There are 11 ways to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island by bus, ferry, train, night bus, plane, subway or tram

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 Xe Do Hoang Transportation, ferry  •  12 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Pedro Amtrak
  3. Take the ferry from San Pedro Berth 95 to Avalon

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus, ferry  •  13 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Anaheim, CA FlixBus
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$56 - $101

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Train, ferry  •  17 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$113 - $249

Night bus, ferry  •  11 h 34 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6849 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$89 - $159

Fly Oakland to Long Beach, ferry  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Long Beach (LGB) OAK - LGB
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$94 - $323

Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles, ferry  •  7 h 21 min

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

$118 - $301

Fly San Francisco to Long Beach, ferry  •  7 h 2 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Long Beach (LGB) SFO - LGB
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$95 - $290

BART to Oakland, fly to Los Angeles, ferry  •  7 h 28 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Los Angeles (LAX) OAK - LAX
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$97 - $254

Fly San Francisco to Santa Ana, ferry  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Santa Ana (SNA) SFO - SNA
  2. Take the ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon

$135 - $334

BART to Oakland, fly to Santa Ana, bus, ferry  •  8 h 3 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Santa Ana (SNA) OAK - SNA
  3. Take the bus from Fairview-Arlington to Balboa-Adams
  4. Take the ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon

$144 - $657

BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank, tram, ferry  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  3. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Long Beach Station
  4. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$151 - $482

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $55 - $110 and takes 13 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island is to fly and ferry which costs $95 - $290 and takes 7 h 2 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Santa Catalina Island is 380 miles.

The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 12 h 4 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 12 h 4 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Oakland Airport to Long Beach Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Oakland Airport to Long Beach 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 Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 379.8 miles
  • Duration: 12 h 4 min

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

There is no direct connection from San Francisco to Avalon. However, you can take the bus to Los Angeles, CA, take the walk to Alameda / College, take the bus to Cesar E Chavez / Alameda, take the walk to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak, take the bus to San Pedro Amtrak, take the walk to San Pedro Berth 95, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from San Francisco to Avalon via Anaheim, CA, Artic - Dock 5, Channel-7Th, Channel & Seventh Sw, Catalina Landing N, and Long Beach in around 13 h 32 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $390
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Pedro Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Anaheim
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Schedules at
flixbus.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Fairview-Arlington to Balboa-Adams
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Ferry operators
Catalina Tours
Website
catalinatours.net
Ferry from San Pedro Berth 95 to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40
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
Ferry from Newport Beach, CA to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
catalinatours.net
Catalina Express
Website
catalinaexpress.com
Ferry from San Pedro Berth 95 to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$38
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

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