There are 6 ways to get from Palm Springs to Santa Catalina Island by bus, 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.

Recommended option

Amtrak Thruway, bus, ferry  •  7 h

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA
  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

5 alternative options

Amtrak Thruway, ferry  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA 4985 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$53 - $92

Line 111 bus, bus, line 43 bus, line 50 bus, line 121 bus, ferry  •  10 h 1 min

  1. Take the line 111 bus from N Palm Cyn at Chino to Town Center & Hahn 111
  2. Take the bus from Palm Desert Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
  3. Take the line 43 bus from Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 1 to Harbor-Katella 43 / ...
  4. Take the line 50 bus from Katella-Harbor to Channel-7Th 50
  5. Take the line 121 bus from Channel & Seventh Sw to Catalina Landing N 121
  6. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

Fly to Los Angeles, ferry  •  7 h 12 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

Fly to Long Beach, ferry  •  9 h 22 min

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

$152 - $595

Fly to Santa Ana, ferry  •  9 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) to Santa Ana (SNA) PSP - SNA
  2. Take the ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon

$152 - $549

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Catalina Island is to Amtrak Thruway and bus and ferry which costs $35 - $45 and takes 7 h.

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The quickest way to get from Palm Springs to Santa Catalina Island is to Amtrak Thruway and bus and ferry which costs $35 - $45 and takes 7 h.

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

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

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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 Amtrak Thruway to Fullerton, CA, take the walk to Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 6, take the bus to Balboa-Adams, take the walk to Newport Beach, CA, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Palm Springs to Avalon via Fullerton, CA, Fullerton Transportation Center, Anaheim Amtrak, Anaheim, Ca, Long Beach, Ca, Anaheim Street Station, Downtown Long Beach Station, and Long Beach in around 7 h 26 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Ana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Ana via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Ana via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Long Beach via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Ana via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Long Beach via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Ana via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Indio/Palm Springs to Santa Ana via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $800
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Palm Desert Amtrak to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
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
Bus from Fullerton Trans Ctr Dock 1 to Harbor-Katella
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from Katella-Harbor to Channel-7Th
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Sunline Transit
Website
sunline.org
Bus from N Palm Cyn at Chino to Town Center & Hahn
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sunline.org
Long Beach Transit
Website
lbtransit.com
Bus from Channel & Seventh Sw to Catalina Landing N
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
lbtransit.com
Ferry operators
Catalina Tours
Website
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
Catalina Express

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