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

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Train, ferry  •  4 h 4 min

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

$85 - $118

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  5 h 34 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

2 alternative options

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

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

$71 - $112

Fly, ferry  •  6 h 38 min

  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 bus and ferry which costs $55 - $80 and takes 5 h 34 min.

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

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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 train and ferry which takes 4 h 4 min and costs $80 - $120.

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It takes approximately 4 h 4 min 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 53 min.

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Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego 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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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min 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: 4 h 4 min

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, Anaheim Street Station, Downtown Long Beach Station, and Long Beach in around 5 h 34 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 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 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

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
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
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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