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 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.
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
What is the best way to get around Catalina Island?
Avalon, Catalina Island’s main town, is just under three-square miles in size and everything is within easy walking distance. Walking is the preferred mode of transportation.
Hotels that are a little further from downtown do offer guest shuttles and most vacation rentals offer golf carts.Read More
How much does it cost to get to Catalina Island?
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.