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Ferry to Catalina

Discover the best ferry crossings to Catalina Islands

Dana Point-Avalon

USA ⇔ Catalina Islands
1h 30 mins.
From: 44,00

San Pedro-Avalon

USA ⇔ Catalina Islands
1h 18 mins.
From: 42,00

San Pedro-Two Harbors

USA ⇔ Catalina Islands
1h 18 mins.
From: 42,00

Long Beach-Avalon

USA ⇔ Catalina Islands
1h 30 mins.
From: 44,00

Newport-Avalon

USA ⇔ Catalina Islands
1 Hour 5 Mins.
From: 58,00

Get to Catalina by ferry

So you want to become one of the million visitors that visit Catalina Island every year.[1]Catalina Island in Numbers – Catalinaintours.com But what is the best way to get there?

We did the research for you. There are five ferry lines that can get you there if you want to travel by ferry that is. There are also helicopters, planes, and private boat charters available, but those are far more expensive options. So for this time: let's go by ferry.

  • The fastest ferry to Catalina is the Catalina Flyer from Newport Beach to Avalon. This ferry is however a day-trip ferry so only leaves at 9:00. 
  • The other 4 options are the regular ferries from the Catalina Express that leave from 4 harbors and arrive at two harbors on the Catalina Islands. (Two Harbors and Avalon)

 Check our map to see all possible options if you want to take the map towards the Catalina Island.

Map with all ferry routes to Catalina

All connections go directly towards Catalina Island. No stops in between and you can't travel by ferry to the other island(s) around. San Clemente island for example. Not much to do there any way besides diving and fishing! 

Did you know the trip used to be free on your birthday?

Until 2017 Catalina Express offered a free ride on your birthday, however due the popularity and to many people taking advantage of this offer they stopped this promotion at december 2017.

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High-Speed ferry day trip to Catalina

The quickest crossing is the Catalina Flyer to Avalon. This fast ferry sails in only at 9:00 AM ( Be there one hour early for early check-in) and the standard rate is above $ 50. The High-speed ferry departs from Newport Beach. You can leave your car behind in the parking lot. Here is a list of all Newport Beach parking spots nearby (and unfortunately the high hourly rates).

1 Catalina Flyer

Newport-Avalon

The ferry from Newport Beach to Avalon is a very fast ferry which sails in about 75 minutes to Catalina Island. Important to know: Pets are not allowed on this ferry.
From: 58,00
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To Catalina island by car 

No cars allowed

No cars allowed on Catalina Island

This island is that popular because things like cars are not allowed. There are on-arrival golf carts available for rent. Everything is within walking distance, so you don't even need that golf cart here. (Except maybe Two Harbors which is 18 miles) 

Catalina Flyer

Frequently Asked Questions: Catalina ferry

Yes, you certainly can, however, it's not a very fun day experience as it would take a complete day and it's not the best route on the Island. The hiking routes through the hills are a better option. Those hiking routes however take at least two days, so you would need to make sleeping arrangements. 

The cheapest crossing is the crossing from San Pedro to Avalon. However, there isn't much difference in the 5 travel options. Are about the same price and distance.

References
References
1 Catalina Island in Numbers – Catalinaintours.com
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