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

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Line 534 bus, tram, ferry  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Take the line 534 bus from Civic Center / Malibu Perf Arts Ctr to 5th / Colorado 534
  2. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station
  3. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Long Beach Station
  4. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$41 - $44

2 alternative options

Line 720 bus, ferry  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Colorado to 7th / Decatur 720
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$50 - $64

Bus, ferry  •  6 h 35 min

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

$43 - $50

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Malibu Beach to Santa Catalina Island is to line 534 bus and tram and ferry which costs $40 - $45 and takes 6 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Malibu Beach to Santa Catalina Island is to line 534 bus and tram and ferry which costs $40 - $45 and takes 6 h 11 min.

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The distance between Malibu Beach and Santa Catalina Island is 48 miles.

The best way to get from Malibu Beach to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to line 534 bus and tram and ferry which takes 6 h 11 min and costs $40 - $45.

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It takes approximately 6 h 11 min to get from Malibu Beach to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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There are 13+ hotels available in Santa Catalina Island. Prices start at $160 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Malibu Beach to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 47.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 11 min

What companies run services between Malibu Beach, CA, USA and Santa Catalina Island, CA, USA?

There is no direct connection from Malibu Beach to Avalon. However, you can take the line 534 bus to 5th / Colorado, take the walk to Downtown Santa Monica Station, take the tram to Pico Station, take the tram to Downtown Long Beach Station, take the walk to Long Beach, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Malibu Beach to Avalon via 5th / Colorado, 7th / Decatur, Los Angeles, Ca, Long Beach, Ca, L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Sw, First & Shelter G S, and Long Beach in around 6 h 22 min.

Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Civic Center / Malibu Perf Arts Ctr to 5th / Colorado
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from 5th / Colorado to 7th / Decatur
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from LAX City Bus Center to Broadway / Long Beach Layover
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Ferry operators
Catalina Express
Catalina Tours
Website
catalinatours.net
Ferry from Long Beach to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
catalinatours.net

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