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There are 3 ways to get from Riverside to Santa Catalina Island by train, ferry or bus

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  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to San Juan Capistrano station Inland Empire - OC
  2. Take the ferry from Dana Point to Avalon

$51 - $62

Cheapest option

Line 15 bus, bus, line 50 bus, line 121 bus, ferry  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the line 15 bus from Magnolia + Beatty to Galleria @ Tyler 1 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor FS Katella 200
  3. Take the line 50 bus from Katella-Harbor to Channel-7Th 50
  4. Take the line 121 bus from Channel & Seventh Sw to Catalina Landing N 121
  5. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$44 - $55

1 alternative option

Train, ferry via Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$51 - $57

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Riverside to Santa Catalina Island is to line 15 bus and bus and line 50 bus and line 121 bus and ferry which costs $40 - $55 and takes 7 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Riverside to Santa Catalina Island is to train and ferry which costs $50 - $65 and takes 4 h 53 min.

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The distance between Riverside and Santa Catalina Island is 71 miles.

The best way to get from Riverside to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to train and ferry which takes 4 h 53 min and costs $50 - $65.

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It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to get from Riverside to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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

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Map of how to get from Riverside to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 71.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 53 min

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

There is no direct connection from Riverside to Avalon. However, you can 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 Riverside to Avalon via L. A. Union Station station, Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines, Downtown Long Beach Station, and Long Beach in around 5 h 38 min.

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
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
Riverside Transit Agency
Phone
(951) 565-5002
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Magnolia + Beatty to Galleria @ Tyler
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor FS Katella
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Katella-Harbor to Channel-7Th
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
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 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 Long Beach to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
catalinatours.net

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