There are 4 ways to get from Palm Springs to Santa Catalina Island by bus, train, ferry or plane

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

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Bus, train, ferry  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to San Juan Capistrano station
  3. Take the ferry from Dana Point to Avalon

$51 - $62

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
  2. Take the bus from Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 6 to Balboa-Adams 47A / ...
  3. Take the ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon

$37 - $42

2 alternative options

Bus, ferry via Long Beach  •  7 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$43 - $56

Fly, ferry  •  7 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) to Los Angeles (LAX) PSP - LAX
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$200 - $466

Questions & Answers

The distance between Palm Springs and Santa Catalina Island is 113 miles.

The best way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to bus and train and ferry which takes 7 h 3 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 3 min to get from Palm Springs to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Indio/Palm Springs Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 9 min.

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United Airlines offers flights from Indio/Palm Springs Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 13+ hotels available in Santa Catalina Island. Prices start at $118 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Palm Springs to Indio/Palm Springs Airport is to line 14 bus which takes 8 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Palm Springs to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 112.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 3 min

What companies run services between Palm Springs, CA, USA and Santa Catalina Island, CA, USA?

There is no direct connection from Palm Springs to Avalon. However, you can take the bus to Riverside Amtrak, take the walk to Riverside-Downtown station, take the train to San Juan Capistrano station, take the walk to Camino Capistrano-Ortega, take the line 91 bus to Pacific Coast-Dana Point Harbor, take the walk to Dana Point, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Palm Springs to Avalon via Fullerton Transportation Center, Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 6, Balboa-Adams, and Newport Beach, CA in around 7 h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to San Juan Capistrano station
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 6 to Balboa-Adams
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Ferry operators
Catalina Express
Website
catalinaexpress.com
Ferry from Dana Point to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
catalinaexpress.com
Ferry from Long Beach to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
catalinaexpress.com
Catalina Tours
Website
catalinatours.net
Ferry from Dana Point to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$41
Schedules at
catalinatours.net
Ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
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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