A fun, 15-minute flight is all that stands between you and an escape to an island far removed from your hectic world.
- Adult Ages 13-59
- Senior Ages 60+
- Child Ages 3-12
- Infant Ages 2 & Under
- The Catalina Flyer will resume service on Thursday, May 25, 2023. Please call or text us for details.
- Group rates available for 20 adults or more. Purchase includes round-trip transportation.
Ride the Ferry from Balboa Peninsula to Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island!
- Ride the ferry from the Balboa Peninsula, conveniently located in Orange County, to Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island
- Passenger service is offered most days. Click BOOK NOW to view available travel times (subject to change/availability)
- High-speed catamaran offers a stable ride and quick transportation to Avalon
- This extremely popular mode of transportation sells out quickly – BOOK EARLY!
- Watch for dolphins, whales, and other marine life on your ferry to Catalina Island
*Refunds & exchanges are subject to availability. Please read our cancellation policy below.
The Catalina Flyer departs from the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach daily – schedule varies. This is one of the most easily accessible ports for residents of Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego County to travel by boat from the mainland to Avalon. Crossing time is only 90 minutes on the LARGEST catamaran to Catalina Island. Enjoy “Speed – Service – Comfort” with the Catalina Flyer.
The Catalina Flyer is a three-deck boat. A snack bar is available on the first deck; an alcohol-serving bar is located on the second deck. Snack bars are CASH ONLY. Credit cards are not accepted on board.
No pets please – carry-on luggage only. Only two pieces of hand-carried luggage per person. All passengers are required to carry their own luggage onto the boat and it will be put in the luggage storage area. Bikes are $7.00 round-trip – payable on departure. Single-handed ice chests only – no tools of any kind. No carts, wagons, or large hand trucks. No gas/propane stoves – No flammable substances. A golf bag counts as one piece of luggage. No paddle boards or kayaks are permitted. Strollers are O.K. Catalina Island weather may impact this excursion.
Wear comfortable clothes for the season. Walking shoes are recommended. Bathing suit, hat & sunscreen are always good things to have on Catalina Island. Payment for parking can be made in cash or credit card. Make sure to bring cash with you for the snack bar & drink bar on the boat – credit cards are not accepted.
400 Main Street
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Does the Catalina Flyer run every day?
The Catalina Flyer operates 290 days a year (weather permitting), including most major holidays.
How early do I need to check in for the Catalina Flyer?
You should plan to check in 1 hour prior to departure for your trip to Catalina Island on the Catalina Flyer. Boarding will begin 30 minutes prior to departure. The boat will not wait for guests who are late.
Where do I park when I travel on the Catalina Flyer?
Parking is located at the Municipal Parking Lot adjacent to the Balboa Pier. You can get to the parking lot from the terminal via Main Street or Palm Street. The daily rate varies and is set by the City of Newport Beach. Payment is made at various self-serve pay stations found at the perimeter of the parking lot, or via smartphone. You will need your license plate number and a credit card, or the correct amount in cash to pay at the pay stations. The pay stations do not provide change and do not give refunds. Make your parking experience easier by prepaying your parking here.
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Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page.
REFUNDS: A request for a refund must be made at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please PLAN AHEAD & arrive 1 hour prior to departure. If you miss your trip for any reason, including parking difficulties, you are not eligible for a refund.
RESCHEDULING: Guest reservations may be rescheduled ONE TIME as a courtesy (at no charge) as long as the request to reschedule is made at least 48 hours prior to departure. Reschedule requests received within 48 hours of your departure date/time or after the departure date/time each reservation to be rescheduled will incur a $25 rescheduling fee. Rescheduling multiple times will incur multiple $25 rescheduling fees for each change after the first courtesy rescheduling.
NO SHOWS: If you miss your scheduled departure for ANY REASON without notifying us at least 48 hours PRIOR to your departure date/time, your reservation becomes non-refundable and you will need to pay a rescheduling fee of $25 to reschedule your reservation.
UNUSED TICKET CREDITS: If one or more people in your reservation are unable to make their scheduled departure, you MUST notify our reservations department PRIOR TO DEPARTURE so that a credit can be noted on your reservation. Unused ticket credits must be used within one calendar year of the originally scheduled reservation, a $25 dollar rescheduling fee will apply to reschedule unused ticket credits. All unused ticket credits older than 1 calendar year from the originally scheduled reservation cannot be rescheduled or refunded.