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Getting Around Oahu


If you’re planning to stick to Honolulu / Waikiki or stay close to your resort in Ko Olina, then you can skip the rental car. But if you want to explore the island or stay on the North or East Coasts, a rental car is a good idea (at least for the days you plan to venture out).


 


The text reads "Car rentals in Oahu" with a photo of a row of rental cars.

Renting a car in Waikiki is likely more expensive than the airport but might make sense if you only need it for a day or two.


FYI: Parking in Waikiki is expensive (around $30 - $40 / night).


The text reads "Turo in Oahu" with a photo of a car driving through Honolulu.

Turo is like Airbnb but for cars. You can either have the car delivered to you or you can pick it up.


The text reads "Uber and Lyft in Oahu" with a photo of the inside of a Lyft ride.

In Honolulu and Waikiki it’s pretty easy to get an Uber or Lyft ride. The rest of the island can sometimes be dicey — especially late at night. We had good luck with scheduling rides — even early morning ones for sunrise hikes.


The text reads "Taxis in Oahu" with a photo of a cab.

Oahu’s major cab companies have 24 hour service. Charley’s Taxi Service (877-531-1333) is a good one.


The text reads "TheBus in Oahu" with a photo of TheBus rounding a corner in Oahu with palm trees and the ocean in the background

TheBus, Honolulu's bus system is great. The Google Maps app is perfect for navigating the routes. It's $2.75 for a one-way fare and $5.50 for a day pass. (Just make sure you ask for the day pass before you put your money in the cash box).


The text reads "Waikiki Trolley in Oahu" with a photo of the Waikiki Trolley and palm trees.

The Waikiki Trolley is a fun way to see the city. It goes to most major attractions (Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Ala Moana Center, etc.) Prices start at $5 / day.)


The text reads "Airport Shuttles in Oahu" with a photo of a Roberts Hawaii bus

Roberts Hawaii is a good option for airport shuttles. It'll cost about $21 to be dropped off at your Waikiki hotel (in a shared shuttle). There are private car options too.


The text reads "Bikes in Oahu" with a photo of a row of Biki Mikes in Ala Moana, Honolulu.

Biki bikes are all over Waikiki, Ala Moana, and Downtown Honolulu. Just pay at the kiosk with your credit card and return it to another Biki Stop. Download the app to unlock the bike or find bike stops.


In Kailua, Pedego Electric Bikes are like a beach cruiser but with some extra oomph.


The text reads "Mopeds in Oahu" with a photo of a couple riding a moped down a road in Oahu

You don't need a special license to drive a moped, but you do have to be 18+. They're fun in the city but keep in mind that they don't go fast enough for the interstate. Hawaiian Style Rentals is a good option.

The text reads "Private Car or Limo in Oahu" with a photo of the inside of a limo

​Plenty of limo services to get you to and from the airport, or wherever you'd like to go.


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