Getting to Catalina Island

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. The ferry is the most popular way to Catalina and the ride is only about an hour.

The Catalina Express offers service from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

The Catalina Flyer offers passenger ferry service from Newport Beach.

For directions to and information about the specific terminals, please visit the ferry terminals page.

Getting to Catalina by helicopter takes about 15 minutes via Maverick Helicopters. Daily departures are available to Avalon from Long Beach, San Pedro, Burbank Airport and John Wayne Airport/SNA.

Daily Scheduled Service

Passenger Ferry Boat & Helicopter

Getting to Two Harbors

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 three-square miles. Taxi and shuttle bus transportation can take you to your destination, or you can rent bicycles or one of our iconic golf carts.


Transportation to Catalina Island

Explore the 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 Maverick Helicopters

People can also get to Catalina Island via private boat or private aircraft.

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