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

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

Fly Oakland to Long Beach, ferry  •  7 h 5 min

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

$94 - $323

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus, ferry  •  13 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Los Angeles via Oakland / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$72 - $90

9 alternative options

Fly San Francisco to Long Beach, ferry  •  6 h 58 min

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

$95 - $290

Fly Oakland to Los Angeles, ferry  •  7 h 33 min

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

$97 - $254

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

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Coliseum
  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

Fly San Francisco to Santa Ana, ferry  •  8 h 4 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 Burbank, tram, ferry  •  8 h 52 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Coliseum
  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

$153 - $484

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation, ferry  •  13 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA Northern CA-Southern CA
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$111 - $118

Bus, Amtrak Thruway, ferry  •  13 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Bakersfield, CA to San Pedro, CA
  3. Take the ferry from San Pedro Berth 95 to Avalon

Train, Amtrak Thruway, ferry  •  18 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to San Pedro, CA
  3. Take the ferry from San Pedro Berth 95 to Avalon

Train, ferry  •  19 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Simi Valley Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Simi Valley Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak
  3. Take the ferry from Dana Point to Avalon

$137 - $297

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $70 - $95 and takes 13 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island is to fly and ferry which takes 6 h 58 min and costs $95 - $290.

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The distance between San Francisco and Santa Catalina Island is 608 km.

It takes approximately 7 h 5 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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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 BART to Coliseum, take the BART to Oakland International Airport, take the walk to Oakland airport, fly to Long Beach, take the walk to Airport & Terminal W, take the line 111 bus to First & Shelter C N, take the walk to Long Beach, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take the BART to San Francisco International Airport, take the walk to San Francisco airport, fly to Long Beach, take the walk to Airport & Terminal W, take the line 111 bus to First & Shelter C N, take the walk to Long Beach, then take the ferry to Avalon.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
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 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $390
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Amtrak
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
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Simi Valley Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$130 - $180
Room
$290 - $410
Train from Simi Valley Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
5 times a day
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
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
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Francisco - Townsend St & 5th St to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
us.megabus.com
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
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Bakersfield, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield, CA to San Pedro, CA
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Pedro, CA
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
amtrak.com
Ferry operators
Catalina Express
Website
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
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 Dana Point to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
catalinaexpress.com
Catalina Tours
Website
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
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 Dana Point to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$41
Schedules at
catalinatours.net

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