There are 11 ways to get from San Jose to Santa Catalina Island by bus, ferry, train, night bus, plane 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 Megabus, ferry  •  11 h

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$72 - $88

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Bus Greyhound USA, ferry  •  11 h 16 min

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

$85 - $151

Train, ferry  •  15 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$107 - $223

Night bus, ferry  •  10 h 39 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6743 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$85 - $150

Fly San Jose to Long Beach, ferry  •  6 h 31 min

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

$86 - $294

Fly San Jose to Los Angeles, ferry  •  6 h 58 min

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

$114 - $295

Train to Oakland, fly to Long Beach, ferry  •  7 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Long Beach (LGB) OAK - LGB
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$114 - $361

Fly San Jose to Santa Ana, ferry  •  7 h 23 min

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

$101 - $288

Fly San Jose to Ontario/San Bernardino, bus, ferry  •  8 h 38 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) SJC - ONT
  2. Take the bus from Pomona Transit Center to Flower St and Pico Blvd
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$134 - $421

Fly San Jose to Burbank, tram, ferry  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Long Beach Station
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$103 - $353

Train to Oakland, fly to Burbank, ferry  •  9 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$171 - $520

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Jose to Santa Catalina Island is to bus and ferry which costs $70 - $90 and takes 11 h.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose to Santa Catalina Island is to fly and ferry which costs $85 - $300 and takes 6 h 31 min.

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The distance between San Jose and Santa Catalina Island is 338 miles.

The best way to get from San Jose to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 11 h and costs $70 - $90.

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It takes approximately 11 h to get from San Jose to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Long Beach Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 13 min.

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JetBlue Airways offers flights from San Jose 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 Jose to San Jose Airport is to line 10 bus which takes 7 min and costs $2.

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Map of how to get from San Jose to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 338.2 miles
  • Duration: 11 h

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

There is no direct connection from San Jose to Avalon. However, you can take the bus to Los Angeles, CA, take the walk to Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, take the subway to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, take the walk to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines, 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 Jose to Avalon via Los Angeles, Ca, Long Beach, Ca, L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Sw, First & Shelter G S, and Long Beach in around 11 h 16 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
Flights from San Jose to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
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 Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 min
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
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
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
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 Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Pomona Transit Center to Flower St and Pico Blvd
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
Ferry operators
Catalina Express
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

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