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There are 4 ways to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island by bus, ferry, night bus, 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.

Recommended option

Bus, ferry  •  5h 35m

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

$56 - $79

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus, ferry  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from Fairview-Westminster to Balboa-Adams 47A / ...
  3. Take the ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon

$39 - $49

2 alternative options

Train, line 560 bus, ferry  •  6h 59m

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
  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

$70 - $110

Fly, ferry  •  6h 27m

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

$149 - $396

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island is to night bus and bus and ferry which costs $35 - $50 and takes 6h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $55 - $80 and takes 5h 35m.

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The distance between San Diego and Santa Catalina Island is 87 miles.

The best way to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 5h 35m and costs $55 - $80.

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It takes approximately 5h 35m to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 55m.

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 11+ hotels available in Santa Catalina Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9m and costs $2 - $3.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 86.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 35m

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 bus to Long Beach, Ca, take the walk to Anaheim Street Station, 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 San Diego to Avalon via Santa Ana Amtrak Station, The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9, Westminster-Fairview, Fairview-Westminster, Balboa-Adams, and Newport Beach, CA in around 6h 12m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $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 San Diego, Ca to Long Beach, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Fairview-Westminster to Balboa-Adams
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9 to Channel-7Th
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Ferry operators
Catalina Express
Catalina Tours
Website
catalinatours.net
Ferry from Long Beach to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
catalinatours.net
Ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
catalinatours.net

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