Directions from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island

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Recommended option

Train, ferry  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the ferry from Dana Point to Avalon

$85 - $118

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway, line 560 bus, ferry  •  7 h 10 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Santa Ana, CA
  2. Take the line 560 bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9 to Channel-7Th 560
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$41 - $49

3 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Long Beach, Ca 9454 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$56 - $79

Train, ferry via Channel & Seventh Sw  •  7 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Anaheim Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$71 - $112

Fly, ferry  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$149 - $396

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

There is no direct connection from San Diego to Avalon. However, you can take the train to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak, take the taxi to Dana Point, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from San Diego to Avalon via Long Beach, Ca, L.B. Blvd. & Anaheim Sw, First & Shelter B N, and Long Beach in around 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Anaheim Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Long Beach, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9 to Channel-7Th
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 Long Beach to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
catalinatours.net

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Diego and Santa Catalina Island is 139 km.

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island is to Amtrak Thruway and line 560 bus and ferry which costs $40 - $50 and takes 7 h 10 min.

The quickest way to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island is to train and ferry which takes 4 h 5 min and costs $80 - $120.

It takes approximately 4 h 5 min to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.