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There are 7 ways to get from Pismo Beach to Santa Catalina Island by train, ferry, bus, night bus 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

Train, ferry  •  10 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Grover Beach Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$82 - $156

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  10 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$72 - $119

5 alternative options

Night bus, bus, ferry  •  11 h 13 min

  1. Take the night bus from Grover Beach Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

Fly to Los Angeles, ferry  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBP - LAX
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$204 - $496

Fly to Long Beach, ferry  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to Long Beach (LGB) SBP - LGB
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$196 - $685

Fly to Santa Ana, ferry  •  8 h 39 min

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to Santa Ana (SNA) SBP - SNA
  2. Take the ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon

$226 - $839

Fly to Burbank, ferry  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to Burbank (BUR) SBP - BUR
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$223 - $794

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Pismo Beach to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $70 - $120 and takes 10 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Pismo Beach to Santa Catalina Island is to fly and ferry which costs $200 - $500 and takes 5 h 44 min.

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The distance between Pismo Beach and Santa Catalina Island is 177 miles.

The best way to get from Pismo Beach to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to train and ferry which takes 10 h 20 min and costs $80 - $160.

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It takes approximately 10 h 20 min to get from Pismo Beach to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 11 min.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt 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 Pismo Beach to San Luis Obispo County Apt Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs $35 - $45.

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Map of how to get from Pismo Beach to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 176.8 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 20 min

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

There is no direct connection from Pismo Beach to Avalon. However, you can take the line 24 bus to West Grand Avenue @ 3rd Street EB, take the walk to Grover Beach Amtrak, take the train to Los Angeles Union Station, take the walk to Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, take the subway to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, take the walk to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines, 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 Pismo Beach to Avalon via Santa Maria Transit Center, Santa Maria, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, Long Beach, Ca, L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Sw, First & Shelter G S, and Long Beach in around 10 h 30 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via San Francisco, Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 29 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Long Beach via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Long Beach via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via Seattle
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Train 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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Grover Beach Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Maria, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Grover Beach Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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
Ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
catalinatours.net

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