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There are 3 ways to get from Santa Ana to Santa Catalina Island by train, ferry or bus

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

Train, ferry  •  2h 33m

  1. Take the train from Santa Ana Amtrak Station to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Dana Point to Avalon

$62 - $92

Cheapest option

Line 460 bus, line 173 bus, ferry  •  6h 14m

  1. Take the line 460 bus from Disneyland to Norwalk Station 460
  2. Take the line 173 bus from Norwalk Green Line Station to First & Shelter F S 173 / ...
  3. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$43 - $50

1 alternative option

Bus, ferry  •  3h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Long Beach, Ca 9474 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon

$50 - $55

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Ana to Santa Catalina Island is to line 460 bus and line 173 bus and ferry which costs $40 - $50 and takes 6h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Ana to Santa Catalina Island is to train and ferry which costs $60 - $95 and takes 2h 33m.

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The distance between Santa Ana and Santa Catalina Island is 41 miles.

The best way to get from Santa Ana to Santa Catalina Island without a car is to train and ferry which takes 2h 33m and costs $60 - $95.

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It takes approximately 2h 33m to get from Santa Ana to Santa Catalina Island, including transfers.

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There are 36+ hotels available in Santa Catalina Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Ana to Santa Catalina Island.
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  • Distance: 40.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 33m

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

There is no direct connection from Santa Ana to Santa Catalina Island. However, you can take the train to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station, take the taxi to Dana Point, then take the ferry to Avalon. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Santa Ana to Avalon via Long Beach, Ca, L.B. Blvd. & 15Th Sw, First & Shelter G S, and Long Beach in around 3h 41m.

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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Ana Amtrak Station to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$170 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Business Seat
$26 - $40
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Santa Ana station to San Juan Capistrano station
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Metrolink Trains
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.

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 Santa Ana, Ca to Long Beach, Ca
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$26 - $40
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Disneyland to Norwalk Station
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Long Beach Transit
Website
ridelbt.com
Bus from Norwalk Green Line Station to First & Shelter F S
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Website
Long Beach Transit
Ferry operators
Catalina Express
Website
catalinaexpress.com
Ferry from Dana Point to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
catalinaexpress.com
Ferry from Long Beach to Avalon
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
catalinaexpress.com

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