Getting to Catalina Island

Getting to Catalina Island has never been so easy! Our friends at are happy to book your round-trip transportation plus your food or drink tour for you.  Looking for an all-inclusive day package?  They currently offer a Food Tour Day Package that includes tickets for the Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour plus transportation with Catalina Express, Catalina Flyer, or IEX Helicopters.  They are your one-stop shop for fun and activities on Catalina Island.

Catalina Tours logo with square icons of activities

Getting to Catalina Island is quick and easy.  With three different cross-channel providers, you can choose how you want to arrive. Our island paradise may seem like it’s a world away, but the journey can take as little as 15 minutes. Due to a variety of departure times, you can easily visit Catalina for a day or longer. Furthermore, you can travel out of a variety of ports throughout Southern California via boat or helicopter. What are you waiting for?  Explore the details below.

Catalina Express Boat entering Avalon Harbor

Catalina Express

Offering up to 30 round-trip departures per day, the Catalina Express offers the highest number of departures out of Long Beach and provides you with the most flexibility in your booking options.  With additional service offered out of San Pedro & Dana Point, they are able to serve guests from all over Southern California.  Don’t miss their world-famous Bloody Mary with pickled green beans.

IEX Helicopter flying over water by Catalina Casino

IEX Helicopters

 IEX Helicopters offers the fastest way to get to Catalina.  Their 15-minute flights start as early as 8 AM, depart until just before twilight, and originate from a number of ports including Long Beach, San Pedro, Orange County, and Burbank. Charter flights are available from each of these ports plus private landing sites.  See more of the island by combining a food tour with an air tour.

Catalina Flyer boat bringing guests into Avalon Harbor

Catalina Flyer

For guests traveling from San Diego or South Orange County, consider hopping on the Catalina Flyer from Newport Harbor out of the Balboa Peninsula. Daily round-trip departures between February & December give you just the right amount of time to cruise around town before and after your food tour.  Consider staying overnight if you want to join the Catalina Happy Hour Tour.