By sea or air, getting to Catalina Island is easy and fun via several modes of transportation. You can get to Catalina Island by passenger ferry boat from four mainland ports in southern California – San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach or Dana Point – and the ride is only about an hour by boat or 15 minutes by helicopter. Helicopter services are available to Avalon from Long Beach, San Pedro, Burbank Airport and John Wayne Airport/SNA.
Transportation to Two Harbors is available via the Catalina Express from San Pedro. You can also travel seasonally between Avalon and Two Harbors on the Cyclone boat. Private Charter Transportation, and Charter Services to Two Harbors and Emerald Bay are also available. You can also travel by private aircraft or private boat!
Once on the island, the town of Avalon or the village of Two Harbors are easy to navigate by foot – Avalon is only about one-square mile. Taxi and shuttle bus transportation can take you to your destination, or you can rent bicycles or one of our iconic golf carts.
Getting to Catalina Island
Catalina Island has many transportation options for visitors when traveling to and from the island. The most popular ways to get to Catalina are the regularly scheduled passenger ferry boats available in Long Beach, San Pedro, Newport Beach and Dana Point. For directions to and information about the specific terminals, please visit the ferry terminals page.
Transportation to Catalina Island
How do you get to Catalina Island?
The majority of visitors take a passenger ferry to Catalina Island; either the Catalina Express or Catalina Flyer. Visitors can also fly on a helicopter; service provided by IEX Helicopters.
People can also get to Catalina Island via private boat or private aircraft.Read More
Do you need a car on Catalina Island?
There are no car ferries to Catalina Island, only passenger ferries. You can find parking for your vehicle at the ferry terminal on the mainland. The number of cars on Catalina Island are limited. The majority of residents get around via golf cart. Visitors can rent golf carts by the hour for sightseeing.Read More
How much does it cost to get to Catalina Island?
The passenger ferry to Catalina Island costs $84 round trip on the Catalina Express. The Catalina Express departs from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. The cost on the Catalina Flyer from Newport Beach is $78 round trip.
*Prices are subject to change.
What is the fastest way to get to Catalina Island?
The fastest way to get to Catalina Island is via helicopter. It takes 15 minutes to fly from mainland Southern California to Catalina Island. The service is provided by IEX Helicopters.