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There are 3 ways to get from Santa Catalina Island to Santa Monica Pier by ferry, tram or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Ferry, tram  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Take the ferry from Avalon to Long Beach
  2. Take the tram from Downtown Long Beach Station to Pico Station Metro Blue Line

$39 - $42

2 alternative options

Ferry, bus via LAX Terminal #1  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the ferry from Avalon to Long Beach
  2. Take the bus from Downtown Long Beach Station to LAX Terminal #1 Long Beach to LAX

$48 - $55

Ferry, bus  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Take the ferry from Avalon to Long Beach
  2. Take the bus from Broadway / Long Beach Layover to LAX City Bus Center 232

$41 - $47

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Catalina Island to Santa Monica Pier is to ferry and tram which costs $39 - $42 and takes 4 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Catalina Island to Santa Monica Pier is to ferry and tram which costs $39 - $42 and takes 4 h 9 min.

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The distance between Santa Catalina Island and Santa Monica Pier is 44 miles.

The best way to get from Santa Catalina Island to Santa Monica Pier without a car is to ferry and tram which takes 4 h 9 min and costs $39 - $42.

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It takes approximately 4 h 9 min to get from Santa Catalina Island to Santa Monica Pier, including transfers.

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There are 2374+ hotels available in Santa Monica Pier. Prices start at $119 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Catalina Island to Santa Monica Pier.
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  • Distance: 43.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 9 min

What companies run services between Santa Catalina Island, CA, USA and Santa Monica Pier, CA, USA?

There is no direct connection from Avalon to Santa Monica Pier. However, you can take the ferry to Long Beach, take the walk to Downtown Long Beach Station, take the tram to Pico Station, take the tram to Downtown Santa Monica Station, then take the walk to Santa Monica Pier. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Avalon to Santa Monica Pier via Long Beach, Catalina Landing N, First & Shelter H S, Downtown Long Beach Station, LAX Terminal #1, Lax Transit Center Bay 12, and 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs in around 4 h 47 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
LAX FlyAway
Website
lawa.org
Bus from Downtown Long Beach Station to LAX Terminal #1
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
lawa.org
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Broadway / Long Beach Layover to LAX City Bus Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Ferry operators
Catalina Express
Catalina Tours
Website
catalinatours.net
Ferry from Avalon to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
catalinatours.net

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