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Catalina Island Transportation Guide

From ferry boats to helicopters, these are your Catalina Island transportation options. Getting there is half the fun! Once on the island, no cars are allowed, so your choices are to walk, ride a bike, rent a motorized golf cart or take a tour bus. If you want to get to the isthmus/Two Harbors area, there is bus service. Some ferries go there as well. 


In general, the faster you want to get to Catalina, the more you'll have to pay. Some enjoy a long slow ride at sea, but others may prefer to maximize their time on the island itself.

By Sea:

There are a few companies that offer ferry transportation to the island. 

Click here to find out about Catalina Island ferry transportation. 

Or buy tickets now for the Catalina Express. 

By Air:

You can take a Catalina Island helicopter for a quick 15 minute trip. Island Express offers service to Catalina for $76 plus tax each way. It leaves from the boat terminals in both Long Beach and San Pedro. It drops you off at a landing pad less than a mile from Avalon. From there you can take a cab into town for about $6-7. Call 310-510-2525.

To vary your Catalina Island transportation experience and enjoy multiple views, you could consider taking the 2 hour ferry over and flying back via helicopter. Or do some variation of that, as long as you return to the same terminal where your car is parked! 


Ways for getting around on the island itself includes golf carts, tour buses, cabs, and boats.

golf carts on Catalina Island

Catalina Ferries offers ferry rides from Avalon to Two Harbors and back. They charge $22 one way, $19.50 for seniors and $17 for kids. Call 310-305-7250.

Avalon Bay Shoreboats is a water taxi service. You can find them on the Pleasure Pier. Their number is 310-510-0409.

The Catalina Island Shuttlebus There number is 310-510-2078.

The Catalina Cab Company Call 310-510-0025.

Catalina Transportation Services Inc. offers taxi service on the island. They also offer limo rentals. In the summer they run an Avalon trolley. Call 310-510-0342 for more information, or 310-510-0025 for immediate service.

Catalina Pedi-Cabs is another way to get about. They have half hour and hour guided tours. Their number is 310-422-3141.

If you want to rent your own golf cart, try one of these 3 companies:

Cartopia Golf Cart Rental 310-510-2493, Catalina Auto and Bike Rentals 310-510-0111 or Island Rentals 310-510-1456.

Other than these Catalina Island transportation options for getting around, you can rent a bike, or take a bus tour or charter. 

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