Getting to and around Catalina Island

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Getting to Catalina Island is part of the fun. Choose from a convenient ferry from four mainland terminals, catch a flight on a helicopter or arrive by private boat charter or plane. Once you arrive on the island, Avalon is accessible by foot, taxi or shuttle.
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Catalina Express

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Let Catalina Express whisk you away to an island paradise aboard one of eight, fast, smooth-riding boats. Relax in first-class comfort with airline style seats and cabin attendant service. In about an hour, you can be enjoying a sightseeing tour, shopping in Catalina Island’s quaint shops, dining at seaside restaurants, snorkeling, bicycling or just relaxing on the beach. Enjoy a day or overnight stay, call or visit our website for more information about Paradise Packages. Up to 30 daily departures and year-round service from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Convenient mainland parking. San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point Reservations: 800-481-3470 - 120 Pebbly Beach Rd, Avalon - Watch Video

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Island Express Helicopter Service

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Island Express Helicopters is the fastest and most exhilarating way to travel to Catalina Island in only 14 minutes!! For 24 years Island Express has been transporting customers to our exclusive heliports in Avalon, Two Harbors and our newest location Emerald Bay. The flight often overlooks pods of dolphins, whales and panoramic views of Long Beach and Catalina on arrival and departure. Let us make your trip an unforgettable one for a day getaway or an overnight vacation stay. More than just transportation; an experience of a lifetime. Call to make a reservation today or visit us online. San Pedro, Long Beach, Orange County and Catalina Island Reservations: 800-2-AVALON - 56 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon

Avalon Transit - 310-510-0081
Catalina Airport-in-the-Sky Bus Service - Island Bus Plaza/Airport-in-the-Sky 310-510-0143
Catalina Passenger Service - 949-673-5245
Catalina Safari Bus - Catalina Isthmus 310-510-2800
Catalina Transportation Services - 310-510-0025
Gecko Yacht Charters - 16822 Bolero Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 714-843-0654
Island Hopper/ Catalina Airways - 858-279-4595
Karmel Shuttle - 2481 E. Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831 888-995-7433
Seaplanes of Los Angeles - 808-732-7526

Directions to Mainland Terminals
Long Beach

Catalina Express at The Downtown Catalina Landing
Take the 710 Freeway South into Long Beach. Stay to the left, follow signs to downtown and exit Golden Shore Avenue. Turn right at stop sign, follow around to terminal on the right. Park in parking structure on the left.

Island Express Helicopters
Take the 710 Freeway South into Long Beach. Stay in the right lane, follow signs to the Queen Mary which will lead you to the Cruise Ship Terminal in the Queen Mary parking lot. Keep to your right following the heliport signs to the parking area, about 300 yards.


San Pedro

Catalina Express
Take the 110 Harbor Freeway South into San Pedro to the the Terminal Island, exit 47 ramp. Stay in right lane, exit Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to Catalina Terminal, Berth 95.

Island Express Helicopters
Take the 110 Harbor Freeway South, to the Terminal Island-Long Beach exit to Harbor Blvd. Follow signs to Catalina Terminal entrance across Harbor Blvd.


Newport Beach

Catalina Flyer
Take the 405 Freeway to the 55 Freeway South to Newport Beach to Balboa Blvd. Travel 2 miles on Balboa Blvd to Main St. Turn left to Balboa Pavilion.

John Wayne Airport/Orange County

Island Express Helicopters
Take the 405 Freeway to MacArthur Blvd toward John Wayne Airport, turn left on MacArthur, right on Campus. Located in the Signature Flight Support Building on the right.


Dana Point

Catalina Express
Located at Dana Wharf Sportfishing. From Los Angeles take 5 Freeway south and exit at Pacific Coast Highway. From San Diego take 5 freeway North and exit at Beach Cities, Highway #1 off-ramp. Turn left at the second signal, Dana Point Harbor Drive, then left at Golden Lantern which dead ends at Dana Harbor parking lot.

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