Honolulu - Oahu

Navigating Oahu is at its peak when you opt for the freedom of the open road. Driving a car is the most convenient and efficient way to explore the island. Good thing is, Oahu provides visitors with some of the most affordable rental car rates, particularly at the well-connected Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). Positioned at Oahu’s south coastline, it’s located just 5 miles from downtown Honolulu and prominent historical sites like the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Staying in Waikiki? Walking is a viable option to traverse to some places like the Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Center. But if you want to venture further, public buses and the Waikiki Trolley are available options. Though not as fast, they can get you to most parts of the island. Ridesharing options like Uber and Lyft, as well as taxis, are also available but can be steep on your pocket. If you require airport transportation or just want to save bucks, check with your hotel since many resorts offer shuttle service at a reasonable fraction of the cab rates.


If you’re planning on exploring beyond the confines of Waikiki, renting a car will prove to be a practical necessity. The good news is that rental rates on this island are among some of the most reasonable in the country. However, during peak seasons and in tourist hotspots, Oahu’s roads can become congested, and parking can be both scarce and costly. To save some cash on your car rental, opt to rent a vehicle at the airport. It’s also wise to avoid lodging options that charge a premium for on-site parking unless you’re sure you’ll be returning your car before day’s end. Finally, keep in mind the rush hour, which is between 5-8 a.m. and from 3-6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and plan your outings accordingly.


Oahu’s exceptional public transportation system – TheBus – is both practical and far-reaching, with a comprehensive route network that covers most of the island. Operating schedules may vary depending on the line, but the buses generally run every 15 to 30 minutes. Precise route details can be found online on TheBus’ Routes & Timetables page. TheBus provides easy access to several attractions on the island such as the renowned Koko Crater Trail, the serene Kailua Beach Park, and the magnificent Shangri La.

One-way fares for adults are $2.75 per person, payable upon boarding. Children aged 6 through 17 can ride for $1.25. Seniors aged 65 and over are also eligible for discounted rates. You may also purchase affordable one-day passes from the bus drivers, costing between $2 to $5.50 per person. Experience convenience and quality transportation with TheBus, Oahu’s reliable public transportation option.

On foot

While many of Oahu’s must-see destinations are situated quite a distance apart, it is indeed feasible to trek to both the Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Beach by foot if you are residing in Waikiki. Moreover, certain other noteworthy landmarks, like the Honolulu Museum of Art and Iolani Palace, can be conveniently accessed on foot since they are in close proximity to each other. However, for venturing out to more isolated attractions or areas beyond Honolulu, private or public transportation facilities or owning a vehicle will be necessary.


If you’re looking to avoid the hassle of driving yourself around Honolulu, opting for a taxi is a viable option. However, it comes with a significant expense, and pre-planning may be necessary. The fares are standardized locally, ensuring that regardless of the taxi company, you’ll be charged around a base rate of $3.50 and $5.88 per mile traveled. Depending on the company, hourly rates may also be available. Keep in mind that each piece of luggage is an additional 50 or 60 cents. For trips between the airport and Waikiki or downtown, the cost is typically between $40 and $45. Alternatively, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are readily available on Oahu.