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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  •  7h 4m

  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 Flixbus USA, ferry  •  12h 16m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to LA Downtown FlixBus
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$54 - $70

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Fly Oakland to Los Angeles, ferry  •  7h 20m

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

$97 - $254

Fly San Francisco to Long Beach, ferry  •  7h 1m

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

$95 - $290

Fly San Francisco to Santa Ana, ferry  •  7h 15m

  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  •  7h 20m

  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  •  8h 28m

  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

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank, ferry  •  9h 38m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$112 - $367

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation, ferry  •  13h 4m

  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 Greyhound USA, ferry  •  13h 39m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6853 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$82 - $146

Caltrain, train, ferry  •  17h 42m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$116 - $236

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $50 - $70 and takes 12h 16m.

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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 7h 1m.

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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 12h 16m and costs $50 - $70.

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It takes approximately 7h 4m 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 1h 16m.

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JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Oakland Airport to Long Beach 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 Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28m 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: 7h 4m

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 BART Station, take the BART to Oakland International Airport BART Station, 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 Coliseum BART Station, take the BART to Oakland International Airport BART Station, take the walk to Oakland airport, fly to Los Angeles, take the walk to Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal, take the bus to Downtown Long Beach Station, take the walk to 1st Street Station, take the tram to Downtown Long Beach Station, 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
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from San Francisco to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $390
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $470
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $470
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
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
58m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
10h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Fairview-Arlington to Balboa-Adams
Ave. Duration
33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
flixbus.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
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.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
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
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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