Catalina Express

The Catalina Express

Relax. Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride

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Over 30 Years of Service

In 2012, Catalina Express celebrated its 30th year of service to Catalina Island. Starting with only one boat and one phone, Catalina Express has emerged as the leader of marine transportation to Catalina Island. Each year, more than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island on board Catalina Express.

"It’s amazing to see how much the business has grown and changed over the past 30 years. I believe the success of Catalina Express has been made possible because of our loyal customers and employees”
- Greg Bombard, President

Catalina Express began in 1981 when three Catalina Island residents realized the need for fast, reliable transportation to and from the island. Doug Bombard, his son Greg Bombard and long time colleague, Tom Rutter, worked tirelessly to make the vision a reality. Since then more than 25 million passengers have set sail to Catalina Island on board Catalina Express.

In its first year of service Catalina Express operated with one, 60-passenger vessel. The founders worked closely with boat builders to design vessels with innovative features like full ride control systems for stability, modern navigational systems, airline-style cabin seating, panoramic viewing windows, and on-deck seating, which won immediate acceptance from passengers.

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Join Us At Catalina Express!

Catalina Express provides a unique, upbeat and friendly work environment. Offering seasonal and year round employment on land and at sea, our passenger counts normally peaking between April and September. We begin recruiting seasonal staff in February of each year to start training for the busy spring and summer months. With Labor Day officially ending summer, we gradually begin reducing our staff to compensate for the change in business demands during the fall and winter months. If an employee is not retained during our off-peak season, but maintained a positive employment record with Catalina Express he/she may be invited to come back the following season!

To Apply for Positions:

You may apply in person at our Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, Berth 95 San Pedro 90731 or at the Downtown Long Beach Catalina Landing, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, 90802. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When applying in person, be prepared to thoroughly complete our company application. Bring information on your work history and your employer telephone numbers. You will meet with one of our hiring representatives for a brief screening interview.

Directions To Ports:

Catalina Sea & Air Terminal San Pedro:

Travel South on the Harbor 110 Freeway, exit at the Vincent Thomas Bridge/Terminal Island/Long Beach/Harbor Blvd. off ramp. Be sure follow signs to Catalina and get into the far right hand lane. Exit right to Harbor Blvd. When you reach the light at the bottom of the off-ramp, continue straight thru the light to Berth 95 and take a parking ticket. The first hour of parking is free.

Catalina Landing Downtown Long Beach:
Travel South on the 710 Freeway, follow signs to Downtown and exit Golden Shore. Turn right at the stop sign, follow around to the Terminal on the right. Parking is in the structure on the left.

You may apply in person at our Catalina Sea and Air Terminal, Berth 95 San Pedro 90731 or at the Downtown Long Beach Catalina Landing, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach, 90802. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When applying in person, be prepared to thoroughly complete our company application. Bring information on your work history and your employer telephone numbers. You will meet with one of our hiring representatives for a brief screening interview.

Job Hotline

If you are interested in learning more about the Catalina Express seasonal or year round employment opportunities, please call our toll-free job hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: (800) 404-8483

We Look Forward to Welcoming You Aboard!
- Catalina Express Staff and Crew


Current Positions Available:

At this time we have no open positions. When positions become available we will update our website and our job hotline with information about the position and how to apply.

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Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily boat trips to and from the island. With its year round Mediterranean climate, and plenty of activities to enjoy, it’s no wonder more than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year. Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour and operate every day, year round from three mainland ports.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the “mainland”, Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it’s the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.

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