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Catalina Island Ferry Service

There are several companies which offer Catalina Island ferry service. Below, you'll find out where they leave from, approximate travel times, prices and type of boat.

One choice is the Catalina Express , which leaves from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro.

Catalina Island Ferry Service

They have high speed boats that get you there in an hour from Long Beach, and an extra 15 minutes from San Pedro. Several leave daily.

In Long Beach, the Catalina Express has 2 ports, one at the Queen Mary and the other at the downtown Catalina Landing. The one at the Queen Mary is for camps and charters only. The ferry leaving from Long Beach Catalina Landing costs $74.50 round trip for adults, $68.00 for seniors age 55+, $59.00 for kids 2-11 and $5 for infants. Parking is $17. 

You can find this ferry landing at 320 Golden Shore. It's close to the Aquarium, Shoreline Village and The Pike.

In San Pedro, ferries leave from the new Catalina Sea And Air Terminal at Berth 95. Parking is $17.

You can also purchase an upgrade to the Captain's Cabin or Commodore's Cabin on some of the ships. Call 800-481-3470 for reservations or get your discount Catalina Express tickets online.

If you want to go to Two Harbors rather than Avalon, you can do so from San Pedro in an hour and fifteen minutes if it goes direct. That costs a little extra.

A third port that Catalina Express offers ferry service from is in Dana Point. Round trip costs are $76.50 for adults.

Ride free on your birthday! (Hopefully your birthday falls on a day you don't have to work ) This is a special promotion that the Catalina Express offers. You can register here.

Approaching Avalon, California

The Catalina Flyer is a triple decker catamaran ride from Newport Beach to Catalina Island. It leaves from Balboa Pavilion and takes about 75 minutes. It departs once daily at 9 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. If you buy your tickets online on, they charge $70 round trip for adults, $65 for seniors and $53 for children 3-12. The number to call is 800-830-7744.

Great deal: you can get there on the Catalina Flyer with a 44% discount (that's only $39 round trip) on Groupon. But make sure you read the fine print because there are restrictions which may or may not affect you.  See Groupon's special offer here.

There used to be another option from Marina del Rey by Catalina Ferries, but they are no more.  Some companies offer private charters as well.

Taking a Catalina Island ferry ride is a lot of fun in and of itself (especially if you're lucky enough to spot a school of dolphins tagging along). You can feel as though your vacation has begun before you've even arrived!

Please note: Prices and/or times may have changed since this was posted, so please call to confirm before you go. 

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