There are 7 ways to get from Pismo Beach to Santa Catalina Island by bus, ferry, train 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, ferry  •  9 h 24 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

6 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  10 h 31 min

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

$81 - $157

Line 10 bus to San Luis Obispo County Apt, fly to Los Angeles, ferry  •  8 h 16 min

  1. Take the line 10 bus from Pismo Beach Premium Outlet Center to Government Center Osos & Palm
  2. Fly from San Luis Obispo County Apt (SBP) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBP - LAX
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$170 - $458

Fly San Luis Obispo County Apt to Long Beach, ferry  •  10 h 49 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

$162 - $647

Train to Santa Barbara, fly to Los Angeles, ferry  •  10 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Grover Beach Amtrak to Goleta Amtrak
  2. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to Los Angeles (LAX) SBA - LAX
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$157 - $330

Fly San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana, ferry  •  11 h 34 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

$192 - $801

Fly San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank, ferry  •  12 h 25 min

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

$189 - $756

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 9 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Pismo Beach to Santa Catalina Island is to line 10 bus and fly and ferry which costs $170 - $460 and takes 8 h 16 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 bus and ferry which takes 9 h 24 min and costs $70 - $120.

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It takes approximately 9 h 24 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 10 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 $160 USD per night.

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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: 9 h 24 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 10 bus to Santa Maria Transit Center, take the walk to Santa Maria, Ca, take the bus to Los Angeles, Ca, take the line 9455 bus to Long Beach, Ca, take the walk to L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Sw, take the line 51 bus to First & Shelter G S, take the walk to Long Beach, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Pismo Beach to Avalon via West Grand Avenue @ 3rd Street EB, Grover Beach Amtrak, Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, Union Station(Alameda & Los Angeles), 7th & Flower, 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines, Downtown Long Beach Station, and Long Beach in around 10 h 31 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $750
Flights from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 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
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via Los Angeles, Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 9 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Los Angeles, San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
When
Every day
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 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Santa Ana via Seattle
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Seattle
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Burbank via Seattle, Portland
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Luis Obispo County Apt to Long Beach via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Grover Beach Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
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
Train from Grover Beach Amtrak to Goleta Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
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.

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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
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
San Luis Obispo RTA
Website
slorta.org
Bus from Pismo Beach Premium Outlet Center to Government Center Osos & Palm
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
slorta.org
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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