landmarks such as the Los Angeles Maritime Museum or explore the fascinating USS Iowa and SS Lane Victory ships. Prepare for a captivating journey to Catalina Island and embrace the adventure that awaits.


Customers who have experienced the Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service have praised its convenience and stunning views. Travelers have shared their satisfaction with the comfortable and smooth ride, along with the flexibility to choose their departure and return times. Many have highlighted the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and the enchanting atmosphere of Avalon. Visitors appreciate the pedestrian-friendly streets and the variety of activities available, from dining at local establishments to engaging in adventurous explorations. The overwhelming sentiment among reviewers is that the Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service is a must-book experience, providing a gateway to the magical world of Catalina Island.



4.5 (269)


Our lunch for 7 was so disappointing. This restaurant is now really cutting short on serving sizes. Shrimp kabobs so small, not like previous when they where plump and larger. Shrimp taco's only 3" taco's x 3 on plate served with skimpy shrimp cut in 1/2. So small!! Fishermans fish was so upsetting for 3 of us. The fish was no bigger than 3" x 4" filet at it's best. Served without plantain as they ran out but given no substitute side. But served with a tbsp. of coleslaw - wow!! Completely disappointed. And the young server really was not trained well, and had no backup. Very unpersonable! Not to mention they really could try to do better control on the fly's that swarm your table and plates when food comes. Like has no one heard of bug jar's. Sorry but this family who has been on the Island for many, many years will NOT be returning!


This was my first time using their service. With that said, the boat was clean and the trip was on time and felt safe. The employees were very friendly and professional. I would not hesitate to book with them again.


Nice smooth ride to catalina. We purchased the commodore lounge upgrade. Very comfortable and accommodating. Drinks were great nice and strong lol Very friendly staff .


Smooth operation. Be prepared for some standing in line if you did not pay to be a commodor! I have to satisfy a 100 char limit, so you get to read some nonsense.


It was a very nice trip. We had a chance to see humpback whales and dolphins as an extra treat! The boat was nice and clean and the personnel were very friendly. Catalina Island was beautiful. I will be back to the island soon.


Very well organized and nice ferry over to the island. Upgrade to the commadore lounge. Makes it a bit easier.


It was a perfect experience till waiting to board for the ride back to Long Beach. Swarms of bee's at the trash cans were harassing us and reallly getting after our 1yr old. The bee's followed us on the ship too. Harassed us on the top deck till we go underway.


Ride was safe, smooth and fast. Captain and crew were professional. Galley was well stocked. Dolphins were seen!

Lisa R

Catalina express boat was simple, on time, and smooth ride! Airplane-type seats were comfortable, temp was cool but comfy, and staff were visible to ensure safety for all. Will definitely use again.


Comfortable one hour trip to Catalina Island. There was a small cafe area where you can order coffee, alcoholic beverages, and snacks. Catalina Island was beautiful and amazing. Plenty of shopping and restaurants. I highly recommend it!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-03-01 13:26
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